Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

Musei Vaticani
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The Vatican Historical Museum is one of the sections of the Vatican Museums. It was founded in 1973 at the behest of Pope Paul VI, and was initially hosted in environments under the Square Garden. In 1987 it was moved to the main floor of the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran and opened in March 1991.

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Among the most famous collections on the planet, the Vatican Museums hold spectacular works of Italian Renaissance art, plus in situ stunners like the frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel. Though the bulk of the collection focuses on Italian painting art and sculpture, the museum complex is also home to ancient Egyptian, Etruscan, and Roman artworks. Because of its vast size and scope, the museums are best visited with a guide to ensure you'll see the headliners in a few hours.
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Art Lover's Guide to Rome
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The glories of the ancient world displayed in a lavish papal palace, decorated by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael...the Musei Vaticani. Book well ahead and plan for crowds as you traverse four miles of some of the greatest art anywhere: Greek and Roman statues, Christian frescoes, Renaissance paintings, sumptuous halls, and more — culminating in the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel. For a focused visit to the exhausting collection, use my free Vatican Museums audio tour.
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Romans know that their city is at its finest in the soft light of early morning or the golden rays of sunset. If you choose early entry or after-hour tours, not only can you extend your sightseeing day to the max (plus enjoy the added benefits of fewer crowds and cooler temperatures), but you’ll also be able to admire the city when it's most photogenic. Experience la dolce vita vibe of the historic center at dusk, and the timeless romance of the Colosseum by moonlight.
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