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Vatican Museums

(Musei Vaticani)
Art Museum and History Museum
Vatican City, Vatican
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  • Dandara Rivera
    "Ask for the multimedia video guide to visit the sistine chapel"(32 Tips)
    MLO
    "Reserve tickets in advance"(9 Tips)
    Michele L.
    "Not much worth seeing apart from Cappella Sistina..."(5 Tips)
    May S.
    "The tour guid was amazing thank you Angello 👍🏻"(45 Tips)
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  • Lucie P.
    Lucie PolakovaMay 26, 2014
    Buy the ticket online in advance, it really works and you can skip the line! You can make the tour in 2 hours without stress and finish with coffee break in the main garden. Lovely place!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SperberMarch 28, 2014
    Completely worth the crowds for the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities, not to mention the stunning decor, from frescoes to carvings. Book online for as early a slot as you can wake up for.
  • Loys Lorenn L.
    Loys Lorenn LimaFebruary 2, 2013
    The museum is amazing, full of fantastic paintings and frames, you end up staying for at least 3 hours in the museum. Place full of history and beatiful things. I recommend going to the Chapel last.
  • Ann-Margaret M.
    Definitely get a ticket in advance which offers skip the line. You could spend hours and hours there by yourself using multimedia tours or get a tour guide. We used Gray Line. Mind the dress code!
  • erica f.
    erica funkeSeptember 8
    Quick recap, buy ticket in advance, or go with a guided tour. Cover your knees and shoulders. As for sood. They have bars,cafeterias and pizza place. The food is not expensive and take very good.
  • MLO
    MLOOctober 26, 2014
    From June through October the Vatican is open until 22:30 on Friday nights. Reserve tickets in advance, and the dinner included is well worth the 15€ - all you can drink wine!
  • Nickolay N.
    Apart from the classical Sistine, make sure you visit the Egyptian spot. You'll find also real mummy there. Not as famous as the Tutankhamen's one in the Louvre but still - MUMMY!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Maureen R.
    Maureen RojasNovember 2
    Amazing things to see, many many of them. Plan a lot of time in the museum so you can enjoy it. On the last Sunday of the month it was free, but we waited 3 hours to enter
  • Tanner S.
    Tanner SandersonJuly 31, 2015
    Give yourself at least 2 1/2 hours to make your way around. There's an overwhelming amount to see, and some places you'll want to linger for a bit, like the Sistine Chapel and the Statues Courtyard!
  • erica f.
    erica funkeSeptember 8
    If you did not make a reservation for the ticket. Just pay more and get in with an local guided group. The lines are insane and the place is packed. Also remember to cover your knees and shoulders.
  • Dara B.
    Dara BurkoOctober 21
    Outstanding amount of ART! In my opinion, too much for one visit. Main tips: 1. Get tickets online (not to stand couple hours in line) 2. Pick 9am tickets (after 11am it gets unpleasantly crowded)
  • Veronica G.
    Absolutely must to book online... Otherwise the queue is very huge. My time was at 1, but I was inside at 12.15, no one arguing... It's worth to take audio guide or guided tours
  • ela-la-la
    ela-la-laAugust 3, 2015
    2015:don't have tickets?(too late for online 16€+4€ booking),go to St.Peters Basilica,long BUT QUICK line, go to audioguides near exit&buy ticket (16€+4€+10€) nice way to avoid another line to museum
  • Paul C.
    Paul ClareMay 10, 2013
    The summer evening tours on Friday nights beginning in May are less crowded and have a magical feel to them. The museums are overwhelming to take in on one visit, but the Sistine Chapel end is perfect
  • Jan D.
    Jan DorrJune 14
    Buy the audio guide or go with a tour group. So many extraordinary and wondrous sculptures, structures, and paintings to see. Hearing the history is a must. We had a great guide through Explorica
  • Daniela B.
    Daniela BarreraApril 18, 2014
    Incredibly crowded so you can't really stay and admire anything, instead you just go with the sea of people. Come with time since it's huge and buy the ticket with a tour so you skip the line
  • isilia
    isiliaOctober 22, 2015
    If you don't have a guided tour on the day of your visit, skip the long lines and try to find a What a Life tour group. Had a great experience with Angello--worth every penny!!
  • Rome is Easy
    Rome is EasySeptember 7, 2015
    Best way to access the Vatican Museums is with a skip-the line ticket. If you are planning a visit, the Early Morning Voucher is your best option. Enjoy an early access at 7:30 am to avoid the crowd.
  • Zineta E.
    Zineta EminiNovember 9
    Take the priority tickets as you don't need to wait in the queue. They are more expensive but it's worth it. The place itself is huge and truly beautiful. Don't miss the spiral staircase!
  • Everything Everywhere
    Everything EverywhereAugust 16, 2011
    If you arrive before noon, expect long lines to do all the cruise ships and tour buses that show up at the same time. If you come in the afternoon, you will see much smaller crowds.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LiewApril 12, 2015
    Make sure to book your tickets online because the queue is crazy. If you queue on the day you might have to wait at least 1 hr. Plus people asking you to buy stuff& tickets for 2x the original price.
  • Dena
    DenaSeptember 22, 2012
    Amazing and gorgeous and breathtaking, but DEFINITELY get skip the line passes, as the line just to enter can extend far out into St. Peter's Square.
  • Arturo C.
