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Tickets for Vatican Museums + Gardens, Sistine Chapel & Pontifical Villas: VIP Access

Skip the line to all things Vatican

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Smartphone tickets accepted
Starting time
07:45
Duration
11 hours, until 19:00
Audio guide
English, Spanish, German, Russian, French & Italian.

Highlights

  • 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!
  • The papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo has only been open to the public since 2014, and tickets are limited

Description

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.

If you want the deluxe experience, get the tickets for 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.

Tour Itinerary

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 Albano Laziale and transfer to the Pontifical Villas by shuttle

12:30: Tour of the Gardens of the Pontifical Villas by eco-friendly bus + audio guide (if you booked the tour of the Apostolic Palace, you'll do it first)

13:30: End of the tour and exit from the Gardens of the Pontifical Villas

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)

How to use your tickets

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano, Rome

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 at 07:45.

What's included?

  • Entrance to Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens 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
  • Optional entrance to the Apostolic Palace (select at checkout)
  • Food and drinks

Good to know

Tour Itinerary

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 Albano Laziale and transfer to the Pontifical Villas by shuttle

12:30: Tour of the Gardens of the Pontifical Villas by eco-friendly bus + audio guide (if you booked the tour of the Apostolic Palace, you'll do it first)

13:30: End of the tour and exit from the Gardens of the Pontifical Villas

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)

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!

Paolo
Tiqets City Manager Rome

Common questions

What do these tickets include?
In general, every ticket includes a single entrance to the venue in combination with other services depending on the product you choose. Please check the section Whats included on this page to know more about what your tickets include.
Are there special discounts for different age groups/students or teachers?
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Customer reviews

Krešimir, Austria
May 1, 2017
Was all great...Only was a problem when we finished our trip and were waiting for a train...The train come earlier amd nobody told us that is not our train...Only we figurated in the moment when person from train was asking us yo pay extra 7.20 eur for trip to Rome,Termini...We were not only ones,was mote people who been stucked in same situation....Bad that we finished our great nice day on that way...Because till that moment was all nice....
Holly, United Kingdom
Apr 4, 2017
Was a really full day and well worth the money, particularly for the reduced price. The vatican museums were really interesting and Castel Gandolfo was beautiful.
paulette
May 22, 2017
musees du vatican,chapelle sixtine et jardins super
villas pontificales a deconseille perte de temps
MIGUEL, Peru
May 1, 2017
Nice
Peter, Germany
Apr 27, 2017
Die Organisation klappte super, dafür ein großes Lob an das vatikanische Personal.
Und ich muss auch sagen es war eine super Tour um einen Eindruck vom Großen und Ganzen um den Vatikan und den Papst zu bekommen.
ABER die 2 Stunden die man in den Vatikanischen Museen hat, reichen bei interessierten Menschen vorne und hinten nicht.
Sollten wir nochmal nach Rom kommen, werden wir auch jeden Fall die vatikanischen Museen ohne Anstehen und ohen alles andere buchen, da wir schon alleine im ersten kleinen Museum(ägyptisches Museum) gut und gerne eine Stunde hätten bleiben und staunen können.
Aber für 40/50€ eine sehr gut organisierte und schöne Tour.
Konrad, Netherlands
Mar 20, 2017
Fantastische dag gehad. Eerst het Vaticaan bezoeken en daarna de tuinen. Alles met audio tour. Dan met de trein naar de Villa's, en aldaar een rondleiding met een auto trein, ook weer met audio tour. En als afsluiting een bezoek aan het dorpje naast de Villa's. Zeker een aanrader, alleen op zaterdag mogelijk. We zijn wel een uur eerder met de trein naar Rome vertrokken, omdat we te veel tijd hadden om het dorpje te bezoeken, dat is het enige puntje van kritiek :)
malvina, Italy
Mar 13, 2017
Collegamenti non ottimali bus sovraffollati Audioguida del giardino Vaticano scadente e giro troppo veloce il resto veramente splendido
Janke, Netherlands
Mar 10, 2017
top dagje uit!
assunta, Italy
Mar 10, 2017
Semplicemente magnifico! giro molto lungo fra i musei vaticani e Specie alla Cappella Sistina. Dove si rimane semplicemente a bocca aperta.
Rita, Portugal
Mar 10, 2017
Wow. Words cannot really do this tour justice, you have to go and see it. must see for those interest in history, art, or just the progression of human society.