See priceless works of art from the Papal collections in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Marvel at masterpieces from antiquity to…
What people are saying about Vatican Gardens
This was a wonderful option with kids. This allows you to just skip the line, go right in and and see what you want-no tour guide. This was so important in the summer heat. With young kids, we opted to bypass a lot of the museum (the first half) and go into the Sistine Chapel... in order to get into the Sistine Chapel during the busy summer months, you still have to see a good portion of the museum anyway as you work your way on the path to the Sistine chapel. With this ticket, you aren’t with a tour so you don’t have to wait in a group... you can go at your pace. After the Sistine Chapel you can also go into St Peters Basilica-Free and open to just walk in before leaving Vatican City. Enjoy!
The timed entrance ticket worked well. Security check and obtaining ticket from my online voucher straightforward. It was very busy as I'd expected, but there were far too many tour groups. It was hard to get past them as a solo traveller, and when I did pass I got dirty looks and comments from people on the tours thinking I was jumping ahead of them. This happened alot and I didn't like it. Also it was extremely hot and humid inside. Of course the ceilings and tapestries were stunning, and the Sistine Chapel amazing, but I was very glad to get out into the fresh air, even though it was hot outside
We are glad we pre booked the beat the line tickets because it was REALLY busy in mid July. This saved waiting in line outside, however the huge crowd of people all wanting to see the Sistine Chapel was too much! It was very hot and very claustrophobic. You just get swept along with crowd and there is not really the time to appreciate it. However the grounds are beautiful which is welcome after being jostled along in the queue. Don’t expect any smiles from the Vatican staff or security they are all very surly and rather unfriendly.
We really enjoyed the trip and we're impressed how quickly and simply we entered the museum. Allow plenty of time (at least 3hrs) as there's loads to see. It was fantastic to see all the amazing artwork and the Sistine Chapel was a highlight. The only downside was the amount of people inside at the time – our trip was at 9am and the place was packed – we felt herded from one room to the next with little room to appreciate anything or take photos. If you take this trip, choose your time and date wisely.
Glad we booked the fast track for the Vatican museum. It’s well worth a visit, but be warned, you are on a one way treadmill with hoards if people. It’s a bit like going through ikea..., The Basilica was not included in this ticket, but it is free, and the queue we joined seemed long, but went down really quickly, so I wouldn’t pay to jump the queue for the church. I’ve been to the museum twice now, so most likely will not go again. The basilica is amazing though, and well worth repeat visits.