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About Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums contain one of the world's greatest collections of art. Located within the Vatican City, they display the astounding collection of art collected by the popes over the centuries and included world-famous masterpieces like the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the Stanze di Raffaello. These are the sixth most visited art galleries in the world with 54 dynamic galleries to discover.

The museums have been open for over 500 years, and their collection provides an incredible journey through Roman Catholic art. In particular, they're the home of Renaissance art and a huge assortment of the Renaissance era's most famous works. A one-way visitor route connects the different galleries and museums, with spiral stairs leading to the different attractions. It would take days to fully explore it all so most visitors pick and choose a handful from the immense collection. Among them are the Niccoline Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, and the red marble throne taken from the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.

Of all the galleries, it's the very last one that holds visitors most captively. The Sistine Chapel and its sublime ceiling decorated by Michelangelo. Various other Renaissance artists painted the frescos across the rest of the chapel. The Pinacoteca Vaticana gallery has many of the most famous Renaissance paintings, including work by da Vinci, Giotto, Caravaggio and Perugino. Several sculpture museums are located around the Cortile del Belvedere, some containing Renaissance work and others a home for ancient Greek and Roman structures. 3,000 inscribed stone tablets are the highlight of Museo Chiaramonti, while ancient Egyptian artefacts are housed in Museo Gregoriana Egiziano.

Metro line A stops at the Vatican Museums and visitors can alight at Musei Vaticani or Cipro stops. Various buses and trams stop at the museums or nearby Piazza del Risorgimento. Pre-booking tickets is recommended in summer to avoid the long entrance queues and guided two-hour tours are available in English and Italian. Visitors are requested to cover their knees and shoulders to access the museums. Admission is free, but it's very crowded on the first Sunday of every month.

Pope Julius II founded the museums with a single sculpture in 1506, that of Laocoon and his Sons. A huge amount of artefacts were added through the years and the museums soon incorporated the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo finished the ceiling in 1512 then returned to paint The Last Judgement between 1535 and 1541.

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Starhotels Michelangelo Rome

Starhotels Michelangelo Rome
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Aurelio, Rome
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Situated a short stroll from Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani Metro Station, Starhotels Michelangelo Rome provides guests with an ideal base when visiting Rome. This traditional hotel is an ideal choice for exploring local vineyards as it is located in the Latium Wine Region.

Best Western Plus Hotel Spring House

Best Western Plus Hotel Spring House
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Atlante Star Hotel

Atlante Star Hotel
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Borgo, Rome
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Strategically located in the heart of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Rome. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is a short walk from Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani Metro Station.

Atlante Garden Hotel

Atlante Garden Hotel
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Conveniently located in the middle of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Rome. It also features a Jacuzzi and a rooftop terrace.

Hotel Della Conciliazione

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Strategically located in the middle of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Rome. It is moments from Institute for the Works of Religion, restaurants and nightlife options.

Hotel Adriatic Rome

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Infinity Hotel St Peter

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Fragrance Hotel St Peter

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Quality Hotel Nova Domus

Quality Hotel Nova Domus
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Hotel Colors Rome
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