The amount of wealth displayed in these museums is almost sickening. The statues and paintings are beautiful and definently something you should definently make time for. I did pay for a tour guide through EnjoyRome and it was worth every penny.
The Vatican Museum, located next to St Peter's Square, has to be the most beautiful museum in the world! Sadly, photography is prohibited in most parts of the museum, if not I would have very much loved to snap away some of the most beautiful statues and treasures that date back to the ancient world.
My favourite part of the museum has to be the map gallery, where maps of old Italy in the early centuries are painted on the very walls themselves by artists long dead and forgotten. The map gallery runs through a corridor that spans 120 m long.
The Sistine Chapel which has the world famous painting "Creation of God" (by Michelangelo) on its curved ceiling is impressive indeed. In fact, that's where most of the visitors congregate and crane their heads up to admire the art till they get themselves a stiff neck!
The Museums in the Vatican are huuuge. The thing most people come to see is of course the Sixtinth Chappel, and in the summer it will probably take some time before yo ureach the chappel, they only let a certain number of people in at the same time...
But there is so much else to see, magnificent paintings by Rafael and other masters...
You could find yourself wandering around for days here. Or at least I could do that!
Remember to buy tickets in advance from website to avoid long queue (easily more than 2 hours). Among the trusted website; www.viator.com
Often seen in movies the Vatican staircase is an interesting start to your adventure through the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel.
This one everyone likes to see and since we are not into museums and the lines were looong, on a very hot day ,we skip,so just for information tip only.
this was a large museum .. but holds lots of Italian History..
and the sisteen chapel is there .. small but breathe taking ..
The Vatican Museum, the Sixtene Chappel, St Peter's Church all very pretty! Come or or late in the afternoon when you don't want to spend hours in a queue for the entrance.
As you walk up the stairs onto the upper level, these rooms are dead in front of you. They consist of many Roman statues, pots and urns.
Next on from the Gallery of the Candelabra on the upper floor is the Gallery of Tapestries with huge tapestries woven in Brussels to designs by students of Raphael.
If you want to visit the vatican museum, come early. Or you had to stand in line for a verylong time.........!
And after entering, it goes arround and arround and...
Look at the incredible double helix staircase that leads to the exit of the Vatican museum. It was designed in 1932 by Giuseppe Momo, consisting of two spirals: one to walk up and one to walk down.
Overflowing display of Roman art.
I never seen a museum so overwhelming ('The Creation' ceiling art)!