Inside Italy is a state that everyone knows about: . Yes, there truly is a state inside a state! In fact The Vatican is not only a beautiful, imposing church, but it is also an independent nation with its own laws. It is the smallest state in the world, both in population and in size. It is an ecclesiastic state ruled by the Pope (nowadays Benedict XVI). Not only “religious” people live here; important bankers, employees and their families also make this their home. Of course, in order to live in this small nation you must be a resident. You cannot visit The Vatican City State unless you have a special permit. However, it is possible to visit the well-know Vatican Museum and the majestic Basilica of Saint Peter without one.
This is the most important church in the world.
Inside it is full of mosaics and paintings and the ceiling is covered in gold. It is probably one of the most amazing churches you will ever visit.
Below ground are the tombs of all the popes.
Something to do, if possible, is climb to the top of the Cupola, which can be reached by a long series of stairs. There is an elevator available, but only for the first half.
Despite this long climb, a trip to the top is well worth the time and the effort. Believe me, this will be the “high” point of your visit!