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  • Address: Viale Vaticano, Vatican City, Italy
  • Hours: Monday–Saturday 9am–6pm
  • Admission: Varies
The popes were among the very first royalty to open their vast art collections to public viewing, and today visitors can tour the Vatican museums to view the sovereign state's own incredible collection. The huge complex of galleries showcases some of the world’s most significant works of art, from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities of Roman, Greek and Egyptian origin.

Miles of corridor weave through the many buildings and courtyards, filled with more than 2,000 years of human history and culture. The Sistine Chapel alone is filled with endless detail and artistry, including The Last Judgment, as painted on the great altar by Michelangelo, while Raphael's Rooms are covered in 16th-century frescoes painted entirely by Rafael. Aside from Renaissance masterpieces and art collected by popes throughout the centuries, there are also Egyptian, Roman and Etruscan exhibits detailing the history of other parts of the world.

Leave plenty of time to wind your way through the museums and the narrow connecting corridors and staircases. Other highlights include Pinacoteca, the Egyptian Museum, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Pius-Clementine Museum, the Apartment of Pius V, the Gallery of Maps and the Chiaramonti Museum-Braccio Nuovo Gallery.

Practical Info

The Vatican and its museums are located at the heart of Vatican City. Metro line A stops at Ottaviano-S.Pietro-Musei Vaticano or Cipro, while Tramway 19 can be taken to Piazza del Risorgimento. On foot, visitors can walk from the center of Rome across Ponte Sant'Angelo and through the Piazza San Pietro, then head right toward Via Vaticano. The museums are open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm.

Please note: Entry lines can be painfully long and sometimes wind around the block with two- to three-hour waits, especially in summer. Advanced bookings and skip-the-line tickets are highly recommended.

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