Where is the Vatican?
As it is known even to an absolutely non-religious person, the Vatican is the place where the Pope of Rome sits. Based on this and using exclusively logic, you can immediately tell where the Vatican is located: in Rome. However, this is probably the common man’s end of the geographic information on this topic. Most of our people are simply not interested where the Vatican is located until they get together on a tourist trip (or work) to Italy. However, every educated person should know about the Vatican.
Even if you are aware of where the Vatican is located, you are unlikely to know that it occupies a very small area of the Italian capital - only 44 hectares, that is, less than half a square kilometer. With that, Rome itself spread out over more than a thousand square kilometers (to be exact - at 1285). The length of the border of this mini-state is only three kilometers, so you can walk along it for an hour, not too hurrying. The Vatican is the only country of such small size (more about this you can read in the material What is the smallesta country). In addition, it is the only state surrounded by ancient walls around the perimeter. The Vatican is located on the right side of the Tiber, in the western part of the Italian capital. How you can get into it, read the article How to get to Rome.
Interesting features of the Vatican
This unique state is very different from other countries in many respects. The most amazing of them are:
- Any planes are not allowed to cross the sky above the country.
- The state language is Latin. Even ATMs "talk" it.
- 95% of the inhabitants of the Vatican are men.
- Citizenship of the Vatican receive only the highest Catholic ranks and the Swiss Guards, guarding them.
- On the territory of the “state in the state” there is the largest in the world number of historical, spiritual, artistic and architectural values per unit area.
How to get to the Vatican
To find yourself in the "holy city", it is enough to get to Rome and transfer to any public transport: the metro (line A in the direction of St. Peter's), buses 40 and 64 or taxi. However, it is worth considering that the main question is not how to get to the Vatican, but what exactly can be seen there: tourists are not allowed to go to all places. This side of the journey is better to ask in advance so as not to have trouble.