Musei Vaticani's unique art collection is exhibited in surroundings of unparalleled beauty. The magnificent Raphael Rooms ... More
Vatican Museum (Musei Vaticani)
Musei Vaticani's unique art collection is exhibited in surroundings of unparalleled beauty. The magnificent Raphael Rooms are among the masterpieces of the collection, where each room is decorated with frescoes by great artists. The best known is The School of Athens, in which contemporary artists appear as classical characters (Leonardo da Vinci, for example, appears as Plato). The Sistine Chapel is the museum's finest treasure, and features Michelangelo's famous Last Judgement. He was one of many artists including Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Pinturicchio who contributed to the chapel.
Everytime I visit Rome I like to go to the vatican museums. It's a must see, at least once in your life.
They're huge, so I recommend going with a tour guide. LivItaly is usually my pick in Rome, but there are many more good ones.
We reserved an online ticket with a guide beforehand (about a week) the time our tour started at 3 pm was the worst part.
The guide was nice and usefull unless you can read all about the rooms and what thjey have inside a guide showns you the most important things. The wireless hearing was sometime disconnected but OK. Some words got lost in the transmission.
If you can get an aerly tour staying over and going around again would be better.
Amazing work of art both painting and sculpture.
My best time in Rome
This is a must when you come to room. Everything there is beautiful. It is so huge that if you don't know where you are going you could spend all day lost. So I recommended doing a tour. The Viator one we did was great. Also make sure you skip the line, because it would take so long. The Sistine Chapel really was amazing. I recommend that ladies bring a scarf, because it is really hot, but you need to have you're solders covered. Don't miss it, but don't spend more than 3 hours in it.
Vatican Museums together with the Alhambra in Granada and the Uffizi in Florence are ones of the greatest museums in the world!
I had a wonderfull experience. The only suggestion to take in mind is to buy a ticket online to avoid / skip the very long queue.
I've bought the tickets on the website About Roma, under the section Vatican State... and when in Rome, sorry Vatican, I skipped the line and had all the day to visit "slowly" the Vatican Museums.
Have a nice visit!
We we enjoying our tour, having prepaid for our tickets and arriving at opening time; when suddenly we were informed that the museum was closing 4 hours early. We do not read Italian so we had no pre-warning. We rushed through the museum to see 15 min of Sistene Chapel. Beautiful museum but staff functions on their own time. Should have complained.
We used Myvaticantours.com to pay entry fees in advance. The meeting point directions indicated the Café Vaticano and the steps were exact. We were a little early so we had coffee and Ice Cream at the Café Vaticano which is situated across the street from the Museum entrance.
As I became more acquainted with my surroundings upon entering the museum, I think we could have purchased the entry much more cheaply than using the MyVaticanTour.com website which cost €64. Go to the Musei Vatacani website and research other means of entry.
Even though the cost of entry did not include a tour guide, we found our way easily and enjoyed the art on display. There were 1,000’s of other tourists in the museum from all over the world. We could hear German, Chinese, Japanese, French and Spanish tour guides. We walked around the museum for 3 hours, which included an obligatory visit to the Sistene Chapel of course. Pictures were not permitted in the Sistene Chapel. As we marveled at the work of Micheangelo’s ceiling many other tourists indiscreetly took photos. Luis and I tried to photograph the center, most famous part of the ceiling in secret. I obtained 1 photo that is dark and fuzzy. It only proves I saw the place in person. Many of our other photographs of the museum are enjoyable.
We exited the chapel to find that there were even more galleries to see. Maybe the €32 entry fee is not too high. I ponder the cost now and realize the expense is not outweighed by the experience of visiting such a historical sight. Several cities later in Italy, I made a comment to Luis that “with out the Christian art in Italy, would there be any art?” Most, if not all, of the art displayed through our tour of Italy was based on Christianity.
Near the end of our 3-hour tour we were getting hungry. We looked at the food offerings of the Vatican cafeterias. I was not too impressed by the displays. We departed the museum down the famous spiral staircase, which at the time I did not know that Micheangelo had designed this famous exit of the Vatican Museum.
We have just got back from our very first trip to Italy. After spending 4 days in Florence, we finally arrived to Rome. Though we are not the people that hire a guide anywhere, we decided this time to contact a guide that my friend recommended to me, Katherine Sledzik. She was amazing, her knowledge of the history and the art was more than we could have hoped for. We were worried about doing this tour for just two people because it was pricey, but we came away with every pennies worth. I am a huge art buff and the stories she was able to tell us that go along with all the history was great. She thoroughly knew museums and all they had to offer. She even took extra time with us in the Vatican and let us cut our lunch short because we were so interested in all she had to tell us. She then went out of her way to walk us over to eat and even helped us order since we don't speak the language. That afternoon Katherine asked what things we wanted to see and made sure we saw all of them and also took us to see other important areas. It’s so hard to know what to pick and choose when you are only there for a couple of days as we were. Her knowledge of the Coliseum and forum was particularly impressive. One of our highlights was when she had the driver stop and the doorway of the monastery so we could look through the peephole at the view of the Capital. What a fun surprise!
She is currently working with Roman Journeys
i liked it because of all of the paintings that there were of famouse painters were and that there was some things that i didnt like the service was awful and the people there were very disrespect full
The art work inside is amazing but it takes forever to go through. There is basically one way in and one way out. Also plan to stand in line for a long time. My friend and I told her husband were only going to go in and see the Sistine Chapel and be back out...should have been back in about an hour...it took about 3. It was well worth it, don't get me wrong, but plan enough time to see it. You will probably also have a stiff neck because the art on the ceilings is amazing.
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