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Things To Do in Vatican

St. Peter's Basilica
4.6/5
1,275 Reviews
Church
St. Peter's Basilica is the most iconic building in Vatican City. It serves as a magnificent monument to Bernini's talent. The church is massive and can accommodate tens of thousands of people. It's currently filled with breathtaking artistic treasures, including the "Pieta", created by Michelangelo. Following the narrow staircase, visitors are lead to the observation deck outside of the dome of the main hall of the cathedral. It is a fantastic place to get a panoramic view of Rome. Here one can also see the 13 statues on the top of the cathedral, with Jesus Christ holding a cross in the middle.
Colosseum
Nearby City
4.6/5
2,856 Reviews
The Colosseum may be the most famous landmark in all of Rome. It was built in 80 AD and was once the site of many gladiator battles to the death, and prisoners fended off hungry lions. The Colosseum consists of four floors in total (including the basement), however only part of the ground floor and second floor are currently open to the public. The first floor offers a view of the maze-like buildings in the center of the Colosseum that were once part of the basement of the structure. They were once the homes of the beasts and gladiators that would be made to fight for the entertainment of the crowds. From the second floor, one can see the interior structure of the Colosseum which is divided into three parts: the arena, the auditorium and the podium. It is also a perfect location for taking unforgettable photos.
Vatican Museums
4.4/5
456 Reviews
The Vatican Museum is home to many invaluable treasures from Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as a number of works that represent the essence of Renaissance art. Treasures housed in the museum include Michelangelo's painting "Genesis", Raphael's "Athens Academy" and much more. Aside from the collection in the museum, the museum itself is built in an architectural style that is well worth the visit. The spiral ramp at the exit and the sculpture "Broken Earth" in the courtyard are both awe-inspiring.
St. Peter's Square
4.6/5
495 Reviews
Square
St. Peter's Square is located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica. Laid out in the 17th century, it is a gathering place for Christians. Standing in this grand square, even if you are not a christian it's hard not to be awestruck by its grandeur. Many sculptures, all of religious figures, stand atop a colonnade surrounding the square, which was completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his students. At the center of the square stands an obelisk that originally stood at Heliopolis, but was later ordered to be brought to Rome by the emperor Caligula. At the top of the obelisk there was once a gilt ball that was said to contain the ashes of Julius Caesar.
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