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

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Starting time
11 hours, until 19:00
  • 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

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.

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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

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.


Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

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
  • 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
  • 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!

Regional Manager
Apr 16, 2018
Worth the visit.
Mar 17, 2018
Feb 24, 2018
Perfect choise!
Feb 4, 2018
Great visit to the Vatican museum before it opened to the public. Early start but definitely worth it for an empty museum. The second part of the day could be a bit better organised with less waiting time for different transports.
Dec 31, 2017
The groupings were not organised well and people didn't actually know what they were supposed to be doing at times.
Oct 25, 2017
good trip , but we all got on the wrong trin to come home ..no-one told us what one to got on , so had to get of at Rome termini and get underground back to hotel !
Oct 21, 2017
The only thing we didnt like, was the fact that there wasnt enough guidance at the trip and it is easy to get lost or left behind.
Sep 25, 2017
The only sad thing about the day was that I could have had more time in the museum. Only had 2 hours yet we were kept waiting for the train for an hour. The gardens at the summer palace were great. Wear comfortable shoes as there is walking & stairs. Happy traveling.
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.
Aug 16, 2017
Excellent experience

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