While a visit to the Vatican in Rome Italy might not meet all standards for a day trip, I believe you should spend your entire day exploring each and every corner of this world wonder. The Vatican is located in Rome, but is considered its own state. It is governed by a monarchy, with the Pope as its head of state. Vatican City makes its own euros, prints its own stamps, has its own flag and anthem and license plates. Make sure you plan to visit the Vatican in Rome when building your itinerary.
Start early at the Vatican museums. Here you will find galleries, sculptures, tapestries, and of course, the Sistine Chapel.
You might know the Sistine Chapel as Michelangelo’s masterpiece. If you have never heard of the Sistine Chapel, well then, please know, that it is truly Michelangelo’s masterpiece. It is an odd scene in this holy chapel. Everyone is staring at the ceiling, wandering, occasionally bumping into each other.
St. Peters Basilica is the world’s largest church and often considered the center of Christianity. There is a surreal feeling as you walk into this expansive church. It is truly something to behold. The art and intricate details separate the beauty of this church from all others in Europe. Make sure you look up to view the iconic dome. As you explore, make you way to the Vatican Grottoes where you can see several tombs from the original basilica.
Meander around St. Peters Square to catch a full view of the history and significance.
You will likely be leaving Vatican City hungry, so I suggest grabbing a panini or sandwich at Borgo or Mordi. You simply can’t go wrong with their menus.
Pro Tip: dress modestly. Most of the Vatican City attractions require you to cover your knees and shoulders.