The Vatican is the seat of the Catholic Church. It is located in Rome but is not part of Rome or of Italy. It is an independent country with the pope as the Sovereign (President). It is the smallest independent state in the world by both population and area. It has its own much sought after postage stamps. it uses the Euro even though it is not part of the EU. Its Euro is minted for the Vatican.
Saint Peter’s Basilica is part of Vatican City and can be entered from Rome through the large piazza. The Vatican museum is entered around the side and is the official entry to the museum. from the museum you can exit back the way you entered or into Saint Peter’s. You can not return to the museum. The Sistine Chapel is the end of the museum tour and is usually very crowded. No photos or talking is allowed here.
Come walk with us through the Vatican Museum in this YouTube VLOG: