See priceless works of art from the Papal collections with skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Go on a stirring journey…
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…
Visit the Vatican Museums accompanied by an experienced guide who will cater to families and children. This visit will bring life to the works of art…
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…
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…
Skip the line at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel through an official priority entrance. On your small group tour, experience the best of the…
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 Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Enter through an exclusive privileged entry for Vatican Museums…
Enjoy immediate entry and a hassle-free tour of Saint Peter's Basilica, one of Rome’s prime attractions! Delight in hidden wonders of the Renaissance…
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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 to visit365 days a year!
- What is the price?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 tips
- 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
Our guide was Laura who was excellent and made the tour very interesting. The tour was longer than the 3 hours predicted but seemed necessary due to the amount to be seen. The only negative is the fact that there is no opportunity to take a break or rest during the tour which leads to tired limbs.
Our guide Manuela visibly knew (and enjoyed!) what she was doing. Using audioguides to hear her voice without disturbing others was an excellent idea. This tour was very well organised, We met at 7:30 and entered the Vatican at 8 o'clock sharp with already some useful and interesting information about the Vatican. We made the most of our three-hour tour of the Vatican museum, Sistine chapel and St Peter's Basilica, This early morning skip the line tour really exceeded our expectations.
Our guide Lucia took us on a great tour into another country!! We successfully managed to avoid a potential 3 hour queue, and this was in low season. Using individual radios we were able to get all the information while being able to take in the magnificent sights. Highly recommend this tour, don’t waste your time queueing when you can be enjoying St. Peter’s in all its splendour!!
This is by far the best way to see the Vatican. Our guide was brilliant in explaining the stories behind what we were seeing - very interesting, informative and entertaining.
Christina was just amazing! She went into so much depth and you can tell she is so passionate about what she does. I brought my mum to Rome as a surprise and to have Christina as a guide in the Vatican/ Basilica made it even better for her. She put me at ease as she engaged with the group, it really was one of the highlights of our trip! Thank you Christina, keep being you x