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Vatican Museums

Address: Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 69884676
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Ranked #13 of 25 Attractions in Vatican City
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: With more than five miles of corridors, this vast complex of museums...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With more than five miles of corridors, this vast complex of museums chronicles the history and accomplishments of mankind over the last 2000 years, featuring classic masterpieces such as Rodin's "Thinker" and the Sistine Chapel.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Do book a ticket online - it costs 4 euro extra, but one avoids the kilometrelong queue. Do come early. Do rent a audioguide. And then start walking. My favourite was the contemporary art section. Botero, Rivera, Chagall etc.. And yes - the Vatican has plenty of wealth. But its wellknown that the Vatican collects treasures.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Vatican Museums has a phenomenal collection of paintings and sculptures, and the Sistine Chapel was everything that we expected it to be!!! We hired a private licensed tour guide, and he helped us avoid long lines and really enhanced our visit. People were offensive at the Sistine Chapel by talking loudly and flashing their phones around. Several folks were reprimanded.... More 

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Selsey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We had booked the visit on line in advance, so there was no queuing, (but even then the entrance procedure was multi-stage). We hired audio guides, which are excellent, and entered the first of the museums. We quickly realised that each of the sequential museums was vast and had content that was awesome. (The Egyptian relics in the first museum... More 

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Faversham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum and the Sistine chapel two years ago and found it breathtaking, but we went back again last weekend. The queues this time were bigger - but still not big. We did not buy a skip the line tour, and there was absolutely no need to, so if you are going at this time of year I... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

There is much to be learned before you go here, so I'll try not to put you to sleep and give you some good pointers. First off, buy your tickets at the Vatican website BEFORE you go. It's available in English & Italian, you print your tickets at home and you're done. All these places offering to take you to... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Don't miss to visit the Vatican museums, the Capella Sistina and the Basilica di San Pietro. The entrance for the Basilica di San Pietro is free of charge and for the museums and capella sisstina you have to pay 16 euros at the entrance of the Vatican. If you visit Rome you should go there!

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Cheshire, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The Sistine Chapel is excellent, but we were chased through the corridors and at some points we were not allowed to even stop! The guards in the Chapel made more noise saying SHHH than the visitors!

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Athens, Attiki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Definitely must visit it! Especially Chapel Sistine and the Pinacoteca. We had booked the tickets from the official so we didn't have to wait in the line, but we visited the place about 10:00 am and it was not very crowded. Also if you are a student in European Union, you can buy a reduced ticket

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

The place is absolutely mind blowing . One of the places I would recommend anyone in the world to go and see. The rich history of this place will really wow you

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Overwhelming, endless, mind-boggling museum. My tip is to research it a bit first, book online to skip the 3-4 hour lines, and go with 2-3 exhibitions/rooms in mind that you really give your attention to. Ignore all the rest because you just can't take it in. Lovely large garden outside within the museum to rest and have a bite to... More 

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