Wednesday, September 27, 2006

An Entire Country Within A City

An entire country within a city, and the same country within your browser.

Struggling to sqeeze in my daily post before the deadline.

Just thought I would mention how much I love Google Maps. Having lived in Rome, this is a lot of fun to see arial shots of major landmarks.

I believe that Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, less than 0.2 square miles, and obviously is completely surrounded by Rome.

If you want to journey around rome with Google Maps, you can get your starting point at Saint Peter's here.



Anonymous said...

Oh Roman Sacristan I think you have erred. I know for sure that parts of Padua are also part of the Vatican....

Roman Sacristan said...

OK, the whole of the "contiguous" Vatican City is shown here. LOL! Embassies and "islands" are not represented.

Joee Blogs said...

Parts of Padua? Wow! I'm intrigued ... could you take a moment to explain this please?

Roman Sacristan said...

I would think it is similar to the idea of an embassy literally being that country's "soil." I would think things like Castel Gondolfo belong to the Holy See and thus would be part of Vatican City, even though they are not physically attached.