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“It may be based on Fairy Tales but the arts is nice”
Review of Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums
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$48.08*
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Self-Guided Priority Access to Vatican Museums Ticket in Rome
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$59.64*
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$46.25*
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets
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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.
Reviewed July 25, 2013

The artwork here is pretty impressive, lots of it has pretty horrid religious tales as the subject matter but the irks are quite brilliantly done and if you like art you will really enjoy this place.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Vatican Museum (skip the queue) Tickets through Tickitaly. All went well as expected, converting the online voucher to a ticket was easy and uneventful. This ticket is “a must have” as the regular admission line was ridiculously (hrs) long. We went right in. However, I must say this whole experience is frustrating as there are SO many people admitted. The hallways and rooms were over crowed and the closer you got to the Sistine Chapel the worse it got. This was by no means Tickitlay’s fault, I lay that blame on the Vatican Museum itself. I don’t care if one has a private guide or not it’s too crowed to barely see anything at length, even if you come to something of particular interest.. We felt like cattle in a chute headed toward the slaughterhouse. Moooo, move along, moo. Our entrance time was 11 am, which being perhaps peak time of the day no doubt didn’t help. If you do go the private tour route, you’d be wise to respect one that refused to go any ol’time. They should know best when (if even) a better time exists. Seeing the Sistine Chapel is compulsory if never seen before, but the rest is just not worth the pain. My advice is to bee line it to the chapel, skip the rest and escape with your patience intact. St. Peters Basilica is infinitely better, spend your money buying a ticket to the roof instead.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

The art itself is worth 5*. It's one of the biggest collections in the world, without a shadow of a doubt, and also some of the most impressive. It's also very varied, and interesting.

However, I have to agree with at least one previous reviewer. It's a conveyor belt. Destination: Sistine Chapel. You could easily spend days on end looking at this art collection, and still only see a fraction of it. But it's so busy that you just can't stop to enjoy it. Some places are better than others - in open spaces it's quite easy to stand to the side and enjoy the works, but in the corridors it's often impossible. Most people have one thing on their minds - Sistine Chapel, and so many of them don't even stop to look at the wonderful art around them. Such a shame, because it's truly amazing. And the numerous tour groups don't really help either (some of them had over 50 people). At some points you can take an alternative, longer route to the chapel and these are generally quieter, and certainly no less impressive.

And, when you get to the Sistine Chapel... well, it's a bit underwhelming to be honest. Not the art itself: it's beautiful, awe inspiring, and every bit as amazing as you'd imagine. But the "conveyor belt" suddenly stops and there's not much room to move about and enjoy it.

Now, let's dispel this myth right here. Most people told me to go early. "You'll stand in a queue for hours, but imagine what it's like later on". I went in at about lunchtime, and spent literally about 5 minutes waiting, including tickets, security and bag checks. And that was during a heavy rain shower, when people might be keen to go inside. As lots of people say, early afternoon is the best time to go. Maybe it's best to do what we did; Castel Sant'Angelo in the morning, then walk over to the Vatican by which time the queues would have dispersed.

I enjoyed my time here, and would go back in an instant, but it's just so crowded that you're not going to get to enjoy the art, and that was a bit disappointing in a way.

1  Thank ChristopherP715
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

What a magnificent place - could just picture how it would be when the Pope was around. But so so so busy - over 1 and half hours to queue before can look inside the basilica. But the buildings are just so magnificent. True feeling of somewhere very special. Can send your postcards with stamp of the Vatican City and postmark - brilliant. Plenty of places to get refreshments and shops but no pressure from anyone to buy. Well worth waiting. But not many loos around!!

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I toured the vatican museums, the sistine chapel, and the basilica with a group of 20 people. The entire experience was ruined by the enormous crowds. Two women in my group had to leave because they felt faint from the heat and from being shuffled from room to room squashed between too many people. I spent so much time trying to find open windows for air and making sure I was not being left behind lost in the mass of humanity that I was unable to appreciate anything... even the sistine chapel. What a shame. Would not do this again unless paying for VIP access to the site before the crowds arrive. Walksofitaly.com and darkrome.com both offer VIP access. Sadly I did not use these companies and could not be more sorry. If you plan to see anything in Vatican City pay for a VIP tour through one of these companies.

Thank Wanderlustutah
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