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Vatican Museums

With nearly 6 million visitors every year and 9 miles of galleries the Vatican Museums is recognized as an artistic treasure trove beyond compare. It all started in 1506 when Pope Julius II unveiled his private sculpture collection to the public. He also had an eye for genius and commissioned masters like Raphael and Michelangelo to embellish other portions of the palace, namely the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel.

These two alone defined the Italian Renaissance and a major shift in western art and culture, but you'll be equally surprised by the other secrets held inside. Get insider views of Vatican City and the dome of St. Peter’s from internal terraces as you relish in what was once the Pope’s private residence. From the Greek and Roman Antiquities to the spectacular details in the Hall of Maps, you will be rewarded at every glance and pique in curiosity.

Extend your visit to the Vatican Pinacoteca for artworks by Da Vinci and Caravaggio, or opt to see the lush gardens or Bramante Staircase. Whatever you chose, City Wonders has a tour tailored to fit you, and our Vatican Partnership grants privileges like No Wait Access. 

Opening hours

Vatican Museums

  • Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00
  • Last Sunday of every month from 09:00 to 14:00
  • Closed Sundays and Some Public Holidays

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