Vatican City is a unique city-state, a walled enclave whose tiny territory is completely surrounded by the city of Rome, Italy. Vatican City features Vatican museums, Michelangelo's exquisite Pietà, the immense St. Peter's Square, and the stupendous St. Peter's Basilica church. Visit Vatican City by booking your travel package with Direct Flights.
Vatican City is a unique city-state, a walled enclave whose tiny territory is completely surrounded by the city of Rome, Italy. The smallest sovereign country in the world by both area and population, it is an ecclesiastical, monarchical state governed by the Roman Catholic Pope. Vatican City is the de facto capital of the Catholic world, and its extraordinary buildings are some of the most visited in the world. Discount travel to Vatican City is very popular, and visitors from Australia, the UK, the United States and many other countries enjoy the cheap holidays to Vatican City booked through Direct Flights.
Two features in Vatican City immediately stand out: the immense St. Peter's Square and the stupendous St. Peter's Basilica, a massive Renaissance and Baroque church that stands over St. Peter's tomb. Intended to overwhelm all who see it with the wealth and power of the Holy See, there is nothing subtle about St. Peter's - the grandeur of its artworks, along with its sheer magnitude and its gilt, marble and mosaic details, are almost overpowering. The works of some of the world's greatest artists adorn the basilica, including Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini, Bellini, Titian, Giotto and Caraveggio.
One of the Vatican City's greatest treasures, Michelangelo's exquisite Pietà, stands near the entrance of St. Peter's. Canova's neoclassical sculpture of Pope Clement XIII is farther inside, as are di Cambio's bronze St. Peter and Bernini's magnificent canopy over the papal altar. The Treasury is filled with jewelled chalices and reliquaries, and the Sacristy houses a Vatican Historical Museum. Visitors on cheap holidays to Vatican City can even enter the subterranean Vatican grottoes, the location of the tombs of the popes. The view from Michelangelo's dome - a tough climb with hundreds of steps - offers a panoramic view of the papal apartments, the Vatican Gardens and the rooftops of Rome.
The Vatican Museums feature one of the world's greatest art collections, including works from antiquity, the Renaissance and more modern times. Housed in a series of lavishly adorned palaces, apartments and galleries created over time, the Vatican Museums occupy part of the papal palaces. A Historical Museum also features uniforms, arms, armour and carriages dating from the Renaissance.
As grand as St. Peter's Basilica is, the world-famous Sistine Chapel may be the jewel of Vatican City. Michelangelo's frescoes cover its towering ceiling, portraying scenes from the book of Genesis. It’s most notable panels feature the creation of man and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, but other biblical scenes are also portrayed high above the chapel floor. The Florentine's works in the Sistine also include the masterly Last Judgment, located on the altar wall. The chapel's side walls feature frescoes by other Renaissance masters, including Botticelli, Perugino, Signorelli and Ghirlandaio.
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