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  • Address: Musei Vaticani Viale Vaticano
  • Hours: The Vatican Museum: open Mon-Sat 9am - 6pm. Closed Sundays, except last Sunday of every month (Free entrance 9am - 12:30pm, unless it coincides with Easter Sunday). Closed most holidays.
  • Admission: Full 16 EUR, Reduced 8 EUR, Student 4 EUR
With all of the treasures contained in the Vatican Museums, it’s easy to forget that one of Michelangelo’s most beautiful sculptures, the Pieta,  is a short distance away in St. Peter’s Basilica - and it doesn’t even require an entry fee.

The term “pieta” is applied to any depiction of the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of Jesus, after he has been pulled down from the cross. Michelangelo’s Pieta was carved in the late 1490s was originally part of a funerary monument to a French cardinal, but was moved in the 18th century to its current location just inside the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica.

For many years, visitors could get very close to the Pieta, but in 1972 an insane man yelling “I am Jesus Christ” took a hammer to the sculpture. Some pieces of the sculpture were never recovered - including Mary’s nose, which was reconstructed from a piece of marble cut out of the back of the statue - and afterward the large bullet-proof glass was installed to keep the public at a safe distance from the masterpiece.

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14326 Reviews

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

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See the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! After paying your entrance fee ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

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Receive the Papal treatment with your very own private tour of the Vatican! You'll receive personalized attention from your guide, and by booking ahead you ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Viator Exclusive: Skip-the-Line St Peter's Basilica Walking Tour Including views from the Top of the Cupola

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Skip the line to St Peter's Basilica with a guided walking tour and a visit to the cupola – a Viator Exclusive that can’t be booked anywhere else! Ride an ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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