The Vatican is located completely within Rome and is located on one of the famous Seven Hills of Rome, just West of the River Tiber. It is separated from the rest of Rome by a wall. Vatican City is certainly not to be missed if you are staying in one of the many Rome apartments that are available to rent, and attractions can suit all requirements.
Access to Vatican City is via road, or a specially built railway and it is made up of St. Peter’s Church, St. Peter’s Square, The Vatican itself and the Vatican gardens plus other private areas. Its best known landmark is St. Peter’s Basilica and the nearby Vatican Palace, which is the residence of The Pope. The main points of interest are the Stanza, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, containing many rare works of art and priceless paintings.
Vatican City is located in Rome, Italy, and the time zone is GMT+2 during British Summer Time. It has an area of just 0.17 square miles and a population of around 1000. The actual State of the Vatican was formed in 1929 and Pope Benedict VI has been head of state since 2005.There is free access to some of the Vatican City but for many parts of it entry requires special permission. The only areas with open access are St Peters and its square, and the Vatican museum and associated gardens.
Currency in Vatican City looks similar to that of the rest of Italy but it does have a totally separate monetary system, and the Euro is legal tender.
It can get very hot and humid in Rome and Vatican City during July and August, so if you do not like high temperatures, it is best to visit outside these months. September and October are popular months for tourists.
No particular travel documents are required here, but all rules and regulations applicable to Rome must be complied with. Choosing Rome apartments in the city centre gives easy access to the Vatican railway, but many Rome apartments consolidate with other complexes, to run regular trips to places like the Vatican City, which makes it all much simpler. Most Rome apartments will have information available on trips, tours, etc but tourist information offices can provide a more comprehensive list of events and excursions.
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