Vatican Museums

Art & Wonder at The Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

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The Vatican Museums are the museums of the Vatican City located within the city’s boundaries. They contain masterpieces of artworks collected by the popes throughout the centuries. A trip to see the Vatican Museums is one of the highlights of a visit to Rome. Depending on where you are in Rome, it should take about 40 minutes to get there and it only makes sense to visit after traveling all that way.

I had the intention of seeing the St. Peter’s Basilica and the museums on the same day. Unfortunately, I didn’t get anywhere close to the Pope. Some scouts beat me to it! By some, I mean many!

Scouts Vatican City

After getting over the disappointment of missing out on St. Peter’s Basilica, I made my way to the Vatican Museum without a reservation. Luckily I was there really early and was able to beat the queue.

The Vatican Museums are one of the largest and most visited in the world, receiving up to 6 million visitors per year. It’s very common to hear of or see people waiting in line for 2-3 hours just to get in and as such, a reservation makes a lot of sense.

Once you’re inside, the museums tend to be very crowded, they were when I visited but this didn’t ruin the experience for me. I was too fascinated by the sheer amount of artworks on display. It was quite overwhelming.

Laocoön and His Sons Vatican MuseumsVatican city Museum Gallery

Vatican Museum Ceiling

As part of the Vatican Museum tour, visitors would make their way to the Sistine Chapel. There is no extra charge for admission since this forms part of  of the museums.

The chapel contains stunning display of paintings, decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze di Raffaello decorated by Raphael. The paintings on the ceilings are remarkable. I was particularly excited to see the ‘Creation of Adam’ and the spiral stairs when exiting the chapel…

Sistine chapel stairs

I recommend a visit to the Vatican City (and museums), if you find yourself in Rome.  Perhaps you should also know that it is recognized as a separate country, so you’ll be killing two ‘birds’ with one visa stone!

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3 Comments

  1. Museums are so special. Each one is pretty unique from another.
    It’s impressive to see that Popes have good artistic taste, these artworks should have taken a really long time to gather.
    I’m amused by the ceiling paintings by Michaelangelo, read once that he did them on his back!
    They’re great.

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