Tickets for Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Guided Tour

VIP access to masterpieces and a secret garden

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Duration: 2h
Skip The Line
Live guide: English, German, Italian
Max group size: 30
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Guided tour of the Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Experience a stockpile of Renaissance art that has ascended to mythical status, including paintings by Raphael and Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Take a guided stroll in the Vatican Gardens – a retreat for popes and their inner circle since the 13th century, now open to (very limited members of) the public
  • Skip the long entrance lines for the Vatican Museums and enjoy an expertly guided tour full of fascinating facts and stories about art and history

There are always huge lines to get into the Vatican Museums – and no wonder; it's one of the most exclusive places on the planet, packed to the rafters with spectacular art and cultural treasures. And behind the museums is one of the most private backyards in the world – the Vatican Gardens.

Awash with fountains, sculptures, and shady trees, this is where the Pope goes when he needs a little 'me time'. Sidestep the long lines, and enjoy a fix of papal-watching and heavenly art appreciation.

Built in the 13th century, the Vatican Gardens are nearly 23 hectares of flower fields, sculptures, fountains, and medieval buildings. Legend has it that when the gardens were first built, they were covered with sacred soil from Mount Calvary – so it really is hallowed ground. In the past, this garden of earthly delights was only accessible to those with power and influence. These days, all you need is one powerful ticket!

After you stroll the lush lawns, orchards, and botanical wonders like a pensive pontiff, get right to the front of the queue for the Vatican Museums – one of the elite art museums on the planet. Boasting works by a host of Renaissance luminaries, including Raphael and Michelangelo, along with the spectacular Hall of Maps, the Courtyard of the Pigna (Pinecone), the winding Spiral Staircase, and the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, it's a breathtaking sanctuary of art, history, and culture.

That's before you even mention the mesmerizing frescoes Michelangelo painted in the Sistine Chapel. Widely regarded to be one of the highest artistic achievements of all time, it's even more impressive considering Michelangelo was a sculptor, not a painter. All in all, the Vatican Museums comprise an earth-shaking journey into the world of high art. Avoid the queues, and get special access – all without needing to spend years in a seminary school? How divine!

  • Skip the lines and show your smartphone ticket at the entrance of the Vatican Museums on Viale Vaticano. Go to the Guided Tours desk, where you'll receive your tickets and be guided to the tour through the gardens and the Museums
  • If a discounted ticket is presented without the required ID, you will be asked to pay for a full-price ticket in order to enter. The discounted ticket won't be refunded
Vatican Museums
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 22:00
Saturday 10:00 - 22:00
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
Vatican Gardens
Viale Vaticano 106-107, 00120 Vatican City, Rome
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