It’s not often you hear that an art collection occupies nearly 5% of the territory of a country. This is precisely the case with the Vatican Museums, spreading all the way from the “northern border” down to St. Peter’s Basilica. The popes have been gathering works for this collection for more than 500 years. If you would like to see the entire collection, get ready for a 4.5 mile trek! This is how long it would take to walk through all of the 54 galleries, with hundreds of rooms.
The Vatican Museums are visited by a staggering number of people, 7 million per year! Along with the Colosseum, this makes the Vatican museums the most visited site in Rome, and in all of Italy! It is extremely hard to pick 5 out of thousands of works displayed in the collection, but we feel that these are most representative ones: