Vatican Museums Ticket and Tour FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The Vatican Museum Tickets price can vary depending on the type of tour or ticket you are purchasing. The standard ticket for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is €28.00, but there are several different types of tickets available including those for groups, students, and those under 18 or over 65.

Additionally, there are Vatican Guided Tours available for an additional cost depending on the tour. Some tours include access to special exhibitions, which may cost additional. It’s recommended to check out our designated online Vatican Museum Tickets page for the most updated and accurate pricing information. Or call us for up-to-date information.

Yes, there are peak seasons and times when tours and tickets for the Vatican Museums sell out quickly. The most crowded times are typical during the summer months (June-August) and around holidays such as Easter and Christmas. Additionally, the museums are often busy on weekends and during school holidays.

It’s highly recommended to book your tour or tickets in advance, especially during peak season and during holidays, as the number of visitors allowed inside the Vatican Museums is limited each day.

During these peak seasons and holidays, the museums and tours can sell out quickly, so it’s best to book as far in advance as possible to ensure that you are able to secure a spot on the tour or visit on the day you want.

It’s also important to note that on some days the Vatican Museums are closed, such as on Sundays (except the last Sunday of each month, when the museums are open and free of charge) and on religious holidays.

It’s always recommended to check the official Vatican Museums website for the most up-to-date information on the availability of tours and tickets, as well as the schedule of the museums and any closures.

Both reservations and walk-up tickets are available for tours of the Vatican.

It is highly recommended to book your tour or tickets in advance, as the number of visitors allowed inside the Vatican Museums is limited each day. This can help to avoid long lines and ensure that you are able to secure a spot on the tour you want.

Reservations are available online through our Vatican Museum Tickets website.

However, it is also possible to purchase tickets on the day of the visit, but it is not guaranteed that you will be able to enter on the day you visit.

Additionally, some popular tours such as the “Vatican Private Tour” or the “Vatican Night Tour” usually require a reservation in advance.

It is also important to note that on some days the Vatican Museums are closed, such as on Sundays (except the last Sunday of each month, when the museums are open and free of charge) and on religious holidays.

The duration of a Vatican tour can vary depending on the type of tour you choose.

A standard tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel typically lasts around 2-3 hours.

Guided tours may last longer and can include additional stops such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Gardens, or special exhibitions.

The standard guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel typically includes the following:

  • Access to the Vatican Museums and Galleries which house one of the largest and most important art collections in the world. It comes with works from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. As well as masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
  • Visit the famous Sistine Chapel, where you can admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoes on the ceiling and the altar wall.
  • You can also enter St. Peter’s Basilica using a Free Pass. It is one of the most important religious sites in the world, where you can see famous works of art such as the Pietà by Michelangelo and the Baldacchino by Bernini.
  • Access to special exhibitions or museums within the Vatican.

Some guided tours you can choose are:

  • Early Morning Vatican Tour
  • Private Vatican Tour VIP Experience
  • Vatican Night Tour in the Evening
  • Vatican Tour and St Peters Dome Climb

It’s important to check the tour description and itinerary to know exactly what is included in the tour you choose.

While it’s not strictly necessary to buy Vatican Museum tickets in advance, it is highly recommended. Purchasing skip the line Vatican tickets beforehand allows you to skip the often long lines at the entrance. Saving you significant time and hassle.

During peak tourist seasons, same-day Vatican skip the line tickets can sell out quickly. So booking in advance ensures you gain entry on your desired date and time. Online online vatican museum tickets reservations can be made directly through our website. Visit the Vatican Museums tickets page to secure your place.

Yes, there are certain restrictions on what can be worn and brought into the Vatican Museums.

Regarding clothing, the Vatican has a strict dress code that must be followed:

  • Visitors must dress modestly and cover their shoulders and legs (no shorts, miniskirts, or revealing tops).
  • Hats or head coverings must be removed when entering the Basilica.
  • Visitors are not allowed to wear clothes with offensive messages or images.

