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The treasures of the Vatican museums may be open to the general public, but there are areas that fewer people see. The Archivum Secretum Apostolicum V...

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The invaluable masterpieces of the Vatican Museums represent an unmissable treasure. Being one of the most famous and visited attractions in...

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The awe-inspiring Vatican Museums represent one of the largest and most visited museum complexes in the world. Discover the incredible Rapha...

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The Vatican has so many treasures that it makes sense to see it the smart way: skipping the lines and learning about the collections from a ...

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The Vatican can be bewildering to the first-time visitor. That’s why this tour offers you an expert guide who’ll introduce you to the major ...

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Benefit from skip-the-line access to some of the Vatican's top attractions on this 3.5-hour guided tour. Admire the beautiful Vatican Museum...

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Enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public and enjoy Michelangelo’s masterpieces in peace, before embarking on a thoroug...

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The best time to see the Vatican is before the crowds descend. This express, early-morning ticket gives you access 15 minutes before any oth...

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You’ll enjoy a unique experience while all is still silent and the throngs of tourists have yet to arrive. - Walk through the Vatican corrid...

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With this Skip the Line Private Vatican Tour, you will have the time and flexibility you want to experience areas of the Vatican Museums, ho...

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Get past long lines at the Vatican Museums and spend more time exploring the world’s most incredible art collection and less time waiting ou...

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If you had only one day in Rome, this is the tour you’d take to see it all. A combination of our most popular tours, it visits all the highl...

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This combo tour takes you to Rome's two most important attractions, the Vatican and the Colosseum, in a single day, including visits to Vati...

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Good to know

It's among the top ten most-visited museums in the world, so expect huge queues especially from mid-March to early November. Book your tickets in advance.
Allow for more time than you think and wear comfortable shoes. This is one of the biggest museums in the world with 54 galleries and around 7km of art.
The collection is said to have started from one marble sculpture, ‘Laocoön and His Sons', acquired by Pope Julius II in 1506. Since then Popes have spent centuries collecting some of the most impressive art works in the world.
It's closed every Sunday except the last one of the month when it's free (9am to 2pm). But don't get too excited, because this is also when it's at its busiest.
It has a secret papal escape route that goes from the Vatican City to the Castel Sant'Angelo. Dating back to 850 it's been used by two popes escaping invading troops.
Dress appropriately if you want to get in. This means covering shoulders, midriff, chest and legs down to the knees.
Save time by not carrying any large objects (backpacks, umbrellas, tripods etc) that will have to be checked in.

The inside story

The treasures of the Vatican museums may be open to the general public, but there are areas that fewer people see. The Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum is an archive of important documents covering twelve centuries of church history . . . and perhaps a few secrets.

Here you’ll find Pope Leo X’s 1521 decree excommunicating Martin Luther, and a petition from English clergymen in 1530 asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. There’s also the official doctrine of the Immaculate Conception as defined by the Church in 1854, supporting the notion that Mary was conceived without original sin.

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