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Top sights in Rome
When in Rome, don’t miss out on the Vatican’s world-famous Vatican Museums. Over the centuries, popes have built up a truly astounding collection of artistic masterpieces. There are countless things to see, but make sure not to miss these 5 highlights.
The Sistine Chapel alone would be worth a trip to the Vatican Museums. Painted by the greatest Renaissance painters, the chapel’s famous frescoes are quite simply sublime.
The 4 dazzling Raphael Rooms form the public part of the Pope’s apartments. Raphael’s magnificent frescoes decorating the walls give those of the Sistine Chapel a run for their money.
This stunning sculpture of a muscly male torso was highly influential for Renaissance artists like Michelangelo (note Christ’s similar pose in the Sistine Chapel’s Last Judgement).
Despite being unfinished, this gorgeous painting is a glorious demonstration of Leonardo’s painterly prowess. Unbelievably, it was once cut up and used to cover a barber’s stool.
A masterpiece of neo-classical architecture, this majestic room is shaped like a miniature pantheon, with lavish mosaics covering the floors and ancient statues lining the walls.
Although the Vatican Museums are extremely popular with tourists all year around, if you’re looking for a quieter visit, your best bet is during the low season between November and February.
On the last Sunday of every month, entrance to the Vatican Museums is free during opening hours, from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM. This is a great way of saving money, but be warned: these free days are also the most popular. If you’d rather avoid the large crowds, you’re better off going on a regular day.
The ticket office opens at 9:00 AM. If you want to see as much as possible, then you should arrive early, as the Vatican Museums are huge (over 9 miles!) and long lines can start forming at the entrance even before opening time. However, if you’re more interested in avoiding the queues, come around 1:00 PM. Most people will be headed for lunch at that time and it’s often possible to walk straight in without wait.
Even if you’re intending to avoid the queues, don’t come too late. The ticket office closes at 4:00 PM and the Vatican Museums close at 6:00 PM. If you want to have time to see the Sistine Chapel, you should arrive at the Vatican Museums by 3:00 PM at the latest.
- When should I visit?
- 365 days a year!
- Is it expensive?
- Free to look at from the outside. Admission tickets vary.
- Will I need a guide?
- Not compulsory, but highly recommended.
- How to get there
- Taxi, bus, metro, tram or by foot from Rome. Look here for more detailed directions.
- Additional information
- Large bags are not allowed in the museums, so pack light!
- There is often no air conditioning in the museums so make sure to dress accordingly and bring a bottle of water.
What people are saying about Vatican Museums
The tour was good in that we did not need to wait in queues and got in relatively quickly. We had Maria who was a really good guide and had a lot of knowledge. The issue was not with Maria as she was great, it was with the audio devices as it kept cutting off all the time and I would miss things Maria was saying. This seems to be a common issue that if you get to far back from the guide it cuts of but this is difficult to stay at the front all the time with a group of around 25 people. I would also recommend that if you are a bit claustrophobic to avoid the Sistine Chapel, I had to leave early and find my group later as I thought I was going to faint due to the amount of people crammed in to the room. By the end of the tour, I stopped wearing my audio device because it kept cutting of and was frustrating which meant I missed out on a lot Maria was saying. Overall, Maria was great but listening devices need improved.
You don’t have to wait in the massive queue. You go through a different gate and scan the barcode they send you to get the actual ticket. It’s essentially getting you in much quicker. I enjoyed the Vatican museum more than I expected on the way to see the Sistene Chapel.
As above..the guide tried very hard to keep us all interested but the volume of people and the noise generated caused many to lose concentration and focus. The young lady organising the group before the guide did a very good job and was most helpful and obliging.
Very organized and so worth this tour. Very crowded and hot, but Benjamin knew where to go and how to Skip the Line! He made a pit stop for the bathroom with no wait! All in all this tour is worth every penny and definitely a must do in Rome!
It’s a must see when in room. The art is breathtaking. The guide is patient and respectful. I was with a minor and he took the time to get us the appropriate ticket. There’s too much to see so they show and explain the ones you can’t miss.