Vatican City Luxury Travel Vacation Guide

 The most awesome experience in the world is a visit to the smallest independent country in the world,  Vatican City. This country is located within the city of Rome, Italy, which is why many people do not realize that it is actually a country in its own right. It is the home of the Holy See, which the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world. It has become very popular for tourists with the release of the books and movies  "Angels and Demons", and "The Da Vinci Code".

Vatican Attractions

Many of the visitors to Vatican City want to see the Pope. You will not be able to get an audience, but you can wait in St. Peter's Square to see if he will come to the window. On special days of the year, he addresses the congregation below.

St. Peter's Square

This square was created by the famous artist, Bernini, and is elliptically shaped. There is a large fountain in the middle of the square and a marble platform extends to St. Peter's Basilica. This magnificent church dates back to the 4th century and has monuments, statues and paintings from that time as well. It is the location of Michelangelo?s La Pieta and the throne thought to be used by St. Peter as the first Bishop of Rome. You can climb to the dome to see a wonderful view of the city of Rome and take a tour underneath the Basilica to see the relics of St. Peter.

Other sites of interest to visitors include the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museum

Travel to Vatican City

Since this city is part of Rome, you fly or drive into Rome. You cannot take a vehicle into the Vatican, but it is small enough that you can walk all of it in a day. With so many sites to see, you will want to spend longer than that so it may take you several days to really take it all in.

Vatican Language

The "Official" language is Latin, but Italian is the normal daily language. There are guides at all the locations that do speak English or you can used headphones where all the narration for the tours is in English.

Protocol for Vatican City

Even though the climate is hot and you are on vacation, there is a dress code for visiting the Vatican City. Short skirts, shorts and sleeveless tops are not permitted for both men and women. For formal ceremonies, men are required to wear dark suits and women have to wear high-necked long dresses or a combination of a blouse and long skirt. While you do not really have to, women usually wear a mantilla, a long scarf made of black lace that covers the hair.

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