|About the Book|
This cultural guide for the traveler has information about the present day culture of Vatican City & the Catholic Church. Do you want to learn more about the history of the Catholic Church, the Papal States, and Vatican City? Do you want to learn how to behave or dress in Vatican City? Perhaps you only want to see Vatican Citys famous tourist sites. Whatever your goal is, this cultural guide is for you.This cultural guide for the traveler is great for travelers who want to learn more about the local culture and religion of Vatican City, while also gaining insight into the churchs history & top sites. This guide is for the culturally-curious traveler who wants to better understand the small country- its great for tourists who want to do more than just see the highlights.ContentsIntroduction: Country overview, basic information, name origins, & flag symbolismThe Land: Geography, weather, & wildlifeHistory: A brief history of both Vatican City and the Catholic Church, plus a list of popes throughout historyCulture & Identity: The local way of life, language, ethnicity, dress, behavior, entertainment, & identityThe Catholic Church & Holy See: Doctrines of the faith, sacraments, symbolism, saints, the Catholic mass, hierarchy, and moreTop Sights & Destinations: St. Peters Square, St. Peters Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Vatican Gardens, St. Peters Grottoes and Necropolis, and the Vaticans Extraterritorial PropertiesLogistics: Visa requirements, health and safety, foreign embassies, money and expenses, communication, transportation, services, and accommodationsAlso Includes... Pre-departure checklist, sample packing list, maps of all the highlights, & more!