The Vatican Museums – three fascinating words which sparkle shouts of exuberance from tourists coming from all over the world. The Vatican Museums, in essence, are an oasis of the most celestial and pristine collections of artwork and artifacts in the world. Here are 10 Vatican museum tour tips that you want to keep in mind while visiting the Museums because trust me, you do not want to miss out on any of its magnificence.

The Dress Code

While the dress code is strict, it is rather simple. The Vatican Museums –requires both the men and women to cover their knees and shoulders. So, it would be advisable to follow the cultural norms that is maintained by everyone visiting these museums.

SKIP THE LINE

Though the views of the Vatican museums are heavenly, the long lines of people are not. Most of the tourists try to be smart and be there early in the morning or around 1-2 pm, but the really smart ones know that the best way is to buy the ticket to visit Vatican museum and skip the line.

DON’T BE LATE

Even if you’re intending to avoid the queues, don’t come too late. The ticket office closes at 4 pm and the Vatican Museums close at 6 pm. So try to be present before 3 pm if you intend to explore the whole museum.

A Serene VISIT

The Museums of Vatican are immensely popular with tourists all around the year and an integral part of their Vatican City tours. So, if you are looking for a quieter visit, your best bet would be to visit during the low season between November and February.

SAVE MONEY

The best part of Vatican tours is it gives you plenty of opportunities to save money. On the last Sunday of each and every month, entrance to the Vatican Museums is free during opening hours, which is from 9 am until 12:30 pm.

This is a great way of saving money, but be warned, these free days are also the most popular. If you’d rather avoid the large crowds, you’re better off going on a regular day to enjoy your outing to the fullest.

WALK LIGHTWEIGHT

Big sized umbrellas, tripods or even backpacks must be left inside a cloakroom on entering Vatican Museum. To reduce any disruption for you, we recommend you to not take any large commodity during your visit to the museums.

ABOUT LUGGAGE

Luggage storage is not available. So it’s better that you leave your luggage in your hotel Room and have a better experience of the sheer delight that these museums Offer.

DRINK WATER

A fair amount of walking is involved and there will be stairs between different levels. So, one of the most important Vatican museum tour tips would be to keep yourself hydrated.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It is forbidden to consume food and drink inside the exhibition halls. You can, however, store any type of food and/or drink in your possession in the cloakroom free of charge.

FOR PET OWNERS

Animals, even small ones, cannot access the museums, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind or partially-sighted. But if your pet is equipped with a muzzle and lead, and got a certified purpose of pet therapy then you can actually savour your moments with it.

All you got to do is submit an email to accoglienza.musei@scv.va  to enable reception entry in reception and entry in these cases. But keep in mind that you have to send the email at least one day in advance.

Having known how to go about the Vatican Museum visit, it simply goes without saying that you’re about to enter into a mesmerizing journey.

So, are you ready to embrace this remarkable tour?

You think there are more tips that one should know before visiting the Vatican museum? Let us know in your comment below.

Looking for reasons to visit Rome? If you are wondering if Rome is suited for you, read these 10 reasons telling you why your next trip should be a holiday in Rome.

Beautiful Fountains

No other places got fountains like Rome. Rome has at least fifty monumental fountains and hundreds of other smaller fountains, over 2000 fountains in total, which is undoubtedly more than any other city in the world.

One of the most famous fountains in the world, the Trevi Fountain, is in Rome. It is also blessed with the mesmerizing Four Rivers fountain, magnetizing Tritone fountain, spellbinding La Barcaccia fountain just to name a few.

All these heavenly fountains you can enjoy during your short break to Rome.

 

Delicious Food

One of the many reasons why the Roman holiday is so wonderful is that it offers its own unique culinary delights. There are many foods in Rome that you can never find anywhere else in the country. Roman cuisine is loved for being exceedingly flavorful, simple and satisfying.

More often than not the foods are prepared using very few ingredients in creative ways, constituting a cuisine that is full of character and complements the local delicacies.

