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The Vatican, also known as the See of Rome, is a sovereign territory containing Vatican City. It is located in the north part of Rome and easily reached by public transportation.
It is the smallest country in the world. The Pope is the ruler of the Vatican City State and the Vatican. Tourists from all over the world come to see the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and other sites.
It is a beautiful place to visit for those of the Catholic religion or for those interested in exploring the history of Rome.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for The Vatican. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for The Vatican: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
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The Vatican is a sovereign territory within Italy. But, it follows Italian entry and exit requirements. This means a visa is not required for stays under 90 days.
Outside of Catholic clergy, there are no visas or other documents issued for the Vatican. All travel is to, through or from Italy.
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Much like Rome, the Vatican has a warm and temperate climate. The hottest month is July with temperatures in the 70’s. The coldest month is January when it can reach the 40’s.
The Vatican has a very low amount of crime. Most of the resident population is Catholic clergy. Internal strife is rarely reported. But, there are museums and other areas of the Vatican that are open to the public.
In these sections, pick-pocketing and petty theft are not uncommon. Travelers should take precautions to make sure they bags cannot be easily accessed.
While there have been threats of terrorism against the Vatican. No attack has been carried out.
The Vatican Museums contain a huge collection of works by Popes, Roman Emperors and famous artists. The museums have about 70,000 works and currently displays 20,000 of them.
The Sistine Chapel has its ceiling painted by Michelangelo and the Stanze di Raffaello by Raphael. Other notable paintings include Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness, Filippo Lippi’s Marsuppini Coronation, and Perugino’s Madonna and Child with Saints.
There are also sculpture museums, such as the Museo Pio-Clementino and Museo Chiaramonti. There is also the Vatican Historical Museum, which contains a collection of portraits of the Popes from the 16th century to now. The papamobili (Popemobiles) are on display.
All Americans visiting the Vatican should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
There is no Vatican embassy. Instead, use the U.S. embassy in Rome:
U.S. Embassy Rome
via Vittorio Veneto 121
Phone: (+39) 06.46741
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