Vatican City Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Vatican city

Official language: Italian Latin

Currency: Euro (exchange rates)

Continent: Europe

The Vatican City State

The Vatican is a closed enclave, but this place is partially accessible to tourists. The Vatican Museum invites you to visit and the gardens of the Vatican are characterized by old gardening.

Country information

According to Countryaah, the Vatican City State is the smallest state in the world with 44ha and is completely enclosed by the territory of Italy. Entry, or better yet, entering the Vatican State is possible, but tourists have limited access. A day trip to the Vatican State is a good opportunity to make your stay in Rome a little more varied.

Useful information

The head of state is the Pope, who is elected by the cardinals for life. He is the head of the Roman Catholic Church and holds a service in St. Peter’s Square every Wednesday. When attending church services, you should be respectful, and entering St. Stephen’s Cathedral with short clothing, ie: men with short trousers and women with short skirts, is prohibited! In addition, it is not common in Catholic churches for men to wear headgear, unlike in Judaism or Islam.

Sights and special features

The tourist center of the Vatican is St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Gardens and the Vatican Museum. There are no overnight accommodations for tourists in the Vatican.

You can eat either in the coffee house on the roof of St. Peter’s Basilica, or in the canteen of the Vatican Museum.

Postage stamps from the Vatican Post Office are very popular among stamp collectors. You can also get postcards there.


Currency (sub-unit)

Euro (100 cents)

ISO 4217 code

EUR / 978


Continent: Europe

Geo coordinates: N 41 ° 54 ‘10.5 ” E 12 ° 27’ 12.2″

Highest mountain: unnamed (75 m)

Total area: 1 km²

Mainland: 1 km²

National border: 3 km


Dependency: Italy until 1929

Form of government: Absolute Monarchy

Houses of Parliament: miscellaneous

Party system: no parties

State building: centralized

Political culture: Civic culture

Particularities: last absolute monarchy in Europe


Demographic data

Residents: 930

Minorities: no

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: VA

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: VAT

ISO 3166 numeric: 336

Top Level Domain: va


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Railway lines: 1 km


Foundation: 754

Last sovereign since: 1929


Main religious group: Christians

Distribution of religions: Roman Catholic 100%


Arrival by car

The maximum speed on the roads is 30 km / h. Further information in the relevant sections in the Italy chapter .

Arriving by train

Vatican City has its own train station and a helicopter landing pad.



The Federal Foreign Office does not currently have a country-specific security notice for this country.