Città del Vaticano
Città del Vaticano
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The world's smallest state, center of Catholicism, and home to the Pope.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighborhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighborhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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  • Broxy24
    Brundall, United Kingdom124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See
    We booked the guided tour with skip the line through Get Your Guide and we were really glad we did! The queue to get in was huge! Our tour guide was friendly and welcoming, and so knowledgeable about the Vatican. A highly enjoyable morning. It was very crowded but that's to be expected. Definitely a must visit if you're heading to Rome. Don't forget to dress modestly - they were handing out covers for shoulders and knees.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Andres72423
    Bridgeport, Connecticut4,768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    What an amazing place this is. Literally. The smallest country in the world but what an amazing experience. We took the tour of the museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s basilica. It took us about 4-5 hours to see it all but we could have easily stayed for another few hours. The art and spiritually of the place was without compare. I highly recommend a visit if you visit Rome.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Travellover0773
    Singapore, Singapore147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place to visit
    Ensure that you go early to avoid the queue. It also gives you the advantage of taking nice photos without the crowd. I bought the package which inclusive of breakfast in Vatican itself, which was a nice experience. Just need to ensure you go in through the correct door. Overall, I had a great time exploring the place. In fact, I came twice. Just by sitting around admiring the architecture was a pleasing moment
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Attenzione Attrazione
    Florence, Italy160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When in Rome, visit it, if you have time !
    First and foremost, whether you are interested in this subject or not, you should go at least once in your life. There is no admission fee or identification required to enter one of the world's smallest states. There is no shade, except under the pillows surrounding the Vatican. And if you want to visit the garden and the most famous celling in the world, which is located in the Sistine Chapel, you must purchase a ticket in advance and be prepared to wait in line on the Sun (it can be extremely long, a couple hundred meters). Water and souvenirs are twice as expensive as in nearby shops in the center of Rome. (A small bottle of water costs 2 euros, and magnets cost between 2 and 4 euros). Food and coffee can be up to 10x times more expensive than 100m away and closer to the center of Rome. You cannot go with your car or bike, you must either go by foot or by bus to some point and then by foot. And Yes, you should visit it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • EJM
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place - book a tour for a better experience
    We booked a skip the line breakfast tour through Headout and so glad we did! The breakfast part was vile - but we had seen reviews so knew not to expect haute cuisine. Pourable scrambled eggs and cold potato wedges anyone? The best option to see the Vatican is to do an early skip the line. It’s still very busy but at least you won’t have a 3 hour wait to get in. The beauty of the place outweighs the crowds, it is breathtaking. Having a guide helped to fill in the background to what we were seeing, and our guide Sabrina was brilliant. The Sistine Chapel is very much a conveyor belt - quick look and move on - but the rest of the museums tour makes up for that. It’s impossible to see everything as it’s too vast, but we had a great time just the same.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
  • sashakeena
    Vancouver, Canada11,717 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Experience!
    We went with City Wonder Tours for our tour through the Vatican City. It was a good choice for us as we skipped the line & able to see all of the historic artifacts. Weather was still warm in last week of September so stay hydrated.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • jo
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing.
    Amazing trip and it's an incredibly unique place to visit. If you want to visit the Vatican I would recommend pre booking a skip the line tour. The only thing we missed out on was climbing up the basilica, which we did not hear about until there.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,593 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit site
    There are three big sites to visit in Vatican City: the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Visit all three as its amazing. Avoid the tour with the lunch as it is poor. We only purchased the visit with lunch as its was all I could find as far as skip the line tickets.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 18, 2024
  • Harriet
    Nottingham, United Kingdom402 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    Such a great day to the Vatican City. It is so interesting. We had a guided tour of the gardens and the hallway down to the Sistine chapel, which was amazing! I would definitely recommend booking a tour in advance as the queue was so long and we were able to walk straight in. Also the tour guides are so knowledgeable!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2024
  • Hany G
    Bakersfield, California1,798 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smallest country!
    It is a must while you are in rome. There are many busy places to visit, the museum, the sistine chappel, the square and st Paul basilica. Yiu will be searched like an airport in order to get inside the city.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2024
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mileswratten
London, UK136 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We booked a tour for the museums, Sistine Chapel and the Basilica. From the outset we were told that the Vatican was massively overbooking and we were unlikely to make it into the Basilica. The amount of time waiting to get in, even with the skip the line ticket, was long, and by the time we had audio guides etc we were unable to see anything within the museum. We had to move very quickly but there were just so many people that it was impossible to enjoy. We got to spend all of two minutes in the Sistine Chapel to ensure we could get to the Basilica. Be careful about the times you book tours for, ours was 2.5 hours starting at 10.45am, and it would have been impossible for us to do what was offered as the Vatican closes the entrance to the Basilica at certain times.
Written January 5, 2020
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Lynn S
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Luckily we purchased tickets to the Vatican museums and sistine chapel with an audioguide beforehand(we did this directly on the Vatican website). This enabled us to bypass the enormous queue for tickets(in February). Audioguide was good .short explanaitions of key exhibits which was perfect because we would have been there days otherwise -so much to see.
Written February 19, 2020
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Corelain
Copenhagen, Denmark34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
This is unbelievable! all the paintings and wall paintings look magical, and it is difficult to describe your impressions with words!
But be prepared for huge queues, because the queue of those who want to get to the Vatican is measured perhaps by thousands of people.
We took a guide and went into the general group through a separate queue - this significantly reduced the passage time (our waiting time in the queue took about 40 - 50 minutes).
The big plus is that the guide will be able to take radio and headphones for you, and you can hear it at any distance and stare around.
Written January 20, 2020
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UmmSafia
Nottinghamshire, UK47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We took the bus number 64 from Roma Termini and it dropped us by the Vatican. Do not get off after the bridge when you see the Dome, it is the stop after this one ( second stop after the bridge). We had the tickets to skip the line for the museum and thought we were late but they don't check the time, so you can visit the Basilica before you head to the museum, which is about 10 mins walk from there. There are massive queues at the museum, if you want to visit get your tickets in advance. I would only recommend the museum if you are interested in Art and obviously the significance of certain paintings in Catholicism.
Written January 7, 2020
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Michelle G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It is well worth your time to spend a number of hours here, between Saint Peters Basilica and the Vatican Museums. The square itself is just interesting to see and put into context what you see in movies and on TV and it is worth just sitting and trying to take in the amazing statues and architecture around you.

For our trip we got to the Vatican City at around 9.30am, we had planned to be there as early as we could as we did not book any tickets for the Basilica and we wanted to limit the time we would have to spend in line. The Basilica itself is free. The line looks more intimidating than it really is. We spent 30 mins between joining the line and getting to the door of the Basilica so that included going through the security check. The line itself stretched right across the square, but it was constantly moving.
Inside, we went straight to the line for the Dome. going up to the Dome involves walking up a number of steps. Tickets were €8 for using the stairs the whole way up to the top or €10 for skipping some of the stairs with a partial elevator trip. We chose the stairs only ticket and it worked out well as we wasted no time waiting in a second line for the elevator. The stairs range from being very wide to very narrow and very steep but are doable.
The Dome is amazing and well worth going up to see it, You first see the inside of the Dome and look down on the inside of the Basilica. You then go up more steps and you end up out the top of the Basilica looking down on Saint Peters Square. For only €8 we saw the Basilica from all angles which was great value for money . The steps on the way down from the Dome bring you directly into the Basilica and then you are able to view the inside.
We then had pre booked tickets for the Vatican Museum so we had to find the tour provider. The tour guide then showed us inside. Some people had bought tickets online and some people had pre booked tickets. The company we were it also accommodated a group that had arrived late for their entry time.


For the Vatican Museum you need an audio guide if you don't have an in person guide. There is so much to see in it and the audio guide does help give you some context to each room you are viewing. The highlights of the museum for me were the Maps room and the very last room on the museum map where we saw the vehicles that the Pope uses to travel in.

The Vatican City is well worth a visit on a trip to Rome. If you have to stand in a line for any length of time its well worth it and you will not regret it. I would advice planning ahead and seeing travel times for how long it takes to get to the Vatican City from your accommodation just to make sure you get the most out of your time there.
Written June 3, 2022
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Morrittaja
Helsinki, Finland46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
No passport required. Just walk right in and look at all the saints and architecture around. Be sure to visit St. Peter's Basilica! Eastern entrance leads you to the free area and there's a different, Northern entrance for the museums and Sistine Chapel both of which cost you 17€ to get in both of them as a combined ticket.
Written February 16, 2020
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rmpangui
Santiago, Chile149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Iviisted the Vatican over 30 years ago and I marvelled as I walked its corridors and gazed atthe same sttues and paintings. It is overwhelming to see time suspended in theair and to be able to experience a sense of calmness that as everyting whirls around beyond its walls, the same faces and statues contine staring down at the spectator. Makesure to jump in atour, so many details and information is given that you tour becomes an arthistory experience. There aremany agencies just outside, make sure to hire ahead of time. Also, tours have certain priviledges in havingtheor own lines and thus move faster.
Written January 12, 2020
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triciamorse4
Cwmbran, UK163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
So before we start I am not religious by any stretch however my partner wanted to take a trip to The Vatican City. (Eyes rolled) We walked an hour from our Hotel purely because we wanted to see and explore more of Rome that way.
When we arrived to say I was overwhelmed by the sheer size & beauty was an understatement.
This place is stunning.
The architecture, the symmetry, everything is just amazing.
It's free to get into St. Paul's Basilica and it is well worth queuing to take a look, please remember to take your covid passport/green card when you visit as well as your fave mask that meets Italian requirements.
☆☆☆☆Please also note that men & women must have the tops of their arms covered and dresses/skirts must be below the knee and no shorts for men or women☆☆☆☆
We paid €5 euros each to go into a small museum located by one of the shops and again I'll be honest the items here made the crown jewels back home look insignificant. Definitely worth a look.
This place is amazing. Steeped in history and full of wonder & splendour.
Written March 24, 2022
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LizT_001
Lewisville, TX49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Vatican Metro
OTAVIANO EXIT. Watch out for people with Official looking badges directing you to Vatican or Museums. This IS a SCAM. As “Official” as they are meant to appear, they are there to confuse and scam. If in dubt call for the Politzia or Carabinieri out loud- a stampeede might ensue. Trust only operators with actual verifiable business. I used Headout, but also Skip-the-line has good reviews. You will make a reservation prior to your desired date and you can check them out on Trip Advisor.
Be mindful to be respectful to operators and know a tour might delay a few minutes and you will not be the only one there. If you want swiss/atomic watch presicion and exclusivity you may want the private tours (spectacular price tags always guaranteed)
I enjoyed a whole day at Vatican museums at my own, want to stare at everything and sit down pace.
Bring some extra comfi shoes, a scarf to cover your spaggeti straps for Sistine chappel and roll up capris, because it is HOT with so many tourists. A post card suffices for a fan on a pinch (.50€) that weights nothing. Bring an extra camera battery (and a good meal before you come if you can nanage for energy). Have fun, dont be in a hurry. Ciao!
PS: The Etruscan exhibit is not too popular but is has no crowds and nice, quiet benches thay lays forgotten. Yey for achy feet!
Written August 28, 2022
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Rich B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We recently participated in a small 3 hour tour led by Maria of Brastours of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Bisilica, and the Sistine Chapel. For us this was likely a once in a lifetime experience. The museums, the church and the chapel were amazing. Maria is an excellent tour guide and she enhanced our experience significantly. She is very knowledgeable and is passionate about conveying what she knows. I highly recommend a tour of Vatican City with Brastours.
Written March 11, 2020
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