A GRAND MUSEUM IN THE SMALLEST COUNTRY

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VATICAN MUSEUMS

The other big attraction of the Vatican together with St. Peter’s Basilica. They are actually different sections of a large museum. Open from 9 to 16:00. Closed on Sundays, except the last one of the month, when is open from 9 to 12:30 am. Also closed on all catholic festivities. Admission € 16/8 adult / discount (but the last Sunday of the month, when is free).

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It is advisable to get there early to avoid the line

It homes one of the largest and finest art collections in the world. It is so large that it requires a whole day if you want to visit it all. The highlights are:

  • Paintings, the most notable are Raphael’s and Leonardo da Vinci’s.
  • Sculptures, most of them from ancient Rome. Some of them are really hyperrealistic and impressive.

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    Roman sculpture in the Vatican Museum
  • Collection of Egyptian art. The star is the throne of Ramses II.
  • Etruscan art.
  • Cartographic Gallery of maps of Italy. The ceiling is one of my favorites.

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    The ceiling of the Cartographic Gallery. Below, you can see some maps
  • The chambers (Stanza), most of them decorated with huge frescoes by Raphael.
  • Of course, the Sistine Chapel, one of the most famous artwork in the world. Certainly, it is wonderful. Not only they the figures, but also the multitude of architectural elements (columns, windows …) which are painted and look real. The problem is that it is very small and is usually crowded with tourists, and the closer the closing time is, the more people congregate in it, because at that time most of the visitors skip the rest of the museum and go straight to the Chapel. It is not allowed to use flash or tripod, so it is difficult to get good photographs.

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    The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel
  • And finally, the exit stairs of the museum, one of the most beautiful I have seen on this style.

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    The exit staircase of the Museum is another artwork

VATICAN GARDENS

They are only accesible with a guided tour. You can choose between only gardens or gardens and museum, both lasting two hours and cost € 32/24. We have never visited them.

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