Just 0.44 square kilometres in size, the world’s smallest sovereign state can’t be measured in size alone. With the Vatican’s Museums housing a legion of epic masterpieces one after the other - Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms, to name a few - and holding the largest Catholic church in the world, St Peter’s Basilica, all within its borders, the Vatican City makes for an awe-inspiring and ever-daunting experience for travellers. Monumental in size and style, this religious superpower is a lavish tribute to Catholicism, its epic St Peter’s square the scene for religious pilgrimages since time immemorial. Any visitor to the Vatican will agree, good things come in small packages.
From mystical waterfalls to tranquil lakes, you’ll love a cheeky paddle at these watering holes.
Forget fairy tales, real life is where it’s at with these swoon-worthy sites on the agenda.
Accessible only by boat or strenuous hike, these hostels fall far beyond the typical tourist's radar.