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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. Add Vatican Museums to your Vatican City travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Vatican City itinerary maker.
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  • My wife and I have read about the famous long queue (1 to 3 hours) to enter the museum and Sistine chapel if we didn't prebook anything. Or even you have prebook a normal ticket the queue to exchange ...  more »
  • This place is really really big so make sure you have enough time to wander through and look at all the things. You'll be exhausted by the end  more »
  • The Vatican museums are a highlight to any trip to Rome and should definitely be on your list. The problem is that they are on everyone's list and therefore the crowds can be unbearable, especially if...  more »
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  • Amazing museum, much larger than I realized. Great Egypt exhibit, some of the halls are georgious, and there are two rooms decorated by Rafael. The hall of old maps was incredible. And of course the Sistine Chapel was incredible. Coming here is reason enough to visit Rome. We did the night tour and while there were still a lot of people it wasn't so crowded that we couldn't see everything we wanted to. Give yourself at least a few hours to get through because there is so much amazing art to look at.
  • Very nice museum. The best in Italy. Make sure you book tickets in advance with audio guide and be there right when they open! Go to the Sistine Chapel first, then backtrack your way to the Museum to avoid the huge crowds later in the day. It would be nice if they limited the number of guests since many rooms are so crowded it would be a fire hazard, but if they did this, this would reduce the amount of their admissions revenue.
  • One of my favourite museums. I highly recommend buying the ticket a couple of days before so you don't have to make big lines for the ticket office. Beware! The online ticket must be bought at least 24 hours before. There is a wide variety of exhibitions and it's really amazing. We like spending our time with an audioguide and appreciating every detail. We spent like 5 hours inside and still missed some exhibitions but it was amazing.
  • We toured with City Tours and I believe our guides name was Helena. She was awesome! Very informative tour. You could see she was passionate about the history of her city and especially Michelangelo. Had a great time touring the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Like I suggest in all of my posts on Rome, it was great to have a guide so the sights actually came alive. There was meaning and history that translates even to today. I loved it.
  • Do your research and book a guide in advance well worth it. My first visit to Rome and glad I did a guided tour as this place is mental. Does get busy but guide was good at navigating through the crowds. A must see for the purest