Did you know that Vatican City only became its own country in 1929? I learned that while I was researching for this blog post. I had assumed it was always its own country but I guess not. I’ve never visited but I would like to go.
Quick Facts about Vatican City
- smallest country in the world at 0.17 square miles (it’s completely surrounded by the city of Rome!)
- It’s leader is the Pope
- Population of 690, and approximately only 30 of those citizens are women
Of course, it’s home to the Roman Catholic church, the pope mobile, and is a great center of learning. Its historical and cultural importance is undeniable and a huge draw for me. I would love to stare up at the Sistine Chapel. How did Michelangelo paint the whole thing upside down? I hope a good masseuse at the end of each day was written in his contract! Do they have a passport checkpoint or are you free to walk into another country from the streets of Rome? I’d love to visit someday! Have you been to the Vatican City? What was it like?