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Planning a Vatican visit? 10 tips to organize a Vatican tour

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If you are planning to visit Rome you can not miss a Vatican Tour! Follow our 10 tips for an unforgettable Vatican visit.

The Vatican Museums are among the most famous museums in the world, with overwhelming art collections. But you have to know that the Vatican Museums were never designed to be a museum and keep in mind that there are "only" 1300 rooms and over 7 kilometres of galleries to be seen! So, arrange a Vatican visit could not be so easy! You have to deal with crowding issues, long queue and a lot of things to visit, like the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael's rooms, the Vatican Gardens, the Map Room or the St. Peter's Basilica. For this reason it's worth taking a minute to think about your interests before choosing a Vatican tour.

The following 10 tips will help you better enjoy your Vatican visit!

1. Skip the line tickets for the Vatican Museums are worth the extra cost?
Yes! Actually (2013) the standard tickets cost 16 euro per person, but if you would like to pre-purchase your skip the line tickets the cost increase: 20 euro per person! Of course 4 euro more per person ? above all for families ? are really a high cost, but you can skip really long queue?up to 2 hours of waiting! You can book your tickets here

2. There is a dress code to enter inside the Vatican Museums and St. Peter Basilica?
Yes, both man and women have to cover their shoulders and knees. Even if you have pre-paid the tickets it is not possible to enter inside the Vatican Museums with inappropriate clothing.

3. Where is the entrance of the Vatican Museums and of St. Peter's Basilica?
The main entrance of the Vatican Museums is in Viale Vaticano, while the entrance of St. Peter Basilica is through St. Peter's Square: the entrances are 10/15 minutes walk of each other. To avoid this long walk there is only a solution: enter first in the Vatican Museums and then trough a secret passage in the Sistine Chapel, you can reach the St. Peter's Basilica in 1 minute! But you have to know that this hidden passage is reserved only to organized group and private Vatican tour with licensed tour guide.

4. How can you reach the Vatican Museums?
Near the Vatican there are 2 metro stops: Cipro and Ottaviano (line A). Here below a picture with the directions to reach both the Vatican Museums and the St. Peter's Basilica


5. Do you need a guided Vatican tour or it is better a self-guided Vatican visit?
Take part to a guided Vatican tour will save you a lot of time and yoll never forget this experience, thanks to an expert commentary of a guide, that will disclose you all the secrets of the Vatican city! In this way yoll easily enjoy your visit and you can admire the most important masterpieces, without getting lost in the thousands of rooms! Then yoll have other 2 important advantages: yoll skip the long line and yoll cross the secret passage between the Vatican Museums and the St. Peter's Basilica that will safe you about 40 minutes: in fact tourists that don't join a group have to reach the exit of the Vatican Museums, thank have to reach the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica and cross the security control!
But pay attention: in Italy only licensed tour guide can conduct a Vatican tour, so ? before spend a lot of money - ask always for a full licensed tour guide!
If you would not to join a group or organize a private Vatican tour, take at least a podcast, good books, and be sure to have really a lot of time at your disposal!

6. There is any restaurant inside the Vatican Museums?
Unfortunately no, so take with you food and water because there are few places to get food or water inside the Museums. Above all, during the summer, take with you a bottle of water and consider that the Vatican Museums do not have air-conditioning

7. There are security controls to enter inside the Museums or the Basilica?
Yes, so don't bring large luggage with you because you have to leave it at the checkroom.

8. Which are the best days to visit the Vatican Museums?
First of all you have to know that the Vatican Museums are closed in these dates:
Every Sunday (with the exception of the last Sunday of the month)
January 1, 6
February 11
March 19, 31
April 1
May 1
June 29
August 14, 15
November 1
December 25, 26

Then, answer to this question is really difficult because the Vatican Museums is always crowded! Surely avoid the last Sunday of the month, also known as the free Sunday, and the first day that follow a closing day. Indeed, prefer an afternoon tour.

9. It is possible to take pictures in the Vatican Museums?
Yes, it is possible everywhere, except in the Sistine Chapel

10. The Vatican is wheelchair accessible?
Yes, there is a visit itinerary reserved to people on a wheelchair. Indeed, people with special needs and one carer for disabled don't pay the ticket entrance. They can also skip the long lines without any reservation.

Book your Vatican tour with us: take a glance at our proposals and choose the right Vatican visit for you!

Vatican tour: skip the line at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter Basilica (3h)
39 euro per person

Vatican Museums and St. Peter Basilica tour + city bus tour (5h)
77 euro per person

Private Vatican tour

Vatican Gardens tour

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