The smallest country in the world, Vatican City, is surrounded entirely by the city of Rome. This city-state is home to the Catholic Church as well as the Pope and his clergy. The fascinating Vatican has around 800 citizens, all religious people or Swiss Guards, and qualifies for independent country status. In the walls of the city view incredible sculptures, frescoes and the Sistine Chapel, famous for the Michelangelo painting on the ceiling.

This week’s #g1photofriday was uploaded by user rcphotosnyc using the hashtag #gate1travel. This majestic view was captured in Vatican City. Be sure to tag your photos on social media with #gate1travel or #g1photofriday to be featured. Check out Gate 1 Travel’s Italy trips here

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