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1. Posted by Tsunami (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

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Never been in Rome so far (I did travel in Italy but only the Northeast: Trieste, Udine, Venice) so the Vatican City is also still on my "places to visit someday" list.

With the death of the Pope in all newspapers, one Irish newspaper also had a short description of the Vatican City, the world's smallest souvereign country and with the Pope as head of state.

They mentionned the state has approx. 900 inhabitants, and that the main incomes came from taxes, tourism, and real estate.

Now what I'd like to ask is: are all inhabitants related to the Roman-Catholic Church (priests, religious students, cardinals, etc) or can someone moving to Rome also rent an apartment on the Vatican City soil ?? ("real estate" as state income would suggest people can buy or rent residential properties as well as anywhere else)

And how big should I really see the state ? I mean, is it just the Pope residency, St-Peter Square and papal gardens, or is there also a sort of residential quarter constituted of a few streets and apartment blocks ?

2. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting Tsunami

Now what I'd like to ask is: are all inhabitants related to the Roman-Catholic Church (priests, religious students, cardinals, etc) or can someone moving to Rome also rent an apartment on the Vatican City soil ?? ("real estate" as state income would suggest people can buy or rent residential properties as well as anywhere else)

From what I know and found on the internet...the 920 people who live on Vatican soil are related to the church. They all hold diplomatic passports from the Vatican government, which leads me to believe that a regular civilian can't live there. If you ever see an advertisment for apartment rentals at the Vatican, they are most likely refering to the area of Rome around the Vatican.

Quoting Tsunami

And how big should I really see the state ? I mean, is it just the Pope residency, St-Peter Square and papal gardens, or is there also a sort of residential quarter constituted of a few streets and apartment blocks ?

There are maps on the Vatican Website. It is not very big, and I wouldn't devote more than a day to it. I don't remember seeing a residential quarter, although I assume that an area that is not accessible to the public houses living spaces for the population in the country.

Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

I remember an article about scandals of a private nature happening in Vatican - office employees do prefer to live in appartments outside the Vatican city (more personal freedom).

4. Posted by Tsunami (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

What do you mean with "more personal freedom" ? I mean, having the Pope as next door neighbour doesn't mean you can't do whatever you want between the walls of your apartment, can it ?

And these employees, are they all related to the Church, or they do hire office workers through advertisement and recruitment interviews (like regular employers) ?

5. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 11y

As far as I know, only people related to the Catholic church can reside within Vatican city. The only non-religious people that are allowed to live in Vatican city are the Swiss guards, but those guys have a whole different set of criteria.