Vatican City is the papal province which holds a lot of rich Catholic history as well as Roman history. Basically, if you go to Vatican City and you don't actually go to the Vatican//St. Peter's Basilica, or the Sistine Chapel, you've completely missed the point of going there in the first place. The line getting in here (they are all three connected) is usually really long, but is extremely worth the wait.
The Vatican Museum
- This museum illustrates the coming together of Roman culture and Catholic culture. It is really interesting to learn about how Catholicism absorbed some of the aspects of Roman culture and knowledge into its common place.
The Sistine Chapel
- This actually was not as big as I thought it would be, but it was just as beautiful and impressive as I imagined. The ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel were painted by Michelangelo. His progression as both a painter and a person can be seen through each of the different scenes on the walls and ceilings.
St. Peter's Basilica
- This is basically the church of all churches in the Catholic world. It is the holiest Christian site and is the burial place of St. Peter.
- St. Peter's tomb is directly below the alter in the church
- This church is palatial and there are so many intricate sculptures of different popes and times in Jesus's life.