Vatican Museums Tickets

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Category: Museum Tickets
Location: Rome, Italy
Rating: 4.5 / 5
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Visit the Vatican Museums without queuing up!

With 3 simple steps you can buy tickets and visit the Vatican Museums without standing in line.

With a few clicks you can see the most important Museums of Rome including the Sistine Chapel, the Pinacoteca (Pictures' Gallery), the Raphael's Rooms, the Gregorian Egyptian and Etruscan Museums, the Vatican Historical Museum and many others...

Do not waste time during your holidays by standing in line. Buy tickets online through our safe and easy system and you will have immediate access to the masterpieces of Vatican.

You can buy tickets for the most important Italian museums at the same time. Do not waste your time, rely on us!

In our website you can find all the necessary informations on how the system works, on the safety of transactions or simply on how to get more informations on your past or future purchases.

IMPORTANT: If the time requested is not available, the museum will confirm a timetable different from the one you requested, but as close as possible to the one you requested.

To enter the museum it is necessary to be accompanied by one of our tour operator who has your final tickets. He will be waiting for you 20 minutes before the scheduled time in Via Bastioni di Michelangelo 5a, in the environs of Piazza del Risorgimento and only a few steps from the Vatican Museums.

Important

  • It is necessary to book at least 5 workdays before the visit.
  • It is necessary to show a valid document to pass the security controls; we suggest to have little bags with you.
  • You are invited to dress appropriately.
  • Florence Tickets is not responsible for eventual lack of service caused by the ticket offices or activities of the Holy Father.

We inform you that due to the replacement of the elevator that leads to the Apostolic Library Gallery and to the Gallery of Tapestries, visitors in wheelchair who will come to the Vatican Museums from the 15th to the 25th of October 2012, will not have access during the specified period neither to the Superior Galleries nor to the Raphael Rooms.

What makes this Tour Unique?

  • See the famous Laocoon, the amazing Sistine Chapel and the Raphael's Rooms
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time
  • Immerse yourself in the majesty of the Vatican Museums
  • Stay in the museums how long you want

Reduced and free tickets

Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • Citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance).
  • No reduction for over 65 years old.

Free Ticket:

  • Children under 6 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance).
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Information Desk

Is located in the entrance hall and is open from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 16:00; the last Sunday of the month from 9:00 to 12:30.

Audioguides

Available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

Cost: individual € 7,00 - for groups € 1,50 per person (free for the Tour Guide).

Bookshop

There are several museum shops and bookshop along the path: at the entrance, at the ticket office, inside the Picture Gallery, inside the Gallery of Maps, at the exit of the Sistine Chapel, where you can buy guide books in various languages, gifts and souvenirs.

Cloakroom

In the entrance hall, right side. Visitors must hand in food and beverages of any kind, large bags and backpacks, umbrellas.

Cafè

The self-service restaurant and the cafeteria are located one floor below the Picture Gallery; another cafeteria is located one floor below the restaurant; the Sistine cafè is situated on the stairs that lead to the entrance of the Sistine Chapel.

Disabled Visitors

Almost all sectors of the Vatican Museums are accessible for disabled tourists; if necessary wheelchairs will be provided without extracharges with an advanced booking (accoglienza.musei@scv.va).

For blind visitors tactile tours are available with an advanced booking (tel. 06 69884947 - fax 06 69881573).

Post Office

On the first floor (Courtyard of Armour) near to the exit there is a Post Office and also a Philatelic and Numismatic Office.

First Aid

One point for the First Emergency is available at the entrance of the Museums.

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The Vatican Museums are located in Viale Vaticano - Rome.

To enter the museum it's necessary to be accompanied by a member of our staff who will have your real ticket.

Meeting Point:
The meeting point is in via Leone IV n° 25, at the corner with via Germanico at the BUS Stop (line ATAC23, 492 and 990)

Visitors who do not arrive on time loose their right to be admitted with our company and any refund will be done. Please keep your mobile phone switched on and for any problem contact us.

Museums

The Vatican Museums consist of the real museums and of some areas of the Vatican Palaces; the complex houses thousands of works from every age, from ancient Egypt to the Etruscan civilization, from ancient Greek and Roman art to Renaissance art, and his great importance lies not only in the works conserved, but also in the wonderful environment in which they appear.

