ONLINE TICKET RESERVATION FOR TOURS OF THE VATICAN, ROME - ST. PETERS, THE VATICAN MUSEUMS, THE SISTINE CHAPEL

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Vatican and St Peters private tour, Monday 17th March 2014

I would like to give you feedback on the above which our party of 8 enjoyed immensely.

Everything was perfect, meeting, entry (lovely to pass those queues), technology, venue (of course), etc.

But the best thing about the whole morning was your guide Deborah. She is charming, friendly, erudite, and a real credit to you. We listened to her intently throughout, she held our attention, surprised us, interacted with us, answered all our questions, and made the morning very special. We would have missed so much without her. We all think we would like to meet her again and when we come back to Rome we would hope to do so.

Many thanks

Graham F. (UK)

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Guided tours of the Vatican - click a date and we'll show you what's available.

We offer quite a range of Vatican tours, varying in length, content and time of day/day of week.

It may well be that you're after straightforward Vatican tickets - click here for those.

If you're a bit confused about what to see then check out the information tabs below as well as our extensive 'visiting the Vatican' FAQ.

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Vatican guided tours - what's on offer.

Below you'll find details on our various Vatican tours - if you're simply requiring 'plain' tickets (not guided tours, in other words), we sell those too - Vatican tickets. You may also want to take a look at our Vatican FAQ page where we try to answer all your questions on visiting the Vatican.

Having decided you prefer to have the wonders of the Vatican, St Peters, the Sistine Chapel and even the Vatican gardens explained by a qualified local guide then tickitaly (again, allow us to stress that we are an officially registered ticket agency) sell two categories of tour - group or private tours:

Please note that in the event of unexpected, last-minute closures by the Vatican, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary of the tours, or to offer an explanation of the monuments from the outside.

Group Vatican tours.

We offer a range of guided group tours from Monday to Saturday, some lasting a couple of hours, some three or even four hours. Some include a guided visit to St Peters, others leave you to explore St Peters by yourself after the tour has finished. Most tours include a guided visit to the Sistine Chapel, and we even have a guided tour of the extensive Vatican gardens. Please use the links below to learn more about our various tours (use the 'More' links to read on in greater detail):

• 2 hour guided tour of the Vatican

Official Vatican tour including the Sistine Chapel. Available Monday to Saturday at various times of day, lasts two hours.

This is an official, Vatican-organised tour that in approximately two hours covers the Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries (Renaissance art), the Raphael Rooms and, finally, the Sistine Chapel.

Once the guided tour is over you are free to remain inside the Vatican complex and continue your individual explorations, should you so desire. The essential difference between this, the two hour tour, and some of our longer tours is that a guided visit to St Peters is not included, although you are able to enter St Peters by yourself, without the guide. Please note that this itinerary is not suitable for those using a wheelchair.

Tours are available 6 days a week (not on Sundays) in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Portugues and Swedish. They start at 8.30, 10.30 and 11.30 in the morning and 12.30, 2.00 and 2.30 in the afternoon. Being a pre-arranged tour you'll be skipping any entrance queues - there's a special desk for voucher-holders.

Reduced (slightly) price tickets are available for children between the ages of 6 and 18 (those under 6 pay nothing), as well as students under the age of 26 - ID will be required. Full priced tickets are necessary for everyone else, including those over the age of 65.

• 3 to 3½ hour guided tour of the Vatican

A tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peters. Available on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday normally starting at 7.45 AM, but with occasional tours starting at 1.00 PM.

Unlike some of our tours, this fully-guided visit to the Vatican also features an accompanied visit to St Peters at the end of the tour.

You'll visit the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries (Renaissance art), the private apartments of the Pope (decorated by Raphael), the Sistine Chapel and, finally, St Peters. Once the guided tour is over you are free to remain inside the Vatican complex and continue your individual explorations, should you so desire.

Being a pre-arranged tour you'll be skipping any entrance queues - there's a special entrance for 'pre-bookers'. There are reduced price tickets available for children aged between 3 to 7 and then those between 8 and 12 - everyone else pays full price.

• 3 hour (approx.) guided tour of the Vatican

An afternoon tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Available on Monday, Friday and Saturday at 2.30 PM, lasting two and a half to three hours.

Lasting two and a half to three hours this is a fully guided tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. The tour runs Monday to Saturday in the afternoon, when the Vatican is traditionally less busy. The tour will introduce you to a large part of the Vatican City as well as the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. You'll visit the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries (Renaissance art), the Sobiesky Hall and the Immaculate Conception Hall before finishing with the Sistine Chapel.

