Vatican: Dosage instructions Here at the reception of Go2Rome.com we often get the same questions about the Vatican. I thought I’d make a list of a few “tips and tricks” on how to make life easier for you travellers! Skipping the line, YES there a way: book a tickets online directly from the Vatican: http://goo.gl/rKyTJ and save commission money from other tourist portals. This will save you a 30 minute line but it will not avoid you to be packed like a sardine once inside. If you have extra money to spend (and I truly advise it) schedule an after hour tour (visit this link: http://goo.gl/CzR2t) Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours. The museums are extensive and astonishing, you will need time. Prices for Vatican Museum (Sistine Chapel): Full price ticket: Euro 16,00. Reduced ticket: Euro 8,00. Every ticket reserved online has a reservation fee of Euro 4,00. Audioguide (optional): Euro 7,00. Family Tour for children between 5 and 12 years old (optional): Euro 5,00. Biggest mistake people make when planning to visit the Vatican: Very often people will go directly into St Peters Basilica line up and once they’re in the Basilica they start looking for the Sistine Chapel. Wrong! The Sistine Chapel is in the Vatican Museum which is about a km away. For the Basilica you get off Ottaviano subway stop while for the Vatican Museum you get off at Cipro.
The best time to go: The best time to visit the Vatican is around 2.30pm. The afternoon is much quieter because all of the guide books say to avoid the lines you must go first thing in the morning! From Tuesday to Friday it is very unlikely you will have to wait in line if you arrive after 2pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the quietest days as the Vatican is closed on Sundays which make Monday and Saturday very busy. The Pope does his Papal audience on Wednesdays which also makes Wednesdays very crowded as well. The Vatican Museums close at 4.30pm with the last exit at 6pm. St Peters Basilica closes at 7pm. How much does it cost to see the Pope? To see the Pope is FREE! The Pope comes out at 10.30am on Wednesdays on St Peters Square. To see the Pope in the front line you will need tickets. Swiss Guards give out tickets and they are free. How? Its simple, just walk up to a guard and ask. If you arrive early enough with this papal ticket you can literally get 3 meters away from the Pope.