Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Hands of God and Adam

Sistine Chapel

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is one of Michelangelo’s most famous works.

Raphael’s Rooms

The four Raphael Rooms form a suite of reception rooms in the palace, the public part of the papal apartments in the Palace of the Vatican. They are famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. Together with Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, they are the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome.

Room of the Immaculate Conception

Following the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception by Pius IX, which took place on 8 December 1854, the pontiff decide to celebrate the event with a cycle of frescoes.

The collection contains some masterpieces of the greatest artists of the history of Italian painting, like Giotto, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Pinturicchio, Veronese, Caravaggio.

Gregorian Etruscan Museum

The museum, founded by Pope Gregory XVI and inaugurated on 2 February 1837, was one of the first expressly dedicated to Etruscan antiques.

The nucleus of the pontifical collections of classical sculpture dates back to the original collection of pope Julius II (1503-1513. During the second half of the 18th century the pontifical collections were enormously expanded both as a result of excavations being carried out in Rome and Lazio, and by donations from collectors and antiquaries.

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