Vatican City 1st part; An Independent State within a Country

Central Europe last part; 5-days solo wandering in Italy
October 28 to November 02, 2013


My 27th country state to visit where 1st of only 2 observer state recognized by United Nations, 25th solo backpacking trip, 5th visa application for tourism on entire single page, and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure.

Vatican City State (IStato della Città del Vaticano), is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It has an area of approximately 44 hectares, and a population of around 840. This makes Vatican City the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population. Vatican independent city-state was established in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty, signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Gasparr. Vatican City State is distinct from the Holy See. The two entities have distinct passports: the Holy See, not being a country, issues only diplomatic and service passports, whereas Vatican City State issues normal passports for its citizens.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_City

Vatican City, independent state within a country (at night)

Vatican City, independent state within a country (at night)

Vatican City, independent state within a country (at night)

Vatican City, independent state within a country (at night)

Vatican City, independent state within a country (at night)

Vatican City, independent state within a country (at night)

Vatican City, independent state within a country (by day)

Vatican City, independent state within a country (by day)

Vatican City, independent state within a country (by day)

Vatican City, independent state within a country (by day)

Vatican City, independent state within a country (by day)

 Vatican city 2nd part; inside St. Peter's Basilica

 Vatican city 2nd part; inside St. Peter's Basilica

There are no passport controls for visitors entering Vatican City from the surrounding Italian territory. There is free public access to Saint Peter's Square and Basilica and, on the occasion of papal general audiences, to the hall in which they are held. For these audiences and for major ceremonies in Saint Peter's Basilica and Square, tickets free of charge must be obtained beforehand. Other places are open only to individuals who have business to transact there.


Vatican city 2nd part; inside St. Peter's Basilica
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