01 March 2010
Posted in PLACES YOU MUST SEE
The Vatican City is the world’s smallest state, with an area of just 0.17 square miles and less than 800 inhabitants, none of whom are permanent residents.
The spiritual centre of the Roman Catholic church, the Vatican city is one of the places to see when in Rome - whether you are religious or not.
At one time the Papal states covered much of central Italy, and it was not until the unification of Italy in 1860 that the area around Rome was no longer under the rule of the Pope, with Rome following in 1870. It was in 1929 that the Vatican City was formed, an enclave within the walls of Rome, and it has remained in essence unchanged until this day.
A visit to Vatican city entails seeing some of the most beautiful artwork and architecture in Rome. First and foremost, Saint Peter’s Basilica, one of the most beautiful and most visited churches in the world . The basilica, built on the site of an old Constantinian basilica which took, in the 16th and 17th centuries, 150 years to rebuild and restore to its current glory. It is an incredible example of Renaissance architecture and holds some of the most beautiful, intricate religious works of art in Europe.
You can also take a tour of the Vatican Gardens, designed as a place of tranquility and meditation for Popes since 1279. Extensive lawns, an orchard and gardens full of statues and fountains make up this beautiful area, resplendent in its shows of natural colours, light and flowing water.
Perhaps the most interesting of all are the Vatican museums, which include the Sistine chapel with its breathtakingly complex and beautiful paintings on the walls and ceiling, as well as galleries of artwork, from paintings and tapestries to bronze statues and vases from all over the world, including non Catholic places of worship.
The Vatican city is an interesting place, full of areas not open to the puplic, and still guarded by the notorious Swiss guard. There are a number of rules concerning visits, especially around attire (modest, for boh men and women) , the use of flash photography and the carrying of large or cumbersome items.
If you are interested in visiting the very heart of the Catholic Church, and it is worth a visit even if you are not Catholic, then what about a honeymoon or wedding in Rome? There are plenty of beautiful locations to choose from and lots to see and do in Rome, making it the perfect romantic location.
Wedding venues Near the Vatican City:
- Villa Grazioli - A Charming villa with a panoramic view of Rome
- Villa La Torraccia di Sutri - Discover the magic of history and beauty combined
- Marriott Grand Hotel Flora - Elegant and charming location in Rome
- Intercontinental de la Ville - Class and elegance in the middle of Rome
- Hotel St. Regis - Your elegant wedding in the centre of Rome