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10 things you can’t miss at the Vatican Museums


The Vatican Museums are an incredible trove of art, sculpture and architecture. One could go back ten times and still discover new things. Here’s a list of what you should absolutely see.


  1. The Sistine Chapel – Michelangelo’s breathtaking masterpiece is, quite obviously, at the top of this list. You will strain your neck admiring the ceiling, but don’t forget to check out the rest of the paintings. And the floor is quite impressive too!
  2. The Gallery of Maps – This remarkable gallery has maps from the end of the 16th century.
  3. Museo Chiaramonti – It hosts an impressive collection of busts and sculptures.
  4. The Spiral staircase – The original double helix passageway was designed by Bramante. There’s also a modern version designed by Momo.
  5. The Pinacoteca – It hosts Raphael’s Transfiguration of Christ in its perfect setting. It also has masterpieces by Titian, Caravaggio, Giotto, Leonardo, and many others.
  6. The Pinecone courtyard – The giant bronze pinecone dates back to the 1st century BCE.
  7. Pio Clementino Museum – The octagonal courtyard has some incredible statues you shouldn’t miss out on.
  8. The Papal Apartments – Features work by Raphael
  9. The Egyptian Gallery – It comprises five rooms and illustrates the relationship between the Roman empire and Egypt.
  10. Sala Rotonda – A room very reminiscent of, and inspired by, the Pantheon.


With all these things to see, it would be a pity to miss. Take advantage of our VIP tour: no lines, admittance is 30 minutes before the crowds, and the small groups are led by an English speaking guide. It’d be a sacrilege to miss out on this tour!