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Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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The easiest way to experience Vatican Museums, featuring an outstanding collection of fine art, is by joining a guided tour. These museums display works from an immense collection that the Roman Catholic church built up over several centuries. You can see some of the most renowned Classical sculptures in the world, as well as numerous Renaissance art masterpieces. Founded in the early 16th century by Pope Julius II, the museums contain 54 galleries. The last stop and a highlight of every tour is the Sistine Chapel, featuring the world-famous ceiling decorated by Michelangelo. You are not required to join a tour, but the collection is spread over an area of nearly 15 km (9 mi), so it's highly recommended. Look online beforehand to choose from many different tour options. Make Vatican Museums part of your personalized Vatican City itinerary using our Vatican City day trip planning site .
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  • This was our second Walks of Italy tour. It started very early, so we were able to get into the Sistine Chapel before it was full. It was amazing! There were so many things to see, but our tour guide ...  more »
  • We have been there twice already and yet we couldn't see them all, for the amount and breadth of BEAM to visit museums
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  • Ok...I am torn here. I love Vatican City. An amazing place with so many cool things to see. I also loved the Vatican Museums. Also so much to see. The only problem is the crowds. I mean Tokyo metro at...  more »
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  • The Vatican Museum along with the Sistine Chapel was absolutely marvellous to visit. I highly recommend that you buy your tickets online with an audio guide otherwise you’ll be waiting in a huge line to get in. If you’re in Rome this is definitely a must-do! Something I wish I would have known is that there’s no air conditioning inside the museum so with the hundreds of people inside it was extremely hot so bring your cold water bottles!
  • Buy tickets online and skip the line. We were traveling with a toddler and a stroller. I wouldn’t recommend this as we had to take many stairs and it was very packed with tourists (& gift shops...). It’s not impossible to do though. Also be prepared for the heat and lots of walking. The Sistine Chapel is beautiful. We had the afternoon booking, which meant we only had a-few minutes there before we had to move on. Could’ve easily spent the day in all the museums and gardens. Amazing place.
  • Buy a skip the line ticket. Period. You'll be waiting outside for your whole day if not. You only pay maybe $10 more for the skip the line, totally worth it in my opinion. The museums are huge and expansive and even spending 3 hours inside isn't enough time to stop and enjoy each piece. So much beautiful art from all different eras / countries it's amazing. The place gets extremely packed wall to wall and once you get inside you're pretty much going through hallways of different exhibits the whole time so you don't get a chance to get fresh air. Dress as cool and comfortable as possible while abiding to the dress code!
  • This place is timeless and priceless! I highly recommend purchasing one of the 7:15am tours so you have time to spend in the Sistine Chapel. I was able I to spend about 30 minutes in there rather than 3. Be sure to cover your shoulders and knees. They won’t allow you in if you don’t. I also recommend climbing the tower if you are capable. It’s a hike but quite beautiful!
  • Although the place is amazing, all it is is a Catholic cash cow. You can't stop and enjoy what you're seeing for the ridiculous amount of people packed into on place. I have since been to Bali and visited a Hindi temple and found it an all round better experience. The people are far more religious in their humble ways. Worth a look for the history but my advise is go in the early months of the year.
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