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Vatican Museums

(Musea Vaticana)
Art Museum and History Museum
Vatican City, Vatican
  • Dandara Rivera
    "Ask for the multimedia video guide to visit the sistine chapel"(39 Tips)
    "Reserve tickets in advance"(11 Tips)
    Michele L.
    "Not much worth seeing apart from Cappella Sistina..."(5 Tips)
    n a.
    "Excellent museum .. make sure you have a good tour guide to enjoy"(59 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!
  • Dara B.
    Dara BurkoOctober 21, 2016
    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)
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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
  • Inti K.
    Inti KosApril 25, 2017
    Amazing museums and magnificent sistine chapel at the end. Buy tickets online and you can skip a big line, also you can find lots of guides outside the museums.
  • Dmtr
    DmtrDecember 25, 2016
    Buy your entry ticket online to skip the line. A breathtaking experience where you'd see the amazing Maps room, Rafael, Sistine Chapel and many more
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Zineta E.
    Zineta EminiNovember 9, 2016
    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!
  • 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.
  • funky f.
    funky flavorSeptember 8, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
    Nickolay NinarskyNovember 12, 2016
    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!
  • 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!
  • funky f.
    funky flavorSeptember 8, 2016
    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.
  • Maureen R.
    Maureen RojasNovember 2, 2016
    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
  • 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!
  • Aylin A.
    Aylin ArıcanAugust 6, 2017
    Try to book it in advance and guide is needed for the tour if you are not an expert. We took Museum and Sistine Chapel tour and it took half of the day but definetely worth it
  • Veronica G.
    Veronica GornostayevaJanuary 2, 2016
    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
  • 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!
  • 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 F.
    Jan FreemanJune 14, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)September 21, 2015
    If the line is insanely long to get in, you can buy advance tickets at the office to the left of St. Peter's Basilica off the square.
  • Jukka Y.
    Jukka YrjönenJuly 29, 2017
    Amazing amount of history and art. No waiting but big crowds. Download Rick Steve's podcast for an excellent audio tour. Papal public bathrooms aren't very clean and the staff quite disgruntled.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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 😩
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Marianna .
    Marianna 🍒January 28, 2017
    A must see in Rome, if you can get a guide it will be very useful. Pre book online to skip the endless queue for tickets. The Sistine Chapel is amazing. Very impressive! Try to go to the gardens too.
  • Efe B.
    Efe BasaranAugust 5, 2017
    Art and history is fitted everywhere, walls, ceilings and the floors. No spot is missed and it is well-used! Take your time to view the details and if possible take a special guide for you only!
  • 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.
  • Jenna Rose R.
    Jenna Rose RobbinsSeptember 9, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Vadim N.
    Vadim NekhaiSeptember 14, 2017
    You definitely have to pay for the group excursion to skip all the lines. Also, I can hardly imagine how to navigate inside and get the value from your visit without having the guided tour.
  • Erika W.
    Erika WolfeFebruary 19, 2017
    I would recommend skipping a tour for the museums and getting the audio guide instead. The museums are huge and the tour groups skip by so much amazing stuff!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Evren Y.
    Evren YigitAugust 27, 2016
    One of the best museums in the world. It is very crowded at the touristic season. Go and tour around the saloons.
  • Valentina
    ValentinaApril 5, 2016
    Book tickets online! It's allow to avoid the long lines to the miseum. In this place you can spent all day. Be selective! ;)
  • Salvatore D.
    Awesome collection of art, but go far from touristic season, otherwise even breathing will be a challenge, let alone moving!
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