Vatican City : Michelin's recommendations
This is the Pope's Rome. A city within the city and a State within a State, since the Lateran Agreement (1929), the Vatican is independent and is actually the world's smallest state. However, it is neither the poorest, nor the least influential state in the world, because of its great spiritual influence. The papacy's temporal power, and particularly the area covered by its states, has shrunk over the centuries. The final blow was struck during the Italian Army's takeover of Rome in 1870. However, apart from the Vatican City, the Papal State is still sovereign over a certain number of buildings that have extraterritorial status. In total, the state covers 44 ha and has one thousand citizens... A visit to the Vatican is essential during your stay in Rome. It will enable you to discover the majestic St. Peter's Square designed by Bernini. The Basilica, built close to the location of St. Peter's martyrdom, is an architectural masterpiece that took more than 120 years to complete. It required the mobilisation of ten great architects, including Bramante, Bernini or Michelangelo, who united, and sometimes compared their talent. The Vatican museums house magnificent collections, accumulated by popes over the ages. The Egyptian and Ancient Roman Art, or Renaissance painting and Greek statuary collections are marvellous, although difficult to appreciate serenely because of the large crowds there. This visit reaches a peak in the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo's vault has retained all its beauty.
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