The Vatican is amongst the most important historical sites in the world. The seat of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, The Vati... More
The Vatican is amongst the most important historical sites in the world. The seat of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, The Vatican is also the home of the Pope. As the smallest state in the world, the Vatican has figured in key events throughout history. Occupying about one half kilometer of Rome, The Vatican is further significant because of its fabulous architecture, religious, and artistic treasures. It was Pope Julius II della Rovere in the 16th century who commissioned Michelangelo to paint the history of creation on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Among countless other notable events in the history of this important city are the convening of the College of Cardinals, at the death of a reigning Pontiff, for the purposes of electing a new Pope. No visit to Rome is complete without an excursion to The Vatican, a place so steeped in history and tradition that you will never forget it.
From Saint Peters to the museum, you will enjoy the sights and the history of christianity. From the column where Jesus leaned on to the extraoridnary view from St. Peter's dome, you will not be disappointed. When I first entered St. Peter's Basilica, I fell to my knees and gasped at the beauty of it's architecture and enjoyed every second I was there. Make sure you visit all the side chapels because they are equally beautiful. I recommend two hotels Palazzo Cesi, and Residenza Paolo VI, RPVI has an amazing terrace which overlooks the beautiful statues of the saints. If someone gave me a ticket to return to the Vatican, I would take it in a heartbeat even if I have to fly in the cargo!
Shopping for leather bags & shoes in Milan. Visiting Vatican was my dream come true. Sightseeing the ruins ,fountains & statues were breath-taking. Most of all I enjoyed eating pizza, Italian bread & ice-cream. The Italians reminded me of our Eurasian comunity in Malaysia.