Carriage Museum Vatican (Carriage Pavilion)

 


The Vatican Carriage Museum is one of our favourite exhibitions in the huge Vatican Museum, one of the largest museums in the world. In the "Padiglione delle Carrozze" different vehicles of the popes are exhibited. Until the 19th century these were usually carriages. Particularly interesting are the cars and papamobiles from the 20th century.

Where is the Vatican Carriage Museum?

The Museum of the Popes' Fleet is part of the Vatican Museum. You can only visit it if you pay for the whole gigantic museum entrance fee.

The Carriage and Papamobil Museum is somewhat hidden in the huge museum complex. The Popes' carriage pavilion can be reached by walking to the right from the entrance and going down a staircase to the basement in the accessible part of the museum garden. The exhibition of the Vatican Carriage Pavilion is housed in a kind of cellar in a large hall.

Important: The carriage museum is well signposted in the museum, but like everything else only in Italian. The museum is called "Padiglione delle Carrozze" in Italian. The signs are only in Italian.

Our tip: Buy tickets without waiting in a long queue

Normal Ticket Vatican Museum

In the Vatican Museum, one can theoretically buy an entrance ticket on the spot, but you usually have to queue for hours. Often, the queue along the wall around the Vatican is several hundred metres long, sometimes even one kilometre and more. Many museum visitors now have tickets with preferential admission (tickets without queues, skip-the-line-tickets). These are available in advance on the Internet.

===>>>>  Here you can buy tickets for the Vatican Museum

Combination Tickets Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica

The combination ticket for the Vatican with museum and St. Peter's Cathedral is also very popular. St. Peter's Basilica is theoretically free, but there are very long queues. We even waited 2 hours in December.

===>>>>  Here you can buy combination tickets for the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica

 

What can you see in the Vatican Carriage Museum?

In the museum of the Pope's vehicles you can see great carriages in the front area. There is a very richly decorated carriage for special occasions, but also normal coaches. In former times, the popes often travelled for weeks within Italy or Europe. Accordingly, good coaches were important.

Among the cars of the popes are many cars in completely different categories. You can see a very simple Fiat and a VW Beetle. But also a chic, white off-road vehicle and a black luxury Mercedes are available. Some popes, like the current pope Franziskus (Papa Francesco), are very modest and like to use a simple small car. Other popes were more inclined to the luxury car.

Especially interesting are the Papamobiles. These are the well-known vehicles with which the Pope drives standing past a large number of people. You can also see the Papamobile vehicle that Pope John Paul II used on 13 May 1981 during the assassination attempt against him. An assassin in Rome shot the Pope several times in the Papamobil. John Paul II was seriously injured. Afterwards the Papamobiles were no longer open, but provided with a glass protection. Also such a Pope mobile with protection is exhibited in the vehicle museum of the Popes.

To our knowledge all vehicles in the carriage museum (one hears also Pope vehicle museum or Papamobil museum) are original carriages and cars (no replicas or similar).

While many departments of the Vatican Museum are crowded with people, the basement is usually relatively crowded with popes' vehicles. One could also call the papal carriage and car exhibitions a small secret tip in the Vatican. For us, the Padiglione delle Carrozze is a highlight in the huge Vatican museums.

Our recommendation: Very good guided tour through the Vatican Museum

Most visitors buy a ticket to the Vatican Museum without a guided tour. That's fine. Somewhat more expensive, but much more interesting, are of course guided tours with a good guide. These are available in huge numbers in many languages, of course some also in English. An excellent and very popular and good tour in English can be booked on the great website Getyourguide. This tour also includes St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel

Other pages about the Vatican Museum in this travel guide

Introduction and Overview Vatican Museums

Sistine Chapel Vatican, the highlight of the museum

The famous painting gallery of the Vatican with works by Da Vinci, Raphaelo and many others

Location Museum for Pope Vehicles in the Vatican


The Padiglione delle Carrozze is in a basement.



The room with the maps of Vatican

 

Our tip: Buy tickets without queuing on the Internet

In the Vatican Museum, one can theoretically buy an entrance ticket at the box office, but one usually has to queue for hours. Often, the queue along the wall around the Vatican is several hundred metres long, often even one kilometre and more. Many museum visitors now have tickets with preferential admission. These are available in advance on the Internet.

===>>>>  Here you can buy tickets for the Vatican Museum

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 very long queues. We even waited 2 hours in December.

===>>>>  Here you can buy combination tickets for the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica




Important: This article was translated by a non-native English speaking person. We apologize for mistakes.









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