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Cortile del Belvedere in Vatican

Cortile del Belvedere Vatican: Courtyard, Statues & More

The original design for the Belvedere Court Vatican City was supposed to create a wide open space. At one end, the Villa Belvedere Rome would stand proud, holding its own against the Vatican Palace at the other end. Designed by Bramante in the early 16th century, it was a stunning extension to the Vatican Palace. [...]

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The Tiber River in Rome

The Tiber River in Rome Italy: History & Fun Things To Do

The Tiber River is one of Italy’s longest rivers, and runs right through Rome. In Roman times, it was the main source of fresh water for the population, and it still remains important to this day. Nowadays however the riverbanks in the city of Rome are more a place for Instagram photos, than for washing [...]

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What Can You Avoid When You Plan For a Trip to the Vatican?

What Can You Avoid When You Plan For a Trip to the Vatican?

Are you planning a trip to Vatican City? A visit to this place with so many attraction points can be an overwhelming experience. It often reflects on your planning process in most cases. This world-renowned religious site attracts thousands of visitors every year. The numbers go up during the summer months and touch ten thousand [...]

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Apostolic palace Vatican City

Apostolic Palace Vatican City: Where Does the Pope Live?

The Vatican City Apostolic Palace is the official residence of the Pope. Situated near to the Nicholas V Bastion, the residence is known by many names. You may hear of it referred to as the Palace of the Vatican, the Papal Home, the Papal Palace or even the Palace of Sixtus V to name but [...]

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Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in Vatican City

Mater Ecclesiae Monastery In The Vatican Gardens: All You Need To Know

The Mater Ecclesiae Monastery Vatican City is one of the Vatican’s lesser-known attractions. Established in the early nineties as a residence for the Vatican nuns, it is currently home to former pope Benedict XVI. Read on to find out more (and perhaps you’ll be able to impress your travel companions too with your knowledge)... History [...]

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Raphael Rooms Vatican

Raphael Rooms Vatican: Fascinating Things You Need to See

Commissioned by Pope Julius II for his own personal use - and finished by subsequent Popes after his death - the four rooms were decorated by Raphael. The key feature is the artwork which adorns the walls and ceilings. Much like the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo, those visiting will get a [...]

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Vatican bank institution

Vatican Bank – the Scandals, Net Worth, Assets, Conspiracy Facts and more!

The Vatican Bank is known as the Istituto per le Opere di Religione in Italian - or the Institute for the Works of Religion. Founded in 1942, it’s committee reports directly to the Cardinals, and ultimately the Pope. It’s main aim is to provide financial support for the Catholic church and its works throughout the [...]

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Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

Santa Maria Maggiore Rome Location, Tickets & Events

When in Rome, visit this church! The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore Rome is known for its stunning interior, beautiful mosaics and marble columns. It is a papal basilica outside of the Vatican walls, and is therefore often visited by the Pope. Let’s learn more here about the Basilica’s history in this guide. The recent [...]

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Vatican City population over years

Vatican City Population Over the Years – Citizens & Army Population

The Vatican City is a bit of a weird one. I mean how is it a country? Are “normal” people allowed to live there, or just the Pope and a few Bishops? Are there nuns? Can anyone be born there? How many people live in the Vatican? Gee, this introduction is more like our Frequently [...]

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Rules on can you take pictures inside the Vatican

Can you take pictures inside the Vatican: Know your rights!

You've been convinced by our reasons to visit the Vatican and you’ve scrimped and saved for your trip to Rome? You now want to show the world by taking pictures? Well, here’s a list of dos and don’ts about taking Vatican pictures inside the walls. Can you take pictures inside the Vatican: List of Dos [...]

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