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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
Opening hours
Today
09:00 - 18:00
Tomorrow
Closed
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
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.

Opt for the authentic Italian lunch and get an appetizer, main course and dessert (with soft drinks included). The grand finale is 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.

Menu

Appetizers: alcohol-free aperol; mixed fried finger food (Ascoli olives, mini supplì, potatoes croquettes); selection of cheese from local farms; selection of cold meat cuts; porchetta DOP (traditional pork roast); mix of three seasonal vegetables; selection of bruschettas

Main course (chosen by the chef): amatriciana; orecchiette with arugula and cherry tomato pesto; strozzapreti with zucchini, pork cheek (guanciale) and roman mint; fusilli with gricia sauce (pork cheek and Pecorino cheese) and artichoke; saffron risotto with porcini mushrooms; chicory risotto with speck; ragù lasagna; ricotta cheese and spinach crepes with cherry tomatoes and provolone cheese; cacio e pepe spaghetti (sauce made of cheese and black pepper); carbonara rigatoni

Dessert: seasonal fruit salad; selection of traditional sweets

Drinks: mineral water; red or white wine from the Castelli Romani region

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Smartphone tickets accepted
What's included
  • Entrance to Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, Apostolic Palace, 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
  • Three-course meal with drinks (if selected)
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.

Venue
Address
Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano, 00165, 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
  • 12:30: Visit to the Apostolic Palace
  • 13:30: Tour of the Gardens of the Pontifical Villas by eco-friendly bus + audio guide
  • 14:30: End of the tour and exit from the Gardens of the Pontifical Villas
  • Lunch (if selected) and 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
Regional Manager
Reviews
Oct 6, 2018
Going to Pope's summer residence was really good.
Sep 24, 2018
Sep 16, 2018
Very special experince we had in Vatican, once again fantastic job by Tiqets. Highly recommended.
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 1, 2018
Very well organised all went well
Aug 25, 2018
:)
Jul 21, 2018
Excelent
Jul 17, 2018
The tour of the Vatican museum is such a great experience and should be on anybodies list of museums to participate in. Its got over 40-50 rooms where some are exeptionally impressive hallways. The only let down is the Pontifical villa tour.....thier was a lack of show and tell about anything to do with villas or buildings, it was just a forest walk, which then went unto a delayed and tedious bus ride to CASTEL GANDOLFO and The Pontifical gardens tour, which I’ll add are both worth the journey especially the garden tour and makes up for the previous villa tour. You’ll also stop on a hill which overlooks a magnificent lagoon. lunch was excellent aswell!
Jun 23, 2018
Well run. On time. Beautiful views!
Jun 12, 2018
👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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