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“A must-see but please pay for priority access and get there early if you have kids”
Review of Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We visited here with a tour offered through the Disney Cruise. We got there in the morning a little past 8 am and there was already a long queue of different tours waiting to get in. We apparently have a priority access over the other tour groups, and able to cut through the lines without waiting. When I check online later, there are priority first entry tickets to get in 30 minuets before it opens. But you will need to get there early and pay the extra charge ahead of time. You get to finish early. We went through the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the gardens and St. Peter’s Basilica in just half a day, done before lunchtime. And that is as much as our kids can tolerate and still enjoy the tour without whining or meltdown.

Thank Hubert F
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

1. buy the tickets online, otherwise you may suffer in long lines
2. the museum is too large, beyond your imagine. Wear your sneakers and comfortable clothes
3. reserve at least half a day
4. take water and sandwiches with you
5. you will see that you have never seen such a museum before. believe me.
6. it is very difficult to see every part of the museum and the all works completely so that you should spend all day for more comprehensive visit or you should skip some parts of the museum.
7. Do not leave before you see Sistine Chapel.
8. It is really difficult to visit the museum with small children.

1  Thank SarpedonfromLycia
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

First off it is beautiful and if it wasn’t so crowded my review would be different. It’s hard to enjoy because we are packed in there like sardines. For me like many other people the main reason for going is to see the Sistine Chapel. It’s beautiful however, when you are walking into a room to see this masterpiece and again being packed in there like sardines it’s hard to enjoy. To top it off they rush you through. So personally for me had I know I would have skipped the Vatican museum and just would have gone to the basilica.

Thank lovetraveling12
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Definitely one place to visit, whether you are Catholic or not.
If possible, do purchase tickets ahead or with Skip the line (not sure if there are apps for that).
Remember, although this is billed as a museum, truly the gem you will visit is a religious space - the Sistine Chapel is part of this museum.
You know the story of Michelangelo painting on his back for years, up close. If you crane your neck upwards just to look at what he has done, you can imagine how difficult that was. The two phrases you will hear for this no audio guide tour: "NO FOTO! and SILENZIO!"
Most of the paintings are restored (to remove centuries of soot and smoke build up). A small spot is left uncleaned for comparison.
Remember to look up, find the panel that shows the creation of man - you know the one with Adam and God touching fingers.
Then turn toward the altar to gaze at the depiction of the Final Judgment. Its size is just something to marvel about.
The walk toward the chapel itself is filled with art in every nook and cranny, literally. You walk down a long hall of maps - depicting the notable places of ancient Italy - another thing to wonder about - how these maps were
figured out before satellite imagery.
The grounds have a huge globe that our tour guide called the Star Wars Death Star.

Thank JoyceA
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Visited on the free last Sunday of June. Joined the queue at 7.30am. Doors opened at 9am and we were in by 9.15am no problem. The museum was amazing! Sistine chapel is pretty big and there are seats all around the edges to sit and take it all in. Was no busier than any other tourist attraction in Rome or any other major city.
PS .the queue for the museum on the Monday after was even longer and barely moving at 11am (in 30 degree C heat) so definitely worth getting up early and taking advantage of free admission. Also you can take water and snacks in...just don't eat in the exhibition halls (there are large outdoor courtyards) and there are drinking water fountains in the courtyards including the one at the top of the stairs when you enter.

Thank Lizzy G
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