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Cheap Flights to Vatican City State (Holy See)

Vatican City, officially known as the Vatican City State, is a walled enclave within the city of Rome, and is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both land area and population. It is an ecclesiastical/sacerdotal-monarchial state ruled by the Bishop of Rome, which is the Pope. It is the seat of Roman Catholicism – a place both known as 'Holy', 'historical', and 'artistically satisfying' all at the same time.

Where to go

The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site sprawling tourist destination filled with architecture, art, and simple magnificence. The rows of homes near the churches and the chapels are filled with inhabitants that are either laymen of service to the Holy See, or anointed members of the Holy Order under the Roman Catholic equivalents of the Christian church.

The main area meanwhile, is the St. Peter's Square, where the St. Peter's Basilica can be found. The St. Peter's Basilica is the home of the Roman Pontiff. The Basilica, also known as the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano, is principally designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, along with Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, and Giacomo della Porta. It is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture, with its structured and ornate pillars and huge domes and arches. Inside the basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, the first Pontiff, and the first Bishop of Rome, in the Catholic tradition. The St. Peter's Basilica is also a famous pilgrimage site, well visited by Catholics from all over the world. It is also the home of the Pieta, one of the world-famous Renaissance marble sculptures created by Michelangelo.

Another site to visit is the Sistine Chapel, the celebrated chapel at the heart of the Apostolic Palace. Originally known as the Cappella (chapel) Magna (great), it was renamed as the Sistine Chapel, taking its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. The series of frescoes on the wall depicting the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ were mainly the work of a team of Renaissance painters such as Sandro Botticelli, Pitro Perugino, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Cosimo Roselli. The most prominent feature of the chapel is the ceiling, and its depiction of The Last Judgment, all painted by the famous Michelangelo. The first mass in the chapel was celebrated by then Pope Sixtus IV on the Feast of the Assumption, and since then, the chapel was consecrated and dedicated to the Virgin

Mary. When visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site, make sure to take in and study the handiwork of these great artists, and of course, pray and give thanks.

Other sites include the Vatican Museum and the Vatican Apostolic Library.

Short Haul

If going on a short haul trip from the Vatican, travelers will need to get to Rome first by land travel. From there, destinations like France, Germany, Spain, parts of Russia, and Turkey may be visited. Tradition, co-existing with modernity, can be seen in these countries that are brimming with destinations popular to many tourists, and even locals. Regional and charter flights can be taken, or the railway systems can also be used to visit these countries.

Long Haul

Again, since Vatican has no airports and direct flights out of the city-state is only possible via the airports in the city center of Italy, long haul trips can only be achieved by traveling through land transport and transferring to airports such as the Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, and the Ciampino-G.B. Pastine International Airport to various destinations. Suggested trips for long haul include the United States of America, India, Japan, and Australia. These countries have different profiles and will present various adventures to the traveling feet.

How to get out

Vatican is one of the city-states without an airport, with an exception of one heliport. There are no commercial flights directly serving the city-state, and currently, there are no plans to construct an airport to give a dedicated service to the city. The nearest airport to get in and out of the city-state can be found in Italy, and is the gateway of the Roman Pontiff and the members of the See to the world. These are through the Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport and the Ciampino-G.B. Pastine International Airport, both of which are found in the city center of Rome. Cheap flights can be booked using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from 600 airlines.  

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