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A trip to Rome is not complete without a visit to the Vatican City. Measuring just under 44 hectares, the Vatican is the smallest country in the world. The religious centre of the Roman-Catholic Church is a separate state that doesn’t require a passport to enter. The residence of the Pope draws millions of pilgrims and visitors a year and only counts 800 official residents.
The Vatican museum is one of the most beautiful museums in the world: it displays countless masterpieces of paintings and sculptures. Over the course of time, several popes have also amassed an impressive art collection; the popes were among the first art lovers who opened up their collections to the public. The Vatican museum first opened in 1503 with Pope Julius II’s collection of sculptures. These sculptures are still on display and can be admired in the Cortile Ottagono.