10Vatican City

Nestled within the heart of Rome, Vatican City holds the distinction of being the smallest independent state in the world. With an area of just 0.49 square kilometers, it is the spiritual epicenter of the Roman Catholic Church and home to iconic landmarks such as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Despite its diminutive size, Vatican City attracts millions of pilgrims and tourists annually, drawn by its religious significance and awe-inspiring art and architecture.