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

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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.

Vatican group 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):


Vatican tickets

These are official, skip-the-queue*, direct entry tickets to the Vatican. These are available from Monday to Saturday and the Vatican is open to visitors from 8.30 AM until 6.00 PM - last entry is at 3.00 PM.

The tickets allow full access to the Sistine Chapel and the numerous Vatican Museums, and you may stay for as little or as long a time as you wish, Vatican opening hours permitting. Once you have finished your visit to the museums and the Sistine Chapel you're free to visit St Peters. Please note that if you're visiting on a Wednesday morning and there's a Papal Audience in progress (this does not happen every Wednesday), then St Peter's Basilica will be closed until 12.00 (midday). The Vatican authorities also reserve the right to make unscheduled last minute closures, often with little or no notice, something clearly outwith our control.

Why book in advance? Well, queues on the day can be enormous, with hours spent just waiting and wasting your precious time; with our system you can just roll up at the Vatican, join the special queue for those that have booked, present your voucher, and you're in. It is only possible to confirm bookings up to sixty days in advance, but we can take bookings until the end of the year and place them on hold for you.

*Please note that as St Peters is a church you do not need a ticket to enter and you can visit at any time during its opening hours, although you may have to queue depending on the number of visitors. If you want to skip the queues, we offer these tours.

Vatican tickets with audioguide

These are official, skip-the-queue*, direct entry tickets to the Vatican which include the use of an audioguide to the Vatican Museums. These are available from Monday to Saturday and the Vatican is open to visitors from 8.30 AM until 6.00 PM - last entry is at 3.00 PM.

The tickets allow full access to the Sistine Chapel and the numerous Vatican Museums, and you may stay for as little or as long a time as you wish, Vatican opening hours permitting. Once you have finished your visit to the museums and the Sistine Chapel you're free to visit St Peters. Please note that if you're visiting on a Wednesday morning and there's a Papal Audience in progress (this does not happen every Wednesday), then St Peter's Basilica will be closed until 12.00 (midday). The Vatican authorities also reserve the right to make unscheduled last minute closures, often with little or no notice, something clearly outwith our control.

The price includes the use of an audioguide in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Russian. Please note that the audioguide covers the Vatican Museums and not St Peters.

Why book in advance? Well, queues on the day can be enormous, with hours spent just waiting and wasting your precious time; with our system you can just roll up at the Vatican, join the special queue for those that have booked, present your voucher, and you're in. It is only possible to confirm bookings up to sixty days in advance, but we can take bookings until the end of the year and place them on hold for you.

*Please note that as St Peters is a church you do not need a ticket to enter and you can visit at any time during its opening hours, although you may have to queue depending on the number of visitors. If you want to skip the queues, we offer these tours.

Vatican ticket, morning, reserved entry

These are official, skip-the-queue*, direct entry tickets to the Vatican. They are offered as a last-minute option when 'regular' tickets are exhausted and, as they are arranged in conjunction with a local agency, have a slightly higher price than normal.

These tickets are for an 11.00 AM start - you will meet close (roughly 5 minutes away) to the Vatican and be given your official tickets there - no need to queue for tickets at the Vatican. Although there will also be a tour group meeting at the same time, this IS NOT a tour, just regular Vatican tickets.

There are no reductions available as these tickets are all full-priced ones.

The tickets allow full access to the Sistine Chapel and the numerous Vatican Museums, and you may stay for as little or as long a time as you wish, Vatican opening hours permitting. Once you have finished your visit to the museums and the Sistine Chapel you're free to visit St Peters. Please note that if you're visiting on a Wednesday morning and there's a Papal Audience in progress (this does not happen every Wednesday), then St Peter's Basilica will be closed until 12.00 (midday). The Vatican authorities also reserve the right to make unscheduled last minute closures, often with little or no notice, something clearly outwith our control.

Why book in advance? Well, queues on the day can be enormous, with hours spent just waiting and wasting your precious time. It is only possible to confirm bookings up to sixty days in advance, but we can take bookings until the end of the year and place them on hold for you.

*Please note that as St Peters is a church you do not need a ticket to enter and you can visit at any time during its opening hours, although you may have to queue depending on the number of visitors. If you want to skip the queues, we offer these tours.

'Vatican by night' tickets

Every Friday from 6th May 2016 to 28th October 2016 (except August), it is possible to visit the Vatican Museums between 7PM and 11PM (with last entrance at 9:30PM and the museums starting to close at 10:30 PM). These evening opening hours will also be available from May to July 2016, and September to October 2015. These are official, skip-the-queue, direct entry tickets to the Vatican.

Highlights include Grand entrance, the courtyards of the Pinacoteca and the Pigna, the Gregorian Egyptian and Pio Clementino museums, the Upper Galleries, Raphael's Rooms, parts of the Borgia Apartment, the collection of Contemporary Art, the Sistine Chapel and the Gallery of the Bibioteca (library).

