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Tickets for Vatican Gardens & Museums: Skip The Line

VIP access to masterpieces and a secret garden

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Overview
Duration
Eco-friendly open bus through the Vatican Gardens: 45 minutes
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 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 - and no wonder, it's one of the most exclusive places on the planet, packed to the heavenly ceiling with spectacular art. And behind the museums, one of the most private backyards in the world. Filled with fountains, sculptures and shady trees, this is the place Pope Francis strolls when he needs a little 'me' time. Sidestep the lines, and take this chance to really get into the world of the Vatican.

Originally built in the 13th century - the Vatican Gardens are nearly 23 hectares of flower fields, sculptures, fountains, and even some medieval buildings. Legend has it that when the Vatican Gardens were first built, they were covered with sacred soil from Mount Calvary - where Jesus was crucified. In the past these wonderful gardens (and lawn and orchard) were only available to those with power and influence. But with this ticket you can count yourself among that privileged group.

Take a 45-minute bus ride of this exclusive landscaped area - designed by great Renaissance architect Carlo Maderno - and soak up the splendor. You may even catch a glimpse of Pope Francis himself as he wanders his enormous backyard.

After this remarkable tour, you'll get right to the front of the queue for the Vatican Museums. This is undoubtedly one of the finest museums on the planet. With works by a host of Renaissance artists, including the Raphael Rooms, Michelangelo, the Hall of Maps, and the Courtyard of the Pigna (Pinecone), it's worth it.

Then, when you add in the works Michelangelo created in the Sistine Chapel, widely regarded to be the highest artistic achievements of all time, the Vatican Museums become an absolutely unmissable, earth-shaking journey into the world of high art. From the fountains in the garden to the ceiling of the Sistine, this is a profound experience. Avoid the lineups, and get special access - all without needing to spend years in a seminary school? How divine!

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Skip The Line
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What's included
  • Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Tour of the Vatican Gardens (with audio guide) by eco-friendly open bus
  • Audio guide in the Vatican Museums
  • Beverages and food
Instructions
  • 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
  • If a discounted ticket is presented without the required ID, the visitor will be asked to pay for a full price ticket in order to enter. The discounted ticket will not be refunded
Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano, Rome
Key info
Audio guide
Italian, English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Russian
Additional info

Getting There

  • Metro: Line A, stations Ottaviano - S.Pietro-Musei Vaticani or Cipro (from either station it's a 10-minute walk
  • Tram: 19, Piazza del Risorgimento (5-minute walk)
  • Bus: Line 49 stops in front of the Museums Entrance. 32, 81 or 982, Piazza del Risorgimento, end of the line (5-minute walk). 492 or 990, Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni (5-minute walk)
  • Car: Paid parking on Viale Vaticano
Reviews
Jan 13, 2018
The mini tour bus was very nice but pay attention arrive at least 15 mn before and go to the desk 15 before going up. And the sisstine chapel amazing...
Dec 1, 2017
Excellent tour of the Vatican Gardens. Plenty of room in the bus to admire the spectacular surroundings and listen to a well narrated commentary. Great way to get a sense of the scale of Vatican City
Nov 27, 2017
With an inside guide at the museum would have been perfect
Nov 17, 2017
Very happy with the experience.
Oct 23, 2017
The excellent experience we had. beautiful garden under good weather. Many people in musiam is not controllable, though.
Sep 29, 2017
Vatican made easy: save time and enjoy the gardens, the fabulous museum, the eternal Capella Sistina!
I just discovered life can be fool of nice surprises!
Sep 25, 2017
Quick and efficient
Sep 19, 2017
Very crowded and overwhelming due to amount of art. Guided tour would be recommended.
Aug 17, 2017
Great service, very prompt,...its worth visiting San Pietro Basilica which is free but the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and the Gardens it comes as too much information and you literally walk through, taking pictures and can't take it, it's full of replicas for which they pay to expose...at the end you find yourself in closed crowded place (Sistine Chapel), no pictures allowed and can't really enjoy it...its worth seeing this but it's not worth €45 per person , I would never pay for it again...apart from that Boromeo Gardens at Isola Bella ( Boromean Islands) it's much, much better than the Vatican ones, worth seeing it and you can walk through most of it.
Aug 17, 2017
Best

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