Vatican is an independent city-state located in the heart of Rome, and is a spiritual pilgrimage and significant destination for many Christians. The Pope’s official residence is located in Vatican City as well as many other valuable cultural landmarks and architecture including cathedrals, chapels, and museums. A visit to this historical place is guaranteed to be an unforgettable one because it is steeped in religious art, sculptures and prominent buildings. Vatican tours generally involve quite a bit of walking, and there are many different excursions and packages to choose from when visiting the smallest country in the world!
Choosing one of the guided Vatican tours can offer visitors a glimpse into the deep history of this location. Guides are experts in both art history, religious art and the Vatican itself. They can also provide tickets, entry to museums & local attractions - often times without lining up, offering an experience that might otherwise be complicated.
The Sistine Chapel is a must see on your tour of Vatican City, and there are many excursion options to choose from. There are behind the scenes tours, VIP tours and after hours tours. Some of these will lead you through a private entrance and allow you to visit the Sala degli Ori or Room of Gold as well as the Niccoline Chapel. The Sistine Chapel can be seen at leisure on these tours, and if you are part of the after-hours tour, this will include commentary from your tour guide which is not allowed during regular hours. A fascinating way to see this breathtaking marvel.
If you want to combine your visit to the Sistine Chapel with other attractions, consider a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. These tours offer skip the line options which will save you time and hassle. They often include a professional guide and wireless headsets to be able to listen in with the language of your choice.
Early risers can take advantage of a breakfast tour of the Vatican. There are a couple of restaurant options which include a full-service breakfast. After that, take a ride through the Vatican Gardens. This tour ends with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. If you are traveling with kids, there’s even a tour designed especially for little ones in Vatican City. This tour offers skip the line options and covers all the exciting sights of the other tours but with an interesting bonus. These tours point out fun things kids love such as an Egyptian mummy and a vast bathtub that belonged to Emperor Nero.
Whichever one of the Vatican tours you embark on in this city-state, you’ll be sure to be steeped in cultural significance and historical landmarks that you won’t soon forget.
Although Vatican City is small, it does have its own railway station which is located near the Vatican Gardens. The Vatican Railway has been in operation since 1934 but only started carrying passengers 2015. Service is limited, and the railway has also been used for ceremonies and in symbolic journeys. The main railway track is only three hundred meters long, and Vatican Railways is considered the shortest national railway in the entire world.
The main train station serving Italy's capital - where the Vatican is located, is Roma Termini. Various lines run through this station and you can easily reach many other major cities in Italy - fast, including: Naples, Bologna, Venice, Verona, Milan & Turin. AV (Alta Velocità) trains will take you from Rome to any of those destinations in style, speed and comfort, however - other services are available if you like to travel slower, or need access to smaller towns along the way. Refer to the Italy train map for an overall glimpse of the country's railway system.