A guided visit to St Peters is not included, although you are able to enter St Peters by yourself, without the guide. Please note that this itinerary is not suitable for those using a wheelchair.

Once the guided tour is over you are free to remain inside the Vatican complex and continue your individual explorations, should you so desire.

Tours are available 6 days a week (not on Sundays) and start at 2.30 PM, lasting two and a half to three hours. Being a pre-arranged tour you'll be skipping any entrance queues - there's a special entrance for 'pre-bookers'.

Reduced (slightly) price tickets are available for children between the ages of 3 and 8 - everyone else pays full price. Please note that child buggies/prams are not able to be used on these tours.

• 3½ to 4 hour guided tour of the Vatican

A morning tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peters. The tour lasts 3½ to 4 hours and is available Monday to Saturday, starting at 8.30 AM.

This is another full length guided tour of the Vatican that also includes an accompanied visit to St Peters. Please note, however, that there is no visit to St Peters if you opt for a tour on Wednesday (due to the Papal Audience) - you'll have a longer tour of the Vatican Museums on a Wednesday.

The tour will introduce you to a large part of the Vatican City as well as the St Peters, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. You'll visit the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries (Renaissance art), the Sobiesky Hall, the Immaculate Conception Hall and the Sistine Chapel.

Tours are available 6 days a week (not on Sundays) and start at 8.30 AM, lasting three and a half to four hours. Being a pre-arranged tour you'll be skipping any entrance queues - there's a special entrance for 'pre-bookers'.

Reduced (slightly) price tickets are available for children between the ages of 3 and 8 - everyone else pays full price. Please note that child buggies/prams are not able to be used on these tours.

• 2 hour tour of the Vatican gardens

A guided tour of the extensive Vatican gardens. Starting early morning (Monday to Saturday), subsequent entry into the rest of the Vatican is included in the cost.

This is an official, Vatican-organised tour that in approximately two hours takes in much of the gardens and parklands that form more than half of the entire Vatican territory, covering almost 50 acres (20 hectares). The gardens became established during Baroque and Renaissance times, with legend having it that the Vatican gardens were spread with earth brought from Golgotha by Saint Helena.

The gardens include 3 hectares of woodland, splendid flower beds and topiary, lawns, a labrynth, specimen trees, grottoes and fountains and a range of buildings scattered throughout, from medieval fortifications to the modern-day home of Radio Vatican. You'll find a selection of photographs on this page.

Once the guided tour of the gardens is over you are free to remain inside the Vatican complex and continue your individual explorations, should you so desire - in other words, entrance to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters is covered by the garden tour ticket.

Tours are available 6 days a week (not on Sundays) in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Portugues and Swedish. They start at either 09.00 or 10.00 in the morning. However, availability is very patchy, and so as not to waste your or our time, and given the slight difference of only 30 minutes, we'll fit you in whenever we're able to.

• Vatican Wonders tour, 3 hours

A 3 hour guided tour for small groups (up to 12 people) of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, visiting some of the world's greatest art collections with the expert guidance of an art historian. (Due to the Papal Audience, Wednesday morning tours may exclude the Basilica.)

The Vatican is home to some of the world's greatest works of art, from classical sculptures to the masterpieces of Raphael and Michelangelo. This amazing tour, under the knowledgeable guidance of an art historian, will take you through the highlights working through the world famous Vatican Museums, Raphael's 'Rooms' and the Sistine Chapel, then visiting Bernini's Colonnade in Saint Peter's Square and finishing in the Basilica - the heart of the Catholic Church. The tour is for small groups of up to 12 and is conducted in English with headsets.

Please note that the Basilica may be shut on Wednesday mornings due to the Papal Audience. If you want to visit the Basilica please choose another day, or an afternoon tour.

• Exclusive Early Access Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museum Tickets

An early morning visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum which allows you to beat the crowds. Every day except Sunday at 7:45 AM.

A unique opportunity to see the Sistine chapel without disturbance, entering 15 minutes before other tour groups and an hour and 15 minutes before the general public.

Your ticket includes an exhaustive pre-recorded audioguide and a map of the Vatican Museums and you'll take away a great 'Art and Faith' DVD which describes the Sistine Chapel in various languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and French).

• Exclusive Extended Vatican Museums & Gardens Tour

A 5 hour guided tour of the Vatican City in a group of up to 16 visitors. Starting early in the morning on Mondays and Fridays. From 1st July to 31st October the tour will operate also on Saturdays.

This professionally-guided tour allows you to skip the queues and offers an opportunity to see the Vatican Gardens, an exclusive visit to the Bramante Staircase, the Galleries, and of course the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.

