Tourists have been awed by the priceless, magnificent architecture, artwork and sculptures within the city walls. From its famous frescoed ceilings in St. Peter’s Basilica to Bernini's dramatic baldachin over the papal altar, there is so much to explore and admire.
Vatican City also hosts some of Europe’s most impressive museums. Hundreds of ancient artefacts, sculptures and artwork can be seen at The Vatican Museums. The gallery offers treasures from Egypt, Greece, and Rome dating back 1500 years ago. Another popular attraction is a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel to view Michelangelo’s renowned pieces of artwork.
In addition to art-related activities, there are churches and other attractions such as gardens and fountains located in the square near the chapel. The city provides a unique opportunity for tourists to get an insider look into Vatican life with the Papal Audience — a special ceremony approved by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011.
The best thing about visiting Vatican City is the affordable local cuisine and drinks that go along with it. Although people who visit this area tend to sample gourmet Italian food, visitors should also try some of the flavorful dishes made with fresh ingredients found in traditional Roman cuisine. Popular dishes include carbonara- a baked dish with bacon, ricotta cheese and eggs, fettuccine Alfredo - a creamy butter and parmesan sauce tossed with fettuccine- pasta, and tiramisu - an authentic Italian dessert made with coffee and mascarpone cheese.
For drinks, tourists like to try a few different types of Italian wines like Chianti and Montepulciano D'Abruzzo. Be sure to also search for artisanal beers produced in Rome such as Birra Del Borgo, Fringuelli Ugly Duckling or Messico Lager for a unique taste experience!
Overall, Vatican City is an amazing destination full of art, history, culture and delicious food! While it can be expensive to stay overnight inside the holy city-state, luckily it makes for a great day trip from Rome or Milan if you don't have time for a longer stay in this fascinating nation.