Pio Clementino Museum, a great part of the Vatican Museums
Located in Vatican City, the Vatican Museums are a treasure trove of artistic and historical wonders spanning centuries. Among them is the Pio Clementino Museum of Classical Antiquity. This after Popes Clement XIV and Pope Pius VI. named museum displays sculptures and artifacts from ancient Greece and ancient Rome.
Highlights of the Pio Clementino Museum.
1. Belvedere inner courtyard: including Saint Apollo
Begin your exploration in the Belvedere courtyard, home of the famous “Apollo Belvedere”. The exquisite marble statue of the Greek god Apollo, the god of music and poetry, symbolizes elegance and classical beauty. Surrounded by other ancient sculptures, this courtyard is a fascinating place to display the treasures within.
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Octagonal Belvedere Court – Video Youtube
Walk past the museum and make your way to the octagonal courtyard, a space decorated with ancient sculptures. The focus is “Laocoen and his sons”, a masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture. Depicting the scene of the Trojan priest Laocoon and his sons fighting a serpent, this sculpture is a testament to ancient artists’ ability to capture powerful human drama.
Laocoen – Video Youtube
Important tip: Buy tickets for the Vatican Museum,without queuing on the Internet
In the Vatican Museum, you can theoretically buy an entrance ticket at the box office, but you usually have to queue for hours. Often, the queue along the wall around the Vatican is several hundred metres long, often even one kilometre and more. A lot of museum visitors meanwhile have tickets with preferential admission (without queuing). These are available in advance on the Internet.
Note: Sometimes tickets are slightly cheaper on this website.
A combination ticket for the Vatican with a museum and St. Peter’s Cathedral is also very popular. St. Peter’s Basilica is theoretically free, but there are also very long queues. We even waited 2 hours in December.
All our articles on the Vatican Museums:
Vatican Museums Overview
Pinacoteca of the Vatican
The Sistine Chapel
The Creation of Adam fresco
The Last Judgement
Rooms of Raphael
Pio Clementino Museum
The Torso from the Belvedere
The Gallery of Maps
The Carriage Museum of the Vatican
3. The Hercules Statue
Enter the Round Room, an impressive room with a huge statue of Hercules. Admire the intricacy of classical sculpture as you explore the details of this powerful figure. The space itself adds to the grandeur and creates a feeling of awe and awe at the artworks on display.
Hercules Statue – Video Youtube
4. Candlabra Gallery
Continue through the museum to the Candlelabra Gallery, a long hallway decorated with marble candelabra and various Roman sculptures. Take time to admire the fine details of each sculpture, reflecting the diverse themes and styles of ancient Rome.
5. Chiaramonti Museum
Admire a collection of Roman busts and statues at the Chiaramonti Museum, named after Pope Pius VII. Gain insight into the lives of ancient Romans through portraits that tell the stories of people who walked the streets of the historic city.
Chiaramonti Museum – Video Youtube
6. Egyptian Museum
The Gregorian Egyptian Museum, located within the Pio Clementino Museum, is a fascinating place that showcases artifacts from ancient Egypt. Admire mummies, sculptures and ancient artifacts and gain insight into the rich and mysterious culture of the Nile.
Practical tips for your visit:
Tickets: Be sure to buy your tickets for the Vatican Museums online in advance to avoid queues that can stretch for miles and to see all areas of the museum. >> Buy tickets for the Vatican Museums without queuing online: Click here
Tour Vatican: Take a guided tour to gain a deeper understanding of the historical and artistic significance of each exhibition. You can book an excellent and very popular and good tour on Getyourguide. This also includes St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
We have written a separate article about the Gallery of the Maps. It is perhaps the best-known part of the Pio Clementino Museum.