tickitaly.com - sightseeing, not queueing.

Tickitaly are official agents for the Vatican and offer Vatican tickets as well as both group and private Vatican tours. You may also be interested in our FAQ page where we attempt to answer all your questions on visiting the Vatican.

Book Vatican tickets Book Vatican tours

[Back to main menu for Vatican visitor information]

The Vatican Museums

People occasionally refer to 'the Vatican Museum', and the actual scale of the collection within the Vatican City comes as something of a shock. This is museums plural, ten collections forming unarguably the world's greatest collection of art and artefacts from the past few millennia. Classical antiquity, the Renaissance, the Etruscan era, booty looted from Egypt and the furthest corners of the ancient Roman Empire ... all this and much more is to be found in this cornucopia of world art. You could spend weeks exploring the museums and still need to come back for more. Any tours of the museums are necessarily selective, but these itineraries have carefully selected some of the 'must-sees' while incorporating some of the lesser-known gems.

There is the Galleria degli Arazzi, a superb display of tapestries, designed from cartoons by Raphael. The Galleria dei Candelabri (Gallery of Candelabra) is a collection of huge candelabra liberated from imperial Roman villas. The Galleria delle Carte Geografiche (Gallery of Maps) is a marvellous exposition of the world as the sixteenth century Papacy saw it. The Sistine Chapel is probably the most famous room in the whole complex, with its ceiling by Michelangelo, the Last Judgement (again by Michelangelo), and frescoed scenes from the Old Testament. In the courtyard of the Vatican Museums is the Cortile della Pigna (Courtyard of the Pine Cone), so named for the four-metre high bronze pine cone sculpture that resides on a plinth here, and dates from the first century AD.

There is the Museo Pio-Clementino - a superb collection of statuary, including the Apollo Belvedere and the Laocoon. There is the Sala a Croce Greca (Room of the Greek Cross), which Pius VI had constructed at enormous expense to house the two garguantuan porphyry sarcophagi of Saints Helena and Constantia. There are the Stanze di Raffaello (Raphael Rooms), decorated by great artist as apartments for the Popes. The Bibliotceca Vaticana (Vatican Library) is not only one of the world's oldest libraries it has some of the planet's most important, rare and valuable texts on its shelves. And there is the Pinacoteca - arguably Rome's finest picture gallery, with works from the early Renaissance, right through to the nineteenth century.

Tickitaly are official agents for the Vatican and offer individual ticket booking as well as both group and private tours - click here for information on arranging a private tour for you and your party, and click here for information on joining a group tour of the Vatican.


Why Tickitaly?

Based in Italy for 15+ years. Local knowledge, local contacts. We're here to help.
Transparency. All tickets are full-entrance with no extras to pay!
Availability - we'll often get you in when availability elsewhere is exhausted.
Trust - we've been working with suppliers and guides for ever! Over 10,000 reviews with an average of almost 5 out of 5!


We use industry standard Stripe for all-secure payments.

You'll be charged nothing until we have confirmed your tickets and tours.

All prices are displayed in full - there are no additional charges 'on-site' and you will be arriving with the confidence of carrying fully-paid tickets.

Coronavirus in Italy


Please note that in order to use your tickets you MUST be able to provide one of the following:

  • - Covid19 Green Pass certification (in digital or paper format) able to attest - together with a valid identity document - that they have received at least one dose of one of the vaccines authorized by the EMA or AIFA (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)
  • Exemptions: COVID-19 Green Certification is not required for children excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (under 12 years of age) and those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification.
  • - Visitors from Israel, Canada, Japan and the United States - Vaccination certificates issued by the health authorities of these countries (complying with EU Recommendation no. 2021/912 of 20 May 2021) will also be accepted, but must include the identifying data of the person and data regarding the type of vaccine and date(s) of administration. Please note that certificates will be accepted if they are in Italian, English, French or Spanish. If the certificate is not issued in bilingual form and not in one of the four languages indicated in the Order of the Minister of Health of 18 June 2021, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

This documentation must be presented at the entrance when the body temperature is checked.

Security queues to check the Green Pass requirements may be a bit long so do allow plenty of time to ensure you do not miss your entrance slot. Have your Green Pass and ID ready for viewing. Whilst they may seem long, queues do move fast so please be patient. Thank you for your cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a Green Pass and a valid identity document, you will not be able to access and your ticket will not be refunded. For further information www.dgc.gov.it

Due to Coronavirus many venues and events are applying strict entry conditions. These will vary by venue but common examples are:

  • You must wear a compliant CE mask (Ordinanza RT n.48) which covers both mouth and nose.
  • Disposable single-use gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Hands (or gloves) must be cleaned with a disinfectant gel on entry.
  • Your temperature (which will be measured on entry) must not be above 37.5°C.
  • Visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.8m at all times.
  • There may be a maximum visitor limit in place - in some cases this may lead to delays

Any conditions may be changed without notice as Italian regulations are updated.

If you are denied entrance because of failure to meet entry conditions, no refunds will be available.