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Interesting Things to Know About the Vatican Two

Today I would like to continue presenting a topic I have talked about in a previous article. As you might imagine, there are many interesting things to know about the Vatican, so let’s continue with our journey and talk a little bit more about this unique place. The Vatican is rich in art. In fact, the Vatican has one of the most extensive art collections in the world. It may be hard to believe, but the Vatican Museum has more than 1400 rooms. The collection was started in the 16th century, and has since then grown to become one of the the richest in of the World; it displays artwork from classical antiquity to modern masterpieces.

Swiss Guards:
The Vatican has its own security body, called the Swiss Guards. These guards are employed by the Catholic Church and have the role of protecting the Pope, as well as guarding Vatican City. Having been in the service of the Pope since 1506, the Swiss Guards have had a very long history. You may recognize them from their characteristic blue, red, and orange uniform. St. Peter’s Basilica: a Church rich in history. One of the things to know about the Vatican, is that St. Peter’s Basilica is the World’s largest Catholic Church, covering an area of 5.7 acres. Additionally, you might find it interesting that the first Pope, St. Peter, is buried at precisely the same point where the baldacchino is found at the centre of altar.

The Papal Audience:
If you are visiting the Vatican on a Wednesday, you may be able to attend a Papal Audience. When the Pope is in residence, he gives visitors the Papal Blessing, as well as short readings and teachings. The main language used is Italian, but the Pope will also usually address visitors in other languages, such as English or Spanish, according to the nationality of the pilgrims who attend the Papal Audience. This is definitely one of the things to know about the Vatican before planning your visit. Things to know about the Vatican in recent times – Environmental Commitment
Under the guidance of Pope Benedict XVI, several efforts were made to turn the Vatican into a “green state”. For example, thousands of solar panels have been installed around the Vatican City and the popular Pope-mobile was substituted with an electric car. Today I have presented only a few of the many interesting things to know about the Vatican. This is a state unique in the world, rich in history and culture. Have you already been there? Did you enjoy the visit? Let me know in the comments below. If you are planning to travel to Italy and visit the Vatican, you can request a FREE QUOTE from the Private Tour of the Vatican page.

Vatican Private Tour

No Rome tour can really be considered complete in its truest sense if it does not include a tour of the Vatican. Keeping this facet in mind at All Around Italy we have devised a variety of measures which are aimed solely at ensuring the most pleasurable and gratifying tour of Rome for you with regard to your visit to the Vatican, the only country in the world to be a UNESCO World Heritage site in itself.

First and foremost you will get an extraordinarily detailed and thoroughly guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica while on this particular tour to Rome with us. Next, you will also be able to see the Sistine Chapel which is particularly renowned for the frescos within it, made by such distinguished individuals as Botticelli, Perugino, and of course Michelangelo.

This guided tour of Rome will continue with a visit to the Vatican Museums which are known to contain works of art and culture that are of supreme scientific and historical significance. You will also be able to visit the Vatican Library and see for yourself a wide variety of publications whose implication is completely momentous.

A lot of our patrons have often asked us about being taken around the famed Gardens of Vatican City on this particular private tour of Rome so to lay all speculation to rest, without a doubt, you will be driven around the remarkably plush and pristine gardens all around the Vatican. Moreover, depending on the time of the year at which your Rome private tour to the Vatican is planned, you will actually be able to participate in events which the Pope himself is involved in. For instance, there is weekly Mass as well as a variety of public audiences which you can be a part of. Additionally, on occasions such as Easter and Christmas, as well as when the Pope is formally elected, he gives out blessings to the entire Vatican City and indeed to the whole world. So if your private guided tour of Rome happens to take place around these times of the year or on the eve of such occasions, you can be assured of an experience you will cherish for the rest of your life. Without a doubt, All Around Italy will be there with you at every step to ensure an even more memorable time. Therefore, without much ado, go ahead and fill the form below for a FREE QUOTE on a private tour in Rome to the Vatican.

Ten Facts About Vatican

Who doesn’t know about the Vatican? This might just be your first thought when coming across the title of this article. But truth is that there are many interesting facts and titbits of knowledge which even the most seasoned Vatican aficionados may not know! Here’s a look at 10 of them.

Michelangelo’s work on the Apostolic Palace. The fact is that Michelangelo worked on the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, is relatively well known, not many know that Michelangelo toiled very hard for 4 long years between 1508 and 1512 to complete the fresco paintings on the ceiling. Majority of Vatican citizens live abroad! That sounds way too hard to be true, isn’t it? But it is a fact! While the total citizens of Vatican barely number around 800, more than 400, i.e. in excess of 50%, live abroad, occupying various diplomatic positions around the world.

Vatican citizenship comes only with appointment!
Typically, across the world, being born in a particular place is sufficient in itself to offer citizenship of that place but not so in Vatican; here you can only be appointed as a citizen of the place, without being assured of that, say by virtue of being born there.

