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It may well be that you're interested in a guided tour of the Vatican - 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.

*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.

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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 (World Tourism Day)

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.

'Privileged entry' Vatican & Sistine tour

Led by an expert guide, this guided tour - in English - lasts around three and a half hours and starts off with a unique early morning visit to the Sistine Chapel. You'll enter the Vatican a full hour before it opens to the general public. Also included is a skip-the-queue entry to St Peter's Basilica.

This tour may be best described as a 'semi-private' one in that the group size will be never be more than 13 people, plus your guide.

The visit to the Sistine Chapel comes first and you'll have a privileged 20 minutes in which to soak up the wonders of Michelangelo's artistry - this wonderful building will be practically empty. You'll be given a reference guide to help you as the Chapel must be visited in silence - such reverence will seem appropriate, we assure you!

Your tour progresses to take in the Raphael Rooms and admire the genius of Rome's Renaissance Man - the Vatican is home to many rooms decorated and frescoed by the great master and your guide will guide you through his history and his works including, notably, the School of Athens.

Next it's on to what are known collectively as the 'Vatican Museums' - the Map Gallery, the Tapestry Gallery, Candelabra Gallery and the Raphael Rooms before returning to the Sistine Chapel for another chance to soak up the wonders there.

The last guided section of the tour is St Peter's where you'll once more skip any queues and enjoy privileged entry to the largest church in the world. Alternatively - instead of visiting St Peter's with your guide - you may opt to remain longer in the Vatican Museums - just let the guide know at the start of the tour. If you DO opt for St Peter's then another thing to remember - if you'd prefer to linger inside then don't leave with the group as you’ll then need to join a long queue to get back in!

This tour comes with a significant price tag but, again, it is a very small group and it does come with the pretty-much-unique aspect of an early-morning entry before the gates of the Vatican open to the general public.

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

2 hour guided tour of the Vatican (World Tourism Day)

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.

More information: Information on the Vatican, St Peters, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums

Advance booking of Vatican tickets - how does it work and what do I need to know?

Ticket or tour?

Alongside our hugely popular Vatican tours, tickitaly also sell 'direct entry' tickets to the Vatican - arrive with your ticket voucher, avoid the long queues and then feel free to wander wherever and however you like. You may prefer this degree of independence, opting to, let's say, make straight for the Sistine Chapel and see little else, or just take the time to linger wherever you fancy.

Alternatively, you may prefer to have this vast storehouse of treasures and wonders explained and unfurled in a structured and experienced fashion - if so, then choose a Vatican guided tour.

OK, I want a ticket - what is covered?

The tickets allow priority 'skip-the-queue' 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. You may visit as many of the rooms, buildings or museums featured on our Vatican information page as you wish.

Please note that tickets do not cover admittance to the dome ('cupola') of St Peters. This cannot be pre-booked - you may opt to pay 'on site' and there are two differently-priced options, one price for ascending in the lift, another for ascending via the stairs - all 551 of them! Again, this is the dome only - the rest of St Peters is covered by our tickets.

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, water, a good book and lots and lots of patience.

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.

Payment and timing.

To reserve tickets for the Vatican, 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.

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. Availability is never as great as we'd like, so do try to book as early as you possibly can! Do remember that bookings cannot be made for Sundays, and that dates are in European dd/mm/yyyy format! There are also numerous 'closing days' throughout the year, but these are blocked on the calendar.

Are these 'skip the queue' tickets?

Yes, they are, although they unfortunately don't allow priority entrance to St Peters*. 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 those that have pre-booked tickets have 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. 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.

* 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.

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.

Payment and pricing.

The Vatican is, literally, another country, with very much their own way of doing business. At all times we will refer to the full price of your ticket(s), and you will never be charged more than this ... just please be aware that the total charge includes our handling fee (€6.50 per ticket and €11.00 per ticket for guided tours) and that this will not show on the actual voucher. You will arrive with a paid-in-full voucher.

* 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.

Are there any types of reduced tickets?

Children under 6 years of age pay nothing at all, those between the ages of 6 and 18 are entitled to reduced priced tickets, as are students under 26 years of age (valid student ID required). The Vatican will not allow ANY change of ticket types once an order is placed, so please be sure that you do qualify for reduced tickets and are able to demonstrate as much on the day of your visit. Tickets ordered in error cannot be refunded. Please note also that under-18's are only allowed entrance as part of a group containing at least one person over the age of 18.

How do I receive 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.

On the day of your visit you will join the special 'pre-booked' queue located to the right hand side of the main entrance. You will need to present your voucher and some ID (passport is always best); next you'll need to pass security - everyone has to go through the metal detectors - and then you'll swap your voucher for entrance tickets. Please note that vouchers can only be used for the date and time specified and are not refundable.
IMPORTANT: please note that any modifications, removals or additions to your Vatican voucher will render it INVALID.

Important information for visiting the Vatican.

Opening times.

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). We would ask you to specify whether you prefer morning or afternoon tickets, or indeed that you'd be happy with any time on your day of choice. Your chances are greater if you select 'Morning or afternoon', but if you'd rather a bit more precision then we would, for now, always recommend the afternoon.

To be clear, your booking will eventually be confirmed for a specific time of day and we're simply asking whether you'd prefer that to be in the morning, afternoon, or at any time of day. There is no way to, for example, select 'morning' and then arrive whenever you choose to - all visits are tied to a specific time.

We have to turn down far, far more orders than we'd like to, and, given a limited availability, your chances are higher if you're prepared to be flexible.

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.

Queueing.

The visitor management aspect of the Vatican attractions is not like other Italian museums, and it is for this reason alone that we CANNOT GUARANTEE that there will be no queuing whatsoever prior to presenting your voucher. We can say that off-season you're pretty much certain to be able to walk straight in. We can say that if you opt for an afternoon visit, the chances are you may have to wait a couple of minutes, perhaps not even that. What we cannot say is that there will be no need to queue should you opt for a morning visit, or a visit on Saturday, especially in peak season.

However, if you do find yourselves queuing, the average wait is 15 to 20 minutes, and it is very rare that you'll need to wait for more than 30 minutes. We cannot stress enough that this is totally outwith our control, that it affects ALL visitors to the Vatican, and it is not something we can predict - the Vatican makes arbitrary, last minute decisions, and never gives any notice. There is simply no way around this issue, but, again, it doesn't affect all visitors, and is of limited impact when it does. We would always recommend that you arrive at the Vatican a good 30 minutes before the time on your voucher.

Additional information.

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

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