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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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  • Nice friendly staff with big smiles, everything clearly explained, everything’s right on time! Will recommend to friends! ❤️ 
    Nice friendly staff with big smiles, everything clearly explained, everything’s right on time! Will recommend to friends! ❤️  more »
  • Clear and detailed booking procedure, explaining what you will receive. Clearly identified meeting point with hyperlink to maps. Excellent guide with sensible pace of narration, clearly annunciated... 
    Clear and detailed booking procedure, explaining what you will receive. Clearly identified meeting point with hyperlink to maps. Excellent guide with sensible pace of narration, clearly annunciated...  more »
  • The tour was absolutely amazing. So much to see and our tour guide was fantastic with pointing out all the major details and giving time for pictures. 
    The tour was absolutely amazing. So much to see and our tour guide was fantastic with pointing out all the major details and giving time for pictures.  more »
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  • One of the finest museums I have seen. There's so much to see. I loved the sculpture gallery and the fresco gallery. One of the key highlights. The collection here is amazing. Need to keep one day reserve to actually check the whole museum. The circular staircase is beautiful.
  • Remarkable detail and and still incredibly beautiful today. Take a guided tour of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel. The information you will get from your guide will cover the most important details which you may miss on your own. The property is huge and the chapel itself is small. Breakfast is served at the end of the tour but in my opinion only the coffee was good. No photography permitted in the chapel only.
  • Year 2013 - Awesome Museum Year 2013.I remember that day. Painting works so amazing. Excellent Roman Masterpieces. Awesome paintings, statues, then it looked so lively and so intricate details of the statues. Worth the visit. My words wont be enough to describe its beauty ....History worth studying.To understand and enjoy the beauty of Architecture you need to walk a lot under the sun to admire the stunning work.
  • Wonderful museum. Takes at least 2 hrs to enjoy the museum including the Sistine Chapel. And honestly I would recommend at least 3 to 4 hrs. Great exhibits with wonderful history behind them. This is worth the entrance fee and more. And to be able to see the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel has been my childhood dream.
  • Super big! A lot stuff to see. Prepare for a long walk. Definitely worth it. Especially I had a nice nap there.😉 Don’t expect you are going to see and walk every part of the museum. Spend more time on what you’re interested in.

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