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Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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Must see · Art Museum · Religious Site
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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  • I have never visited a better place to see art it is mindblowing it makes you travel through time and see one of the best art pieces there are in existence.Ive been to many museums over time but...  more »
  • This museum is a must see, but not without the Rick Steves audioguide. If you've visited the British Museum or the Smithsonian or the Louvre, you know it's impossible to see it all without a plan...  more »
  • If you are in Rome, you must visit them. The museum itself is the walls and ceiling of the building itself. I have been with my nose up the whole time. Obviously the main subject is sacred images.....  more »
  • Amazing place to visit if in Rome. The art is breathtaking by so many of the greats of the classical era. You can spend days discovering new art at the Vatican no problem. I only went for half a day and felt it was barely enough to just scratch the surface of the Vatican. So much history is here and it is spectacular. Stepping into the sistine chapel is a truly surreal experience as you dive into the artwork that resides On the walls and ceilings. Definitely a must do if in Rome.
  • Mind blowing and extensive. You will get overwhelmed very quickly in here. Take your time research some items you really want to see and focus on those. Do not try and see it all in one visit. Too many wonderful things to see. From the rooms themselves to the art and tapestries it really is an incredible collection.
  • A must visit for anyone coming to Rome. However, the large tour groups really ruin the experience and make it hard to truly enjoy and appreciate the amazing collection. Be careful not to engage anyone selling tickets or tours outside the museum as they are all scams. Instead, buy your tickets online ahead of time and skip the line.
  • AMAZING place and city with more than five miles of corridors, this vast complex of museums chronicles the history and accomplishments of mankind over the last 2000 years, featuring classic masterpieces such as Rodin's "Thinker" and the Sistine Chapel. Highly recommended if you are in Rome, also recommend to hire a guide agency they explain and tour you over the most important places.
  • Simply amazing! So much art! Painting, sculpture, mosaic, pottery... Greco-Roman, Egyptian, classical antiquities, of course Christian... so much to see! Took the kids on a whirlwind run through (fully aware they'd not have the stamina for a full trip) , and we didn't see nearly 1/3 of what we wanted to. Thank God we got the skip the line pass, too, or else we'd have been stuck in the queue for THREE hours! Even then, though, this place would have been worth it, and not only for the Sistine Chapel, which is understandably a huge draw and focus in and of itself. I could have spent three full days exploring just these rooms, and still probably not experience everything it has to offer. In fact, my least favourite part was the Chapel, because the other people there had absolutely no reverence or respect for the place, and completely ignored the fact that it's a functional chapel... just rude. But amazing art! Highly recommend spending a full day, and using the Skip the Line ticket. Also, there's a free bag/ coat check inside, where they made me leave my regular size backpack.

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