Officially designated as the State of Vatican City (Stato della Città del Vaticano, Status Civitatis Vaticanae), it is the world’s smallest state both in terms of area (0.44 km2) and population (around 1,000 inhabitants). This city-state is ruled by the Holy See (consisting of the Pope and the Roman Curia), which is the key pillar of the Catholic Church. Thus, the highest state roles are performed by Catholic clergy of different nationalities, with Italian being the official language.
Due to the high number of tourists that come here every year to visit the Vatican’s religious monuments, this city-state’s only economic activity consists of the sale of postage stamps, souvenirs, publications and museum tickets.
Since the Vatican State is located within the geographical limits of Rome, Italy, both areas have a similar temperate climate with Mediterranean characteristics: mild and rainy winters (between October and May), and dry, hot summers (between June and September). The live HD webcams will give you updated information about the weather.