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The Vatican is the world’s smallest city-state covering just 120 acres and is home to the Pope, the world’s greatest museum, the ornate St. Peter’s Basilica, and the most astounding work of art ever created — Michelangelo‘s Sistine Chapel ceiling (where photography is now strictly prohibited). The Vatican is located in an area of Rome called Trastevere, which literally means “across the Tiber”.

Castel Sant Angelo was the papal castle for 1,000 years and has a viaduct from the Vatican which allowed popes a safe passageway in times of crisis.

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Castel Sant Angelo

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St. Peter’s Basilica is the capital of Christendom and a must-see with its cavernous interior packed with works by Bernini and Michelangelo. When visited with all its lights on, one can fully appreciate the jewel box of colour.

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Piazza San Pietro with Bernini’s gargantuan colonnade

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Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Pieta

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Peeking into Michelangelo’s designed dome

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Baldacchino – Bernini’s altar canopy of spiralling bronze columns

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Statue of St. Peter by Arnolfo di Cambio

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St. Peter’s Square at dusk

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