Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

The beauty and the frescoes that we contemplate here introduce us into the world of Revelation (St. John Paul II)

The Vatican Museums are considered among the most important in the world and their visit is essential and indispensable for anyone who comes to Rome. Here the Popes have, over time, collected and preserved some of the greatest masterpieces of all time and the most valuable witnesses of the past. They first put at the disposal of culture and public the art collections of their palaces. The Sistine Chapel is “a priceless cultural and universal heritage. This is confirmed by the countless pilgrims from every nation in the world who come to admire the work of the supreme masters and to recognize in this Chapel a sort of wonderful synthesis of painting.[…] from the Sistine Chapel Christ expresses in himself the whole mystery of the visibility of the Invisible.[…] It is difficult however, not to recognize in the visible and humanized Creator, God clad in infinite majesty. Indeed, as far as the image with its intrinsic limits permits, everything which could be expressed has been expressed here. The majesty of the Creator, like that of the Judge, speaks of divine grandeur: a moving and univocal word just as, in a different way, the Pietà in St Peter's Basilica” (St. John Paul II).

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Historical background

The first public museum in the world, was founded by Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484) who decides to give to the Roman people his collection of classical sculptures and opens the first museum in the capitol building in the world. He himself, by implementing a project of Nicholas V (1447-1455), founded the Vatican Library - second public library in Europe, after that of San Marco in Florence. His nephew Julius II (1503-1513) follows the example giving the Holy See the ancient marbles of his property that were on display in the sculpture garden - garden today octagon - nucleo future pontifical museums and galleries. Over the years, these collections will be expanded thanks to renewed interest in the Greco-Roman civilization in the Renaissance. The collections will be enriched more and more thanks to a new Christian humanism exalted by Raphael frescoes in the Stanza della Signatura - study of Julius II. Museums were in this embryonic state until the eighteenth century, when the pages of Winckelmann and the Abbot Lanzi born archeology and history of 'art (the first was superintendent of Antiquities of Rome - the latter wrote the "History of Painting of Italy" between 1795 and 1796). In those years, he was born in the Vatican Museum Pio Clementino, before the behest of Clement XIV and Pius VI. Since that time always new collections were added going to cover a vast span of history and art from ancient Egypt to the present day.

Our proposals

We will bring to visit the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, with priority entrance or with specialised guide.

Disabled visitors

  • Nearly all sections of the Museums are accessible to disabled visitors.

Wheelchairs are available free of charge and can be booked before the day of the visit ( or upon request at the "Special Permits" desk in the entrance hall. To collect the wheelchair the visitor must present a valid identity document.

  • Free entry, without the need to wait in line, is granted to all disabled visitors with certification of invalidity of 74% or over, and may also be extended to a companion if the disabled visitor is not self-sufficient.

Free tickets for disabled visitors and for accompanying persons may not be booked online. The free tickets are issued at the "Special Permits'" desk or "Reception", situated in the entrance hall to the Vatican Museums.

Rates and reservation visit the website

St. Peter's offices
Palazzo dei Propilei

Piazza Pio XII, 9 (Piazza San Pietro) - 00193 Roma

Opening to public

From Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm


Call an operator

+39 06 69896.1

From Monday to Friday

9 AM - 1 PM and 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM 



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