Vatican Walking Tour, Rome

Vatican Walking Tour, Rome
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Rome Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Rome Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Vatican City is a landlocked sovereign city-state consisting of an enclave within the city of Rome, it is the smallest recognized independent state in the world. The Vatican is one of the most sacred places in Christendom, it attests to a great history and a formidable spiritual venture. Although only 44 hectares in overall surface, the Vatican features several worthwhile places to see, such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.

Vatican Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Vatican Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Rome (See other walking tours in Rome)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: clare
Vatican Museums

1) Vatican Museums (must see)

The Vatican Museums on Viale Vaticano are a collection of galleries that house the biggest display of art in the world, built up over the centuries by the Roman Catholic Church. You really shouldn’t miss this important collection of Renaissance Art and classical statues.

The collection was founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, when he bought the white marble statue of Laocoon and his sons being attacked by sea serpents from a vineyard owner who found the magnificent sculpture...   view more
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Cortile del Belvedere

2) Cortile del Belvedere

The Cortile del Belvedere, the Belvedere Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramantefrom 1506 onwards and finished by Pirro Ligorio for Pius IV in 1562–65, was a major architectural work of the High Renaissance at the Vatican Palace in Rome. Its concept and details reverberating in courtyard design, formalized piazzas and garden plans throughout Western Europe for centuries. Conceived as a single enclosed space, the long Belvedere court connected the Vatican Palace with the Villa Belvedere in a...   view more
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Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana

3) Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana

The Vatican Apostolic Library (Latin: Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana), more commonly called simply the Vatican Library, is the library of the Holy See, currently located in Vatican City. It is one of the oldest libraries in the world and contains one of the most significant collections of historical texts. Formally established in 1475, though in fact much older, it has 75,000 codices from throughout history. From July 2007, the library had been temporarily closed to the public for rebuilding,...   view more
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St. Peter's Square

4) St. Peter's Square (must see)

Saint Peter’s Square is the most famous square in the world. It is also an architectural and engineering masterpiece and no visitor to Rome should miss visiting it.

The square was redesigned between 1657 and 1667 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who was already working on the Basilica. Pope Alexander VII wanted the piazza in front of St Peter’s Basilica to be a place where everyone could see him, but not too grand to distract from the Basilica itself.

Bernini designed the square to be...   view more
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Obelisk

5) Obelisk

Everyone always associates obelisks with Egypt, but today there are more of these slender monuments in Rome than anywhere else in the world, with eight ancient Egyptian ones and five ancient Roman ones. These monuments were raised usually as a single block in front of pyramids or Egyptian temples and they symbolized the sun god Ra. Ancient Romans often dedicated their to their current ruling emperor; these weren’t adorned with hieroglyphics.

The obelisk that stands in St Peter’s Square...   view more
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St. Peter's Basilica

6) St. Peter's Basilica (must see)

Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a beginner, you will probably never see a church as magnificent as the Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican City. This beautiful church is one of the biggest in the world and is considered one of the holiest places in Rome. The original church was built in 324, commissioned by Emperor Constantine and built over the shrine marking the burial place of the martyred St Peter. St Peter, who has one of the Apostles and considered as the 1st pope, was crucified...   view more
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Paul VI Audience Hall

7) Paul VI Audience Hall

The Paul VI Audience Hall is a building in Rome, mostly in Italy and partially in Vatican City, but the Italian part of the building is an extraterritorial area of the Holy See used by the Pope as an alternative to Saint Peter's Square for conducting his Wednesday morning General Audience. The building, with a seating capacity of 6,300, was designed in reinforced concrete by the Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi and completed in 1971.

One of the more arresting features of the hall is...   view more
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Sistine Chapel

8) Sistine Chapel (must see)

Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture, evocative of Solomon's Temple of the Old Testament, and its decoration which has been frescoed throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Sandro Botticelli. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. He resented the commission, and...   view more
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Cappella Paolina

9) Cappella Paolina

The Cappella Paolina (Pauline Chapel) is a chapel in the Vatican Palace separated from the Sistine Chapel by the Sala Regia (Regal Room). This beautiful chapel was designed in 1538 by Antonio de Sangallo the Younger, commissioned by Pope Paul II. It was used as the Chapel of the Concave and the Chapel of the Sacrament.

There was never any question in the pope’s mind as to which master artist would execute the chapel’s frescoes. He wanted Michelangelo, but the artist was over 60, tired and...   view more
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Vatican Gardens

10) Vatican Gardens

The Vatican Gardens (Italian: Giardini Vaticani) in Vatican City are private urban gardens and parks which cover more than half of the Vatican territory in the South and Northeast. There are some buildings, such as Radio Vatican, within the gardens. The gardens cover approximately 23 hectares (57 acres) which is most of the Vatican Hill. The highest point is 60 meters (200 ft) above mean sea level. Stone walls bound the area in the North, South and West. The gardens and parks were established...   view more
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