The Vatican is one of the main reason to go on holidays in Rome. Though being the smallest sovereign state, the Holy See holds an immense amount of artistic treasures that deserve sparing an entire day to visit.
What to see in the Vatican
The main sights to visits are the Vatican Museums, with its vast range of art collection from classical era to Renaissance period, and the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s masterpiece sightseen every year by thousands of visitors in awe. The other main stop of the Vatican tour is the St Peter Basilica with its stately dome defining the city’s skyline and the huge St Peter’s Square. The Dome, accessible from the side door of the Basilica and through a narrow 320 step staircase, is also worth spending the energies to reach in order to admire the stunning panorama of the city.
Tips to best plan your Vatican visit
The Vatican City attracts hordes of visitors on a daily basis so you can easily get stuck in long queues and groups of tourists. It is advisable to start your visit very early in the morning or in the afternoon after peak hours. As you are likely to be walking and standing most of the time, comfortable shoes are highly recommendable. Moreover, be aware that all bags ad rucksacks are checked at the entrance so best to travel light. Make the most of your short holiday break in Rome by staying in a hotel near the Vatican. Find out more details on our range of rooms at Hotel Mellini!