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The Holy City of the Vatican {Photo Junket}

By on Jan 20, 2013 in Photo Junkets, Vatican City | 0 comments

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St Peter's Square

St Peter’s Square

A country within a country, The Vatican or Stato della Città del Vaticano as it is spoken in Italian, is the smallest country in the world and is home to Pope Benedict XVI of the Catholic Church. I recently visited this small state whilst touring from Palermo to Milan in Italy. Being such a small area, the Vatican City is easily achievable as a day trip when in Rome, however you will need many more to fully appreciate the architecture and massive collection of artwork that is housed here.

For me however, one of the best aspects of visiting the Holy City was seeing the mixture of people and cultures; From tourists keen to get that perfect photo, to pilgrims who had clearly travelled a long way to pay their respects. Whether it’s people watching from St Peter’s Square, getting lost in Michelangelo’s artwork in the Sistine Chapel, or marvelling at St Peter’s Basilica, everyone will agree that the Vatican City is a masterpiece.

Vatican Ceiling Artwork in Museum

A sore neck is waiting – Vatican Ceiling Artwork at the Museum

Guards at the Vatican City

Don’t be fooled, they are trained Military professionals!

Holy light at the St Peter's Basilica Altar

Holy light at the St Peter’s Basilica Altar

St Peter's Dome

St Peter’s Dome

Stained Glass in St Peter's Basilica

Stained Glass of a Peace Dove in St Peter’s Basilica

Water Fountain in St Peter's Square

Water Fountain (they’re everywhere in Rome) in St Peter’s Square

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica