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Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

Brisbane, Australia
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Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

Hi experts or locals,

How big are the queues in early December?

What will be the best way to visit when traveling with kids but not expensive?

Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

There are always queues for the Vatican Museum, although often less in the afternoon. The least expensive way is to join the ticket line and buy a ticket at the entrance. For a little more, you can make an online booking for entry at a particular time with mv.vatican.va

Be aware that the Sistine Chapel is usually *very* crowded and this can be frightening for small children. Most adults find it difficult to appreciate the art work.

St Paul, MN
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2. Re: Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

I have been to the Vatican Museums/Sistine chapel in Feb and Dec. In the morning there is a big line that you might have to wait in for 1-2 hours. You can buy ticket online now. If you don't do that, the best other time is after 1 pm.

St Paul, MN
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3. Re: Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

In Feb and Dec, the Colosseum can also be crowded sometimes, but not consistantly. None of the other Museums have lines at all.

Brisbane, Australia
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4. Re: Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

What about the tours? Will we skip the queues? which tour company will be suitable for our situation and a value for the money? Will it be a difference between tours or buying tickets online on the Vatican website?

Edited: 2:08 am, November 21, 2012
Sydney, Australia
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5. Re: Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

The tours skip the queue, but they cost significantly more than buying online from the Vatican, the tour groups can be large, and you have to move at the same pace as the other members of the group.

Brisbane, Australia
posts: 28
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6. Re: Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

On the Vatican Museums is advertised that buying tickets online you skip the line. They have even an time to book. Does it mean that your are going straight in at that time or just that you join the queue and skip buying the tickets?

…vatican.va/musei/tickets/do…

Sydney, Australia
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7. Re: Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

You bypass the ticket queue, go to the Museum entry a few minutes before the booked time, and are admitted. You still have the short queue for security.

Brisbane, Australia
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8. Re: Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

Thanks a lot.

Latina, Italy
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9. Re: Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

Ok this is not December. But I suppose it's the lowest season you can get.

As of half an hour ago (i.e. getting on for lunchtime) there was no queue at all for the Vatican Museum. You could just waltz in.

pittsburgh
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10. Re: Museums and Chapel Sistine in Vatican - queues

It's true that in the afternoon there is usually little to no lines outside but the inside of the museums is still very crowded. The hallways and galleries leading up to the Sistine chapel are packed with people no matter the time of day. The chapel itself will be wall to wall people. If you have small children I would suggest avoiding the museums as the kids will only see the backsides of those around them and not enjoy any of the artwork they may be near.

Donna