Tickets for Vatican Gardens & Museums: Skip The Line

Duration: Eco-friendly open bus through the Vatican Gardens: 45 minutes
Skip The Line
Audio guide: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Smartphone tickets accepted
Overview
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!

Ticket
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
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellation may be available depending on your ticket selection
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket
Instructions
  • Skip the lines and show your smartphone ticket at the entrance of the Vatican Museums on Viale Vaticano. Go to the Guided Tours desk, where you'll receive your tickets and be guided to the bus tour through the gardens
  • After the bus tour, you'll be dropped off again at the ticket office where you can show the admission tickets you received before the bus tour and start your museum visit
  • If a discounted ticket is presented without the required ID, you will be asked to pay for a full price ticket in order to enter. The discounted ticket won't be refunded
Venue
How to get there
Vatican Gardens
Viale Vaticano 106-107, 00120 Vatican City, Rome
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Ratings & reviews
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Dec 23, 2019
Wonderfull
Nov 20, 2019
People very kind.However a short time dedicated to visit the gardens, only a haf of hour.
Nov 14, 2019
So good and nice experience

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