Correction: Vatican-Christmas Shopping story - Article Photos 1/1

This is a 1962 photo showing train carriages inside St. Peter's train station in the Vatican, whose tracks connect to Italy's rail system. There's a little-known open secret in the Vatican gardens, a few paces behind St. Peter's Basilica and tucked inside the Vatican's converted train station: a sprawling, two-story tax-free department store that rivals any airport duty free or military PX, stocking everything from Church's custom grade shoes (euro 483 a pair) to Baume et Mercier watches (ladies euro 1,585, men's Capeland euro 5,000). There's a hitch, however. It's not open to the public, only to Vatican citizens, employees and their dependents, diplomats accredited to the Holy See and (unofficially) their lucky friends who, after stocking up on holiday must-haves, proceed to the checkout with their Vatican connection and the ID card that entitles them to shop there. To be sure, Rome is no stranger to tax-free shopping. Embassies, nearby military bases and the U.N. food agencies all have commissaries for their employees, where tax-free imports of everything from American ice cream to French wine can be had minus the 21 percent sales tax included in list prices in Italy. The Vatican has that and more, given it's its own sovereign state _ the world's smallest _ operating in central Rome. At 44-hectares (110 acres), the Vatican city state is the physical home of the Holy See: the pope and governing structure and administration of the Catholic Church. The Vatican Museums, home of the Sistine Chapel, are the main profit-making enterprise. (AP Photo)