'Vatican by night' tickets with audioguide

Every Friday from 6th May 2016 to 28th October 2016 (except August) it is possible to visit the Vatican Museums between 7PM and 11PM (with last entrance at 9:30PM and the museums starting to close at 10:30 PM). These evening opening hours will also be available from May to July 2016, and September to October 2016. These are official, skip-the-queue, direct entry tickets to the Vatican.

The price includes the use of an audioguide in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Russian.

Highlights include Grand entrance, the courtyards of the Pinacoteca and the Pigna, the Gregorian Egyptian and Pio Clementino museums, the Upper Galleries, Raphael's Rooms, parts of the Borgia Apartment, the collection of Contemporary Art, the Sistine Chapel and the Gallery of the Bibioteca (library).

Vatican and St Peter's Highlights (3 hours), pre-booked

A 3-hour, English-language, guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, visiting some of the world's greatest art collections with one of our expert guides. Groups are limited to 25 people so that you can get the most out of your experience.

This fascinating three hour tour takes in the Vatican Museums, the Galleria dei Candelabri, Galleria degli Arazzi and the Galleria delle Carte Geografiche, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica in the company of an experienced and entertaining expert guide.

The tour is conducted in English with headsets and includes skip-the-line entry tickets, your expert guide, headsets and booking fees.

Please note that the tour has a strict dress code - it is essential to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.

Vatican wonders tour, 3 hours

A 3 hour guided tour for small groups (up to 15 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 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.

Please note: this tour has a strict dress code - it is essential to wear clothes that cover shoulders and knees.

Vatican Gardens by Open Bus, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

This multilingual, 45 minute, Open Bus tour offers a chance to admire the beautiful gardens of the Vatican with their important monuments and natural wonders.

The tour runs from Mondays to Saturdays, and is from the comfort of an eco-friendly Open Bus, lasting about 45 minutes with no stops. Audio guides are available in Italian, English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Russian, offering an explanation of the many works of art, sculptures and monuments of the gardens. The tour finishes inside the Vatican Museums so you can then visit the Museums and Sistine Chapel on your own.

Please note that the tour is not available for wheelchair users or for children under six and that anyone in a wheelchair or under six years of age will not be allowed to join the tour.

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.
This is a group of up 40 visitors.

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 and 11:00 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.
This is a group of up 40 visitors.

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, Russian and Portuguese. 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.

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, Russian and Portuguese. 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, Sistine Chapel and St Peters guided tour, 3 hours

A three hour group tour of the Vatican, St Peters and the Sistine Chapel - you'll be joining a group escorted by an official Vatican tour guide. This tour is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and is usually available at 9.00 AM 11.00 AM and 01.30 PM.

This is an official, Vatican-organised tour that in approximately three 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, the Basilica of St Peters 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. Please note that this itinerary is not suitable for those using a wheelchair.

Tour is available in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese.

Vatican 'Art and Faith' tour, 3 hours

A three hour group tour of the Vatican, St Peters and the Sistine Chapel with an emphasis on the galleries and religious artwork of the various Vatican museums, most notably the 'Pio-Christian' museum. This official Vatican tour is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and is usually available at 9.15 AM 11.00 AM and 01.30 PM.

"The Museum truly displays a continuous interweaving between Christianity and culture, between faith and art, between the divine and the human" ... (From the Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the staff of the Vatican Museums, 23rd of November 2006).

This is an official, Vatican-organised tour that in approximately three hours covers the the Pio-Christian Museum, the Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca), the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of the Tapestries (Renaissance art), the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Once the guided tour is over you are free to remain inside the Vatican complex and continue your individual explorations, should you so desire. Please note that this itinerary is not suitable for those using a wheelchair.

Tour is available in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese.

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. This is a group of up 40 visitors.

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 Tour

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 is a group of up 40 visitors.

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.

Guided tour of the Barberini Gardens of the Pontifical Villas

A guided group tour of the botanical and architectural wonders of the Barberini Gardens, set in the 'second Vatican' of Castel Gandolfo, 24 kilometres southeast of Rome.

The Pontifical Villas and splendid Barberini Gardens are situated in the town of Castel Gandolfo, in the scenic Alban Hills some 24 kilometres southeast of Rome. Situated on the remains of a villa built by the Emperor Domitian, this has been the holiday residence of Popes dating back to the 17th century. Boasting spectacular views and beautifully maintained gardens, the Barberini Gardens have been open for tours since March 2014.

The multilingual tour is conducted by an official Vatican tour guide and lasts about 90 minutes, running on Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Please note that the price includes €6.50 of commission.

Please note that the meeting point of this tour will be at Castel Gandolfo, 24 km from Rome

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.
IMPORTANT: Any modifications, removals or additions to your Vatican voucher will render it INVALID.

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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