Explore the world's smallest country
Welcome to the smallest country in the world! Located within the bustling streets of Rome is the home of the Pope, as well as a unique collection of artistic masterpieces. With a population of around 1,000 residents, Vatican City operates as an absolute monarchy with the elected Pope acting as the legislative, executive, and judicial power over the State of Vatican. Although the area upon which the Vatican sits dates back to ancient pagan times and later the burial ground of Christians martyrs including Saint Peter, Vatican City became an official state less than 100 years ago. The Lateran Treaty of 1929 recognized Vatican City independent from the Kingdom of Italy.
Vatican City is home to major attractions including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican Museums hold some of the world's greatest masterpieces by Raphael, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. Painted in the 1500s, the ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel showcases scenes from the Old Testament and include some of the most stunning frescoes in the world, namely The Last Judgement and the Creation of Adam both by Michelangelo. Inside the Vatican Museums you can also explore the Egyptian wing, Emperor Nero's bathtub, and the apartments of former Popes alongside the Raphael Rooms.
The focal point of St. Peter's Square and Vatican City itself is St. Peter's Basilica and its magnificent dome, with the capacity to hold over 60,000 people inside. Built in place of the Old St. Peter's Basilica, this grand church took over 120 years to build and was completed in 1626. The construction of the dome was based on Bernini's masterpiece in Florence and is open for visitors to climb 550+ steps to the top and witness one of the best panoramic views of Rome. It is inside this church that you can see Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture Pietà – the only piece of work he ever signed. Learn why this sculpture was his only signed work and find out why you should rub the bronze foot of St. Peter along with tons of other fascinating information during our Complete Vatican Tour. For those with limited time, skip the notoriously long lines to enter the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on our Sistine Chapel Express Tour, where you will have the opportunity to explore St. Peter's Basilica on your own.
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm (ticket office closes at 4 pm)
St. Peter's Basilica is open daily, 7 am – 6 pm.
Ottaviano-S. Pietro (Line A)
Public Entrance Fees
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel – €20.00 adults, €12.00 children
(Prices do not include Skip the Line access)
St. Peter's Basilica is free to enter but certain sections are subject to admission fees.