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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Vatican Museums Reviews
The visit was unbearable because of the crowds. It was a cattle drive and it was difficult to see much art or to get a feeling of being in a special place. The public is herded through several museums... more »
Solo per la Cappella Sistina varrebbe la pena vederli, senza contare poi tutto il resto: decine e decine di opere che fanno parte a pieno diritto della storia dell'arte con la S maiuscola, da non perd... more »Only for the Sistine Chapel it would be worth seeing them, not to mention everything else: dozens and dozens of works that are fully part of art history with a capital S, not to be missed for nothing in the world!
There are a lot of important and amazing works of art through the museum band Sistine Chapel. Not to mention that you can get into St. Peter's Basilica, and up top of the Basilica. You will see some of the most famous artwork in history and some of the most important ancient statues ever found. This is one of the most see places in Rome. I could tell you about what you will see but I'm not historian or expert. I do suggest the tour, but there is a lot of information and shows you can see about what you will find in the Vatican. I recommend learning about it before you go and then taking your time seeing it. By the way, going up to the top of the Basilica afterwards will give you the best views of Rome but it's a lot of stairs.
I have to say that I really enjoyed been there, best part (for me of course) the Egyptian area, lots of content and sculptures, information well explained. But after that I was concerned about the organisation, very messy in my opinion, following the signs I walked over the same corridors I had already visit, the map they give us at the entrance useless (my opinion) too simplified that make me confused (Same happened with the explanation of some sculptures at the first) Staff very nice, helpful and easy to communicate (Italian, Spanish, English and even French thought) I will recommend, not only for believers but especially for people that enjoy History (as I can include myself) 😉
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