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Tickets for Papal Palace + Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Vatican Gardens

See the Vatican before it opens, then get the train to Castel Gandolfo

Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date (if selected)
Starting time: 07:45
Duration: 11 hours
Audio guide: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
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  • See the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel - before they open to the public!
  • Visit three of the most storied and religious places in the world - in one day! Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, and Castel Gandolfo. You'll get an audio guide for all three!
  • Enjoy lunch as part of your ticket, and see the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo which has been open to the public since 2014

This highly exclusive tour is undoubtedly the best way to make the most of the Vatican. From early morning (before opening time) access to the Vatican Museums, all the way through to touring the once-private Gardens of the Pontifical Villas in Castel Gandolfo. This is a very special (and limited) opportunity.

As an official partner of the Vatican, Tiqets has these exclusive tickets to get you exclusive access.

Start your special Saturday with a semi-private early morning visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, followed by an audio-guided walking tour of the Vatican Gardens.

Afterward, you'll depart from the Vatican Train Station (!) and take a train ride through the Italian countryside to Castel Gandolfo, a lakeside town that looks right out of a fairy-tale. It's also where the pope's summer residence is.

Then hop on a shuttle to the Pontifical Villas. If you were impressed with the size of the Vatican Gardens, wait until you see the pope's 'summer house'. You'll get an audio-guided bus tour of the gardens, plus free time to walk, eat, and shop in this exclusive area.

You'll also enjoy an authentic Italian lunch, with an appetizer, main course and dessert (with soft drinks included). The grand finale is the Apostolic Palace - you'll get into the pope's home-away-from-home, designed by legendary architect Carlo Maderno.

At the end of the day, you'll get a train back to Rome, where it will all begin to feel like a dream.


Appetizers: alcohol-free aperol; mixed fried finger food (Ascoli olives, mini supplì, potatoes croquettes); selection of cheese from local farms; selection of cold meat cuts; porchetta DOP (traditional pork roast); mix of three seasonal vegetables; selection of bruschettas

Main course (chosen by the chef): amatriciana; orecchiette with arugula and cherry tomato pesto; strozzapreti with zucchini, pork cheek (guanciale) and roman mint; fusilli with gricia sauce (pork cheek and Pecorino cheese) and artichoke; saffron risotto with porcini mushrooms; chicory risotto with speck; ragù lasagna; ricotta cheese and spinach crepes with cherry tomatoes and provolone cheese; cacio e pepe spaghetti (sauce made of cheese and black pepper); carbonara rigatoni

Dessert: seasonal fruit salad; selection of traditional sweets

Drinks: mineral water; red or white wine from the Castelli Romani region

Insider tip

This is, quite simply, the best way to see the Vatican. There's nothing like getting into the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive. It's an early wake-up, but sooooo worth it!

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What's included
Entrance to Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, Apostolic Palace, and Gardens of the Pontifical Villas
Audio guide for the Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, and Gardens of the Pontifical Villas
Roundtrip by train from the Vatican to Castel Gandolfo
Tour of the Gardens of the Pontifical Villas by eco-friendly transport
Three-course meal with drinks
Additional info

Tour Itinerary:

  • 07:45/08:00: Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel + audio guide
  • 10:00: Tour of the Vatican Gardens + audio guide
  • 11:00: Train from the Vatican station to Castel Gandolfo and transfer to the Pontifical Villas by shuttle
  • 12:30: Visit to the Apostolic Palace
  • 13:30: Tour of the Gardens of the Pontifical Villas by eco-friendly bus + audio guide
  • 14:30: End of the tour and exit from the Gardens of the Pontifical Villas
  • Lunch and free time
  • 17:10: Meeting at Castel Gandolfo's train station
  • 17:24: Departure from Castel Gandolfo
  • 18:39: Arrival at St. Peter’s Station (Rome)
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellation may be available depending on your ticket selection
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket

Skip the lengthy lines by showing your smartphone ticket to the Vatican guards at the entrance (CASSA ONLINE E GRUPPI) of the Vatican Museums on Viale Vaticano.

Opening hours
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
How to get there
Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo
Piazza della Libertà, Castel Gandolfo, 00073, Rome
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Ratings & reviews
122 Reviews
Feb 20, 2020
Unforgettable, first time there, I was impressed by the size and extend of the Vatican. Sistine Chapel is a must see and the gardens, then with the private train to Catsle Gandolfo makes it unique, Lunch at the gardens was ok as we were in the middle of nowhere tbh Transportation back was also private, would definately recomned it!
Feb 18, 2020
It was amazing, the tour official know what the best time to see Papal Palace and Vatican Gardens, but you must sacrifice the time to see and enjoying inside Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. So, if you're more nature type, I think it's the best option for you.
Dec 10, 2019
This is great tour, could use more time in the museum, but it is condensed. Extremely worth it.

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