Regarding bags and personal items, the following restrictions apply:

  • Large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas must be left at the baggage deposit located outside the Vatican Museums.
  • Smaller bags and handbags are allowed but may be subject to security checks.
  • Tripods, selfie sticks, and large cameras are not allowed inside the Vatican Museums, but small cameras are permitted.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed inside the Vatican Museums, except for water in a sealed bottle.

It’s important to note that these restrictions may change based on the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s always recommended to check the official Vatican Museums website for the most updated information. Or call us.

You can bring a small backpack to the Vatican Museums. However, large backpacks, luggage, and bulky items must be checked into the cloakroom before entering the museum. This is a security measure to ensure the safety of both the artworks and the visitors.

Security screenings, including metal detectors, are mandatory for all visitors, and you may be asked to open your bag for inspection. It’s best to travel light, carrying only essential items.

Yes, sneakers are perfectly acceptable footwear for visiting the Vatican. The dress code emphasizes modesty regarding clothing rather than specific types of shoes. Since you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking, comfortable shoes like sneakers are recommended.

Bringing your passport to the Vatican is not necessary for entry into the museums. However, if you have purchased a discounted ticket (e.g., student, senior), you will need to present a valid ID to verify your eligibility for the discount. In such cases, a passport can serve as a valid form of identification. Additionally, carrying a passport is generally a good practice when traveling abroad for identification purposes.

  • Standard Group Tours: These tours offer a comprehensive overview of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, led by knowledgeable guides.
  • Private Tours: These tours provide a more personalized experience, with a private guide tailoring the tour to your interests. They can be more flexible in terms of pace and areas visited.
  • Early Access Vatican Tour: These Before Hours Vatican tours allow you to enter the museums before the general public, usually early in the morning. This is an excellent option for avoiding crowds and enjoying a quieter experience.
  • Vatican Night Tours: Offered during specific times of the year, these tours let you explore the museums in the evening. The museums are beautifully lit, providing a unique atmosphere.
  • Family Tours: Specially designed for families with children, these tours include engaging activities and educational content to keep younger visitors interested.
  • Specialized Tours: These may focus on specific themes or collections within the museum. Such as art history, archaeology, or religious significance.

Yes, most Vatican Museum Tour tickets include skip-the-line access. This allows you to bypass the often lengthy general admission lines and enter the museums more quickly. This is particularly beneficial during peak tourist seasons when lines can be extremely long.

Yes, entry to the Sistine Chapel is included with all Vatican Museum Tour tickets. The Sistine Chapel is located within the Vatican Museums. So all visitors to the museums will have access to it as part of their tour or general admission ticket.

Visiting the Vatican Museums at the right time can significantly enhance your experience by avoiding the largest crowds and ensuring a more enjoyable visit. Here are some recommendations based on the official timings and special considerations of Vatican Museum hours:

Regular Hours (March 1 to December 31)
  • Monday to Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM (last admission at 5:00 PM)
  • Friday and Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM (last admission at 6:00 PM)
  • Sunday: Closed
Special Considerations
  • Free Entry Days: On the last Sunday of each month, the museums offer free entry from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (final entry at 12:30 PM). These days can be very crowded due to the free admission, so if you prefer a quieter visit, it’s best to avoid these times.

The best times to visit the Vatican Museums to avoid crowds are:

  • Early Morning: Arriving right when the museums open at 9 AM on weekdays.
  • Late Afternoon: Another good time to visit is late in the afternoon, especially on weekdays. Arriving around 3:00 PM gives you ample time to explore before the last admission at 5:00 PM and stay until closing at 7:00 PM.
  • Off-Season: Visiting during the off-season months (November to February) generally means fewer tourists.
  • Midweek: Tuesdays through Thursdays tend to be less crowded compared to weekends and Mondays.
  • Friday and Saturday Evenings: The extended hours until 8:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays make the late afternoon and early evening a good time to visit, as many tourists will have left by then.

