The Vatican City is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. Covering just 100 acres it is not surprisingly the smallest country in the world. It is the centre of the Roman Catholic Church and is ruled by the Pope.|
Thousands of visitors flock to the Vatican City to see St Peterís square with its magnificent Basilica and the Sistine Chapel with its famous frescoed ceiling painted by Michelangelo who worked on his back for 4 years to cover the 12,000 square feet in extreme cold or heat.
The statue of the Pieta can also be seen here and it was completed in 1499 by Michelangelo when he was just 25. The Museums are vast and include 30 separate collections in over 1400 rooms!