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IN A NUTSHELL
WHAT: Vatican City enclave in Rome.
WHERE: Central Rome.
WHY: Center of the Catholic world, history and art.
WHEN: Any time of year, but the summer will draw a mass of tourists.
HOW: Within a long walk of Rome's Central Train Station.  Closer is St. Peter's metro station.

Vatican CityVatican City (Holy See) is the world's smallest independent state.  This tiny state consists of 109 acres of land located around St. Peter's Basilica, the legal boundaries of which were finalized in the Treaty of the Lateran in 1929.

The Pope is the absolute monarch of this tiny state and rules over the 200-plus inhabitants of his country.  Approximately 800 more day workers live in and around Rome and commute to the Vatican to work.
 

Around Vatican City

SISTINE CHAPEL (Cappella Sistina) is a part of the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani), which make up the world's largest museum complex.




ST. PETER'S BASILICA  (Basicilica di San Pietro) is the magnificent heart of the Catholic Church, which lies on the burial site of St. Peter. 


 

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