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The Vatican City Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to The Vatican City

Rome-Vatican-gardens-Aerial-ViewThe Vatican City is a sovereign city-state in a walled enclave in the city of Rome. Its abundant art treasures probably make it the world's richest city state, too. The Vatican City Museums (Musei Vaticani), St. Peter's, and the Vatican Gardens (Giardini Vaticani) comprise most of the area of the Vatican . The Vatican City is technically the smallest sovereign state in the world, at less than half a square mile, yet this is one of the most popular attractions in Rome, if not the world. As well as boasting monumental treasures and some of the world’s most famous art works, this pleasant area is well served with plenty of affordable restaurants and hotels to keep visitors happy. Accommodation in the Vatican is cheaper when booked away from the main religious events and holidays, so try off peak times for bargains.

Top Things in the Vatican, Rome

Rome-Vatican-City-St.-Peters-BasilicaFor a true look at history, head to The Vatican . The area is just as imposing today as it was hundreds of years ago. With all of its amazing treasures, The Vatican offers an amazing experience, even if you're not Catholic. A strict dress code is enforced at the Vatican with shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless tops not allowed. Head first to Saint Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro), the site of the Pope’s weekly blessing for the masses and an awe-inspiring atmosphere for even the most defiant of atheists. Basilica di San Pietro is the largest church in the world, and the Vatican’s spiritual heart. Designed in AD349, it combines works from artists and architects, including Michelangelo, Bramante and Raphael, and the breathtaking interior includes masterpieces by Giotto and Michelangelo's Pietà. No visit to the Vatican would be complete without a look at the Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo’s masterpiece painted on its vaulted ceiling and the Last Judgement fresco on the walls.

Arts and Entertainment

Art lovers flock to Rome to see the vast collection of art, sculpture, architecture, mosaics, frescos, paintings and fountains, from nearly every major artistic period. The Vatican is in many ways the embodiment of Rome’s art scene, with its myriad Renaissance treasures and world-class works of art. As well as Michelangelo’s celebrated Sistine Chapel, within the Vatican Museums there are endless masterpieces, including the Raphael Rooms. This impressive gallery is housed in two palaces.

Vatican Hotels

As Rome is one of the largest and most visited cities in Europe, you're spoilt for choice when looking for great hotels in the Vatican. These include bed and breakfasts and apartments, and there are some good Vatican hotels if you are on a budget within this area. The tranquil streets of the Prati district are a good place to stay for cheap hotels in the Vatican, as this is area is slightly removed from some of the main city centre attractions. It is highly recommend to book accommodation in advance, especially if travelling in peak seasons such as Easter or other religious festivals.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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