No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to the city state that is the Vatican City. Across the Tiber and just downstream from the imposing (and honestly not that aesthetically pleasing) Castel Sant’Angelo, Vatican City is a must for all visiting the city whether of a religious mindset or not. Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums or Gardens can honestly be a logistical nightmare and quite often it comes down to pure timing. Check out the Rome Toolkit website for great details of how best to beat the crowds and avoid a queue to make even the most devout blaspheme. Visiting St Peter’s Square and the Basilica is free; so if you can get over the crowds then you get to see Michelangelo’s Pieta without breaking the bank. Check out our Italian Destination Guides for more inspiration!