For approximately four centuries the Popes have had a very important role as sponsors and profound lovers of art; the result has been one of the largest collections of classical and renaissance art in the world.

The most famous works of antiquity that have come to light in Italy are on display in the Vatican Museums, including the Laocoön Group, discovered in 1506 on the Esquiline Hill, the Belvedere Apollo and the famous Etruscan bronze known as the Mars of Todi. During the Renaissance some rooms in the splendid palaces were decorated with exceptional fresco cycles, such as the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartment. The buildings housing the Vatican Museums were the renaissance palaces constructed for great popes such as Sextus IV and Julius II; the long courtyards and galleries that connect Innocent VIII's Belvedere Palace to the other building were designed for Julius II by Bramante.

               

Most of the subsequent extensions were carried out in the Eighteenth century, when the inestimable works of art were put on display for the first time.

Guided tour plan and visiting times.

The guided tour of the Vatican Museums follows a route whose final section takes includes the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms, a visit to which certainly should not be missed:

 

1. Cortile della Pigna;
2. Cabinet of Apoxyomenos;
3. Octagonal Court (Laocoön Group, Belvedere Apollo);
4. Pio Clementino Museum (Greek Cross Hall, Round Hall, Hall of the Muses, Hall of Animals);
5. Gallery of the Candelabra;
6. Gallery of Tapestries;
7. Gallery of Maps;
8. Gallery and Chapel of St. Pius V;
9. Sobieski Room;
10. Raphael Rooms:
11. Sistine Chapel.

 

The visit lasts for between 2 hours 30' and 2 hours 45'; if it lasts longer, it is recommended you stop and take a rest. You should also bear in mind that, even without stopping, it takes at least 25' to get from the entrance to the Sistine Chapel.

COST PER PERSON TICKET AND GUIDE INCLUDED: ADULT €59; UNDER 18 €49; FREE UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE.

NB.: please note that our service makes it possible not to queue at the ticket office, as we purchase tickets on-line, but this does not mean we can avoid any waits inside the museums, for example to pass through the metal detectors, at the whisper distribution desk, or at the entrance to the Sistine Chapel if visitor access is restricted.

 

WE WOULD LIKE TO INFORM OUR CUSTOMERS THAT, IN ORDER TO AVOID QUEUES, WE WILL PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE MUSEUM ON-LINE 48 HOURS BEFORE THE GUIDED TOUR. AS THE VATICAN MUSEUMS DO NOT REIMBURSE THE TICKETS ISSUED IN THIS WAY, IF A PARTICIPANT DOES NOT ATTEND AND WE ARE NOT NOTIFIED OF THIS IN DUE TIME (AT LEAST 3 DAYS IN ADVANCE), WE WILL BE FORCED TO REQUEST PAYMENT OF THE PARTICIPATION FEE IN FULL.