Have I been to the Vatican Museums? Yes. Do I want to go back in part to use this app? I wouldn’t be opposed. Italy Guides: Vatican Museums Tour by ComPart Multimedia is an app replete with photos and audio that will guide you through the Vatican Museum exhibits.
You will want to plug your headphones in before opening the app if you plan on using the audio guide, or manually turn the volume down on the side if you don’t; turning the phone on silent won’t silence the app itself.
Vatican Museums Tour has a toolbar at the bottom of the app with 5 unique features. The first icon is a list option. This will allow you to view the various rooms and sort them by route, most visited, or in alphabetical order. Clicking on one of the rooms or exhibits will bring up a photo gallery of the art contained withing them on your phone’s screen, and an audio guide will launch. You can also tap the screen to see text of the audio guide.
The toolbar in the app also affords you both 3D and aerial views of the property, both levels, with flags denoting the location of the various rooms. Clicking on one of the flags will bring up the photo gallery and audio tour. Lastly, the app recommends a route through the museums.
Other features of Vatican Museums Tour include:
- FF, Rewind, and Pause capabilities for the audio tour
- General information about the Vatican Museums’ operation hours
- A link to the official Vatican website
- Full access to the app without internet
I would recommend this app as a supplement to anyone traveling to the Vatican Museums. Just don’t get so caught up in the photo gallery that you forget to marvel at the real thing!
Italy Guides: Vatican Museums Tour is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.