Museo Pio Clementino

Museo Pio Clementino: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vatican City: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

1. Vatican City: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Learn the fascinating history and facts about these sites from your licensed guide, marvel at the frescoes, and leave the tour with a wealth of information. First, your local guide will show you around the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Marvel at the ornate ceilings, ancient statues, and intricate tapestries found throughout the Vatican Museums including an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by Michelangelo. Visit the world-famous Sistine Chapel, and see the Creation of Adam in real life. Listen as your guide tells you about Michelangelo’s private jokes and secret messages that were hidden amongst the painted frescoes on the ceiling of the chapel

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

2. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

Skip the ticket line and gain fast access to both the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Once inside, meet your guide who will conduct your tour and reveal the intriguing story behind the seminal design. Enter the Pio Clementino Museum and get up close to the astonishing classical Roman and Greek sculptures, before walking through to the Gallery of the Candelabras which is populated with majestic marble structures throughout. Continue on to see the 40 maps frescoed on the walls of the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the hanging renaissance artworks at Gallery of the Tapestries, and the four Raphael Rooms. Finally, marvel at Michelangelo's fresco "The Creation of Adam" in the Sistine Chapel.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

3. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Take a guided tour of the extensive papal collection of statues, artifacts, and paintings by some of the world’s most distinguished artists in the endless corridors of the Vatican Museums.  See work by historic cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps, admire the Gallery of the Candelabras and more. Enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece. Afterward, explore St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace without a guide. Discover highlights include Bernini's high altar and the stunning "La Pieta" by Michelangelo.

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Ticket with Host

4. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Ticket with Host

Go on a journey through art and religious history with your ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Skip the long ticket lines, inform yourself before entering with the help of a host, and enjoy your visit at your own pace. Find a treasure trove of Roman statues, Renaissance paintings, and Italian artworks. Discover works by Caravaggio and Titian, as well as more recent artists such as Picasso and Rodin. Keep an eye out for Michelangelo’s self-portrait. Walk through the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, the pope's private apartments.  Then, enter the Sistine Chapel and contemplate the intricate details of Michelangelo’s renowned masterpiece.

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour with Early Access

5. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour with Early Access

Enter the Vatican Museums ahead of other tour groups and the general public and enjoy privileged access to the Sistine Chapel. Explore in peace and take in the artwork by Michelango and other masters. Your early access ticket also provides access to the Vatican Museums and Papal Palace. Your guide will help you to discover the must-see works of art in the museum's endless corridors of collections. Your guide will show you the extensive papal collection of statues and artifacts, as well as paintings by some of the world’s most distinguished artists. See work by historic cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps, admire the Gallery of the Candelabras, and more. Finally, enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece. Learn about the chapel's importance, its construction, and works of art that can be found inside it. Admire the world-famous frescoes, like the Last Judgement and the Creation of Adam.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-The-Line Ticket

6. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-The-Line Ticket

Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without waiting in the often long public lines. Take a journey through the awe-inspiring museums where you’ll find a treasure trove of Roman statues, Renaissance paintings, and Italian artworks.   With these Vatican Museum skip-the-line tickets, have more time to explore the immense collection of art that can be found in the Vatican Museums. Walk through the exhibits and galleries from the Round Room to the Gallery of the Tapestries. Discover the Belvedere and Pinecone Courtyards and the famous Gallery of the Maps. This room filled with topographical maps of Italy by Danti dating back to 1583 remains one of the largest geographical pictures to this day. Browsing through the Pio Clementino Museum you can see the Greek Cross Hall, Gallery of the Statues, Hall of the Muses, and other paintings, sculptures, and statues from artists spanning centuries. Pass through the majestic collection of ceremonial carriages that are now part of the Carriage Pavilion. Discover the countless treasures of the Vatican with a visit to the Raphael Rooms. Admire the 4 rooms of the Vatican famous for their frescoes by the High Renaissance great Raphael. Gaze in awe at Raphael’s The School of Athens. Observe the most famous chapel in the world – the Sistine Chapel. Witness the beautiful frescoes that decorate the interiors from Botticelli, Rosselli, Perugino, and Ghirlandaio and the most famous fresco of all – Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

