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What's included

Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and Vatican Gardens granting access to all open rooms and galleries
Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
Tour operated by the Vatican

What's not included

Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica

Important information

* Shoulders & knees must be covered * No big bags & suitcases allowed; there are lockers on-site * Photos & videos are strictly forbidden inside the Sistine Chapel

Meeting point

Viale Vaticano 106-107, 00120 Vatican City Rome, Rome

  • 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!

  • Show your smartphone tickets to the security guards at the entrance
  • After security check climb the stairs on the far left of the entrance hall. The meeting point is located at the ‘Guided Tours’ desk, share your ticket and join the group.
  • Be on time, as Vatican personnel may not let in latecomers
  • Make sure to bring a valid ID for reduced tickets. Without valid ID, you will be asked to pay for a full price ticket in order to enter and the discounted ticket will not be refunded
Vatican Museums
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 22:00
Saturday 10:00 - 22:00
  • Get a full refund if you select a refundable ticket during checkout and cancel until 23:59 the day before you visit.
  • Rescheduling is not possible for this ticket.

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3 reviews
Thierry,  France France
01 Jan 2024
Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Official Guided Tour
26 Dec 2023
Everything went verry well and it was easy to use it
Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Official Guided Tour
Elio,  Italy Italy
31 Dec 2023
Bellissima esperienza, molto stancante per i 7 km fatti a piedi, ma la guida è stata bravissima. Cappella Sistina da capogiro. Veramente una esperienza di vita...esatto, di vita.
Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: Official Guided Tour