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  • Sunday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Monday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 07:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 07:00 - 23:00
Vatican City ( ( listen); Italian: Città del Vaticano [tʃitˈta ddel vatiˈkaːno]; Latin: Civitas Vaticana), officially Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City (Italian: Stato della Città del Vaticano; Latin: Status Civitatis Vaticanae), is a country located within the city of Rome. With an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of 1,000, it is the smallest state in the world by both area and population. However, formally it is not sovereign, with sovereignty being held by the Holy See. It is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state (a type of theocracy) ruled by the Bishop of Rome – the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergy of various national origins. Since the return of the popes from Avignon in 1377, they have generally resided at the Apostolic Palace within what is now Vatican City, although at times residing instead in the Quirinal Palace in Rome or elsewhere. Vatican City is distinct from the Holy See (Latin: Sancta Sedes), which dates back to early Christianity and is the main episcopal see of 1.2 billion Latin and Eastern Catholic adherents around the globe. The independent city-state, on the other hand, came into existence in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty between the Holy See and Italy, which spoke of it as a new creation, not as a vestige of the much larger Papal States (756–1870), which had previously encompassed much of central Italy. According to the terms of the treaty, the Holy See has "full ownership, exclusive dominion, and sovereign authority and jurisdiction" over the city-state. Within Vatican City are religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. They feature some of the world's most famous paintings and sculptures. The unique economy of Vatican City is supported financially by the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications.
  • Bernard Father

    a month ago

    I am never tired visiting the place many times. To enjoy it well come early when the crowd is less thick. You will love it. A place of historical and monumental records for Christianity

  • Ashish Patil

    2 months ago

    Defining it is impossible and so imaging. Go there n feel it. Most adventurous n breathe taking stairs climbing till top of dome is one should dare for. What a experience.

  • AYAN MAZUMDAR

    20 days ago

    Awesome place. The crowd is always there on all days. But this is something to look forward to. The place of the vicar of Christ. :)

  • Jordan Woodhouse

    16 days ago

    Beautiful! BUT you are bombarded with people trying to sell you passes inside and selfie sticks. Takes away from the experience. I suggest you buy a fast pass; the line gets extremely long

  • C. K.

    18 days ago

    Visited as part of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tour. Recommend getting an early morning tour and visiting the square before the crowds arrive. Better photos and less annoyance.