    Arturo CuatepotzoNovember 5, 2013
    If you don't spare in expenses: Get to Piazza di San Pietro by Via della conciliazone. men and women sell line-free ticket to the museum and the Cappella Sistina with tourguide included in the price
  • Tessa
    TessaOctober 5, 2015
    Book the ticket online, it's €4 for the fee but worth when you see the queue. Renting an audio guide is not that worth the money to me but still a good option. Too many tourists, go with the flow 😩
  • Dimitris K.
    Dimitris KotsiosMay 25, 2014
    The museum was gorgeous and so huge !! The price was good ..only 8 euros for university students and 16 euros for everyone! University students must have student pass with them :)
  • Florian W.
    Florian WallnerOctober 6, 2012
    Pretty huge. Walk through possible in one day, but if you want to know about what you see you've got to take a guide (takes much more time then). A absolute must see when visiting Rome!
  • Ozan V.
    Ozan VuralOctober 25, 2011
    A must visit indepentent city inside Rome. 15 € entrance fee, Roma Pass is not valid cause this is Vatican not Rome. Make the whole tour, not use shortcut to Sistine Chapel. This place is amazing.
  • Bastien
    BastienMay 26, 2015
    Beautiful architecture and art collection, but don't expect to relax and take your time to enjoy it. Your basically dragged in a continuous flow of people heading for the Sistine chapel.
  • Bo C.
    Bo ChengApril 25, 2014
    the spiral staircase by Bramante (which is not publicly accessible now) is really fascinating, and we could easily see the copy at the exit of Vatican Museum and in the Palazzo Barberini by Borromini.
  • Jenna Rose R.
    I've visited three times and still haven't seen a fraction of the wonders in its halls. The best visits have been with tour guides who really know their art history.
  • Winnie
    WinnieOctober 24, 2014
    If you stand in the midpoint of the left (or right) fountain and the obelisk, all the columns will line up and it'll look like only 1 column per row.
  • Bea H.
    Bea HMarch 29, 2015
    Overwhelming: the amount of visitors and art/exhibits. The audio guide (at least the English version) offers a lot of info, but the stories could be more interesting. I liked the pinacoteca best.
  • Teodora L.
    Teodora Lilova-StoyanovaOctober 24, 2015
    A must see while in Rome. Great art, well organized. Purchase a ticket online to avoid the scary waiting lines.
  • Evren Y.
    Evren YigitAugust 27
    One of the best museums in the world. It is very crowded at the touristic season. Go and tour around the saloons.
    Upvoted Oct 3
  • Rodrigo
    RodrigoJune 25, 2012
    A magnificent museum, to be seen with time, a lot of time. Don't hurry to the Sixtine Chapel. In the Raphael Rooms check every little detail. And if you can check the gardens.
  • Dave G.
    Dave GAugust 12, 2014
    Book a tour through Walks of Italy. We enjoyed the Sistine Chapel with maybe 20 other people because they are allowed to enter the Chapel before the public.
  • Maria N.
    Maria NilovaNovember 13, 2014
    Do not forget to visit pinacoteca, the Raphael's works there are simply fantastic! They capture the imagination, soul and mind, and you can't take your eyes from!
  • Elina B.
    Elina BezumovaJanuary 3, 2015
    Be prepared you're gonna be gone by the crowd eager to reach Sistine Capella. Be ready just turn your head from one side to another and relax because most likely there is no way to step back...
  • Salvatore D.
    Awesome collection of art, but go far from touristic season, otherwise even breathing will be a challenge, let alone moving!
  • Σία Κ.
    You should not even consider going anywhere near Vatican without a ticket. Prepare for loads of people, watch over your things and if you want to see EVERYTHING you'll probably have to go a 2nd time.
  • Stefania M.
    Stefania ManiJuly 11, 2015
    Amazing museum! Buy tickets online in advance, you will skip the (always) really long queue. Really nice staff.
  • Tinuviel
    TinuvielMay 12, 2014
    Get the OMNIA Vatican and Rome card to skip the lines for St. Peter's Basilica, and Vatican Museums! Includes a pass for public transportation. Value for money!
  • Bethany B.
    Bethany BNovember 18, 2013
    I would recommend buying a guided tour from an outside company to skip the lines and get through as much of the buildings as you can! Don't want to get trapped in a line and not see as much!
  • Max S.
    Max ShustefDecember 27, 2013
    If you go during the summer, but your tickets online. I also recommend looking for a place to eat outside of the museum as the process are too high and the food isn't so good.
  • wero ż.
    wero żelJanuary 21
    Loved the place! Very inspiring and breath-taking collection displayed in accessible way. Nice terrace with amazing view on the Vatican dome 😲😍❤️👌
  • Ilona B.
    Ilona BickerDecember 7, 2014
    There is a section on old maps which is really cool! Make sure you have enough time to check out as many different parts of the museum as possible.
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphJanuary 15, 2013
    If you’re determined to include the Vatican in your brief Roman holiday, pre-book your slot at the Vatican Museums (http://mv.vatican.va) online to avoid an even longer wait there.
  • Olaf B.
    Olaf BottekJune 8, 2015
    You need a passport to enter. Buy ticket online (16€ + 4€ reservation fee) and skip the line. Don't buy from the guys next to the lines. They charge a fortune. Ladies: Have shoulders and knees covered
  • Naz C.
    Naz CostanteMarch 20
    You must go there, and be sure to have a audioguide if not visiting with a tourguide. Perhaps reading about it before your visit is a good idea 👌🏼
  • ✨#IamRomdelacrème✨
    So much history and splendor to witness. Having a cognizant guide will make your experience so much more enjoyable. We highly recommend this museum!
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