Tips for visiting the Vatican Museums

Visit the Vatican Museums for information on timetables and prices and useful and straightforward advice on how to avoid queues.

  • Vatican Museums information
  • Vatican Museums what to see
  • Pio-Clementino Museum
  • Vatican Museums Pinacoteca
  • Gallery of Geographical Maps Vatican Museums
  • Raphael's Rooms Vatican Museums
  • Carriage Pavilion
  • Helical Staircase
  • Gregorian Egyptian Museum
  • How to avoid the queue at the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums timetables and prices
  • Visit the Vatican Museums for free
  • Vatican Museums pictures and photos

Vatican Museums information

I Vatican Museums are located within the Vatican City State and host one of the collections and collections of the largest works of art in the world that have been accumulated by Popes over the centuries.

I Vatican Museums I'm one of the biggest Rome attractions (about 7 million visitors a year), were founded by Pope Julius II in 1506 and were opened to the public for the first time in 1771 at the behest of Pope Clement XIV.

Vatican Museums what to see

I Vatican Museums extend over approximately 7 km between sale e corridors and in a single day it is almost impossible to visit them entirely.

So let's see what the main points of interest of the Vatican Museums:

Pio-Clementino Museum

Il Pio-Clementino Museum is the largest complex located within the Vatican Museums, consists of 12 rooms and was founded by Pope Clement XIV to then be enlarged at the behest of Pope Pius VI.

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Inside you can admire works dating back toGreek and Roman times such as'Apollo of the Belvedere, statue of the Athlete of Lysippos, Lacoonte group and the famous gallery of statues.

Vatican Museums Pinacoteca

La picture gallery is the right place for art lovers, hosts in 18 rooms works of inestimable value ranging from the Middle Ages to the 1800s and was strongly desired by Pope Pius XI to reorder all paintings belonged to Popes previous.

La collection, housed in the Pinacoteca, currently boasts of well 460 paintings including masterpieces absolute of Raffaello, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Giotto, Leonardo Da Vinci, Giovanni Bellini and Perugino.

Gallery of Geographical Maps Vatican Museums

La Gallery of Geographical Maps is one of the most fascinating and magical places of the gods Vatican Museums and was commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII who had painted on the walls, from Ignazio Danti, a series of topographic maps depicting theSpain divided in two byApennines (on one the regions bathed by the Adriatic Sea are depicted while on the other those bathed by the Ligurian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea).

At the end of this beautiful gallery have been painted, always from Danti, the perspective views of the main Spanish ports including that of Civitavecchia, GenoVa, Ancona e Venezia.

Raphael's Rooms Vatican Museums

Le Raphael rooms are, in fact, the rooms that replaced the private apartments of Pope Julius II who entrusted, to the painter, the realization of the

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Raffaello he worked in these rooms from 1508 to 1520 which was the year of his death and, later, the frescoes were completed by his pupils.

The most famous Raphael's Room is the Room of the Segnatura where you can admire the famous frescoes representing the disciplines of knowledge or Virtue and Law (law), Athens school (philosophy), Dispute of the Sacrament (theology) e Parnassus (poetry).

More Raphael rooms very nice to visit are there Constantine room, Borgo fire room and the very famous Elidoro's room.

Carriage Pavilion

Il Carriage Pavilion hosts the carriages, saddle, porterina and cars used by Popes over the centuries.

This property, created in 1973 by Pope Paul VI, hosts the beautiful Gran Gala sedan built in honor of Pope Leo XII in addition to the first locomotive of the Vatican City and at nineteenth-century carriages.

Helical Staircase

La Helical Staircase and chiocciola is the ladder that leads out from Vatican Museums and was designed in 1932 byarchitect e engineer Italian Giuseppe Momo.

This monumental staircase with double helical spiral it is formed by a ramp that goes up and another that goes down and is a architectural work of unique and rare beauty.

Gregorian Egyptian Museum

Il Gregorian Egyptian Museum was founded in 1839 at the behest of Pope Gregory XVI and is currently made up of 9 sale that host statues, monuments e finds dating back toAncient Egypt.

Inside this beautiful and mysterious museum you can admire mummies, chests in sycamore wood with decorations that date back to 800 BC and many sculptures such as the thuja (statue representing the mother of Ramses II and wife of Pharaoh Sethos I) and the head of Pharaoh Mentuhotep considered the founder of the Middle Kingdom and unifier ofupper and lower Egypt.

We point out that these described above are some of the largest attractions of the Vatican Museums so of gallery e museums there are still so many.

How to avoid the queue at the Vatican Museums

Many wonder how to avoid the queues, whether to book tickets online or not.

Here are some tips and tricks that may be useful.

By booking tickets online you avoid the queue for tickets, but not the one for the entrance, which remains the same.

Collecting the booked ticket at a specific cash desk, to access the museums you must still queue for the security check (as in airports) and to validate the ticket (such as at the subway), after having also paid more (because tickets are sold online from agencies and not directly from the Vatican, these increase the price for the service offered).

In any case, the advice we give you is to book your tickets online in the high season months, when there are many tourists (masses from cruises, etc.), while during the low season I recommend going directly to the entrance, following however some precautions.

Avoid the morning hours, then there will be the first massive wave of tourists that will flock to the entrance, choose, instead, 11:00 or 13:00 (lunchtime is perfect!) And at most you will queue ten minutes.

It should be noted that many tourists do scare because they see two rows towards the entrance, one of which is huge.

The huge one is usually that of the organized groups who come in at a specific time and are simply crowded there waiting for theirs time of entry.

The queue for individual visitors can be reached along the Vatican walls starting from Risorgimento square.

Vatican Museums timetables and prices

I Vatican Museums are open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00 (the last admission is scheduled for a maximum of 16 pm).

We point out that half an hour before the exit time you have to start leaving the halls to allow museum staff to carry out general checks and controls.

Il ticket price to visit the Vatican Museums and of € 16,00 (full), € 8,00 (reduced), € 4,00 (special schools) and also includes entrance to the Sistine Chapel.

Visit the Vatican Museums for free

I Vatican Museums exceptionally, the last Sundays of each month (except or as long as Sunday does not fall on one of these days such as 8, 25 and 26 December, 1 and 6 January, 11 February, 19 March, Easter, 5 and 6 April, 1 May, 29 June and 15 August) I am completely free and visiting hours are from 9:00 to 14:00 (last admission is scheduled for a maximum of 12:30).

To have all the information on the Sistine Chapel see Sistine Chapel history, timetables and prices.

Vatican Museums pictures and photos

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