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Top Holiday Packages near Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

See a collection of classic art worthy of a place in the Louvre, the Met or the Hermitage as you explore this illustrious museum.

Some say the art housed within the Vatican Museums is the best in the world as it features stunning Renaissance masterpieces interspersed with ancient Roman relics.

Created by Pope Julius II during the 16th century, the Vatican Museums collection is as old as St. Peter’s Basilica. The collection was founded in order to display the extensive assemblage of work acquired by the Catholic Church. Today, the paintings, sculptures and artefacts attract approximately 5 million visitors annually.

Within the broad collection there are many subsections that each boast impressive works of their own. There are notable highlights, including pieces by Giotto, Raphael, da Vinci and Caravaggio’s famous The Entombment of Christ. Discover a wide range of Greek and Roman sculpture in the Museo Pio-Clementino alongside a vast collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, intricately drawn Italian maps and an impressive body of recent religious art. 

Walk through the series of room that look at the life work of Raphael, one of the biggest names from the Renaissance period. The rooms were once going to be used as a suite for the Pope to reside in but were instead converted into a shrine for the artist. See his seminal works including The School of Athens, Adam and Eve and The Parnassus.

As you leave the museum you’ll see the most impressive and recognisable works in the area. The Sistine Chapel’s walls are adorned by the brushstrokes of some of history’s most notable painters, including Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Cosimo Rosselli and Michelangelo, whose ceiling fresco is considered one of the world’s greatest works of art. 

The Vatican Museums are located in the heart of Rome. They are closed on Sundays and Catholic holidays. An admission fee applies for entry, except for on the last Sunday of the month when the museum opens its doors free of charge. To reach the museums from the city centre, cross the Tiber and walk along Via della Conciliazione, or depart the metro at Ottaviano station.


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Hotel Alimandi Vaticano

Hotel Alimandi Vaticano

95 m from Vatican Museums
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    Hotel Alimandi Vaticano: Business-friendly hotel with free WiFi and a bar/lounge. Located near a metro station.

    Hotel Alimandi VaticanoAU$167

    Hotel Museum

    Hotel Museum

    0.1 km from Vatican Museums
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      Hotel Museum: Family hotel with free WiFi and a bar/lounge. Guests give the location a thumbs up.

      Hotel MuseumAU$114

      Hearth Hotel

      Hearth Hotel

      0.2 km from Vatican Museums
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        5.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

        Hearth Hotel: Business-friendly hotel with free WiFi and a bar/lounge. Located in the entertainment district.

        Hearth HotelAU$114

        Best Western Plus Hotel Spring House

        Best Western Plus Hotel Spring House

        0.2 km from Vatican Museums
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          3.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

          Best Western Plus Hotel Spring House: Business-friendly hotel with free WiFi and a restaurant. Located near a train station.

          Best Western Plus Hotel Spring HouseAU$195

          San Pietro Boutique Rooms

          San Pietro Boutique Rooms

          0.4 km from Vatican Museums
             
             
            5.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

            San Pietro Boutique Rooms: Family townhouse with free WiFi and an airport shuttle. Located in the city centre.

            San Pietro Boutique RoomsAU$177

            Grand Hotel Olympic

            Grand Hotel Olympic

            0.4 km from Vatican Museums
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              3.7 out of 5 (3 reviews)

              Grand Hotel Olympic: Pet-friendly hotel with free breakfast and free WiFi. Located near a metro station.

              Grand Hotel OlympicAU$78

              Starhotels Michelangelo

              Starhotels Michelangelo

              0.9 km from Vatican Museums
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                3.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

                Starhotels Michelangelo: Pet-friendly hotel with free WiFi and a restaurant. Located near a train station.

                Starhotels MichelangeloAU$206

                Regolo Rooms Vaticano

                Regolo Rooms Vaticano

                0.7 km from Vatican Museums
                   
                   

                  Regolo Rooms Vaticano: Family guesthouse with free WiFi and an airport shuttle. Located connected to the airport.

                  Regolo Rooms VaticanoAU$94

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