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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This was our second Walks of Italy tour. It started very early, so we were able to get into the Sistine Chapel before it was full. It was amazing! There were so many things to see, but our tour guide ... more »
Ci siamo stati già due volte e nonostante tutto non siamo riusciti a vederli tutti , per la quantità e vastità dei musei CONSIGLIATISSIMA la visita more »We have been there twice already and yet we couldn't see them all, for the amount and breadth of BEAM to visit museums
What a wonderful experience. Some beautiful sights to see. There are so many different museums within one place you feel like you could be there all day. We also spent quite some time here. A good couple of hours at least. I'm so glad we booked fast track tickets in advance because we walked straight into the building, no queues, security was a breeze and then we were free to explore. Would definitely recommend visiting the Vatican when in Rome.
Amazing fine arts inside and out , to see it in real time is incredible! The many textures of stone and precious metals used throughout the building is something one can appreciate. The Vatican has a rich history. One can only feel in awe for its beauty and religion. It's not a visit to be missed.
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