The Vatican is the most visited museum in the World. The Vatican was originally the Pope’s palace. Approximately 30,000 people each day visit the museum. Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world, an independent country. It was founded in 1929, after a treaty with Mussolini. Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century. The Vatican started to be recognised as the seat of the Catholic Church when St.Peters Basilica began its construction in the 4th century. The Basilica was constructed over St.Peters grave. The interior of the Vatican is breathtaking. The museum contains ancient artwork, Roman Baroque and including the world-famous Sistine Chapel.
Booked your ticket in advance:
To save yourself time, it is recommendable to book your ticket in advance. The wait to get into the Vatican Museum can get frustrating. The museum is large it is advisable to join a tour guide.
When to Visit:
There are no days to avoid the crowded tourist at the Vatican. Dates around the weekend can be a lot busier. However, you might want to consider Tuesday or Thursday. You may also notice early morning can be much more crowded as most people tend to get there as early as possible including tour groups. However, in the afternoon it gets slightly better.
*Avoid visiting on Wednesday as the Papal Audience is held and is held in Saint Peter’s Square, know that Saint Peter’s Basilica and is normally close until (around 12-1 pm.)
To enter the Vatican’s holy sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, you’ll need dress appropriately. Avoid wearing shorts, tank tops, and mini skirts. Items such as short-sleeve t-shirts and skirts are fine as long as they cover the knees and shoulders.