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The Vatican City is the Pope’s residence, the Roman Catholic Church headquarters and a city-state with enthralling history and beautiful art. Stand in its famous square and venture inside the basilica and museums to view some of the world’s most acclaimed artworks.
Visit the world’s smallest country, at only 109 acres (44 hectares). Although religious structures have been on the grounds since the 300s, the Holy See became the sovereign city-state of the Vatican City only in 1929.
Colonnaded Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter's Square) has hosted hundreds of thousands of people on special occasions where the Pope makes an appearance. Notice the tall Egyptian obelisk at its center and the two 17th-century fountains. The Papal Swiss Guards in red, orange and blue uniforms have a brief midday change-of-guard ceremony.
Beyond the square, Renaissance-style St. Peter’s Basilica features tall columns and a large dome. Look up toward statues of Christ and the apostles at the top of the structure and to the balcony where the Pope sometimes appears. Inside, look for La Pietà, Michelangelo’s marble sculpture of the crucified Christ in his mother’s arms.
Enter the Vatican Museums and view impressive frescoes on the walls and ceiling. Michelangelo spent years creating artworks here including the Last Judgment, an immense, detailed fresco of the second coming of Christ. Gaze up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel where The Creation of Adam shows the familiar scene of near-touching hands of God and Adam.
Climb to the top of the Cupola di San Pietro to view the Vatican gardens and much of Rome from the roof. Purchase Vatican City stamps and mail postcards from bright yellow Vatican Poste mailboxes.
See Vatican City on a tour of Rome. The city-state is west of the Tiber River, about a 30-minute walk from the Pantheon. Visit the square and basilica for free. Avoid long lines for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel by pre-purchasing tickets online. Select from many tour options offering access to additional areas.
Restored Victorian hotel built in 1887 and situated just off Trafalgar Square in the centre of London; the National Gallery, Covent Garden and theatre district are all within three blocks walk.Charing Cross metro station is just few steps away.
The hotel is perfectly located on the vibrant South Bank, by Westminster Bridge overlooking the River Thames and is within walking distance of many of the city’s most famous attractions including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Being just 2 minutes away from London Waterloo station, Park Plaza County Hall London is the ideal choice for a London visit, whether it is for business or leisure.
This fantastic new hotel is located on the South Bank, near London Eye. Waterloo and Westminster stations are within 5 minutes walk, making easier to travel and ideal choice for city break or business trip.
Located in the heart of London, this hotel is within walking distance of Benjamin Franklin House, Trafalgar Square, and Nelson's Column. Also nearby are Big Ben and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Covent Garden Market and King's College London. Royal Opera House and London Coliseum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the historic Mitte neighborhood, this Berlin hotel is on the banks of the River Spree and close to Berlin Cathedral, Alexanderplatz Square, and Museum Island, not to mention the metro station for those wishing to explore farther.
Centrally located between The City financial district and the West End theater district, this impressive luxury London hotel is just a block from Somerset House and two blocks from Covent Garden and the Thames.