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  • Address: Viale Vaticano
  • Hours: Open Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm (last entry 4pm)
  • Admission: €12-18
The popes were among the very first royalty to open their vast art collections to public viewing. Pope Julius II (1443 - 1513) began collecting sculpture during the Renaissance and, ever since, most popes have taken an active interest in art and in commissioning the best artists of their time.

Today you can view the Vatican's incredible collection while touring the so-called 'Vatican Museums,' a huge complex of galleries and museums showcasing painting, sculpture, frescoes, tapestries and classical antiquities including Roman, Greek and Egyptian. There are, of course, also collections of religious art, papal portraits and, less obviously, carriages and automobiles.

Any visit to the Vatican should also include the famous Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. Leave plenty of time for winding your way through the museums and the narrow connecting corridors and staircases.

Practical Info

The Vatican stands at the heart of Vatican City, and the Vatican Museums stand at the heart of the Vatican (much of which is closed to the public for security reasons).

Metro line A stops Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticano or Cipro. Tramway 19 to Piazza del Risorgimento, or various buses. You can also walk from the centre of Rome across Ponte Sant'Angelo and through the Piazza San Pietro for the most breathtaking approach, then head right towards Via Vaticano.

Please note: The entry lines into the Vatican can be painfully long - lines two and three hours long wind around the block, especially in summer. We highly recommend pre-purchasing a 'skip the line' ticket to the Vatican; see the Tours & Tickets tab for various options.

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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 14334 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.)

From USD $81.52

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 171 Reviews

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives ...  Read more

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

From USD $427.63

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 699 Reviews

See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat ...  Read more

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

From USD $124.95

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4835 Reviews

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.)

From USD $46.77

Rome Day Trip from Sorrento Including Dinner

Make your Italy vacation complete with a visit to Rome! On this Rome day trip from Sorrento, cross the Colosseum off your bucket list, marvel at the ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.29

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 737 Reviews

Vatican City’s most comprehensive introduction combining two walking tours to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms, St. Peter's ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $130.29

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1538 Reviews

Use your skip-the-line Vatican Museums ticket to explore one of the world’s greatest museum complexes at leisure! A veritable Aladdin’s Cave, the Vatican ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.78

Vatican Private Tour of St Peter's Basilica including the Cupola and Vatican Mosaic Studio

Explore two Vatican landmarks with your very own private guide on this 3-hour tour. Head up to the top of Michelangelo’s majestic cupola to take in sweeping ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $148.48

Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 120 Reviews

Start your day at the Vatican with a lavish buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard! After entering the Vatican Museums before the general public, sit down ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $145.66

Rome Card and Omnia Vatican Card: Valid for 3 Days

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

Explore Rome and Vatican City at ease with the Rome Card and Omnia Vatican card – two must-have 3-day sightseeing passes that include entry to selected ...  Read more

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

From USD $126.95

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