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Vatican : When and where to go?
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Vatican: Climate & Weather
The climate is Mediterranean, with mild and rainy winters, dry and hot summers.
15°C - 59°F
Cité du Vatican, updated 18:50 GMT
What to do in Vatican
You enter the Vatican by the Place Saint-Pierre, a large oval square in front of the basilica, but there are 5 other accesses: the Bronze Gate, the bell arch, the Salle Paul VI, the Porte Sainte- Anne, or the entrance to the Museums. Despite its small proportions, the Vatican offers sumptuous places of visit.
The Vatican has the largest religious building, St. Peter's Basilica, whose dome is signed by Michelangelo, but also the largest palace. An obelisk sits in the center of its courtyard, transported from Egypt to Rome in the year 37, and there are also nearby two fountains that were created by Bernini and Maderno. The Palace, where the popes reside, hosts magnificent museums, as well as the famous Sistine Chapel.
Other sites to visit, the gardens, designed in the 13th century on an area of 16 hectares, one third of the surface of the city, and in which are built fountains and statues designed by great artists.
Vatican : The basics
There is no border control to enter the Vatican.
You can only enter it on foot, and walking will also be the only way to move around the City.
The current currency is the euro.
Security is provided by the Gendarmerie de la Cité.
As for health, watch out for sunstrokes and heat strokes during long queues for visits, plan a hat and water.
Shopping: There are obviously souvenir shops, and you can also write and send stamped postcards with the Vatican's own stamps.
Nota Bene: to enter the basilica, women must have shoulders and head covered, and men remove their hats. Attention also to skirts and dresses too short.