When booking Vatican Museum Tour tickets, it’s important to understand the cancellation and rescheduling policies, which can vary. Here’s how you can handle cancellations and rescheduling for most bookings with us:

Standard Bookings:
  • Cancellation: Generally, for standard bookings, you can cancel your ticket and receive a full refund if you notify us at least 24 hours before your scheduled departure time.
  • Rescheduling: We allow you to reschedule your tour if you contact us at least 24 hours in advance.
Last-Minute Bookings:
  • Non-Refundable: Last-minute bookings are typically non-refundable. This means that if you need to cancel, you won’t receive a refund.
  • Notification: Even for last-minute bookings, if you need to cancel, you should notify us at least 24 hours before your scheduled departure time. In some cases, we might offer alternative solutions, such as rescheduling your tour, although this is not guaranteed.
All Sales Final:

For tours labeled under the ‘All Sales Final’ status, the policy is very strict:

  • Non-Refundable: Once you confirm the booking, the tour reservation is non-refundable. This means that if you need to cancel your tour, you will not receive a refund under any circumstances.
  • Non-Cancellable: You cannot cancel your tour reservation after it has been confirmed. The policy states that no changes or cancellations are permitted once the booking is made.
What to Do if Your Plans Change

Given the stringent nature of the Tour Cancellation policy, here are some tips on how to handle any changes in your travel plans:

  • Review Details Carefully Before Booking: Make sure your travel plans are firm before confirming a booking for a tour with a non-refundable, non-cancellable policy.
  • Contact Us: Although the policy is strict, it’s worth contacting us if you have a significant issue. While refunds or cancellations are not guaranteed, we may offer some flexibility or alternative solutions in exceptional circumstances. Call us at +39 062 757 630 to cancel any Vatican Tours.

Yes, you can explore St. Peter’s Basilica on your own after your Vatican Museum tour. Many guided tours end at the basilica, providing direct access. Once inside, you can take your time to admire the artwork, architecture, and religious significance of this iconic church. Admission to St. Peter’s Basilica is free, but there may be a security line to enter.

Most standard Vatican tours do not include the climb to St. Peter’s dome. The dome climb is typically a separate activity that can be done independently or booked as part of a specific tour package. If you wish to climb the dome, you can purchase tickets on-site. The climb involves ascending a combination of elevators and stairs, offering spectacular views of Rome and the Vatican City from the top.

However, we offer St. Peter’s Dome climb tickets that not only provide access to the dome but also include an exploration of the Papal Tombs. This comprehensive experience allows you to delve into the historical and spiritual significance of the site, making your visit to the Vatican even more memorable.

Yes, guided tours of Vatican Gardens are available, but they are separate from the standard Vatican Museum tours. These garden tours must be booked in advance, as access to the gardens is restricted and only allowed with an official guide. The Vatican Gardens tour offers a peaceful and scenic experience, showcasing beautiful landscapes, fountains, and historical monuments.

We offer guided tours of the Vatican Gardens with a multilingual audio guide, allowing you to explore the gardens comfortably. These tours are conducted with an Open Bus, providing an enjoyable and informative way to see the highlights of the gardens while listening to detailed commentary in your preferred language.

Yes, audio guides are available in multiple languages at the Vatican Museums. Audio guides are often included with the cost of a tour, but may also be available for rent separately.

Languages typically offered include English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese, among others.

It’s important to check the tour description and itinerary for the most up-to-date information on the availability of audio guides in different languages.

It’s also possible to rent the audio guide on the spot at the Vatican Museums, but it’s best to check the availability of the language you need before you go.

Alternatively, our tour also offers guided tours in multiple languages, this way you can enjoy the tour with a guide that speaks your language.

Yes, there are special tours and access available for those with mobility challenges at the Vatican Museums.

The Vatican Museums offer an adapted route for visitors with limited mobility, which allows them to visit the most important sections of the museums and the Sistine Chapel.

The route is accessible by wheelchair and includes ramps and elevators.

Additionally, the Vatican Museums have a wheelchair loan service, a service that allows visitors with mobility issues to borrow a wheelchair free of charge.

