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Family Review of Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) & the Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The Vatican Museums encompass ten collections plus the Sistine Chapel. They are without argue the world's greatest collections of art--and you can't see it all in a day. Do some research with your kids and let them help decide which areas are "must-see." Maybe they've learned about Raphael or the Sistine Chapel, or love Roman statues. They'll be more interested if they have a say in what you see.
  • Truly the Sistine Chapel is a must. Not just for Michelangelo's ceiling, one of the greatest works of art in the world, but also for works by Botticelli and other renowned Renaissance artists. These paintings can be appreciated for their astonishing beauty, but also for the complex theological story they tell. Again, do a little research to pique kids' interest and make this visit more meaningful.
  • You must be properly dressed or you won't be allowed in. No short skirts or shorts (knees of both sexes must be covered), no bare shoulders or strap tops. Allow several hours to view the musuems, which include papal apartments decorated by Raphael (who died already a great master at the age of 37). There's an admission charge, but the last Sunday of the month is free (and thus very crowded).

Address:
Vatican City, Viale Vaticano (a long walk around the Vatican walls from St. Peter's Square)
Rome
Italy
Parking: Nov-Feb Mon-Sat 8:45am-12:20pm; Mar-Oct Mon-Fri 8:45am-3:20pm, Sat 8:45am-12:20pm
Price: Admission 14€ ($22) adults, 8€ ($13) children under 14 years of age, free for children under 6


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 06-69883333
Transportation: Metro: Cipro-Musei Vaticani
Price Information: Admission 14€ ($22) adults, 8€ ($13) children under 14 years of age, free for children under 6
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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