Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums in Rome house their fabulous masterpieces in palaces originally built for Renaissance popes such as Julius II, Innocent VIII and Sixtus IV. Most of the later addition were made in the 18th century, when priceless works of art accumulated by earlier popes were firts put on show. 

Vatican Museum is home to the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms as well as to one of the world’s most important art collections.
The museums feature:
– Sistine Chapel
– Raphael Rooms
– Etruscan Museum

Sistine Chapel
The massive walls of the Sistine Chapel, the main chapel in the Vatican Palace, were covered with frescoes of some finest artists of the 15th and 16th centuries.
The 12 paintings on the side walls, by artists including Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Signorelli, show analogous episodes from the life of the Christ and the Moses. The decoration of the Sistine chapel, treasure of Vatican museums, was completed between 1534 and 1541 by Michelangelo, who added the great altar fresco, the Last Judgement.

Raphael Rooms
Raphael’s Rooms – decorated Pope Julius II’s apartments were built at the begining of the 16th century and are part of Vatican museums now. Julius was so impressed with Raphael’s work that he chose him to redecorate the four rooms(stanze). Raphael and his pupils began the task in 1508, replacing existing works by several better-known artists, including Perugino.
The frescoes express rigid and philosophical models of the Renaissance.

Vatican Museum contacts:
Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano), Rome
Phone: 06/69883333 (Museums)
69884947 (educational activities and visits)
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat, and last Sunday in the month, from 8.45am-1.45pm (ticket office closed at 12.30)
Admission charges: full price €18, concessions €12