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Vatican Museums

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Address: Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 69884676
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: With more than five miles of corridors, this vast complex of museums...
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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Amazing views, historic wonder!

The Vatican is an awe-inspiring museum, complete with so much art and history. This exceeded my expectations, as I hadn't done a lot of research in advance of the trip to this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The Vatican is an awe-inspiring museum, complete with so much art and history. This exceeded my expectations, as I hadn't done a lot of research in advance of the trip to this site. The artwork and paintings were inspirational, and the grounds were great as well. The cafeteria is so-so, recommend you find somewhere a few blocks away for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This must be the most interesting and best museum in the world. Booked on line with lunch included, this saved a 4 hour Queue in showery weather. Entry with on line print outs was straight forward, be aware of taking bags etc as they all go through airport type scanning machines for obvious reasons. We had the audio tour which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

QUEUES: I visited the Vatican Museums in February. At 9:00 there was a queue in front of the cashdesks of several hundred meters. I expect it would be much worse in the spring or summer. I booked my ticket in advance, could use the "fast lane" and got inside in 2-3 minutes. The booking fee is 4 EUR (so the... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

There isn't any milestones in life, only moments... And this was one of them. There are no words to describe the beauty and sacredness of everything I saw in the Vatican. I was fortunate enough to have a tour guide to connect the historical context to everything I saw, but the beauty of it all... Just amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This was a good day out. To avoid crowds go early in the day. A very interesting part of the Vatican history and a must see.the grounds are amazing and the location its in.just be aware of the beggers and corner street sellers. It's a great day out and allow a lot of time to go around it.

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Dunbar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Will have been covered in detail before -terrific A must visit Book online -I reckon 2hour line wait We were directed by Vatican badged helpers towards entrances From street to start of our tour in about 5 minutes flat.Just have your internet printout to show we took our passports as it said id required never asked to show it.We booked... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

A first class event. Be prepared for a long walk but there are things there that are a must see. To do it real justice would take forever but a walk through history is possible even in a relatively short time. Buy your tickets on line as the queues can be massive. You can eat iun the restaurant although the... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

There are rooms upon rooms to visit with many many items to see in each room; it was almost overwhelming. Even a full day isn't probably enough to take in everything, but one must manage their time while traveling. As usual, it's highly advised to buy the ticket before arriving, as the long line was for purchasing tickets. We chose... More 

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Monterrey, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

My best recommendation: buy the tickets online, believe me. The queue could be 3 hours or probably more!!! Fortunately, I bought the tickets online and the entrance was easy. There is fee to buy the tickets online but worth it. Once inside you will find a lot of people to the point that you can't take good photos. My second... More 

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Wilts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The Vatican is a very beautiful building full of beautiful statues, tapestries, paintings etc. However if you are not a religious person then I would not recommend it! I felt that it was a great place but we were bored after about an hour of walking around looking at everything. The Sistine chapel was very pretty however I thought that... More 

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