THE VATICAN MUSEUMS (itineraries in the center of Rome n.2)

28 Novembre 2018 By EN, Travel Comments Off

Day 2 – Vatican Museums

Let’s start the itinerary!

This first itinerary starts from the door of the “Stay fine” B & B in via Cola di Rienzo, 285, 00192 Rome, in the Prati district, one of the most chic in Rome.

As soon as you exit, turn right towards Piazza Risorgimento..


Enjoy the atmosphere of the neighborhood made of tree-lined avenues, streets full of shops and small quiet squares and meanwhile start along Via Cola di Rienzo and then get to our first stop.
Piazza Risorgimento has a beautiful location, not far from San Pietro and the Vatican museums. It is a lively square full of activities!
‘A stone’s throw from the Vatican, a focal point, a crossroads between Borgo and Prati, crossed by rivers of people.
On the left you can walk the wide avenue, mainly pedestrian, which leads to the portico of Piazza San Pietro. Going straight, however, you head towards the Vatican Museums.


Here are prices and tips on how to visit the Vatican Museums and how to skip the line!

A trip to Rome sooner or later is to be done in life; the Italian capital is certainly one of the places that the world envies us.

I am of the opinion that it would not take a week to get around the city and discover the most characteristic corners that make Rome a magical metropolis.

In fact, many limit their travel experience (especially due to lack of time) to the most famous and “emblazoned” monuments, deliberately leaving aside a whole series of places to be discovered.

However, visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel is one of those choices to ponder well and should be taken not lightly!

Let me explain: a tourist once in Rome would like to see, taste and try a little of everything, but as I said before, not everyone has much time available.

It is therefore decided to see the most famous places and monuments and, many times, the Vatican Museums are purposely “avoided”.

This is because it is one of the most challenging museums in the world to visit: the line to enter is always impressive, the crowd inside is exhausting and, not least, to enjoy the best treasures that are kept it would take a day whole.

Who does not have so many days in the capital then opts for something easier to reach and see. BIG ERROR!

But if you could skip the line and get in quickly without having to wait for hours!

Here are some suggestions on how to visit the Vatican Museums and how to skip the line; because you can not think of not visiting the Sistine Chapel, one of the Italian symbols in the world and a real wonder!


It ‘s useless to write information that you can easily find elsewhere, but I want to give you some valuable tips and, certainly, the first and most important is the following:  BUY TICKETS ONLINE.

The row in front of the Vatican Museums is unbelievable; as a child when I passed in front I was impressed.

I’m talking about files of hundreds of meters that “trap” tourists for hours.

Here is explained why we have defined the decision to visit the Vatican Museums a decision to ponder.

But if you buy tickets online you can skip the line; if you want to enter the museums without too much effort the only way is this.

There are several solutions …

The first is to buy regular tickets: with these tickets you can enter the Vatican Museums by skipping the line and choosing an exclusive time slot (from 8 to 15:30) to access.

You can easily use your smartphone to enter, just show your tickets on the phone once at the entrance.

The second option is that of last minute tickets: if you have decided to visit the Vatican Museums at the last time, then these are the tickets for you.

They are little more expensive but will give you the possibility of an “emergency” access.

Finally, there are the tickets that include a visit to the Vatican Museums, the gardens and the Pontifical Villas: this is the best solution if you want to thoroughly explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

Included in the ticket is early entry before the open to the public, audio guides and a visit to Castel Gandolfo (including train ticket).

In short, the perfect package for a complete experience!

Other possibilities are a portal dedicated to the Vatican Museums and the Vatican site .

In any case, the important thing is to enter and, once crossed the threshold and get the ticket, you will open a macro universe that you would never have imagined.

The main entrance is more like an airport than a museum hall.

As I said the visit is very long (the basic route inside the museums is 7 km long) so it is important to know what you should not miss.

In fact, once the tiredness assaults the tourist the desire to see and discover decreases.


La Pinacoteca:

it can be visited both at the beginning of the tour and at its end; in any case go and see this wonderful collection of works of art, paintings and tapestries.

It is one of the most beautiful collections in the world and on all the works, those that really stand out are “La Madonna di Foligno” and “La Trasfigurazione” both by Raffaello Sanzio.

In addition to his works you can admire masterpieces by Giotto, Leonardo and Caravaggio.

Cortile della Pigna:

the green heart of the Vatican Museums.

A huge inner courtyard where you can rest in the sun calmly and maybe take something fresh in the small bistro that is there.

At the center it is impossible not to notice “Sphere with sphere” the work of Arnaldo Pomodoro which is also found in other parts of the globe, as in the garden of Trinity College in Dublin.

Room of animals:

take a few minutes to this beautiful room full of large and small marble statues of animals.

The details of the dozens and dozens of statues are incredible, it is really worth stopping.

Egyptian Gregorian Museum:

one of the richest and most impressive collections on Ancient Egypt in the world.

If you love ancient history and are fascinated by mummies and Egyptian culture then you do not have to salt this series of rooms.

Attention, the Egyptian room is not visible!

Gallery of the Tapestries:

another workhorse of the Vatican Museums, a very long corridor covered entirely with recently restored tapestries.

The drawings of many tapestries are by Leonardo da Vinci.

Geographical Map Gallery:

another gallery that has remained in my heart, a corridor with walls frescoed by maps of all Italian regions.

Really a unique show (I forgot to tell you that in both galleries the most spectacular things are the frescoed ceilings with incredible colors).

Sala Sobieski:

a room that welcomes you immediately after the galleries, inside there is an impressive painting by the Polish king Sobieski, who liberated Vienna from the Ottoman siege in 1683.

Rooms of Raffaello:

there are 4 rooms frescoed by Raphael himself.

In order of visiting you will enter the Sala di Costantino, the Hall of Eliodoro, the Sala della Segnatura and the one of the Fire of Borgo.

Museum of modern religious art:

it is located before the Sistine Chapel and is full of works by important artists.

Van Gogh, Dali, Gauguin, Matisse and indeed many other artists who have made history.


At the end there is her, the real reason that drives many to visit the Vatican Museums.

The Sistine Chapel is something that strikes you deeply into the soul.

The Sistine Chapel, dedicated to Mary Assumption in Heaven, is the main chapel of the Apostolic Palace, as well as one of the most famous cultural and artistic treasures of the Vatican City, inserted in the path of the Vatican Museums. It was built between 1475 and 1481, at the time of Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere, from whom it took its name.

It is known throughout the world both for being the place where the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope are held (in the past also some papal coronations), and to be decorated with one of the best known and celebrated works of art of artistic civilization the frescoes by Michelangelo Buonarroti, which cover the vault (1508-1512) and the back wall (of the Last Judgment) above the altar (1535-1541).

It is considered perhaps the most complete and important of that “visual theology, which has been called Biblia pauperum”. The walls also preserve a series of frescoes by some of the greatest Italian artists of the second half of the fifteenth century (Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli, Piero di Cosimo and others)(1535-1541).

Come in and … just chills!
You can not express it by word or by writing, you must live on your skin.
Remember, no videos and photos. One last note: the real problem of the Vatican Museums is overcrowding which greatly affects the visitor’s experience.
In some galleries it goes on at a crawl and is compressed in the crowd.
However this is an experience that one must absolutely do if one is visiting Rome

The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are an important part of our history, of what we have been and of what we will be.