The Vatican Museum complex includes Michelangelo's unparalleled Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms, as well as a collection of museums on very diverse subjects: displays of classical statuary, Renaissance painting, Etruscan relics,Egyptian artifacts, not to mention the furnishings and decoration of the palace itself. After visiting the Sistine Chapel, the visit continues with a tour of St. Peter's Basilica.
Tour Languages during high season (April 1 to October 31):
Tour Languages during low season (November 1 to March 31):
English: Every day except Wednesday and Sunday at 9:30am
Spanish: Saturdays at 9:30am
French: Saturdays at 10.30am
Rooms closed at the time of the visit will be indicated at the entrance.
Access to the Vatican Museums is permitted only to visitors with proper attire.
All the reservations, dates, and times may be changed or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances related to activities of the Pope.
Reservations can be made until 2 days before the visit.
The museum starts confirming visits no earlier than two months before the date, so your reservation guarantees your place on the waiting list. Charge to the credit card takes place on the working day after the request. Should the minimum number of people needed not be reached the visit will not be confirmed, and we will refund the charge for your visit.
The Vatican Museums are closed on the following days:
Sundays (except for the last Sunday of each month, excluding Easter, June 29 and December 25 and 26)
January 1 and 6 (Epiphany)
February 11 (Lateran Pacts Anniversary)
March 19 (St. Joseph)
Easter and Easter Monday
May 1 (Ascension Thursday) and May 22 (Corpus Christi Day)
August 14 (Assumption Vigil) and 15 (Assumption Day)
November 1 (All Saint's Day)
December 8 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), 25 (Christmas Day) and 26 (St. Stephen's Day)
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Saint Peter's Cathedral was consecrated on November 18, 1626. It is the world's largest church, with a floor area of 21,477 square meters. The external perimeter is 1,778 meters, or 186.35 meters long by 97.50 meters wide. The main nave is 40 meters high, and the dome is132.50 meters. There are 44 altars, 11 domes, 778 columns, 395 statues, and 135 mosaic panels. From Saint Peter's portico you enter the main entrance hall, with its five doors. On the right you can see the Holy Door, which is opened only every 25 years, during Jubilee or Holy years.
Saint Peter's Cathedral and the Vatican Museums are the largest, richest, most compelling and perhaps most comprehensive museum complex in the world. Many treasures of the city's history are here, from both classical and later times. Many of the Renaissance's finest artists were in the employ of the Popes - including Raphael and Michelangelo.
The Vatican Palace holds a collection of museums on very diverse subjects: displays of classical statuary, Renaissance painting, Etruscan relics, Egyptian artifacts, not to mention the furnishings and decoration of the palace itself. The Vatican Museums are the Egyptian Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Museum of Popes Clement XiV and Pius Vi, Gregorian Museum of Etruscan Art, Antiquarium Romanum, the Vase Collection, the Biga Room, the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps, the Apartment of St.Pius V, the Sobieski Room, the Room of the Immaculate Conception, Raphael's Rooms and Loggias, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Sistine Chapel, the Apostolic Library, the Vatican Picture Gallery, the Gregorian Museum of Profane Art, the Christian Museum, the Missionary Museum of Ethnology, and the Carriage Pavilion.
Justly one of the most famous places of culture in the world, the Sistine Chapel is the site where the conclave for the election of the popes and other solemn pontifical ceremonies are held. Its ceiling and altar wall are richly decorated by the great artists. The mighty frescoes by Michelangelo - the Life of Moses, the Life of Christ and the Last Judgement - were commissioned by three different popes in very different times in the history of Rome, and in Michelangelo’s life.
Built according to the architectural design of Baccio Pontelli by Giovannino de Dolci between 1475 and 1481, the Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who commissioned it. A large rectangular room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, it is divided into two unequal parts by a marble screen. The screen and the transenna were built by Mino da Fiesole and other artists.
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