We had to move past away from northern Italy’s capital city Venice, to get to Vatican city, marked as planet’s smallest country. Venice was a grand islandish voyage from one canal to another, with a sight that left us mesmerized with its string of Gothic palaces, red roofs, and renaissance architecture. World’s smallest country, on the other hand, is a magnified version of Rome, except with exceptionally distinct chapels and museums. From Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s frescoes, to the famed Vatican Museum, a tour of the city is a glory of great pride, which will leave you spellbound.
Frescoes make us contemplate about the forgotten history and the creative ability of the artists of the bygone era. A trip to Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican city, added a fresh perspective to our brooding and expanded our vision on a whole new level. From the moment we stepped in, to the time we stepped out, we couldn’t stop admiring the exemplary-art on the walls and the ceilings. And why not? After all, this chapel is the official residence of the Pope and is located right inside the Apostolic Palace.
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St. Peter’s Basilica
Amongst, other interesting spots of the Vatican City, is the 4th-century St. Peter Basilica located on the Città del Vaticano road. We found this Italian church exciting because this papal enclave is the largest in the world while featuring the most remarkable Renaissance architecture. Titled as one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world, St. Peter Basilica is where you will find the tomb of Saint Peter, Jesus’s chief Apostle.
The Musei Vaticani or the 16th-century Vatican Museum summarizes the Vatican City best in a short tour of few hours. With 54 galleries on display, expect nothing but to wander around a Roman space exhibiting over 70,000 Renaissance masterpieces. All along, our tour we couldn’t stop drooling over the ceilings designed by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Stanze di Raffaello. A magnificent display of the Roman grandeur! Which, is why it’s not surprising that this museum is visited by over 6mn people annually, making it the world’s 5th-most-visited art museum. For world’s smallest country, Vatican City does indeed, hold the world’s largest treasure worth seeking.