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The smallest state in the world by both area and population, Vatican City is enclaved within Rome, which means you can’t go to Rome without visiting it – and you don’t even need a passport! The Vatican Museums is the main reason why people visit this tiny state, besides an attempt to see the reigning pope.

The colossal museum complex occupies the Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano and contains some of the most impressive world’s art collections, from Egyptian mummies to Renaissance canvases, though one of its highlights is the Raphael Rooms, with frescoes from the Renaissance master. A visit to the Vatican is not completed without contemplating the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel, a masterpiece by Michelangelo, admiring the columns around the St. Peter’s Square or climbing the 320-steps to the rooftop of the Saint Peter’s Basilica dome for a breathtaking panorama of Rome.

If your goal is to see the pope, there are two days in the week where your chances are higher: Wednesdays, when a crowd forms in the morning for the general audience and Sundays, when the pope appears in his apartment window on St. Peter’s Square and speaks for around 15-20 minutes.

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Città del Vaticano 00120 Vatican City