Vatican City is actually its own city-state within Rome and one of the top reasons to visit Rome.
The heart of the Roman Catholic Church is packed with religious and artistic treasures.
In the Vatican Palace, you’ll find the Vatican Museums where you can see the acclaimed Picture Gallery which contains paintings by illustrious artists like da Vinci, Bellini, and Caravaggio.
The Raphael Rooms are also not to be missed. This is a suite of rooms decorated with frescoes painted by Raphael. The work in these rooms is considered among his best.
But the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel are considered the best in the world -- the ceiling of frescoes by Michelangelo are widely considered to be the greatest pieces of art created in the Renaissance.
Vatican City is also home to a wealth of beautiful architecture.
St Peter’s Basilica is known as the largest church in the world, as well as one of the most beautiful. Designed by some of the best artistic minds of the late Renaissance, it lives up to its reputation as one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most reverent and divine sites.
Whether you visit because you’re on a religious pilgrimage or just because you want to see some of the greatest art and architecture in the world, you’re sure to feel fulfilled by the time you leave the Vatican.