Official Name: Vatican City State
Capital: Vatican City
Official Languages: Italian
Spoken Languages: Italian
Population: 690 (2014 est.)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)
Vatican City is a city state within Italy. Vatican City is the smallest state in the world with a population of just under 700. The City is ruled by the pope and is highly religious with such sites as St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
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Vatican City is located within Rome, the capital of Italy. The city is highly popular with tourists, who visit the city to see some of the spectacular religious displays. Vatican City has a Mediterranean climate. The city has mild and rainy winters, summers are usually hot and dry. Temperatures can be as high 30.6°C (87.1°F) or as low as 3.1°C (37.6°F).
Geographic data: 41°54.2 N 12°27.2 E
Natural hazards: Earthquakes are the only risks.
Birth rate: 0 births/1000 people (There are no women living in Vatican City)
Death rate: N/A
Life expectancy: 78.00 (est.)
You will be unable to drive in the Vatican City due to the traffic management that is in place in Rome. Limited traffic is allowed but this is for locals or special permit holders. It is advised that you drive as far as you can into Rome before you hit the limited traffic zones which are marked then proceed on foot into the city.
Crime is extremely rare within the Vatican City. The only crime that occurs is usually pickpocketing which happens in the large tourist zones. The crimes that have been recorded have been from outsiders and not locals. General care is advised but you should not encounter many problems.
If you have a British passport then you will not require a visa to enter Vatican City. However, you are limited to 90 days stay. You can stay for longer but you will need to apply with the local authorities.
Your passport will need to be valid for the period of your trip. It is advised that you make sure that your passport is also validated for 3 months after your exit date to avoid complications.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
There are no health requirements for travelling to Vatican City
Currently, FCO have not advised on Vatican City.
However, this information could change at any time. It is advised that you check the FCO website before you travel: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Direct Travel Insurance cannot offer cover for any areas or countries to which the FCO advise against travel.
The Vatican City is hugely popular with tourists, it attracts a large religious audience. Vatican City is famous for its various religious sites and its artwork. Hosting some of the most famous art and sculptures of all time.
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