Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Viale del Vaticano 49, Rome, 00165
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- First-time travellers, Art
Expert review of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
This huge collection of art and artefacts, founded by Julius II in 1503, covers over five centuries of papal patronage. There are Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Etruscan sections, and others dedicated to tapestries and maps, but most visitors make a beeline for the Sistine Chapel, at the end of the labyrinthine route (allow an hour to get there), with its audacious frescoes by Michelangelo of Old Testament scenes and the Last Judgement, their colours fresh and vivid after recent restoration. On the way, even if time is tight, it’s worth seeking out the classical marble statues of 'Laocoon' and the 'Belvedere Apollo' in the Museo Pio-Clementino, and the Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello), with their exquisite frescoes by Raphael and Giulio Romano.
Full price admission is 15 euros.
More information on Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel:
- Price guide:
- Art gallery, Museum, Religious site
- Viale del Vaticano 49, Rome, 00165
- 06 6988 3860
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 8.30am-6pm (last entry 4pm). Last Sunday of the month 9am-2pm (last entry 12.30pm).
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Michelangelo, Raphael, Art, History, Rainy days