From April 21 to 23, 2014 a tour of the Vatican City will be organized. Vatican City is a popular destination for tourists, especially Christians wishing to see the Pope or practice their faith. Pilgrims will most often visit the Vatican City at special moments in the liturgical year, such as Christmas or Easter, or during important periods such as the proclamation of a holy year or the funeral and election of a pope. Tourism is one of the principal sources of revenue in the economy of the Vatican City.
The Vatican State
As the Vatican is located in Italy, the main language of the Vatican State (or Vatican City) is Italian. Being the centre of the Roman Catholic faith, the Vatican houses some of the most beautiful masterpieces of art in places such as the Sistine Chapel. Besides the famous artwork, there are also wonderful gardens and much more to be seen throughout the Vatican State. As of 1929, because of the Lateran Treaty, the Vatican is recognised as its own independent state.
The Vatican City Tour includes:
a) Vatican Museums: The Belvedere Palace and Pinecone Courtyard, The Apollo Belvedere, The Laocoon Group, The Greek Cross Room, Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps, Works of Raphael.
b) Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo’s Frescoes, Last Judgment etc.
c) St. Peter’s Basilica: An overview of the highlights of St Peter’s Basilica, overlooking St. Peter’s Square, to include an explanation of the Square, the Swiss Guards, the Apostolic Palace etc.
d) Papal Audience: Held at St. Peter’s Square on Wednesdays, giving pilgrims and visitors the chance to “see the Pope” and receive the Papal Blessing.
The tour package includes:
a) V.I.P Skip the Line Privileged Access
b) Top Level English Speaking Tour Guide – Authorised by The Vatican
c) Hi-Fi Extra Clear Sound Headphones
Registered participants who require travel visas for this purpose shall be assisted. Letters of Invitation shall be provided and the visas will be applied for at the VFS Global Office in Lagos or Abuja. Most applicants will not be interviewed, so the approval is based primarily on assessment of documentation. The volume and strength of the documents will go a long way in determining the success of the application. Visa applicants are required to provide:
- Passport and Copies of Previous Visas
- Letter of Introduction (from employer)
- Letter of Introduction (from church or Christian group)
- Bank Statements (for 6 months)
- Letter of Employment and Pay Slips (if employed)
- Incorporation Documents (if self-employed)
- Tax Clearance Certificate
- Proof of Real State (if they have any)
- Documents attesting the Applicant’s Professional Status (if applicable)
10. Marriage Certificate (if married)
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