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Where to buy tickets to the Vatican and how to skip the queue
13 May 2014

All the information you need to avoid wasting time in line and make the most of your visit without stress.

Raphael Rooms

The School of Athens – the most famous frescoes by Raphael

When meeting our guests they always tell me they want to visit the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum, but many do not know how and when to buy the tickets or book a guided tour. When researching more information on the internet it is indeed a bit like exploring the jungle.  But buying your tickets to visit the Museums and the Sistine Chapel is much simpler than you think.

Just go the official Vatican Museums website. Here you can choose between the single ticket for 16 € or the guided tour for 32 € (ticket included). An additional cost of 4 € will be added for the pre-sale. You can choose the date and time you prefer and, voilà, on the day of your visit you can skip the long line and enter the Museum directly with your ticket.

The guided tour of the Vatican Museums includes the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. The access to the St. Peter’s Chapel can instead be found on the square of the same name and is free of charge! Unfortunately, here you have to patiently wait in line for the security check.

The Creation of Adam - Sistine Chapel

The Creation of Adam – Sistine Chapel

A more hidden corner of the Vatican City that is also accessible to visitors is the Vatican Gardens. If you would like to see them you can get your ticket online as well.

I would like to suggest you an occasion that you don’t want to miss: a night-time visit of the Vatican Museums. From May 2nd you can book a nocturnal visit every Friday from 19 to 23 h. Some galleries will not be open, but visiting the Sistine Chapel at night together with few other visitors is a unique experience.

Here are the links to all further information:

Official Vatican Museums website

Online ticket office Vatican Museums

Where to sleep: Holiday Apartments at the Vatican

Opening hours of the Museums: Monday through Saturday from 9.00 to 18.00 h (9 AM to 6 PM) – last entrance at 16.00 h (4PM)

How to get there: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Rome

I hope to have provided you with some useful information, but if you have any additional questions don’t hesitate to contact me!

See you next time with information about the Colosseum!

Pope Francis

With a bit of luck you could even meet Pope Francis!

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