When in Rome… 

A night in a convent will save a few Euros when visiting the world’s most famous church

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The Lateran Treaty guaranteed the Roman Catholic Church sovereignty over the Vatican, declared Catholicism the official religion of Italy and granted the pope neutrality in internal relations. Thus, the smallest nation on earth came into being.

From the world’s smallest nation, atop its grandest church, the ancient city of Rome spread out before us. Dotted liberally with church spires and greenery, the stately old buildings commanded respect while vying for space among the new construction. Below, a long line of tourists snaked its way around the expansive plaza, waiting for admittance into the basilica.

Just one stop of many on Rome’s extensive tourist circuit, the Vatican tells an interesting story. However outside the borders of this tiny, sovereign state lie many more of Italy’s crumbling treasures with their own tales from the past, right in the heart of this ancient, yet modern city.

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