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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Rome by Reid Bramblett, Jeffrey Kennedy

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Vatican City

The Vatican is the world’s smallest nation, covering just 50 ha (120 acres), and is a theocracy of just over 550 citizens, headed by the Pope, but its sightseeing complex is beyond compare. Within its wall are the ornate St Peter’s Basilica, the astonishing Sistine Chapel, lush gardens, apartments frescoed by Fra’ Angelico, Raphael and Pinturicchio, and some 10 museums. The latter, detailed on these pages, include collections of Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities; Paleochristian, Renaissance and modern art; and a world-class ethnographic collection.

Museums and Sistine Chapel

  • Viale Vaticano

  • Open 8:30am–6pm (last admission 4pm) Mon–Sat and 8:30am–12:30pm last Sun of month. Closed 8, 25, 26 Dec, 1 & 6 ...

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