The Vatican Since 1929 the Vatican has been a sovereign state, independent of Italy. With a surface of 44 m² and scarcely 1000 inhabitants, it is the smallest recognized state in the world. As the site where St. Peter was martyred and buried, the Vatican became the residence of the popes who succeeded him. The papal palaces beside the great basilica of St. Peter’s house the Vatican Museums. With the added attractions of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms, their wonderful collections of Classical sculpture make them one of the most important museums in the world. Of great interest also is a visit to the tomb of St. Peter’s in the Necropolis under St. Peter’s and to the Vatican gardens. Evening tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums This content is available only in German. Vatican gardens A guided tour in the Vatican gardens is possible only with an internal guide, which is also offered in English. Visiting hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11.00 o’clock. Price: 12,00 € per person We are glad to help you in the reservation of a guide! Guided tour of the Vatican Museums: Raphael, Michelangelo and the art treasures in the Vatican The Vatican museums belong to the most visited museums in the world today. The buildings were originally papal palaces built for such Renaissance popes as Sixtus IV, Innocent VIII and Julius II. The long courtyards and galleries, linking Innocent VIII’s… St. Peter’s Basilica with dome slope at dawn This content is only available in German language. The Campo Santo Teutonico and St. Peter Basilica This content is available only in German. The Vatican’s Necropolis The history of St. Peter’s goes back to the year 324 when the emperor Constantine ordered the building of a great basilica on the site of St. Peter’s tomb.