4. The Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel:
The Vatican Museums has a display of works from the immense collection amassed by the Catholic Church and the papacy throughout the centuries, including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. There are 54 galleries ranging from classical antiquities and Ancient Egyptian pieces up to modern religious art. The most famous is of course the Sistine Chapel, which is famously the last gallery before exiting the museum. You could easily spend days lost in the many hallways and rooms filled with masterpieces when you visit the Vatican.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Tuesday-Friday are the best days to visit. Go to the as early as possible since it gets really busy and the crowds to the Sistine chapel get massively crowded. If you aren't able to visit early in the morning try visiting late in the afternoon. Go as early as possible since it gets really busy and the crowds to the Sistine chapel get massively crazy and full. When the weather is hot, you don't want to be waiting in a LONG LONG line.
Avoid going in the summer since there is no air conditioning and the crowds definitely don't help with that.
You are not permitted to take photos inside the Sistine Chapel. There are guards reminding you not to photograph. Please respect the rules. Sometimes one has to sacrifice amazing photos in order not to miss the beauty around you.
ST. PETER'S BASILICA:
You can actually enter the Basilica through the Vatican museums. This means once you get to the Sistine chapel there are two doors, the door on the right takes you to St. Peter's Basilica but then there is no way back to the museum. The second door on the left takes you back to the museum. This close proximity can be a time saver for those on a tight schedule.
Its a basic code for both men and women. Both need to cover their knees and upper arms. They prohibit wearing shorts or skirts above the knee, sleeveless tops, and low-cut shirts. Men must take their hats off before entering whereas women may continue wearing theirs. This is a very holy place for many and they are very strict about the dress code. You could be denied entrance if you do not adhere to the dress code.
They have a food court on the second floor with great pizza and good fruit salads. It cost 22€ for 2 large drinks, 3 slices of pizza and 2 fruit salads.
Big bulky backpacks are not allowed in, even if the backpack is half empty. They make you put the backpack in storage. Try to bring small bags and purses.
There are a few ways to order tickets, the best being online. The lines at the Vatican booths are extremely long. Best to order tickets for this in advance since they tend to get sold out quickly.
•Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (at the booth) 17 EURO.
•Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel book ONLINE - 21 EURO.
•If you would like to add an Audio guide that is another 7 EURO per person.
Monday-Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (with the last entry at 4:00 pm).
DURATION OF TOUR:
Expect to spend half a day here. There is just so much to see.
To order tickets click here!