Holy See Geography

What is the terrain and geography like in Holy See?

Overview:

The state of Vatican City is the smallest sovereign state in the world. A tiny enclave within the city of Rome, it occupies 109 acres and is almost completely surrounded by medieval walls. As a result of the Lateran Pacts of 1929, the Italian Government granted St. Peter’s Basilica and Square and the surrounding area within the Vatican walls as the Holy See’s sovereign and independent territorial base. Besides St. Peter’s, Vatican City also includes the Apostolic Palace, administrative and residential buildings, museums, archives, and libraries, a cemetery, and gardens covering almost one-third of the entire area. Thirteen other buildings in Rome, as well as the Pope’s summer residence at nearby Castel Gandolfo, enjoy extraterritoriality under the terms of the Lateran Pacts.

Climate:

Rome's climate is mild and the area is noted for its frequent sunny days. Summers are hot (and sometimes humid) and winters are cold (overcoats necessary).

Holy See Use of Natural Resources

Holy See Environment

Climate:

Rome's climate is mild and the area is noted for its frequent sunny days. Summers are hot (and sometimes humid) and winters are cold (overcoats necessary).

Environment - International Agreements:

party to: Ozone Layer Protection

signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution, Environmental Modification

Holy See Geography

Geographic Location Europe
Total Area 0 Square Miles
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Land Area 0 Square Miles
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Land Boundaries 2 Miles
3 Kilometers
Border Countries Italy 3.2 km
Geographic Coordinates 41 54 N, 12 27 E
Lowest Point 19 Meters
Time Zone UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Daylight saving time +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
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