Vatican City

Pictures of the Vatican

I have a lot of pictures of the Vatican and I plan to post almost all of them. Here are the first few I took while waiting in line outside the Vatican.

  • Be prepared, the lines are horrible. I read in a couple of books, tips on how to avoid the lines, I found all tips to be false. After trying multiple methods we humbled ourselves and got in line like everyone else. Also, after speaking to several American tourists who paid for tours to skip the line, we learned they also got to stand in line.
  • Update – Vatican travel tip: As I mentioned when I originally wrote this article I read a lot of places about ways to skip the lines, but when I got there I couldn’t figure it out. The lines are horrible. We stood in line for over two hours. After a little research I found this Early-Access Sistine Chapel Viewing & Vatican Museum Ticket on Expedia. This ticket offers exclusive early-morning entry, you’re among the first of the day to set foot inside the Sistine Chapel. Gain access before the doors open to the general public and admire the beauty of this world-renowned masterpiece before wandering the Vatican Museums at your leisure. It costs $61 and I guarantee it will be money well spent and save you literally hours!
  • Dress code: The only thing I saw enforced was no sleeveless shirts.

Vatican City

The Vatican is an amazing place and the pictures speak for themselves. If you are planning a trip I would recommend brushing up on some Catholic history, specifically stories about the various Saints. I did not do this and for the most part did not know what I was looking at.
Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world.

Vatican City is its own city inside of Rome, Italy. Hopefully the pictures give you an idea of how massive the place is and why it has its own zip code, it is roughly 100 acres. Technically, it is its own tiny country, even though when I was there it certainly didn’t seem like a separate country. Vatican City is governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head. (I had no idea!!)

The Vatican mints its own Euros, prints its own stamps, has its own post office, issues passports and license plates, operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem.

As I looked all around I just kept thinking to myself, imagine what they would have built up around Jesus if they had had his body to build a monument over.

Vatican Photos

Here are some more pictures of Vatican City and inside the Vatican, including the Madonna.The Vatican Rome Italy It was hard to take a photo of the Madonna, because the glass barrier is thick and there are a million people attempting to get the same photo. I posted the best photo I managed to get.

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The Vatican Rome Italy
The Vatican Rome Italy

The Madonna

This famous work of art by Michelangelo Buonarroti, depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the crucifixion.

It was hard to take a photo of the Madonna, because the glass barrier is thick and there are a million people attempting to get the same photo. I posted the best photo I managed to get.
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There was an elevator that would take you up the first 300 stairs or so, but the line was long and we thought we would just climb them and not wait.

Well, that was a mistake! After we got done climbing the first 300 we had about 600+ more to go. So, if there is a line when you go for the elevator, be sure to wait in it. It will be well worth the wait time! This picture is of a mosaic inside the Vatican.  It is just one of many.Vatican

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The Vatican

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The Vatican Rome Italy
The Vatican Rome Italy
The Vatican Rome Italy
I thought it was pretty cool that they let you go up here. Just hours before we were staring up at these statues while we waited in line.  

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Here are some pictures we took from the very top of the Vatican. These pictures make Rome look very green, but I thought Rome was dry and brown. You can probably tell from the photos that Vatican City is massive. It’s around 100 acres!

Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City
This picture is taken from inside the top of the Vatican.  

Vatican City

Vatican travel tip: I read a lot of places about ways to skip the lines, but when I got there I couldn’t figure it out. The lines are horrible. We stood in line for over two hours. After a little research I found this Early-Access Sistine Chapel Viewing & Vatican Museum Ticket on Expedia. This ticket offers exclusive early-morning entry, you’re among the first of the day to set foot inside the Sistine Chapel. Gain access before the doors open to the general public and admire the beauty of this world-renowned masterpiece before wandering the Vatican Museums at your leisure. It costs $61 and I guarantee it will be money well spent and save you literally hours!

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