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Vatican: A Private Visit to a Secret World

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More than just an enclave within the city of Rome, the Vatican is a complex city-state that for many people still conjures up notions of secrecy. The Vatican has always...

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Caroline Pigozzi, a former student of the New York University School of Journalism, is a Franco- Italian writer, journalist and major reporter for Paris Match and a Vaticanologist. A winner of the Prix de la Fondation Mumm for the written press and a recipient of a médaille de vermeil from the Académie Française, she is the author of best-selling books including Le Pape en Privé (Nil), Jacques et Bernadette en privé (Robert Laffont), Le Vatican indiscret (Plon), Les Photos secrètes du Vatican with Giovanni Maria Vian (Gründ, Plon), Les Photos insolites des Présidents de la Vème République and Les Photos insolites de Charles de Gaulle with Philippe Goulliaud (Gründ-Plon), François en poche (Cherche Midi) and Pourquoi Eux (Plon), which have been translated into multiple languages.

Giovanni Maria Vian is full professor of Patristic Philology at La Sapienza University in Rome. A member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, Vian has also served as editor in chief of the Holy See’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, 2007–18. As a respected scholar, historian and journalist, Vian has contributed many articles and essays on Christian history and the contemporary papacy to numerous publications, and he has edited texts of Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) and Pope Francis. His recent books include Pablo VI, un cristiano del siglo XX (Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 2020), Andare per la Roma dei papi (Il Mulino, 2020) and I libri di Dio: Breve storia dei testi cristiani (Carocci, 2020), translated in French (Salvator, 2022), and Il papa senza corona: Vita e morte di Giovanni Paolo I (Carocci, 2022), translated in Spanish (Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 2022).

The Ultimate Collection

Vatican: A Private Visit to a Secret World

$1,309 USD

As a mere promenade, St Peter’s is unequalled. It is better than the Boulevards, than Piccadilly or Broadway, and if it were not the most beautiful place in the world, it would be the most entertaining.

— Henry James, Transatlantic Sketches, 1873

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Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan.

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In the details

Each purchase comes with complimentary white handling gloves and our signature tote bag.

Page count

242 pages

Number of illustrations




Released on

December 2022


W 40 x L 48 x D 8 cm

Cover materials

Handcrafted volume in a velvet clamshell
case with metal plate tip-on




9.7 kg

Text by Caroline Pigozzi and Giovanni Maria Vian

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