It’s recommended to contact the Vatican Museums in advance to request the adapted route or to reserve a wheelchair, as the number of wheelchairs available is limited.

It’s also important to note that due to the nature of the Vatican’s historical buildings, some areas may not be fully accessible and may present some difficulties for those with mobility issues.

It’s always recommended to contact us for the most updated information about accessibility and to plan accordingly.

Disabled visitors may be eligible for free entry to the Vatican Museums and reduced-price tickets for accompanying persons, but it depends on the type of disability and the documentation provided.

Visitors with disabilities and one companion are eligible for free admission to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

To obtain the free entry ticket, the visitor with a disability must present a valid ID that shows their disability status and a document showing the degree of disability (issued by the appropriate local authority in the visitor’s country of residence).

It’s recommended to check the official Vatican Museums website for the most up-to-date information on the documentation required, as well as the terms and conditions for obtaining a free entry ticket for disabled visitors.

Also, you can buy free entry tickets at the Vatican Museums’ ticket office, but it’s best to check the availability before you go.

Yes, there are special discounts and deals available for students at the Vatican Museums.

Vatican Museum Student Tickets: Full-time students under the age of 25 are eligible for a reduced-price ticket for both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. To avail of this Vatican student discount, students must present a valid student ID and a legal document (such as a passport or national ID card) when purchasing their tickets or entering the museums.

This discount makes it more affordable for young scholars to experience the rich cultural and historical treasures housed within the Vatican.

Children Discount: Children under the age of 6 can enter the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel free of charge. Additionally, young tourists aged 6 to 18 years can avail of discounted tickets. This ensures that families can enjoy visiting the Vatican Museums without a significant financial burden.

EU Citizen Discount: EU citizens aged between 18 and 25 can benefit from reduced ticket prices. This Vatican Museum reduced ticket student discount is part of the Vatican’s effort to make its cultural heritage more accessible to young adults within the European Union.


For the most up-to-date information on Vatican student tickets and other deals, it is recommended to check the official Vatican Museum Tickets website. Policies and discounts can change, so verifying the latest details online will ensure you have the correct information before your visit.

By taking advantage of these discounts, students and young visitors can enjoy a more affordable experience exploring the incredible art and history contained within the Vatican Museums.

Photography and videography are allowed inside the Vatican Museums, but there are some restrictions.

  • Photography is allowed for personal use only, and images may not be used for commercial purposes.
  • Flash photography and tripods are not allowed inside the museums.
  • Photography is not allowed in certain areas such as the Sistine Chapel.
  • Videography is allowed, but again, it’s for personal use only and not for commercial use.

it’s always recommended to check the official Vatican Museums website for the most updated information about photography and videography policy.

If you want you can choose a professional photography service from us during the booking process. And it comes with an extra charge.

It’s also worth noting that taking pictures of artworks is not the same as seeing them live, the colors and details are not captured by the camera, and the real experience is not the same.

Our Vatican Tours typically begin near the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The exact departure point for your tour is Via Germanico, 40. Look for our guides holding signs with the tour company’s logo to help you identify the correct meeting spot.

To ensure a smooth start to your tour, please make sure to arrive at the meeting point 25 minutes before the scheduled start time. Specific details, including directions and a map, will be provided in your booking confirmation email.

The size of the groups on our Vatican Tours can vary based on the type of tour you choose:

  • Standard Group Tours: Typically have around 20-30 participants, allowing for a manageable group size while still providing an intimate experience.
  • Small Group Tours: Limited to around 10-15 participants for a more personalized experience.
  • Private Tours: Tailored for individual groups, which can range from a single participant to larger private parties.

Our aim is to keep the groups small enough to ensure that each participant can easily hear and interact with the guide, while also enjoying a comfortable and engaging tour.

Yes, once your guided Vatican tour is over, you are welcome to continue exploring the Museums on your own. Your tour ticket includes general admission to the Vatican Museums, so you can take your time revisiting your favorite sections, exploring new areas, or simply enjoying the art and artifacts at your own pace. This allows you to make the most of your visit and see everything that interests you.

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