Vatican City has the distinction of being the smallest independent country in the world, clocking in at a whopping .
17 square miles, or about 68 city blocks. It’s completely surrounded by the city of Rome, and other than its most famous resident and his impressive collection of hats, everyone who lives here is some level of priest or nun — from all across the globe.
The Vatican is home to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum and Art Galleries and…that’s about it. Though that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of fantastic places to eat and drink right across the border in Rome. Once you’re done attending a mass at the Vatican and making your pilgrimage to the dome at St. Peter’s, you’ll still find plenty to do.