Vatican City is the pope’s ancient seat and the Catholic Church’s administrative and spiritual heart. It houses the world famous architecture and art. The Vatican is surrounding by Rome completely. It is easily walkable, though small, but also has an overwhelming history in its churches and museum walls. Taking the best Vatican tours with a tour guide may be an invaluable resource.
What is the best way to see the Vatican?
Visiting Vatican depends on the visitor. Taking a tour is not essential and so you will be impressed on going by yourself. You may take the best advantage of the reservation system on the website of Vatican Museums and know the entrance tickets time.
Tours are the right choices if you are keen in knowing the artwork and history. You also have to ensure to give three to four hours to visit the highlights such as the Sistine Chapel, Museums, and St. Peter’s Basilica. The tours are convenient even if you go on tours and can be booked at the last moment.
Going as an individual tour is also beneficial as you are able to give more attention. This also takes you to important sections that are mostly not included in regular itineraries. This tour type helps to choose timing as you wish. The tour arrangements offers the advantage, both as individual and group as the guides take visitors directly to some places such as to St. Peter’s Basilica from the Sistine Chapel, while this may not be possible for individual visitors.
A private visit offers a unique experience as they get to see the Sistine Chapel taking a long time by watching all the painting of the world-famous and in feeling the emptiness and unusual silence. Of course, there is a need to visit ahead and plan early for such venture. This is because only very few have the Vatican Museums authorizations.
What are the must-see attractions?
The Vatican Museums, the different sections, and the Sistine Chapel are included in each visit. they also include the classic antiquities (the Pio-Clementino), the Raphael Rooms, the Egyptian museums, Gregorian Etruscan, Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, and St. Peter’s Basilica, of course.
Best time to visit the Vatican?
The main point is to know about the Vatican that includes visiting the Sistine Chapel, the Museums, and St. Peters. These are crowded the entire year and yet the best time to visit is during the year beginning and ending months such as January and February or in November and early December. These are the times the place is quieter and you can feel every moment.
Generally, until midday from the morning times are busy and popular. In the noon, it is less crowded. Remember, entering the Vatican before 3 pm is necessary. On Mondays the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums are busier and both do not function on Sundays. Finally, every month last Sunday is free entrance. Likewise, May to October, every Friday, reservation is mandatory from 7 to pm.