Vatican has its own mail system:
Not only does Vatican have its own mail system – with its own Post Office and stamps, many Romans use its services since it is much quicker than the routine Italian postal system.

Vatican has its own Passport system:
Besides the mail system, Vatican has its own Passport system as well for its citizens, who as we mentioned above, are appointed and therefore would typically comprise of the Pope (of course!), other cardinals, clergymen as well as members of the Swiss guards.

Extensive use of the Latin Language:
Vatican is one of the few places in the world – maybe the only one, where Latin language is still used extensively, so much so that even the ATMs in Vatican have Latin as one of their languages which users can choose!

Vatican has a telescope in Arizona:
As hard as it may seem to believe, it is true that Vatican has a telescope of its own in distant Arizona in the US, which helps it with its astronomical research, in view of increasing light pollution in Rome.

Mussolini paved the way for Vatican:
Again, it may seem hard to believe but it was in fact the hardened dictator Mussolini who paved the way for Vatican to exist as a separate entity – a sovereign state, with Lateran Pacts being signed by Mussolini himself.

Vatican has an active social media presence
Today, Vatican has a very active presence on the social media circuit, with its own website, YouTube channel as well as the Pope’s own Twitter account.

Prolific Vatican museums:
Vatican museums are said to be so prolific that even if one took a minute to look at each painting in them, it would take 4 years to see them all! So as you can see, Vatican sure has some very interesting facts about it!

For a FREE quote on your customized Vatican tour visit the tour page, fill out the form and we will take of the rest!

The Vatican Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hrs Location: Gardens of Vatican City, Belvedere Courtyard Sistine Chapel, St. Peter Square

TOUR DESCRIPTION:
The tour start from the lobby of your Hotel in Rome. The Vatican tour is arranged to see several section of the Museum like Pinacoteca, a view to the Giardini Vaticani, Pinecone Courtyard, The Braccio Nuovo with its incredible collection of ancient Roman statues, sarcophagus and busts, Belvedere courtyard to see other fantastic artifacts from Greek and Roman time, Room of the Apoxyomenos, Section of the Muses, The Round room, Emperor Constantine room, the galleries of Candelabra, Tapestry and Maps and other section of interest. Tour of the Museum continue to see the Sistine Chapel, where assisted by my private guide you can use a dedicated door connecting the Basilica, where you can admire another large Museum of ancient and modern artifacts. Tour ends in St. Peter Square. This tour includes pick up at your Hotel with one of my vehicle a drive to Vatican Museum entrance to meet my private guide. Visit is of about 3 hour, return to the Hotel on your own. Cost is according to people on tour. To avoid lines at Vatican I will provide necessary information. Admission tickets for Vatican are not included. Pick up at the Hotel is 30 minutes prior the entrance time you get from Vatican office. NOTE: For your information Vatican new procedure requires to hire the headsets mandatory for group over 6 people, for that my guide assists the group to get the headsets at the entrance of Museum, cost of the headset is 3 Euro per person not included with cost of tickets and guide.

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The Vatican Tour

Duration: 3-6 hrs.
Location: St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, The Vatican Gardens and The Vatican Museums and Library…

TOUR DESCRIPTION:
No Rome tour can really be considered complete in its truest sense if it does not include a tour of the Vatican. Keeping this facet in mind at All Around Italy we have devised a variety of measures which are aimed solely at ensuring the most pleasurable and gratifying tour of Rome for you with regard to your visit to the Vatican, the only country in the world to be a UNESCO World Heritage site in itself.
First and foremost you will get an extraordinarily detailed and thoroughly guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica while on this particular tour to Rome with us. Next, you will also be able to see the Sistine Chapel which is particularly renowned for the frescos within it, made by such distinguished individuals as Botticelli, Perugino, and of course Michelangelo.
This guided tour of Rome will continue with a visit to the Vatican Museums which are known to contain works of art and culture that are of supreme scientific and historical significance. You will also be able to visit the Vatican Library and see for yourself a wide variety of publications whose implication is completely momentous. A lot of our patrons have often asked us about being taken around the famed Gardens of Vatican City on this particular private tour of Rome so to lay all speculation to rest, without a doubt, you will be driven around the remarkably plush and pristine gardens all around the Vatican.
Moreover, depending on the time of the year at which your Rome private tour to the Vatican is planned, you will actually be able to participate in events which the Pope himself is involved in. For instance, there is weekly Mass as well as a variety of public audiences which you can be a part of. Additionally, on occasions such as Easter and Christmas, as well as when the Pope is formally elected, he gives out blessings to the entire Vatican City and indeed to the whole world. So if your private guided tour of Rome happens to take place around these times of the year or on the eve of such occasions, you can be assured of an experience you will cherish for the rest of your life. Without a doubt, All Around Italy will be there with you.
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