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Review of Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Okay, so the line for the museum is super long which is terrible. We ended up not waiting in line and going to St. Peter’s instead. However, on our walk back there was no line because it was 15:50 so we decided to go jump in with the few people that were waiting, we ended up getting into the Vatican by 16:10 that’s buying tickets and all. That gives you two hours for the Vatican and the Sistine chapel. I am not sure how reliable this way is but it might be worth it to wait until about closing time then hop in line. Do not pay to skip the line with a guided tour because if you are a student you can get into it for 8 euro and regular admission is 17. If you are planning the trip months in advance then book a trip to the Vatican because pre-booked tickets sell out months in advance.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Corbin H
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We visited Vatican Museums. It was something of a dream. We bought the tickets on line for skip the line too. You will be lucky to visit there because there will be thousands of people, everything was organized well.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank KeithAntoine
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Travelling with three other couples we used a skip[ the line pass and guide to visit the Vatican Museum on the way to the Sistine Chapel.

The portrayal of the Christian message is very strong and the craftsmanship from sculpture to embroidery and painting is amazing. Be careful to look up and down as you traverse the rooms and keep your eye out for symmetries in design and in message.
We were on a 10:30am tour but the museum was already crowded. Maybe take the first tour of the day to avoid this.

Definitely a must do.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank kiwisc0t
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

You could spend a few days exploring this museum, but then you'd be too tired to enjoy the Sistine Chapel at the end. We downloaded a free audio guide from the Rick Steves Audio Europe App, and it guided us through the highlights of the museum in less than an hour. There was another audio guide for the Sistine Chapel. As other reviewers have mentioned, buy your tickets in advance online at the official Vatican website to avoid the crazy long lines. At the entrance, you will have just a short line through security (far left line), then stay left to exchange your reservation voucher for tickets at one of the many ticket booths for online reservations. Once you have your tickets, head straight upstairs to the ticket turnstiles, and you're in! The very crowded line moves slowly through the museum, but you can stop and take your time, especially in the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel. My teenagers enjoyed it, but I'm afraid we'd taken more time they would have been burned out by the time we reached Raphael and Michaelangelo.

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank rhokanson
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Great place to enjoy in culture, art and religion. It is usualy a long line in the morning because you need a whole day if you want to see everything but in the afternoon is situatio much better. Definitly my sugestion would be to buy tickets in advance.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank IvanDzivo
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