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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

1. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens. Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

2. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Learn the fascinating history and facts about these sites from your licensed guide, leaving the tour with a wealth of information. Marvel at the incredible frescoes and more along the way. First your local guide will show you around the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Marvel at the ornate ceilings, ancient statues, and intricate tapestries found throughout the Vatican Museums. A highlight will be an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the Renaissance genius Michelangelo Buonarotti. Visit the world-famous Sistine Chapel, and see the Creation of Adam in real life. Listen as your guide tells you about Michelangelo’s private jokes and secret messages that were hidden amongst the painted frescoes on the ceiling of the chapel

Borghese Gallery: Ticket

3. Borghese Gallery: Ticket

Pre-book your ticket to one of Rome's most popular museums, the Borghese Gallery, and waste no time waiting in the ticket line. Once inside, admire the gallery's world-renowned collection of paintings and sculptures. First, make your way to the Villa Borghese Pinciana, the home of the Borghese Gallery. Skip the ticket line, then explore the 20 rooms of art in this famous museum. Marvel at sculptures and paintings by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Titian, and other masters of art. See Raphael's "The Deposition" and "Lady with a Unicorn," Bernini's sculptures "Apollo and Daphne" and "David," and more. Prepare to be amazed by "David with the Head of Goliath," "Boy with a Basket of Fruit," and other paintings in the Caravaggio room. Discover the gallery's other highlights, such as Canova's "Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix." As well as exploring the museum, make time for a stroll around the villa's gardens to enjoy the views over the Piazza del Popolo and Rome's historic center.

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Ticket with Host

4. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Ticket with Host

Go on a journey through art and religious history with your ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Skip the long ticket lines, inform yourself before entering with the help of a host, and enjoy your visit at your own pace. Find a treasure trove of Roman statues, Renaissance paintings, and Italian artworks. Discover works by Caravaggio and Titian, as well as more recent artists such as Picasso and Rodin. Keep an eye out for Michelangelo’s self-portrait. Walk through the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, the pope's private apartments.  Then, enter the Sistine Chapel and contemplate the intricate details of Michelangelo’s renowned masterpiece.

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

5. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.  Your local guide will take you to the most interesting galleries within the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contains ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries. Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti. From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome. He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work. Today these have been uncovered and understood. Listen as your guide lets you in on Michelangelo’s private jokes.

Rome: Capuchin Crypts Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets

6. Rome: Capuchin Crypts Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets

Start your visit at the Capuchin Museums to learn about the place's culture and spirituality. Continue towards the Crypt of the Three Skeletons, the only area where the human skeleton can be seen in its unadorned entirety. Next, visit the Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones. Admire the Crypt of the Pelvises, which contains 2 Capuchins serenely reclining in an arched position. Look at the crosses on the ground, which mark the graves of the 7 Capuchins. Stroll through the Crypt of the Skulls and check out its famous hourglass. Learn about how, when the Capuchins left their old friary near the Trevi Fountain, they decided to transfer the bones of friars who had been buried under the Church of Saint Bonaventure. In accordance with Capuchin law, which did not allow burials to take place within the churches, an underground cemetery was designed. Here, they deposited the bones brought from the old friary. Since then, the crypt has been the burial place of the Capuchins.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: Skip-The-Ticket-Line

7. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: Skip-The-Ticket-Line

Choose this ticket if you’re an independent sightseer who wants to visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without a tour guide. This ticket ensures skip-the-ticket-line entry to this world-famous site.  Design your own itinerary with a full-day ticket, map, and a brief orientation, so you can enjoy the highlights of the museums’ famous collections at your own pace. Start by exploring areas most tour groups never see, like the paintings in the Pinacoteca gallery and the Etruscan museum, or spend more time admiring the scenery in famous areas like the Pinecone Courtyard and Gallery of Maps.  No trip to the Vatican is complete without visiting its shining star: the Sistine Chapel. Your ticket includes entry to the chapel and your orientation provides information on what to look for when you visit this incredible treasure.

Rome: Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Entry Ticket

8. Rome: Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Entry Ticket

Did you know that over 500 years ago Leonardo da Vinci designed flying machines, robots, submarines, underwater breathing equipment, the unsupported suspension bridge and machines that work on solar energy? Learn about all of this and more with your ticket to the Leonardo da Vinci Experience. See 50 of his inventions that were built in line with his designs. Try out Da Vinci's machines and understand how his ideas are still utilized today, with digging and lifting equipment, the sewing machine, the bicycle, water skis, the machine gun and many others. Walk into Leonardo's Room of Mirrors and learn how his study of light inspired the invention of photography and projection. Take a photo beside his helicopter or armored tank. Leonardo da Vinci was of course one of the greatest artists ever and he produced numerous masterpieces that are on display in museums all over the world. The Exhibition Gallery gives visitors an opportunity to admire 20 certified reproductions painted by prominent Vatican Museum restoration artists. Admire the 2 versions of the Virgin of the Rocks, the originals of which are located at the Louvre and London’s National Gallery. See the Lady with an Ermine, the painting with which Leonardo revolutionized classical portraiture.

Rome: Empire Roman Museum with Hosted Entry

9. Rome: Empire Roman Museum with Hosted Entry

Welcome to the world’s first museum! The Empire Roman Museum has a fascinating collection of art and artifacts, all of which tell different stories of the fascinating history of Rome. In 1734, Pope Clementine XII decided to make a significant collection of artwork and ancient sculptures permanently accessible to the people of Rome. With this magnanimous act, he created the world's first museum, located on top of one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Overlooking the Ancient Roman Forum, it is simply a melting pot of history. You can see the famous she-wolf sculpture featuring Rome's founders Romulus and Remus, and see a treasure chest of items telling the story of Rome, the ancient Caput Mundi.

Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

10. Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Save precious time and avoid the boring history tours of the Vatican City on a small group, skip-the-line tour with an English-speaking guide. Head straight to the most important areas of the Vatican Museums to marvel at the masterpieces of the papal collections. Discover statues from ancient Greece and look inside the Pinecone Courtyard and Belvedere Courtyard, along with the Hall of the Muses, Round Room, and Gallery of the Candelabra. Admire Flemish tapestries from some of Raphael's pupils in the Gallery of Tapestries, and historical maps by fine cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps. Contemplate Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel in silence. Then, skip the long lines to St. Peter's Basilica and enjoy a fully guided tour inside. Feel free to stay and explore other areas of the Vatican City on your own once you've said goodbye to your guide.


Best museums in Rome

Do you know why many people call Rome the “Eternal City”? Because of the ancient Roman belief that the city would live on forever. So far, it has lived up to its name. Brimming with history and culture, it won’t be hard for you to find good museums in Rome! If you’re planning a trip to this city and wondering what you need to see before you leave, keep reading to discover the best museums in Rome.

History Museums in Rome

Visit the Colosseum

It’s not exactly a traditional museum, but your trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the Colosseum, one of Rome’s top attractions. It was the cultural and entertainment center of Ancient Rome. Does the thought of the bloody gladiator flights that took place there make you feel a little squeamish? Even if that doesn’t sound like your thing, the Colosseum is still worth a visit for its incredible architectural engineering.

Visit the Catacombs in Rome

The Catacombs showcase another interesting and important part of Roman history. These vast underground passages were used as Christian burial crypts in the second through fifth centuries. Imagine a time in history when it was illegal to bury the dead within the city limits. Because this was the case at one time, the Catacombs were designed as a hidden, underground sanctuary where Christians could bury their dead in peace.

Visit the National Museum of Rome

The National Museum of Rome is another cultural and historical hub in the city that you should consider visiting. It’s divided into four different parts, and you can enter all four parts of the museum with a single ticket.

The Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is a Neo-Renaissance-style palace that is home to some of the best-preserved Roman frescoes in the world. You can also see here a vast collection of mosaics, jewels, Ancient Roman coins, grave ornaments, and more. The Palazzo Altemps holds a vast collection of Greek and Roman sculpture, as well as a large collection of Egyptian art.

The Baths of Diocletian, at the heart of the National Museum of Rome, was the largest bath complex in Ancient Rome. Although as a visitor you can only visit a small part, what you’ll get to see is stunning. Don’t miss its impressive architecture, high ceilings, and hundreds of art pieces.

Finally, the Crypta Balbi is the fourth part of the National Museum. This basement attraction gives you the chance to explore some of Rome’s archaeological ruins. Above ground, you can learn about Rome’s history by examining items that were found during archaeological excavations of the site.

Art museums in Rome

With so much history, art, and culture to discover in Rome, you might feel like there is not enough time to take it all in during just a single trip. 

Visit the Borghese Gallery

If you’re a lover of fine art, you will definitely enjoy the Borghese Gallery Museum (or Galleria Borghese, in Italian). It’s located on the beautiful grounds of the Villa Borghese mansion. The prestigious museum includes works of art by such masters as Raphael, Botticelli, Bernini, and more. After taking in the galleries, you can enjoy a stroll through the villa gardens (the third largest park in the city of Rome).

Visit Palazzo Venezia

The Palazzo Venezia is another Roman mansion that you can visit. It’s located in the heart of Rome and houses a museum with several Renaissance paintings and sculptures. You will also see several other cultural artefacts from Roman history throughout the museum.

The Vatican Museums

Vatican City is, in fact, a separate state entity that happens to be located within the city of Rome. More than just the heart of Catholic Christianity, Vatican City is home to some of the world’s most renowned art masterpieces.

Among the most famous of the Vatican City museums, you’ll find the Sistine Chapel. Art lovers and novices alike will marvel at Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes decorating the walls and ceilings of this famous cathedral.

However, you have plenty more to see in Vatican City than the Sistine Chapel. Other museums and galleries within Vatican City include the Collection of Contemporary Art, the Greek Cross Gallery, the Gallery of Maps, and more. Perhaps the most interesting museum of the Vatican City museums is the Ethnological Museum Anima Mundi. In this museum you will see items of cultural and spiritual traditions of people all around the world.

Keep in mind that Vatican City gets incredibly busy with travelers. Especially June, July, and August are the busiest (or “high season”) months. All visitors have to go through security screening before entering the Vatican. This means you should expect airport-like waits of up to 30 minutes.

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What people are saying about Rome

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The guide (Daniela) was excellent. Very knowledgeable and super friendly. She gave lots of interesting information and did so in an engaging way. The tour started right on time. Everything was well organized.

Nous avons fait un tour guidé du Vatican avec le guide Mathéo, un excellent narrateur, passionné ! Grave à lui et à la splendeur du Vatican nous avons voyagé à travers le temps. Excellente expérience.

We got a lot of great insight and information within a compressed timeframe. It captured the attention of the entire family (teens and elementary aged children)

Davide, la nostra guida, è stato fantastico e ci ha trasmesso moltissime nozioni durante la visita. Davvero molto bravo, consigliato A+++

Marcius was an excellent guide who made our trip to the museum Extremely interesting!