The Vatican City is a tiny country (44 hectares) surrounded by art, located in the heart of Rome, near the Plaza de San Pedro.
A visit to the Vatican Museums will show you some of the best works of art in the world. On the way to the Sistine Chapel (the undisputed highlight), you will pass through the Estancias de Rafael, the Gallery of Maps and the fountain of the Patio del Belvedere de Bramante.
Once inside the complex, you will be able to enter and exit within the more than 150 tabernae (shops) as you walk along the old Via Biberatica - the main shopping street. The Museum of the Imperial Forums (located inside) teaches visitors about the intricate network of forums that composed the ancient city.
And at the end of your tour: the Sistine Chapel. Admire the impressive frescoes by Michelangelo. He created more than 300 figures in more than 500 square meters of vault. 22 years later he returned to paint the fresco The Last Judgment on the entire wall on the altar.
With this post you will skip the famous queues of the museum that surround the walls of Vatican City. Use that extra time to visit the four extraordinary collections: classical sculpture, Renaissance masterpieces and imposing artifacts from Ancient Egypt and the Etruscans.