Vatican City Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Vatican City

Where is it: Vatican City is located in southern Europe, an enclave of Rome (Italy)

Why do people go here: The cradle of Catholicism, the practiced religion of almost 1 billion people world-wide. Those not into the religious reverence still appreciate the amazing collection of art the Vatican has amassed.

What are the main entry points: Buses from Rome to the entrance are available.

Currency used: Euro

Country Code for Phones: 39

Area codes for Major Cities: All Points 66982

Religion: Roman Catholic

Population: 1000

Ethnic Breakdown: Italians, Swiss, other

Government: Ecclesiastical

Languages: Italian, Latin, French, various other languages

Travel Information

Major Cities: Vatican City

Attractions: St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums

Accommodation: Ask if the pope has an extra room for the night.

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Scavi, Courtyard of the Pinecone, Vatican Gardens

Health Issues: No vaccines are required to travel to Vatican City.

When to go: Crowed year round, but slightly better weather in the spring and fall

Common Phrases: Yes = Si, No = No, Please = Per favore, Thank you = Grazie , Do you speak English? = Lei parla degli Inglesi?

Specific Events/Holidays: Coronation Day of Pope JOHN PAUL II, 22 October (1978)

Getting Around: Wear comfy shoes, ’cause you’ll be walking. A lot. Buses are available for the weary.

Good to know: Remember to dress conservatively, shorts are not allowed.

Cheapest airport to fly into: There are no airports in Vatican City. You can simply the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome to be able to reach Vatican City.

Need more information?: Check out the Vatican City travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.