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Vatican Museums

(Musei Vaticani)
Art Museum and History Museum
Vatican City, Vatican
  • Dandara Rivera
    "Ask for the multimedia video guide to visit the sistine chapel"(32 Tips)
    Marco O.
    "You also must buy the audio guide it's totally worth it."(8 Tips)
    Michele L.
    "Not much worth seeing apart from Cappella Sistina..."(5 Tips)
    May S.
    "The tour guid was amazing thank you Angello 👍🏻"(41 Tips)
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  • Dave S.
    Have a plan for if you get separated from your people and don't have cell phone service — it happened to my wife & I. Spent hours looking through thousands of people & only dumb (devine?) luck helped.
  • 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
  • Laurenz L.
    Worth seeiing, but try to go on a less crowded day. It's unbelievable how many tourists stand in your way and the sixtine chapel is just a disaster, you're pushed in with 1000 other people.
  • Alèxia S.
    I think it's a place for historian people, but if you haven't been there before, then (I think) you should. But you must know that you cannot take pictures at the Sistine Chapel.
  • M. Sinan T.
    There is always too long queue. But do not hesitate to wait and believe the people who get closer to you to sell tickets. They are too expensive. The prices are 16and 8 euros in the ticket office.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • Wendy T.
    Wendy TseOctober 19, 2015
    Come early to avoid the crowd. Pretty sure this violates all safety rules, can't see any fire exits, bottleneck after bottleneck. Takes about 10 minutes to move 5 meters.
  • 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 😩
  • Suzi W.
    Suzi WaddellOctober 2, 2015
    Paid €20 for online ticket, hard to find museum entrance. Took long walk to get to Sistine Chapel; can sneak out tour guide entrance to see main church. Maybe need tour to appreciate it more. Just ok.
  • 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.
  • Viktória S.
    Viktória SzabóAugust 9, 2015
    Don't fo suring summer time it is crowded and so hot inside. But if you decide to visit it and you don't have tickets go in the afternoon around 3o' clock, there is no que.
  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 20
  • 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!
  • Zuzanna G.
    Zuzanna GarncarekJuly 27, 2015
    Pointless to go without a guide since the works are awfully presented, dim light makes it difficult to appreciate almost anything during summer evening visits (when the Pinacoteca is closed...)
  • Mesut C.
    Mesut CetinJuly 20, 2015
    what they have historical in Egypt they stolen! in Varican Museum has many pieces from Egypt, it's like Cairo Arceological Museum? according to all religion Robbery is forbidden! Vatican has to think?
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 28
  • Clementina
    ClementinaApril 20, 2015
    Sixtine Chapel it's hardly a Chapel, more of a room full of people and guards telling you to move and be silent. It's beautiful and amazing, but the experience could be better.
  • Clementina
    ClementinaApril 20, 2015
    So so so so crowded. It's a shame, it is really hard to stop and appreciate anything with lots of people pushing. It is really hard to find a spot where you can stand peacefully for a minute.
  • 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.
  • Ali L.
    Ali LatifiApril 11, 2015
    Definitely get a "skip the line" pass, the line stretches very far out. It's beautiful, a little disconcerting (it's built on exploitation of religion), but so much history. You will get claustrophobn
    Upvoted Jun 20
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Kate
    KateAugust 9, 2014
    Don't buy the ticket from the sellers outside. They sell it at a higher price. The queue goes quite fast. Inside look everywhere: the ceilings, the walls, the floors. The beauty is everywhere.
  • Heiner T.
    Heiner TwenhäfelJune 9, 2014
    If you go to St. Peters Basilica first, you can buy tickets for the Museum at the exit of the dome for 17 Euro and without a long line. Otherwise you buy them on the Museum website for 20 Euro each.
  • Tanis C.
    Tanis CoolbaughMay 26, 2014
    The sistine chapel is also in here. However can not take pictures or speak in the sistine chapel. They will confiscate your camera, and kick you out if you do. Also don't do the tour here. Rip off.
  • 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!
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Julian M.
    Julian MontoyaNovember 8, 2012
    Try to go Wednesdays at noon to avoid long lines. If you engage in one, however, try not to believe the guys selling 'tours' to 'skip the line' theyre really expensive and the lines are never that bad
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Melis
    MelisJune 11, 2012
    Don not listen the guides! U can travel Vaticani on your own. Spare time at the each part as u wish! U must see Rafaelo Rooms and Sistine. My personale favorite: sall de geographic (sth like that:))
  • Always Twirling
    Always TwirlingApril 22, 2012
    Impossibly exhausting. Try going around lunch time on a Tuesday to avoid the big crowds (although there are ALWAYS crowds). Although everyone will rush to the chapel, take your time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HarrellApril 15, 2011
    Either show up at 8am without a ticket or buy them online. We went at 830am with reservation and it was pratically empty. Best time to go. St Peters was empty and beautiful.
  • David G.
    David GannaloJanuary 5, 2011
    There is so much to see..I hope you were not cheap and bought a guided tour, this info is amazing, also tours lead you right down the popes stair case into the sistine chapel
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