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The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) are the public art and sculpture museums in Vatican City, which display works from the extensive collection of the Roman Catholic Church. The museums were founded in the 16th century by Pope Julius II.

The lines outside the museum were very, very, VERY long, however I do have to admit that it kept moving quite steadily and the wait wasn't as bad as it initially looked. Just to be on the safe side though, all you delicate darlings could bring ur hats along in case its too hot, not to forget some water. (DONT LITTER! Take your garbage with u or find a bin on the way ;)!!!).

But the wait wasn't all tiresome. Numerous little street-kids give their renditions of Italian oldies (Vooooolaaaarreeeee) on old worn guitars with no more than 2 strings left, begging for "donations" to supplement their gum-spending money. They were more than happy to fill in any customer requests belting songs out from the top of their lungs, a little comical, some serious talent, a WHOLE lot of fun. We seemed to be on a musical journey while waiting in line.

An Interesting Fact ~
The museum is world famous for housing five hundred year-old art and sculpture collections, commissioned, collected and preserved during the ages by Roman Pontiffs and is visited by more than 3 million people a year.


Address: Right side of the St. Peter's
Directions: Easiest way to get there is probably to get to St. Pietro metro-stn. and then walk around the right side of St. Peter's. The 2 of us did however seem to take a more complicated route.


Website: http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 24, 2005
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