The 50 Best Things To Do In Vatican City, Lazio in 2021

St. Peter's Basilica

Arguably one of the finest Cathedrals in the entire world, St. Peter's is the spiritual center of the Vatican and the product of many of Italy's great Renaissance's architects, among them Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo.

Vatican City

The world's smallest state, center of Catholicism, and home to the Pope.

Cupola di San Pietro

La Pieta

The most beautiful work inside St. Peter's Cathedral is Michelangelo's famous La Pietà, considered by many to be the most moving piece of sculpture ever created.

Sistine Chapel

Probably the most famous chapel in the world because of its incredible artwork, notably "The Last Judgment," Michelangelo's stunning fresco covering 10,000 square feet of the ceiling and wall.

St. Peter's Square

This grand and magnificent square has retained its classical beauty and serves as the place from which the masses receive the Pope's weekly blessing.

Vatican Museums

With more than five miles of corridors, this vast complex of museums chronicles the history and accomplishments of mankind over the last 2000 years, featuring classic masterpieces such as Rodin's "Thinker" and the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Gardens

Stanze di Raffaello

Vatican Necropolis

When Pius XII ordered a thorough excavation of the area under the High Altar in St. Peter's Basilica, twisting stone passages were found leading to an ancient Roman necropolis, which contained chambers 10- to 15-feet wide with preserved frescoes and mosaics.

Tomba di Giovanni Paolo II

Porta Santa

The Porta Santa, or Holy Door, was only opened by the Pope for Holy Year celebrations and closed at the end of 2000, and will remain sealed until 2025.

Museo del Tesoro della Basilica di San Pietro

Vatican Grottoes

Beneath the main floor of St. Peter's Basilica are the tombs of several popes and saints.

Sphere within a Sphere

Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini

Cortile della Pigna

Tesoro di San Pietro

Aula Paolo VI o Sala Nervi

Monument to Alexander VII

In St. Peter's Chapel of the Sacrament is where Bernini's monument to Alexander VII is located.

St. Peter Enthroned

This masterpiece shows St. Peter sitting bearded and dressed as a philosopher, with his left hand carrying keys, the right hand being raised in blessing.

Apolistic Palace

Campo Santo Teutonico

Tomb of Urban VIII

Vaticano Egyptian Obelisk

Fontane di Piazza San Pietro

Via Triumphalis Necropolis

Cappella Redemptoris Mater

Chiesa di Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri

Palazzo del Governatorato

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Torre San Giovani

Monastero Mater Ecclesiae

Fontana di Porta Cavalleggeri

Chiesa di Santa Maria Regina della Famiglia

Archivio Segreto Vaticano

Archivio Storico di Propaganda Fide

Cappella Paolina

Chiesa di Santo Stefano degli Abissini

Portone di Bronzo

Prefettura degli Affari Economici della Santa Sede

Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica

Archivio della Fabbrica di San Pietro

Romische Bibliothek Joseph Ratzinger / Benedikt XVI

Museo della Radio Vaticana

Angels Unawares Statue

Private Tours

Night Tours

Walking Tours

City Tours