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Rome Vatican Museum Tickets & Tours

With your Vatican City tickets, enjoy a stirring journey through religious history and some of the world’s finest art. Monumental in size and style, this religious superpower is a lavish tribute to Catholicism with its epic St Peter’s Square the scene for religious pilgrimages since time immemorial. Make the most of your Roman itinerary with Vatican City Museum tickets along with Sistine Chapel.
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Our tips for Vatican

  • Invest in fast-track entrance. You’ll need all the time you can to discover and explore the many crevices of this religious site. Pre-booking skip-the-line Vatican Museum tickets will fast-track your entrance into this top attraction and save you from frustrating queues.
  • Cover up. Covering your legs and shoulders is necessary on all tours. In hot weather, be sure to have a shawl or cardigan handy for visits.
  • If the shoe fits. If you opt to take the 320-step climb up St Peter’s dome, be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, the staircases are narrow and windy.

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Just 0.44 square km in size, the world’s smallest sovereign state can’t be measured in size alone. With the Museums housing a legion of epic masterpieces one after the other - Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms, to name a few - and holding the largest Catholic church in the world, St Peter’s Basilica, all within its borders - Vatican City is a top attraction in Rome that make for an awe-inspiring and ever-daunting experience.

An autonomous country, the Vatican City has around 600 citizens made up of cardinals, members of the Swiss Guard, clergy members and just one nun. It is also the only UNESCO World Heritage Country. However, most of these citizens live abroad, with clergy members serving in elected diplomatic positions around the world.
Popes only began to live at the Vatican in the 14th century. Before this, they opted to reside at the Lateran Palace across Rome instead.

At several times in the City’s history, popes were forced to flee from a secret passageway, known as the Passetto di Borgo. This passageway was first constructed in 1277 as an escape route linking the Vatican with the Castel Sant’Angelo on the banks of the Tiber River.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to visit Vatican Museum?
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    Make the most of your Vatican ticket and visit St Peter’s in the early morning before the crowds, followed by a tour around the Vatican Museums afterward. This site remains busy year-round, although January and February promise less crowded Vatican tours.

  • Q: What are the opening hours of the Vatican Museum?
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    The Museums are open every day, from 9 am to 4 pm, except Sunday, while St Peter’s Basilica is usually open from 7 am till 7 pm, depending on the season.

  • Q: How do I get there?
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    Buses to the city are cost-effective and quick, while taxis also travel to and from the Vatican regularly. If you’re taking the metro, alight at Ottaviano-S. Pietro station, just outside the Vatican walls.

  • Q: What are the top attractions in Vatican City?
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    St. Peter’s Basilica, St Peter’s Square, Sistine Chapel, Gardens of Vatican City and Vatican Museums are top Vatican attractions that should not be missed.

  • Q: What are the best dining options in Vatican City?
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    Don’t forget to fuel yourself up while taking strolls in the Vatican City. Some amazing dining options that serve exquisite Roman dishes and are easy on the pocket include Forno Feliziani, Ristorante Arlù, La Locanda di Pietro, and Ristorante dei Musei.

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