Purchasing Vatican tickets will undoubtedly become a major priority as you organize your perfect trip to Rome. Millions of tourists go through the process each year as they visit the hub of Christianity, the home of the Pope.
When entering the Holy See, you will be taken through airport-style security, bringing home the reality that you are, in fact, entering an independent city-state. Not only can the actual entrance into the smallest state in the world seem a little complicated, but also the pre-purchase of tickets.
Various entrances, entrance times, and opening hours can make the imposing border walls of Vatican City seem as impenetrable as they must have upon their 9th-century construction. However, this does not have to be the case. By taking a Vatican tour, accessing different areas and timings can become a stress-free possibility.
Skip-the-line Vatican tickets
At Walks Inside Rome, our entire catalog of Vatican tours include either timed priority entrance or skip-the-line tickets. Negating the queues as you enter the Vatican Museums allows the mind to completely focus on the wonders that lie within; such as the Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, and Gallery of the Candelabra.
Utilizing skip-the-line and timed Vatican tickets also does a great deal for the most sought-after site in Vatican City; the Sistine Chapel. The world-renowned artistic and religious phenomenon can, of course, become a little busy. Taking a tour with skip-the-line entrance takes away the stress of firstly finding the home of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment as you wind through the countless rooms, galleries, and corridors filled with cultural treasures, and secondly averting the crowds that can gather at peak times.
What’s more, once you have unlocked the treasures of the Vatican Museums, you can use your Vatican tickets to enter the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica. Whilst it is possible to walk straight into St. Peter’s Square, effectively entering Vatican City without the use of a ticket, those wanting to see what lies within, such as Michelangelo’s Pieta will need to use this ticket.
Special access through early entry Vatican tickets
When visiting one of the world’s premier tourist attractions, there are some paths to take that will make the experience truly unforgettable. By taking one of our VIP early access tours, your Vatican tickets will be valid for entry up to one hour before general opening, giving ample time for a stunning and peaceful tour of all the highlights. See below for a selection of our early entry Vatican tours:
- Early Bird at the Vatican with Breakfast: Either private or semi-private, explore the Vatican with VIP entrance before the crowds and a fresh, early bird breakfast.
- VIP Earliest Entry Sistine Chapel Tour: Step inside the Vatican at 8:00 am, an hour before the general public, and experience the Sistine Chapel without the crowds.
- Early Morning Vatican Tour: Either private or in a small group, enter up to an hour before general opening in a complete Vatican tour.
Experience the Vatican at night with extended hours tickets
Not only are the specific Vatican tickets for early access, there is also the option to enter this tiny city-state after the general opening has been and gone for the day. Available only on Fridays and Saturdays, our Vatican by Night tours commence in the early hours of the evening.
In addition to entering the Holy See after the crowds have dispersed, our private evening tours of the Vatican can be paired with an optional happy hour-style aperitivo in the Pinecone Courtyard. Surrounded by the timeworn statues of ancient Rome and the shapely gardens of the courtyard, your culinary experience within the walls of the Vatican Museums will be an unforgettable memory.
Discover the Vatican with Walks Inside Rome
Walks Inside Rome has provided private and small-group tours of the Vatican since 1999.
Taking care of all the essentials, including the potential maze of purchasing Vatican tickets, we offer immersive, authentic, and educational tours with local, licensed guides, our expertise spans art, history, archeology, and food.
Send us an email or check out our complete catalog of tours and experiences via our website. We can’t wait to hear from you so we can help build your Vatican tour and start exploring together!