Vatican Travel Guide

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When speaking of world’s smallest sovereign nation, most people are probably thinking about Monaco or San Marino. However, this is not the case. As you have already guessed it by now from my preamble, the honor of being the smallest country in the world goes to Vatican City, which is actually a state in itself.

What’s very interesting about Vatican, and I am not talking about its huge walls which surround it completely, walls which were built to prevent a Muslim invasion in a time when Muslims were all over Italy, Spain and Europe generally speaking, this tiny self-contained nation, the home of the Pope which is the lighthouse of the Catholic world is basically situated inside the city of Rome. And I mean entirely within the city of Rome,like concentric circles.

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Basically, traveling to Vatican, the monument of Christianity is actually visiting Italy with a twist, and that’s kind of cool if you come to think about it. There are lots of visitors in a sort of pilgrimage to Vatican, for religious reasons that is, but you don’t have to be Catholic to have a blast whilst cruising this medieval fortress.

Being  huge monuments to Catholicism, the world famous Saint Peter Basilica and obviously the Vatican Palace itself are the main “selling points” of this holy place where the pope resides when he’s not campaigning for multiculturalism and a world without borders, not to mention interfering with the US elections and what not. I don’t like much Pope Bergoglio, who isn’t even European, marking a world first in this regard, but I am digressing.

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Inside the Vatican Palace you’ll be able to stand in awe in front of the legendary work of Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel, which claims to have and arguably it does the most famous ceiling in the known universe. While here, you’ll be flabbergasted to see Michelangelo’s magnum opus and I am talking about The Last Judgement.

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One thing that must be taken into account is that one doesn’t simply walk into the Vatican. Visiting Vatican City can be a bit of an effort, as the place is usually very crowded, being very busy all year round and at most times of the day, but if you will it, it is no dream.

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Just be patient, join the queues and be at peace with putting up with multitudes of tourists, this is a small price to pay after all if you’re into art and culture and what made the Old Continent great back in the day.

Following the masses and the guides, you’ll be able to take a peak at the state’s assorted treasures, especially inside the Vatican Museum, where you’ll be able to stand in front of an extraordinary collection of paintings wearing the signatures of masters like Giotto and Raphael in the Pinacoteca Vaticana.

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Naturally, you’ll also be able to  wash your eyes so to speak with artifacts dating from classical antiquity and even older stuff, as there are museums in the Vatican dedicated to older finds, from the Egyptians and Etruscan’s.  The Vatican was the leader of the Papal States for over a millennia until Italy’s unification in the nineteenth century.

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If you’re going to visit the Vatican, be advised that the official languages in Vatican City are Latin and Italian, but you’ll most probably be able to find a guide who knows English, at least approximately. Before the “latino” Pope (he’s an ex bouncer with heavy left political leanings) somehow got inside the Vatican, the holy place was home for a German Pope, Joseph Ratzinger, who was a very conservative Cardinal before being upped in the Catholic church’s ranks and he was heavily criticized by the trendies of our times for his hard line denouncements of important issues which plague the Western civilization, like birth control, moral relativism and the promotion of LGBT by the multicultural mass media. Ratzinger was the first Pope in history to resign and his place was taken by this guy Bergoglio, who is a true social justice warrior and not much of a Catholic Pope.

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