With more than 6 million travelers visiting the Vatican is clearly one of the most important attractions in Italy.
The Holy Seat dates back to early Christianity with 1,3 billion Catholics around the world distributed in the Latin Church and 23 Eastern Catholics Churches.
The indipendent Vatican City State came to existance on 11 February 1929.
Within Vatican City we can visit Saint Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
There are no passport controls for visitors enetring Vatican City from the surrounding Italian territory.
There is a free public access to Saint Peter's Square and Basilica, abd on occasion of popal general audiences, to the hall in which they are held.
For these audiences and for major cerimonies in Saint Peter Square, tickets free of charge must be obtained beforehand.
The Vatican Museums incorporating the Sisitine Chapel, usually charge on entrance fee.
The Vatican Museums are Christian Art museums located within the city boundaries of Vatican City, they display works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout centuries, including several of the most renewed Roman sculptures and the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The Museums contain roughly 70,000 works of art, of which 20,000 are on display and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative scholarly and restoration department.
Pope Julius II founded the museum in the early 16th century, the Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze of Raphael, are on the visitor route through the Vaticam Museums.
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