Holy See

Holy See Overview

Situated in northwest Rome the Holy See, under the absolute authority of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, is the smallest independent country in the world.

Many of the most renowned artists and architects of the Italian Renaissance were commissioned by popes to work on the Vatican’s buildings. It is surrounded by medieval and Renaissance walls and has six gates. St Peter’s Basilica is the world centre of the Roman Catholic faith, with the great St Peter’s Square in front of it.

Although established in 1929, under terms of the Lateran Treaty, St Peter’s Square is still subject to the authority of the Italian police.

CLIMATE

Rome’s mild climate makes visiting the Holy See a year-round attraction; however, spring through to autumn are the best times to visit, with milder temperatures July and August tend to be the hottest month and the most busiest.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Vatican City
POPULATION: 824
LANGUAGE: Italian, Latin and French
CURRENCY: Euro
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +39
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1