Vatican City

Vatican City is the world's smallest country (only 109 acres or 44 hectares) and Western Europe's only dictatorship. Ruled by the Pope and home to less than a thousand citizens, it is a tourist magnet, with St Peter's Basilica and Piazza, along with the Vatican Museum. The Basilica is, naturally the largest Christian church in the world.

The museum incorporates the Sistine Chapel along with vast amounts of precious art and even a rare piece of moon rock. The colourfully-uniformed Swiss Guards are responsible for security in much of the state and are often surrounded by amateur photographers.


Vatican City flag

Why you should go:

The Sistine Chapel.

Why you shouldn't:

You object to entering Western Europe's only dictatorship.

Map of Vatican City