The Vatican Institutions
Vatican Apostolic Library
The place elected by the Roman pontiffs to collect and conserve the knowledge of our civilisation. An impressive number of engravings, incunabula, ancient and modern books. Its remote and noble history and its extraordinary scenario make the Vatican Apostolic Library a unique place all the world over.
Vatican Secret Archives
The inaccessible and innermost heart of the Holy See, where the historic memory of mankind is treasured. The Secret Archives of the Vatican have been for centuries the Holy See depository of diplomatic papers, papal bulls, records about centuries of Vatican relations with the whole civilized world.
A world-wide famous place for the wonderful art-works which, throughout the centuries, the roman pontiffs have commissioned, collected and conserved. Every year, the Sistine Chapel frescoed by Michelangelo and the halls housing the largest collection of masterpieces of Renaissance art are visited by over 3,000.000 art-lovers from every corner of the world.