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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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Overview
Starting time
07:45
Duration
11 hours, until 19:00
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 Castel Gandolfo and transfer to the Pontifical Villas by shuttle

13:30: 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)

14:30: 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)

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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
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 at 07:45.

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

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Address
Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano, Rome
Key info
Audio guide
English, Spanish, German, Russian, French & Italian.
Additional info

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 Castel Gandolfo and transfer to the Pontifical Villas by shuttle

13:30: 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)

14:30: 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
Reviews
Sanjiv, United Kingdom
Aug 21, 2017
A well organised day.Managed to see quite a lot at the Vatican before the general crowds came in.Well worth visiting Castel Gandolfo which is included in the ticket.Tiqets price was really good value compared to what other companies were charging.
Tatjana, Macedonia
Aug 16, 2017
Excellent experience
aleksandr, Russia
Aug 14, 2017
The visiting was perfectly arranged in paricular in Castel Gandolfo.
AURA-CRISTINA, Romania
Jun 7, 2017
We had some issues before we managed to figure out which line is the correct one in order to enter in Vatican, due to the fact that some guardians told us to go to one line and others to another line.
Also, the trip would have been more relaxed, if we would have had 3 hours inside the Vatican Museums and not only 2 hours.
Overall, the trip was nice! And the trip outside Rome which is included in the ticket is a great experience!
Sipoteanu, Romania
May 29, 2017
A beautifull day
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.
Paula Andrea, Colombia
Sep 16, 2017
We went to the tour that includes, Vatican Museums, gardens and CastleGandolfo, but it was very short the time for the museums, and very long the time free in CastleGandolfo, this tour is not like they describe, the only good thing is that you can enter the museums early and without lines.
PATRICIA SUSANA, Argentina
Sep 10, 2017
Excelente por su practicidad y rapides en la atención en el destino!
Valériane, France
Aug 28, 2017
Bonne visite cependant trop d'attente dans la file pour groupe et organisation à améliorer pour organiser les différents groupes pour la journée

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