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Vierwielen wrote:The exit to the Vatican is clearly signposted on the Rome ringroad. However it also warrants its own signposts on the road between the airport and the ringroad as shown here. I can see the reason for Naples (Napoli) being signposted - it is the autostrade to the south, Florence (Firenze) is the autostrade to the north and L'Aquila is the autostrade to the east. I sometimes wondered if this signposting was for the benefit of visitors to the Vatican (a sovereign independent state) who had no right to enter Italy other than to travel to the Vatican.
It is probably the result of the Italian state showing respect to the Vatican as an independent sovereign state. The manner in which the independence of the Vatican was established in 1929 - after more than half a century of bitter cold war, in which the popes refused to recognise the legitimacy of the Kingdom of Italy - suggests as much.
It is probably also because many foreign visitors to the Vatican - I'm referring to diplomats and cardinals, rather than to tourists who would probably visit Rome as well - will be interested in heading straight there. They are in Italy because their plane landed at Fiumicino, but they are not visiting Italy.
The Republic of San Marino is widely signposted in the Romagna region, even though the Italian state has less reason historically to bend over backwards to acknowledge its existence.
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