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Tickets for Vatican Gardens: Guided Tour in Italian + Vatican Museums

VIP access to masterpieces and a secret garden

Vatican Museums
Closed
Duration: 2h
Skip The Line
Live guide: Italian
Max group size: 15
Smartphone tickets accepted

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Health and safety measures are in place so you can enjoy culture with confidence.

Overview

Highlights

  • Experience a stockpile of Renaissance artworks that have 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 notoriously long entrance lines for the Vatican Museums by showing your mobile ticket directly to the guards at the entrance

Description

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!

Ticket

Points of interest

Venues you'll visit:

What's included

Guided tour of the Vatican Gardens
Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
Access to the Sistine Chapel

What's not included

Guided tour or audio guide in the Vatican Museums
Beverages and food

Amendment policy

  • Changes are not possible for this ticket

Instructions

  • 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
  • After the tour, you'll be dropped off again at the ticket office where you can show the admission tickets you received before the garden tour and start your museum visit
  • 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

Venue

Opening hours

Vatican Museums
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed

How to get there

Vatican Gardens
Viale Vaticano 106-107, 00120 Vatican City, Rome
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Ratings & reviews

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Dec 23, 2019
Excellent
Wonderfull
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Nov 20, 2019
Good
People very kind.However a short time dedicated to visit the gardens, only a haf of hour.
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Nov 14, 2019
Excellent
So good and nice experience

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