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Vatican Museums, Vatican City

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The easiest way to experience Vatican Museums, featuring an outstanding collection of fine art, is by joining a guided tour. These museums display works from an immense collection that the Roman Catholic church built up over several centuries. You can see some of the most renowned Classical sculptures in the world, as well as numerous Renaissance art masterpieces. Founded in the early 16th century by Pope Julius II, the museums contain 54 galleries. The last stop and a highlight of every tour is the Sistine Chapel, featuring the world-famous ceiling decorated by Michelangelo. You are not required to join a tour, but the collection is spread over an area of nearly 15 km (9 mi), so it's highly recommended. Look online beforehand to choose from many different tour options. Make Vatican Museums part of your personalized Vatican City itinerary using our Vatican City day trip planning site.
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  • Awful experience, rude staff, money grabbers who cannot run a raffle ! I’m aghast that all this was in the name of Christianity ! Once you’ve navigated past all the ticket touts and immigrants...  more »
  • We pre-purchased tickets and audio guides and would recommend this, as entry was fairly smooth, following instructions supplied before the visit. Still security to go through but this is...  more »
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  • Wow! Just wow! Beautiful! Spectacular! Amazing! The art, the paintings, the sculptures, just beautiful. So happy I was able to experience all of it with a tour. Would have loved to stay forever but that's impossible. Will definitely go back for another tour, just so much to learn, can't be done in only 5 hours!
  • No words a needed. The Vatican Museums are must see in Rome. One advice: Buy your tickets online. With the fast queue you get inside in 5 minutes. The normal queue may take you hours. It's like so many people just decided to go visit the museums. And they end up at the end of a hundreds of meters long queue.
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