Your friendly tour guide will show you the highlights of the Vatican, with audioguide devices to make sure you don't miss a word.

• Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel by Night

An evening guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Lasting approximately 3 hours, this English-language tour runs on Fridays from 7:30 PM.

Discover the wonders of the Vatican in the company of a friendly, professional tour guide, with highlights including exclusive visits to the Tapestries and Galleries, as well as the Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Library.

This evening tour is for a maximum of 16 people and includes the use of an audioguide so that you can better hear your guide.

Private Vatican tours

These will consist of the people in your group (anywhere from 2 to 20 people) and nobody else. You will have your own dedicated tour guide and there will not be any other people taking part. Your own personal tour, quite simply - click here for details on these tours.

Reserving a tour of the Vatican - how does it work and what do I need to know?

Payment and timing.

To reserve tickets for a Vatican tour, just fill out the booking form, supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation, at which point you'll be sent a login link from where you may print out your entrance vouchers. Some tours may only be confirmed up to sixty days in advance - we'll put such orders on back-order hold (you'll be sent an email if this happens) and fulfill them as soon as we're able to.

Are there any types of reduced tickets?

The short answer is 'yes', the longer answer is 'yes, but the reductions are sometimes quite small and sometimes only apply to young children'. This also varies from tour to tour - we'll specify exactly what is available during checkout.

How do I get my tickets, how do I get into the Vatican?

If there is availability for the date you have chosen then we shall charge your credit card and instantly send you an email containing a link to a page from where you'll be able to print out your voucher. The voucher will be in Adobe PDF format - download the viewer here if you need it. You may also view PDF's with this software - a much smaller download than Adobe's own reader.

Do I really need to book in advance?

You've quite wisely decided to investigate advance booking for your visit to the Vatican - each passing year sees longer and longer queues full of people who've decided to leave things until they're in Rome. If you're visiting in low season, ok, get there at the right time and there may be little or no queueing ... in high season, well, bring sun hats, a good book and lots and lots of patience.

Are these 'skip the queue' tours?

Yes, they are. Doing things 'last minute' is risky when it comes to the Vatican, but it's not just avoiding the 'fully booked' email that makes pre-booking so advisable, it's also the 'skip the queue on the day' advantage. All pre-booked tours have pre-arranged meeting points and dedicated entrances. That said, recent years have seen an incredible surge in bookings for the Vatican, and a less-than-perfectly-organised administration has seen some small amount of queueing necessary in peak season, even for these pre-arranged official tours. There is simply nothing that can be done about this, and if you find someone claiming to be able to bypass this, then they're being disingenuous, to put it mildly.

Anything else?

Almost certainly. For some important information (dress code, disabled access and the like) see the 'Vatican visitor information' tab above. We also have a full Vatican FAQ page as well as some visitor information for the various sites that make up the Vatican City.

Important information for visiting the Vatican

Dress code, security and disabled access.

You'll need to be wearing clothes that do not leave your shoulders/arms or lower legs bare. No shorts, short trousers, short skirts, sleeveless shirts or bare shoulders. All visitors to the Vatican Museums will be required to pass through a metal-detector prior to being granted admittance. Wheelchairs are available onsite and do not need to be reserved. Finally, please be sure to bring some ID with you (passport is always best) on the day of your visit.

Bags, backpacks and umbrellas.

The cloakroom staff will accept all sorts of bags and personal belongings, regardless of size or shape, with the exception of clothes, hats and compact umbrellas.

It is obligatory to deposit the following items in the cloakroom:

  • Suitcases, backpacks and containers larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm
  • Bags and backpacks that jut out by more than 15 cm from the body
  • Medium to large umbrellas, any umbrella with a spike, walking sticks (unless necessary due to disablement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signs of any kind
  • Knives, scissors, tools and any items that could be used to harm people or damage works of art

It is forbidden to enter the Vatican with firearms or any kind of weapon.

Opening times.

Clearly if you opt for a guided tour then you'll have a specific visit time and visit duration. However, once your tour is over you are free to explore the Vatican as you wish. Given that, the opening hours for the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are from 8.30 in the morning until 6.00 in the evening (08.30 - 18.00), with the last entrance at 3.00 in the afternoon (15.00).

The 'Whisper' system.

For groups of more than seven people it is obligatory to use the 'Whisper' audio system. Your guide will be talking into a small microphone and you'll each be listening on special earpieces. This is included in the price.

Additional information.

We also have a Vatican FAQ page page as well as some visitor information for the various sites that make up the Vatican City.

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