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How do I get an international driving permit in Vatican City?

If your local driving license is not on English, you will need to get international driver’s license. Getting an international driver’s permit is simple. You can apply in a road transport agency or online. Applying online is simpler since you only need to fill out the online application form, upload two passport size photographs, and submit the digital copy of your driver’s license issued from your home country. Keep in mind that IDP is only a translation of your local driving license. In this case it IDP will translate your local license to Italian.

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Top Destinations in Vatican City

Millions of people, especially Catholic devotees from all over the world, travel to this place just to see and strengthen their faiths by experiencing Vatican city. It is also recognized as the world’s smallest country. Because of that, traveling inside the country using vehicles won’t really be necessary unless you are going on an important business trip.

It may be the smallest among the countries worldwide, but never underestimate its history of art, culture, and religion. Those are the very reasons why people worldwide will never miss the chance to go there.

St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the main attractions and a place where Christian Catholic devotees visit because this is the actual place where St. Peter the Apostle, the first Bishop of Rome or first Pope, was buried. A church already existed on this site ever since the reign of Constantine the Great. The suspected grave of St. Peter the Apostle can be found on the underground of the church.

It is marked with a shrine, and if you are interested enough to see it, some tours can guide you with that. This magnificent Church was built between the 16th to 18th centuries, and on the inside, you’ll see the works of various great artists that ever lived on this planet.

From the moment you step inside, the arts of several known artists will come greeting you. Artists like Michelangelo, Bramante, Peruzzi, and Raphael helped shape the great architectural plan of the St. Peter’s Basilica.

Driving Directions:

  • From Vatican City Entry, head east on Via Sant'Anna toward Borgo Pio.
  • Continue onto Borgo Pio and turn left onto Via del Mascherino.
  • Turn right onto Via Stefano Porcari, then continue onto Via Giovanni Vitelleschi/Piazza Americo Capponi.
  • Head to Via delle Fosse di Castello and continue onto Piazza Adriana..
  • Continue onto Piazza Pia, then Turn right onto Via della Conciliazione.
  • Park your car on a parking space and head west on Via della Conciliazione toward Via dell'Erba by foot.
  • Continue onto Piazza Papa Pio XII and head onto Largo degli Alicorni.
  • Enter the Vatican City and walk towards the St. Patrick’s Basilica.

Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter's Square)

The plaza in front of St. Peter’s Basilica is the Piazza San Pietro or the St. Peter’s Square. It was built by Bernini between 1657-1667 and is one of the biggest and most beautiful squares in the world. It has the size of 320 meters long and 240 meters wide and can hold more than 300,000 people.

In the square, you’ll see the majestic Egyptian Obelisk. It is 25 meters in height, and it was brought over to Rome by Caligula in 37 BC. It used to mark the epicenter of games and executions that would become known as the Circus of Nero. Another amazing thing you can see there are its 284 columns and 88 pilasters.

Above the columns are 140 statues of saints created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini. The main reason people go to the square is to see its history and have a glimpse of the pope himself, which holds the audience every Wednesday.

Driving Directions:

  • From Vatican City Entry, head east on Via Sant'Anna toward Borgo Pio.
  • Continue onto Borgo Pio and turn left onto Via del Mascherino.
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Borgo Vittorio.
  • Make a right at the 1st cross street onto Via del Falco and continue onto Vicolo del Farinone
  • Turn right onto Via dei Corridori. Park your car in a parking space.
  • Head west on Via dei Corridori toward Via Rusticucci by foot, then continue onto Largo del Colonnato.
  • Turn left to stay on Largo del Colonnato and enter Vatican City.
  • After 61 m, Turn right, and you’ll reach St. Peter’s Square.

Vatican Museums

One of the highlights during your trip to the Vatican would be the vatican museums. If you are a person who loves hearing stories about history, the arts that are aligned with it, and its significance in Christianity today, you will surely fall in love with this place! Many museums in highlight different works of art made from different known artists who made significant art and Christian history that we know today.

All in all, there are 54 museums. With that being said, the Vatican museum has the most extensive collection of arts globally. How amazing is that? That’s why artists all over the world have Vatican City at the top of their go-to destinations. October and November will be the best months for visit, especially if you want to avoid the crowds.

Make sure to visit on Tuesday or Thursday. Wednesdays are for people who want to see the pope, and this will make the museums so crowded. So, if you want to enjoy the museums with less crowd, avoid traveling on a Wednesday.

Driving Directions:

  • From the Vatican City entry, Head east on Via Sant'Anna toward Borgo Pio.
  • Continue onto Borgo Pio and turn left onto Via del Mascherino.
  • Then continue onto Piazza del Risorgimento, then turn left to stay on Piazza del Risorgimento.
  • Turn right onto Viale dei Bastioni di Michelangelo and turn left onto Viale Vaticano.
  • Your destination will be on the left.

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine chapel is the pope’s domestic chapel and is also used for services and special events. The walls of this chapel will surely amaze you, for it is full of 15th-century paintings of different Biblical scenes, mainly made by Michaelangelo. Many Catholic believers and Art enthusiasts will not want to miss seeing this great masterpiece of history.

Driving Directions:

  • From Vatican City Entry, Head east on Via Sant'Anna toward Borgo Pio.
  • Continue onto Borgo Pio and Turn left onto Via del Mascherino.
  • Continue onto Piazza del Risorgimento, then turn left to stay on Piazza del Risorgimento.
  • Turn right onto Viale dei Bastioni di Michelangelo and turn left onto Viale Vaticano.
  • Then turn right onto Via Santamaura, then park your car in a parking space.
  • Enter the Vatican Museums and pass by Musei Vaticani, Bracchio Nuovo, and head onto the Sistine Chapel.

Most Important Rules of Driving

As mentioned before, driving inside the city is only allowed for those who have important things to do inside the country.

Speed Limit

Drivers must respect speed limits inside or outside of Vatican City, where you’ll be driving. Outside, speed limits for cars should be limited to 50 km/h, especially with its small roads.

Inside the Vatican City, where only officials and important people with business from other countries are allowed to drive, the speed limit is 30 kph.

Wear your seatbelts all the time

Yes, seatbelts should be worn all the time, not just by you, the driver, but also everyone inside the car, whether he/she is on the front or on the backseat. Failure to follow this law can give you a fine.

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