History

The origin of the Museums is situated in the year 1506 when Pope Julius II purchased, on the advice of Giuliano da Sangallo and Michelangelo Buonarroti, the first work which still finds place here: the sculpture of Laocoon with his sons who fight against snakes.

Collections

The first nucleus of the Vatican Museums was the "Courtyard of Statues"(today the Octagonal Courtyard), made by Pope Julius II.

In their current form, the Museums and Papal Galleries were originated by Clement XIV and Pius VI and took the name of Museo Pio-Clementino, while Gregory XVI in 1837 founded the Etruscan Museum, in 1839 the Egyptian Museum and in 1844 the Lateran Profane Museum.

The complex also houses the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, decorated under Pope Gregory XIII, but especially the beautiful Rooms and Loggia of Raphael, which were decorated under Julius II and Leo X (1513-1521); the Niccolina Chapel painted by Beato Angelico under the pontificate of Nicholas V; the Sistine Chapel, which takes its name from its founder Pope Sixtus IV; the Borgia Apartment; the Vatican Pinacoteca commissioned by Pope Pius XI in 1932; the Missionary-Ethnological Museum.

In 1973 was added the Collection of Modern Religious Art and Contemporary Art, inaugurated by Paul VI, that houses works of Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Vincent Van Gogh. The Historical Museum, also founded in 1973, houses some relics of the Pontifical Military Corps and there is also a section of the Papal carriages and automobiles.

Masterpieces

Ancient art:

  • Apollo of Belvedere
  • The group of Laocoon
  • Apoxyomenos
  • Torso Belvedere

Medieval art:

  • Giotto, Polittico Stefaneschi, 1320 approx.

Renaissance art:

  • Leonardo da Vinci, St. Gerolamo, 1480 approx.
  • Michelangelo, St. Pietro's crucifixion, 1545 approx.
  • Raphael, Transfiguration, 1518 approx.

Modern art:

  • Caravaggio, Deposition, 1603 approx.
  • Antonio Canova, Perseus triumphantly, 1800 approx.
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31 May 2016
The museum is rather busy most times of the day and it's best to see at your own pace as the guided tour does go rather fast through here. The place does have some interesting artworks and some interesting stories to tell.
31 May 2016
We went to the Vatican Museum having been to St Peter's first. Was really busy and there are lots of artefacts to see across the different rooms and collections so I'd recommend a separate visit to make the most of it. Also get fast track tickets unless leaving early. The entire museum is a work of art and really captures...
30 May 2016
Had no idea just how vast it is. One visit only scratches the surface of the treasures. Hugely busy, so book in advance or you'll be queueing for hours. Magnificent.
30 May 2016
This is one of the most impressive museums I have ever been to. The collection is vast and the building itself is absolutely stunning. We booked an amazing tour package which I would recommend to anyone. It was the 'early access' ticket booker through viatour. We met with our guide at 7am and entered the building as it was still...
30 May 2016
The vatican museums were quite amazing (this was my 2nd visit and better the 2nd time around). Important Advice: If you do not have skip-the -line tickets, individual ticket holders will waste precious touring hours waiting on line. We arrived early AM and our tour guide entered the museums immediately. The average tour was about 3 hours.
30 May 2016
Do not really have the words to describe the Vatican museums! Came as part of a tour so didn't see everything, however what we did see was magnificent!
30 May 2016
First, set up a private tour before you arrive. Long wait otherwise. Huge crowds may not move as quickly as you would like. But the artwork is amazing from ancient Greece and Rome though today. Then out to St Peters and all the splendor. Great books available after the tour.
30 May 2016
My husband and I enjoyed a tour with City Wonders Rome to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Vincenzo our tour guide was friendly, and informative. This is our third tour with City Wonders. We thoroughly enjoyed each tour, City Wonders Tour Guides Katrina in Paris, Anna and Vincenzo in Rome, thank you.
30 May 2016
Be sure to get your ticket ahead of time online, that will save you from waiting in long lines. You'll have to pass through the entire museum (it's worth it though) to finally get to the chapel. Inside the chapel the guards behave like army sergeants... It is an absolute horror ! You stand in awe when, suddenly, a very...
25 May 2016
When visiting Vatican City, attractions like St. Peter's Basilica, the Museum and the Sistine Chapel should not be missed out. I spent two hours in the Museum (and more than half an hour in the Chapel) although I am not a fan of renaissance art. The paintings in the Stanze di Raffaello were amazing – especially the harmony of colours....
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