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Tickets for Vatican Gardens & Museums: Skip The Line

VIP access to masterpieces and a secret garden

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Eco-friendly open bus through the Vatican Gardens: 45 minutes
  • 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

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
  • 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
Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano, Rome
Key info
Audio guide
Italian, English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Russian
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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
Trevor, United Kingdom
Aug 11, 2017
We bought our tickets in advance with Tiqets. Good decision. Beats the queue. Overall, Good value for money.
Joseph, United Arab Emirates
Aug 11, 2017
Should give us the opportunity to get off the bus and take photos.
jacob, United States
Jul 19, 2017
Very fair pricing!!!! Easy to use!!!! Would recommend to anyone!!!!! Very satisfy!!!!!
Mirko, Italy
Jul 17, 2017
You should be there on time if you join the garden tour. Otherwise you will miss it!
Alison, Australia
Jul 14, 2017
Excellent day. Walked straight in and everything worked without a problem. Only booked an hour prior to visit.
Corinne, France
Jul 14, 2017
Le Musée est riche : on le sait !!
Il m'a été facile d'entrer dans le musée. Et rapide !
J'ai trouvé les parcours bien balisés. Le guide audio aide pas mal, même si devant tant de merveilles, vous finissez par vous lasser des explications. Tout est beau, TOUT !!
Christopher, United Kingdom
Jul 13, 2017
Excellent - made the whole experience very easy and trouble free. Get to the museum, follow the pre booked line to the entrance 1-2 min wait max and show the app to the gard at the entrance, get in to the museum and up the stairs to cashier number 15 to get ur tickets. Your done... wait for guide to take you on the garden coach guide at your allocated time and when that's done, spend the rest of your time going arounf the museum which leads visitors to the sisteen chapel. Tickets were the cheapest I found so I said excellent due to a) delivery and price of tickets and b) the tour experience. 😎 Hope this review helps but I would certainly recommend the Tiqets site to book Vatican and or other Rome attractions. Chris & Amanda, Ipswich, UK.
Kateryna, United Arab Emirates
Jul 12, 2017
Great experience, no queue! You save a lot of time, I recommend it to everyone who is planning to visit Vatican
Ignacio, United States
Jul 6, 2017
This tour is perfect. You get to see the entire gardens on a bus and then skip the line to the museum. It was a wonderful experience.
Carol, United Kingdom
May 8, 2017
Viewing the gardens was a wonderful experience, in addition to St. Peter's etc and a chance to rest your feet!

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