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Places to visit near Vatican City

Places to visit near Vatican City
29.11.2019

Vatican is one of the most visited places in the world. Inside Vatican City, you can find The Vatican Museums containing roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display. They display works from the huge collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries, including several of the most important masterpieces of (not only) Renaissance art in the world. One of the works is the decoration of world famous Sistine Chapel covered in frescoes by Michelangelo, including The Creation of Adam and The Final Judgment. In Vatican, you can also find the largest (and probably one of the most beautiful) church in the world - St. Peter's Basilica, considered to be one of the most important, holiest Catholic churches in the world. But where to go after you've seen the Vatican?

 

Castel Sant'angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo is a 10-minute walk from St. Peter's Square. This towering cylindrical building is actually The Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Roman Emperor who had it build as a mausoleum for himself and his family, but later it was used as a papal fortress connected by a tunnel in the walls with the Vatican, residences and prisons. Today it is a beautiful museum dedicated to the history of the building and the city of Rome. You can also go up to the roof, from where you can enjoy some stunning views. Between the castle and the other bank of the river, there is Ponte Sant'Angelo, a bridge decorated with rows of beautiful statues of angels, which provides a scenic view of Castel Sant'Angelo. Both the castle and bridge are breathtaking especially at night.

 

Piazza Navona

If you cross the bridge and turn left, walk along the river and turn right behind the church St. Salvatore near Laurels, you can walk through the picturesque streets right on Piazza Navona. This world-famous Baroque square has three fountains - Fontana del Moro, Fontana del Nettuno and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi with large obelisk in the middle. There is also the Church of Sant'Agnese and Palazzo Pamphilj in Agone. The square is surrounded by many restaurants and terraces which makes the square a place to sit down, have a glass of wine and enjoy the warm atmosphere of Rome.

 

Pantheon

From Piazza Navona it is a short walk to the Pantheon. Another breathtaking landmark in Rome. Pantheon is one of the most important and best preserved ancient temples. There are tombs of numerous Italian kings inside and other important people from the history of Rome, including the painter and Renaissance architect Raphael. It is located on Piazza della Rotonda, a lively square filled with cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Around, there are plenty of beautiful churches, interesting sights and picturesque squares that are definitely worth seeing. And if you don't want to miss anything important, we recommend one of our Rome tours. Thanks to our wide range of tours, everyone will find the right one tour.