Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

inside the St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City in Rome, Italy
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The new European Grand Tour counts museums, ancient ruins, churches, and some surprises.

No. 6 St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Rome

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Annual Visitors: 7 million

One of the world’s largest sacred buildings and one of the holiest of Catholic sites, the basilica teems with ornate gold, marble columns, paintings of angels, iconic statues, and works created by a who’s who of Renaissance artists—including Raphael, Brunelleschi, Bernini, and Michelangelo, who sculpted the marble Pietà and designed the basilica’s massive dome. vaticanstate.va —April Orcutt

Source: Italian Government Tourist Board

inside the St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City in Rome, Italy

Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

No. 6 St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Rome

Annual Visitors: 7 million

One of the world’s largest sacred buildings and one of the holiest of Catholic sites, the basilica teems with ornate gold, marble columns, paintings of angels, iconic statues, and works created by a who’s who of Renaissance artists—including Raphael, Brunelleschi, Bernini, and Michelangelo, who sculpted the marble Pietà and designed the basilica’s massive dome. vaticanstate.va —April Orcutt

Source: Italian Government Tourist Board

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