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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Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
Skip The Line
Smartphone tickets accepted
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 won't be refunded
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket
Venue
Address
Vatican Gardens
00120 Vatican City, Rome
Key info
Audio guide
Italian, English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Russian
Reviews
Jul 9, 2019
An excellent way to visit the huge gardens, but dissapointed at the way we were dropped back at the museum.
No explanation that we would not be guided in there, many of us stood around dumbfounded.
No direction given as to how to proceed on our museum visit.
Jul 1, 2019
Easy to get in to pick up tickets no queueing
Jun 26, 2019
excellent!
May 23, 2019
This app was very helpful!
May 20, 2019
Encourage anyone to get tickets in advance as queuing option a nightmare. Well worth the money.
May 16, 2019
Bus trip to Vatican Gardens - only when you don't have much time or you are lazy to walk.
Vatican Museums - ok, despite the crowds.
Sistine Chapel - rather a bit disappointed, horrible crowds, a little bit too dark inside!
May 15, 2019
Ok
May 15, 2019
Rather good organisation. We easily skipped the huge line and entered the building, where the meeting point was. The excursion began 15 minutes later than it was announced, but taking into account the number of people, it was understandable. We had a nice time in the bus, listening to the audioguide, while it was raining outside.
May 15, 2019
We save time by skip the line
May 10, 2019
We had an amazing time at the Vatican I we are surely going to go again. Thanks for the excellent experience!

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