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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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  • August 18, 2017
    I had been dying to see the museums. But even with a paid tour it was so unpleasantly packed and hot that you could hardly see anything and when you did you just wanted to leave because of the stifled...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    After 3 hours of tail... Restait15minutes about to wait and it's coming for us and we are told as children (about minus 4-5 years) must cut the line with the whole family... Find anything about it on the net... But try before you wait 3 hours! (Probably because of the two-day closed August 15 and 16) Take the wire Cup tickets several days in advance on the official site... Wonderful visit... It takes at least 3 hours... Nickel audio guide for children. Do not make the tail down the stairs there is a one-stop audio guide just above. Take headphones to connect 2 pairs on the same... Economy of 5 or €7
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  • August 18, 2017
    Beautiful visit, at the end we were very tired but well worth it. All rooms are very interesting especially the Egyptian. Guided tour is very hurried and never gave us the time to do the photos, since we paid 50 euros each to skip the line and had hoped that he was a little better, however after the end of the tour we went back to review the salt that had not seen. Overall we loved it
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  • Incredible museum. Give yourself at least 3 hours and be sure to dress appropriately for the Sistine Chapel. It is truly incredible. Also, spend time in the gardens and check out the pope Mobile​s. Kind of fun to see the evolution. Definitely purchase tickets ahead of time. There is always a line (I've been here in December and in May).
  • 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.
  • Obviously amazing things to see, but it was packed almost wall to wall and there was hardly even room to breathe. Took 3 minutes just to get up a flight of stairs. I went in June. I'm sure other times of the year are less crowded, but definitely not worth your time if it's this busy! There are honestly better things to see. I was relieved to get out of the museum!
  • The Sistine chapel is amazing. Museum has many beautiful works and historic but is crazy crowded. If you need to make a choice choose the Sistine Chapel over the other relics as it is not mobile and can't be seen in other museums. Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance it is well worth the trouble and saves hours of waiting time. I recommend Rick Steve's audio tour to go with your visit. Don't forget to wear pants or a longer skirt and have shoulders covered. Highly consider doing the Vatican Museum before St. Peter's and take the secret rear entrance to the right when exiting the Sistine Chapel to enter the basilica without waiting on another 2 hour plus line.
  • Huge collection off sculptures and artworks. The line is usually long. Go in the morning, 7 to 9 is best, before the tour group with their skip-the-line tickets. I only give 4 out of 5 stars because the Sistine Chapel was closed around noon and reopen later and 3 because it was so crowded and probably to get you to eat lunch. The pasta lunch served was not fit for dog to eat. Absolutely so bad. I am not even a picky eater and I love Italian foods. But everyone cursed at the ripped of dog foods served there. Shame on you Holly One. The Sistine Chapel has such a hold on our imagination, but after a 5-hours wait we got in but left after 5 minutes. If you need more read a book about it. Too many people in there. The small room can't hold the many people that want to get it.

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