10 Best Places To Visit In Vatican City

10 Best Places To Visit In Vatican City

Here are the 10 best places to visit in the Vatican City that you must not miss out on during your trip to Europe. All these places in Vatican City are located at a walking distance from each other.

1. St. Peter’s Basilica

The design of the church is worth a visit along with its histor

The Italians call the place ‘Basilica di San Pietro in the Vatican’. According to the Catholic tradition, this large church is believed to be the place where Saint Peter was buried. He was among one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. St. Peter’s Basilica has about 100 tombs within its campus. And also this place is especially famous as a pilgrimage place. With the design of the church is worth a visit along with its history. So that is the reason why it tops the list of famous places to visit in Vatican City.

Best time to visit: April to September
Timings: 7 AM – 7 PM

A visit to the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is a must for any traveler exploring the heart of Italy's capital. When planning your trip, consider the convenience of transportation options like bus hire Rome or minibus rental Italy to ensure you can effortlessly reach this iconic landmark.

The grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica, with its awe-inspiring architecture and rich history, is an essential stop on your Italian journey. With the flexibility and comfort of a rented bus or minibus, you can fully immerse yourself in the cultural and spiritual significance of this remarkable place, making your visit a memorable and seamless experience.

2. Sistine Chapel

rectangular shaped brick building

Second on the list of best places to visit in Vatican city, Sistine Chapel constructed between 1473 to 1481. Michelangelo's artistry takes center stage on the ceiling of a rectangular brick building, captivating hearts and minds for centuries. This place is the official residence of the Pope. And, is also used for the election of a new Pope by the Sacred College of Cardinals. Certainly, the place is worth a visit for those who are fond of art and travelling. Too this place is favourite among the list of famous places to visit in Vatican City.

Best time to visit: May to October
Entry fee: 16€ (adults) | 8€ (children and students)

3. Vatican Garden

most beautiful gardens in Rom

Many people consider the Vatican Gardens to be one of the most beautiful gardens in Rome. Here is an amalgamation of bushes, flowers and trees which makes this place worth a visit. Due to acceptance of a few reservations a day, the garden is not that crowded. Step into, one can explore the place for 1-2 hour. This place lies between Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, so, it is just a walking distance away.

Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM
Entry fee: 30€

4. Vatican Necropolis

best tourist places to visit in Vatican City

The place is one of the best tourist places to visit in Vatican City.  This place is situated under the Vatican City. It is located on a depth of 5-12 metres below the St. Peter’s Basilica. It was found in an archaeological excavation in the year 1940-1949. However,  Necropolis does not allow more than 250 people to visit the place so the history lovers are advised to go at prime time to get the maximum out of it. Overview, it is located adjacent to Vatican Museum so a walk of a few minutes is required to reach.

Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM

5. Museo Chiaramonti

Art lovers often visit this place


Museo Chiaramonti was inaugurated in 1807 by a sculptor named Canova. The museum is given this name after pope Pius VII Chiaramonti. It joins the Palace of Belvedere to the Vatican Palaces. It has about 1000 antique sculptures of the Roman portrait. Art lovers often visit this place as they find it full of art and ancient culture. And thus, it joins the list of top places to visit in Vatican City. Because of you simply have to walk by the streets of Vatican Museum to reach Museo Chiaramonti.

Open till: 4 PM

6. Vatican Library

oldest libraries

It is one of the oldest libraries in the whole world and it contains a collection of historical texts. About 1.1 million printed books along with 75,000 codices are present in the library. It is a type of research library for history, philosophy, law and science. So, the place is especially for readers and researchers. Visitors can boost up their knowledge by visiting this place.

Timings: 9 AM – 2 PM

7. Pinacoteca

famous for the sculptures

This place is a construction of architect Luca Beltrami for Pius XI. And the inauguration of this place took place on 27 October 1932. Also it is famous for the sculptures it has on its walls. It contains the painting which is said to be the central area of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. The beautiful paintings here attract tourists to visit it at least once. The place is inside the Vatican Museum so it is just a walking distance from St. Peter’s Basilica.

Timings: 10 AM – 5:30 PM

8. Egyptian Museum

museum has nine different rooms having different sculptures

Step into a world of pharaohs and ancient wonders! Founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839, the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, or simply the Egyptian Museum, holds nine treasure-filled rooms, each dedicated to a different chapter in Egypt's fascinating history. Journey through these galleries and encounter majestic sculptures whispering tales of forgotten dynasties and powerful gods. It has sculptures showing reliefs of ancient Assyria. The place is worth a visit for those who love to see art and culture. It is located at a walking distance from St. Peter’s Square.

Timings: 9 AM – 11 PM

9. Saint Peter’s Square

heart of the Vatican City

Forget iconic landmarks – St. Peter's Square steals the show in Vatican City! Topping the must-visit list, this majestic piazza, reigns as the true heart of the Vatican, captivating every visitor with its grandeur. This place can hold about 4,00,000 people at a time. And that is the reason why the Pope artanes his Papal audience at this place. It is the most visited place in Vatican City as everyone goes to visit this place and to capture its beauty in their memories.

Timings: 7 AM – 7 PM

10. The Colosseum

seven wonders of the world

Towering over Rome, the Colosseum, a titan of ancient engineering, beckons travelers from afar. The Colosseum is the beauty of ancient Roman architecture and masonry. It is perhaps the largest amphi theatre ever constructed. Also it has seen both the rise and destruction of the Roman Empire. It is just a 15 minutes taxi ride from Vatican City.

Best time to visit: After 3 PM
Entry fee: 12€

What are you still waiting for? Pack your bags and fly away to Europe to witness all these fascinating places to visit in Vatican City. Dive into the ocean of knowledge and history at this holy center of Catholicism in the world and tell us all about your holiday experience once you’re back.

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