Get more time to immerse yourself in the Vatican's awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the museums and basilicas. Your expert guide will bring…
See priceless works of art from the Papal collections with escorted entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Go on a stirring journey through…
Discover one of the most beautiful sites in the world on this fantastic 3-hour tour of the Vatican with skip-the-line access. Explore the Vatican…
Benefit from immediate entry to St. Peter’s Basilica and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace. Using your own mobile phone or tablet, marvel…
See all the most important sights of the Vatican City with a guide in your chosen language. Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums, Sistine…
Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica and spend more time gazing in awe at masterpieces of art and…
Take a guided tour of the Vatican state and discover the Vatican Museums, walk inside the Sistine Chapel, see the glorious work of Michelangelo and…
Skip the lines and enter the Vatican Museums an hour before the general public arrives. On this half-day tour you’ll explore the Vatican Museums, the…
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Vatican City – everyone’s heard about it, but what is it exactly? Is it a part of Rome, is it independent, are only priests allowed in? There are a lot of mysteries and misconceptions surrounding Vatican City, so here are 5 fascinating facts.
With a tiny population of 842 and an area of 110 acres (roughly an eighth of New York’s Central Park), Vatican City is the world's smallest independent nation-state.
As a completely non-commercial economy, all of Vatican City’s money comes from donations, museum admission fees and the sale of postage stamps, books and tourist souvenirs.
Featuring the world-famous Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City is a highly popular tourist destination, attracting over 4 million visitors yearly.
In 1277, a secret passageway was built between the Vatican City and the nearby fortified castle Castel Sant’Angelo, providing an escape route for the pope if the city was attacked.
The colorfully dressed men standing in front of the city’s entrances are the famous Swiss Guards. Former mercenaries, they are now the permanent de facto army of Vatican City.
Although Vatican City is extremely popular with tourists all year around, if you’re looking for a quieter visit, your best bet is during the low season between November and February.
There is so much to see in Vatican City, make sure you’re not pressed for time. Importantly, if you want to see the Sistine Chapel, it’s essential that you enter the Vatican Museums before 3:00 PM so you can reach the chapel before it closes.
Although there is more than enough to take in as an individual visitor, those who want to learn about Vatican City’s rich history would benefit from one of the many excellent tours offered. There are public as well as private tours. Note that latter need to be booked well in advance.
You’re unlikely to run into the pope on your visit to Vatican City. However, every Wednesday the pope holds a public audience on St. Peter’s Square in the summer and in the Audience Hall during winter. The audience starts at 10:30 AM, but most visitors arrive earlier to secure a good seat. Security opens between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM.
- When should I visit?365 days a year!
- Is it expensive?Free to look at from the outside. Admission tickets vary.
- Will I need a guide?Not compulsory, but recommended.
- How to get thereTaxi, bus, metro, tram or by foot from Rome. Look here for more detailed directions.
- Additional information
- Large bags are not allowed in the museums, so pack light!
- There is often no air conditioning in the museums so make sure to dress accordingly and bring a bottle of water.
What people are saying about Vatican City
Very happy I booked this tour of the Vatican. Linda was absolutely lovely and gave just the right amount of information without overwhelming you with facts. I learned and laughed quite a bit. Definitely will recommend to friends visiting Rome.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. We had a great tour, very informative commentary throughout. Would definitely recommend
She told us so many amazing facts and stories we wouldn’t have known. Great tour while allowing plenty of time for photos and enjoying al the art and amazing views.
Booked a no line/queue entry to Vatican museum without tour. All good and on time. We went in as mentioned. We managed to take our own time to see the things we want. Got my own vatican museum book guide which was really helpful. Stayed inside for 4 hours. Tours tend to rush people but it's up to your own preference.
I would strongly encourage people visiting the Vatican to use a tour guide. Not only it is much easier to get in but it also gives you more insights on the history of the works of art!