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St Peter's dome in Vatican

St Peter’s Dome: How to Climb Vatican Rooftop & What to Expect?

St Peter’s Dome is - unsurprisingly - found in St Peter’s Basilica. But did you know that you can actually climb it for stunning views of Rome? Well,  fun fact - you can! In this guide, we will help you navigate this part of Vatican City so that you can maximize your experience! First, however, [...]

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Vatican secret rooms explained

Vatican Secret Rooms, Art, Books, Documents & More

Visiting the Vatican City? We’re jealous! It is such an amazing trip! Whether you decide to visit on an organized tour - including with skip the line tickets - or on your own, there is so much to see. In fact, there is so much to do in the Vatican that you can’t possibly do [...]

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The Holy Lance history

Holy Lance: Spear That Pierced Jesus Explained

Along with the Ark of the Covenant and the Grail, the Holy Lance is one of the sacred relics of the Christian world. As Jesus hung on the cross, the Romans prepared to break his legs in order to hasten his death. Just before they did this, they realised that Jesus was already dead, and [...]

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The Holy Stairs in Rome

Holy Stairs in Rome: History, Meaning & Guidelines for Visiting

Located in a little church across the road from the St John The Lateran Basilica - the seat of the Pope - are the 28 Holy Stairs Rome known as the Scala Sancta. Legend has it that these stairs are the exact ones that Jesus climbed on the way to his trial in Jerusalem. The [...]

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Vatican coins explained

Vatican Coins: Everything You Need to Know About Papal Coins

Let's learn more about Vatican coins together. But first... The Vatican City is a strange concept to get your head around. Entirely surrounded by Rome - surrounded by a 2-mile border - it is the smallest country in the world. However, it is pretty self-sufficient in terms of things like administration and currency. The Vatican [...]

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Vatican at night guide

Visit the Vatican at Night: Best Tour of Your Life

Simply put, the Vatican at night is wonderful! You may be surprised to find out that the Vatican City attractions are not a 9-5 operation! You can visit the Vatican museum at night. It’s a thing. In this guide, we will give you some insights into how to do it. There are several options, from [...]

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Vatican flag info

Vatican Flag Info You Won’t Hear From Your Guide

The Holy See Vatican City Flag has been in formal existence since the founding of the Vatican City state in 1929, although elements of it existed before this. The Vatican flag with keys on it and a yellow band on the left-hand side has become recognisable as a symbol of this little country in Rome. [...]

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Papal Nuncio Vatican

Papal Nuncio: Another Word for Papal Ambassador or Not?

If you google “papal nuncio definition” you will generally find out that the Papal Nuncio is more or less the Vatican’s equivalent to a diplomatic ambassador to the state in which he operates. He is also the representative of the Pope on foreign soil, and as a result his job is to promote good relations [...]

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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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