Top 6 attractions to explore in Vatican City
It is the smallest country in the world, and the center of Roman Catholic Church.
With the size of about 57 acres, the Gardens of Vatican City covers more than half og country. The garden is protected by stone walls expect on its east side. Up untill 2014, the gardens was a private area, and since then it was opened to the public by Pope Francis. The pope is the owner of the gardens.
Located under St. Peter's Basilica, it was built to memorialize the location of Saint Peter's grave. The complex consists of several graves, and it is was partially torn down during the reign of Constantine I in about AD 330 to provide the foundation for the first St. Peter's Basilica.
The Sistine Chapel in Rome is named for Sixtus IV della Rovere, who was Pope from 1471 to 1484. The interior walls of the chapel are covered in exquisite frescoes painted by some of the greatest Italian artists in history, including Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, and of course Michelangelo, who painted the stunning frescoes which adorn the ceiling. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling an
St. Peter's Basilica is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture. The basilica is the burial site of the St. Peter the chief amongst Jesus's apostles and is situated in the Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome.
With 54 galleries, this is one of the largest and most visited museums in the world. The museum displays works from the humongous collection acquired by the Catholic Church over multiple centuries. The collection includes the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art. The museum contains about 70,000 art pieces. The museum was founded in the 16th century by Pope Julius II.
The suspected grave of Apostle Peter is located in the Vatican Necropolis. The Necropolis lies nder the Vatican City, 5-12 meters below Saint Peter's Basilica, and it was originally a burial ground outside of the the city walls of Rome. Guided tours can be arranged here in advance, if you contact the office of the Vatican sponsored archaeological excavations(scavi).
Map of attractions in Vatican City