Sublime spaghetti alla carbonara will take you on a luscious ride while the mouthwatering baccala will redefine the term “mouth-watering” something which you would never want to miss.

 

Roman People

Rome has always been known to have the nicest urban populations in Europe. And by nice, I mean absolute friendly, which is to a certain extent, uncharacteristic of most European cities.

Italians are always known for being hospitable and those living in their capital city are no different. Maybe it’s their culture or style of their living that is just welcoming of new people.

If you are looking for a bunch of people who would welcome you with an open arm and make each and every moment of your journey a memorable one, you’ll end up finding plenty of them in Rome.

 

Ancient Vatican City

Each year, millions of people from all over the world flock to the Vatican City while they are enjoying their holiday in Rome.

Sistine Chapel in the Vatican museums are the most visited attractions that you would never want to miss. Also, the city has one of the holiest sites of the Christian religion, St. Peter’s Basilica.

St. Peter’s Basilica is deemed to be the world’s largest church established in the smallest country in the world. You can enjoy the astonishing beauty of Vatican City even during weekend breaks in Rome.

 

Breathtaking Sightseeing

As far as the sightseeing is concerned the city is nothing less than a paradise. There are plenty of landmarks all around the city that you simply should not miss.

All you need to do is to get out of your hotel room and explore the beautiful city. And a fascinating thing is irrespective of whether it’s one day or one week you’re living in this city, there’ll always be a something to mesmerize you.

Meaning, this city will keep you just as enthralled invariably. Now isn’t that something you’d want to be a part of?

 

Romantic Gateway

With the Mediterranean climate and the most romantic restaurants, it’s no surprise that some people wonder if the name “Rome” was really derived from the word “Romance”.

Views of mesmerizing Roman architecture and the setting sun will surely sweep you off your feet, making it a memorable romantic outing in Rome. The hotels offer a taste of Roman heritage and hospitality as well. You can surprise your better half with a sumptuous Italian delicacy at any of Rome’s loveliest restaurants.

The luxurious amenities inside and awe-inspiring views outside of your suite ensure that yours is a passionate affair in Rome.

 

Devine Culture

Every inch of Rome brims with culture and the modern Romans hold on to this legacy with much pride and commitment. The capital city of Italy hosts numerous festivals not only during the Christmas in Rome or the religious festivals but throughout the whole year, never failing to fascinate its visitors.

Being the center of western civilization for thousands of years has definitely left the Romans quite a lot of cultural legacy. From the outstanding Museum of Rome to the Capitoline Museums, to the Galleria Borghese, the hardest part will be narrowing down which cultural hotspots to make your priority.

 

Wine to die for

Italy and wine; two words almost seem inseparable and you haven’t truly experienced the splendor of Italian wines till you’ve been to a wine tasting event in Rome.

Wine sellers coming from around the world flock to this city for this very particular reason. There is a number of wine shops dedicated to this cause. Also, the city regularly hosts many wine tasting ceremonies.

Even though most of these are exclusive and require an invite for entry, you could just as easily find one you can get into.

 

ART & ARCHITECTURE

As far as arts and architectures are concerned, Rome is second to none.  Masterpieces of architecture, sculptures, painting, monuments that most of us grew up hearing or watching about in the books or movies, are actually present here.

With 12 of Italy’s 45 UNESCO heritage sites, you can be rest assured that Colosseum Tour and St. Peter’s Square will captivate your mind like nothing else. The spiritualistic presence of these masterpieces can make it an almost surreal experience to actually watch them in person.

 

It is Affordable

After everything said above if you are thinking that this holiday in Rome comes up with a whooping price tag and will take a huge toll on your bank account……. Then hold your thought just there. Because compared to other European cities, Rome is not that expensive. The hotels, foods and even the public transports will not make your eye bug out. Putting all the reasons aside, deep down inside all of us have wished at a certain point of time to visit the phenomena known as Rome.

Rome, where you can actually feel the excellence of the beauty that the world has to offer. So what do you think? Are you ready to embark upon this breathtaking and magical holiday to Rome?

You think Rome has something else to offer that we missed? Let us know in your comment below.