Explore Rome's iconic landmarks in one day on a tour of the Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Benefit from skip the line tickets at both locations. Visit the Colosseum and skip the ticket line for easy and quick access. Learn about the architecture and history of the amphitheater, which hosted senators, emperors, gladiators, and animals from all over the world. Have the chance to visit Palatine Hill, followed by exploring the Roman Forum site. Make your own way to the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to 54 different galleries and four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. See some of the most famous works of art in the world, from artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel, completed around 1483. View many of the most famous frescoes in the world, including the famous ceiling and "The Last Judgement" painted by Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel holds some of the world's most precious works of art but is also used for the papal conclave, the process through which a new pope is chosen.

Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

8. Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

Beat the rush and get exclusive VIP access through the museum doors before they open to the public with this early-access Vatican VIP Tour. A privilege extended by the Vatican Museums to only the most prestigious, longstanding, and reputable tour companies in the city, your group will be granted access before the other 35,000 daily guests to this, the largest and most mysterious museum in the world! You will have time to visit certain parts of the museum that you otherwise wouldn’t have had, including the Pope’s collection of vehicles in the Carriage Pavilion, the Greek Cross Hall, and the idyllic Pine Cone Courtyard garden.

Skip the line Vatican Museum Sistine & St.Peter Private Tour

9. Skip the line Vatican Museum Sistine & St.Peter Private Tour

Enjoy the best of the Vatican collections on a guided tour that is tailored to meet your special needs. With your expert licensed tour guide have the best experience, visiting the masterpieces of the renaissance art as well as the modern art. Explore the highlights of the Vatican museums. Head to the Pinacoteca gallery with paintings and tapestries dating back from the 11th-19th century. Marvel at ancient statues like the colossal “Laocoon”in the Pio-Clementine museum.  Follow your guide to the 'Julius II' rooms where important political decisions were made. Discover frescoes by Raphael and his pupils. Stroll through the Carriage Museum which contains the pope's saddles, carriages, automobiles and sedan chairs. Be lead through the Borgia’s apartments decorated by Bernardo di Betto called “il Pinturicchio” and his assistants which now house part of the Vatican Museums’ Collection of Modern Religious Art inaugurated by Paul VI (1973).  Gaze up at the masterpiece of the Sistine chapel. The last stop is Saint Peter's Basilica. View Michelangelo's “Pietà” which he created at 25. Be enlightened with the history of the largest catholic church in the world.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-line Ticket

10. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-line Ticket

Take advantage of skip-the-line entry tickets to both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on this guided tour. Walk through the Vatican galleries and explore one of the largest art collections in the world. Enhance your experience by booking the option with access to St Peter's Basilica. Once inside the Vatican Museums, follow your guide to the Pio Clementino Museum. See Nero's bathtub, the Apollo of Belvedere and the Laocoon. Continue to the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and the Belvedere Courtyard. The last stop will be the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll get to admire the frescoes of Michelangelo, such as the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement. Learn about Michelangelo and Raphael working at the same time for Pope Julius II.

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What people are saying about Museo Pio Clementino

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4.4 / 5

based on 12,803 reviews

It was very helpful to have a guide through the museum. We learned a lot of interesting information that we would not have otherwise. After the tour we headed to St. Peter’s Basilica to wander on our own and just so happened to see the Pope speaking there to a pretty massive crowd. Pretty awesome day!

Very good guided tour. Everything regarding Sistine chapel is explained in the beginning of the tour b/c you enter the chapel at the end of the tour without your guide. During the acutal guided tour, you go through the museums and different rooms. Each room and its meaning is perfeclty explained.

Very interesting tour, would recommend to go to the Basilica afterwards. The queue to it is faster than it seems. Just don’t trust the directions on maps to the meeting point as they guide you to the back of the museum. It’s actually just the entrance of the museum outside of the city of Vatican.

We purchased our ticket a few days ahead. Finding the guided tour area was super easy. Our group was small. Great experience.

Amazing experience and great to see everything while it was still so quiet