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Vatican Hill (Vaticano)

About Vatican Hill

Vatican Hill (Mons Vaticanus ) is the name given, long before the founding of Christianity, to one of the hills on the side of the Tiber opposite the traditional seven hills of Rome. It may have been the site of an Etruscan town called Vaticum.

The name "Vatican" has often been thought to derive from the Latin "vates", meaning "seer, soothsayer", though this is uncertain and it is also possible that "Vaticanus" comes from an unrelated Etruscan loan-word. Indeed, the Vatican Hill was the home of the Vates long before re-Christian Rome. Vaticanus, also known as Vagitanus, was an Etruscan god of prophecy, and his temple was built on the ancient site of Vaticanum (Vatican Hill).

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What to see in the Vatican Hill?

Vatican City State (Stato della Città del Vaticano)

Vatican Hill is not a simple hill. Here it is where is Vatican City State - the world famous center of Catholicism. The government of Vatican City has a unique structure. The Pope is the sovereign of the state. The current office-holder is Pope Benedict XVI who was elected in a papal conclave on 19 April 2005. He is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church.

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How to go to The Vatican Hills of Rome?

The Vatican Hill is a hill in Rome on the right bank of the river Tiber.

How to go to the Vatican City in Rome you can check also in the page:

Roma => How to go to Roma?


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