Vatican Museums
Last Minute Tickets

The Vatican Museums, housing an extraordinary collection of art and historical artifacts, are among the most visited attractions in Rome. However, securing a ticket through the official website can be challenging, as they often sell out weeks or even months in advance. This is largely due to the high demand and the limited number of tickets released each day to preserve the integrity of the priceless treasures inside.

However, there's no need to worry if you've missed out on booking early and there is a good chance you will get to visit the Vatican Museums. Third-party resellers and tour operators often have last-minute tickets when the official website has sold out or unavailable. These vendors secure tickets in bulk well in advance, specifically to cater to visitors who weren't able to get tickets from the official website.

Whether you're making spontaneous travel plans or the official website is sold out, these third-party platforms can be your saving grace for an unforgettable time in the Eternal City. If these vendors don’t have single tickets available, then the Vatican Museums are likely sold out. However, you may still be able to visit as part of a guided tour. Just remember to compare offerings for the best deal and rest assured, the treasures of the Vatican can be within your reach, even at the last minute.
There are a few different types of tickets for the Vatican Museums:
General admission tickets cost €22, which includes the online €5 service charge.Reduced fare is €13, including the online service charge. Tickets bought online also allow visitors to skip the lines. Children under 6 and visitors with disabilities plus one caregiver, among others, are allowed to enter for free.

Breakfast at the Vatican Museums tickets are priced at €40 per person and include an American-style breakfast. The reduced rate is €31 per person.

Lunch at the Vatican Museums tickets are a bit pricier at €41.50 and includes a hearty Italian lunch menu. Reduced rate tickets are €32.50 and tickets with a kid’s menu cost €22.

Prime Experience tickets, which include early access, breakfast and a guided tour of the Vatican Museums cost €68 per person, which the reduced rate is €59. There are also VIP Prime Experience tickets for groups of up to 10 visitors that cost €370 per person, with a reduced rate of €361 each.

Standard tickets for the Vatican Gardens cost €40 per person, while the reduce rate is €31 and children under 6 enter for free.
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The Vatican Museums are located inside the Vatican City, which sits on a hill in the northwestern part of Rome and bordered by the Tiber River to the west.

The enclave is recognizable by its famous basilica, St. Peter's Basilica, and its imposing walls. It is easily accessible by car, public transportation (bus, metro, train and tram) and on foot from the center of Rome.

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The Vatican Museums can be directly accessed from the city of Rome via the entrance located across the street from Caffè Vaticano.

If you are already visiting the Vatican, it’s only a 15 to 20-minute walk from St. Peter’s Square to the Vatican Museums. Make your way to the street then follow the Vatican wall on your left until you reach the entrance.


Tours in the Vatican Museums involve a lot of walking, so there are several areas where visitors can rest and take a break. The designated rest areas with seating can be found in the Courtyard of the Cuirasses, Courtyard of the Pinacoteca, Square Garden and Courtyard of the Pinecone.

Visitors with families and strollers are welcome at the Vatican Museums. Staff will assist in showing the easiest route and provide access to elevators for convenient museum navigation. Throughout the tour, there are designated areas with baby changing facilities and a nursing room, while some of the dining areas can provide highchairs.


The Vatican Museums often host special events, exhibitions, and cultural programs, such as concerts, lectures, and guided tours, which offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the art, history, and culture of the Vatican. These events may require an additional ticket, so check with the official Vatican Museums website for further information about what is on offer.


Visitors are not allowed to consume drinks or food in the exhibition areas and galleries, however the Vatican Museums offer a range of dining options.

These include vending machines, cafeterias, pizzerias, a bistrot and a self-service restaurant. The vending machines, cafeterias and pizzerias offer snacks, drinks and light meals, while the bistrot and restaurant offer a more formal dining experience.

On the menu you will find a selection of Italian and international favorites, including the national dish of Vatican City - fettuccine alla papalina, a dish inspired by the more well-now pasta alla carbonara.

If you opt to eat on the move, it is important to dispose of any waste properly. For safety reasons, waste containers are only located in designated areas outside the main itinerary, namely near the main entrance, courtyards, refreshment areas and restrooms.

The Vatican hill is located in central Rome, making it easy to visit several other attractions in the city.

Among the highlights that every visitor should consider are the emblematic Colosseum amphitheater, the impeccably preserved Pantheon, the Fontana di Trevi, the Borghese Gallery and the towering Castel Sant’Angelo.

No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the iconic Spanish Steps - connecting Piazza di Spagna to the church of Trinità dei Monti, this grand staircase consisting of 138 steps offers a breathtaking view of Rome. During the warmer months, the Spanish Steps come alive with street artists and vendors.

Make sure to stop at one of Rome’s famed squares, such as Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Venezia and Campo de' Fiori, to catch your breath, grab a snack or drink and soak in the atmosphere.

If you wish, you can join a Squares and Fountains walking tour to admire the most remarkable public architectural works and learn more about their rich history.