Thinking of things to do in Rome during your vacation? The number one attraction in the Eternal City is of course Vatican City with its many museums and treasures. Take at least half a day to explore the Vatican, as there are many great things to see and do there. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world however it is undoubtedly a very busy tourist spot.
Surrounded by the city of Rome, the Vatican is known to many as “The Holy See”. The area consists of priests, nuns and other people who practice Roman Catholicism. The city has several cultural Vatican attractions that are attracting many visitors every day, year in year out. Because lines in front of the Vatican are always long and can take up hours of your time, especially during high season, we advise you check out our skip the line tour offer.
Get to know Vatican area in Rome
The Vatican area offers plenty more to do after you’ve seen this unique country in the heart of Rome. Across the river Tiber and west of Rome’s center is St Peter’s Basilica. This is the world’s largest church and it is also the heart of Christianity. This Late Renaissance church is considered to be the holiest Catholic landmark as it is the place where the notorious St Peter (the first pope) died and was buried in 64 AD. Make sure to visit the 26-meter high bronze baldachin and check out the remarkable detail of the dome’s ceiling when you’re there!
Visiting Vatican area means checking out many must-see attractions. Next place on your list should be Saint Peter’s Square, right in front of the basilica. This square is home to stunning architecture including the Colonade with its 140 statues positioned on top. Make sure to take a photo at the famous Egyptian obelisk or by the Carlo Fontana’s fountain.
If you walk about 750 meters towards the east, you will find yourself at Castel Sant’Angelo; a castle where many Roman emperors including Hadrian were buried in the past. This castle that now serves as a museum has many beautiful works of art you shouldn’t miss when there, such as the statue of the bronze angel and the Baroque statue of the Passion of Christ. Learn more about Castel Sant’Angelo by watching our special video guide about this top attraction in Vatican area.