DOTM Special (Feb 2017 – Rome, ITALY) The Vatican Museums

Contributor: David Bernard

When in Rome it’s hard not to think about the Catholic religion, seeing that the city is home to one of the world’s most famous religious leaders. Regardless of your religious affiliation (or perhaps lack of) however, The Vatican and Vatican City is still such an amazing place to visit.

The museums and chapels inside are full of incredible classical artwork and masterpieces, and of course one could not forget about Michelangelo’s famous pieces in the Sistine Chapel. The property itself is so big in fact that sometimes the opening hours are not enough time to cover everything in-depth.

Inside the museums specifically, there are over 25 different collections, the most famous/visited being probably the Sistine Chapel. Even just climbing the narrow stone steps up to the Chapel, there was already a huge line! I would say it’s worth the wait though, because Michelangelo’s artwork on the ceiling inside is truly spectacular.

Hours are pretty standard, and usually the museum is closed on Sundays (of course for most religious services) as well as many holidays.

Opening days and times

From Monday to Saturday
9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
(final entry 4.00 p.m.)

Every last Sunday of the month
9.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
(final entry 12.30 p.m.)

To give you more of a complete idea on some of the various collections available in the museums, please enjoy this gallery of photos taken from my last visit in 2013!

Whether your religious or not, or even if you affiliate with another religion, the entire Vatican City is still a beautiful tourist attraction. Especially in the summer months, St. Peter’s Square is absolutely amazing, and the artwork inside the buildings will always be mesmerizing! Vatican City will always remain a recommendation from me for future visitors.

For more complete information, be sure to visit the museum’s website:

Have you visited the museums at the Vatican before? Comment and share your experiences below!


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