14 August 2017, 12:26 PM
Travel to the Vatican City and experience the magnificence of St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
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Entering the expansive St. Peter's Square which often holds up to 80,000 people attending mass held by the Pope, the full majesty of St. Peter's Basilica Church is overwhelming. Designed by Bernini, Michelangelo, and others in the 1500s, the stunning renaissance architecture of one of the world's largest churches is just one reason to visit the Vatican.
Home to the Pope for 700 years
The aerial view of the buildings and garden in the Vatican from the roof of The Papal Basilica of St. Peter presents the splendor of the Pope's home. Since returning from Avignon in France in the 1300s, successive Popes have lived in the Vatican City along with over 800 others who administer the Vatican City.
Entrance to St. Peter's Basilica from the main roads is a great way to experience the Vatican. While private guides are very popular among Vatican visitors, walking through St. Peter's Basilica to view the incredible church dome, Vatican collections of art and statutes is a must visit when traveling to Rome. A highlight of your trip to the Vactican is the Sistine Chapel's ceiling painted by Michelangelo in 1508.
As you stroll through the cobbled streets of Rome, you are struck with the presence of St. Peter's Basilica dome from Vatican City. The Vatican is 4 miles from Trevi Fountain and 2.5 miles from the Colosseum, making it an easy commute from Rome's favorite destinations.