This is the classical tour of the Vatican, with a focus on ancient pieces.

It includes the Vatican Museums: Courtyard of the Pinecone, Museo Chiaramonti (when open also Augustus Prima Porta), Museo Pio Clementino (Laocoon and Torso), Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapistries, Raphael’s rooms, Sistine Chapel.

A special exit will take us direcly from the Chapel into St. Peter’s Basilica (the basilica might be closed on some week days for Papal activities, sometimes with very short/no notice).

Duration: 3 hours; 3.5 hours if including Raphael’s Rooms.

Entrance ticket: 17 euro; 8 euro for children 6 to 18 and for students with Student Card;  + 4 euro each to reserve.

Reservation is highly recommended to avoid long lines. This is the link to the official website to reserve/buy tickets:

Please note that the tickets are not refundable. Make sure you only buy the entry tickets + reservation fee (pay maximum 21 euro each).

Vatican Museums closed on Sundays, except last Sunday of the month, which is way too crowded.

Bulky bags/long umbrellas/tripods not allowed.

Shoulders and knees covered for ladies, long pants for gents.

Be prepared to huge crowds. Most rooms are small and always packed, not advised if you are claustrophobic or demophobic.

No air conditioning.

Useful info for visitors here.

From April through October the Vatican Museums are open at night on Fridays only, 7:00 to 11:00 (last entrance at 9:30): a lot less crowded, much more enjoyable. Duration of tour: 2.5 hours, including Raphael’s rooms. Please note that St. Peter’s Basilica is closed at night. Price for entry tickets+reservation is the same as during the day. This is the link to buy tickets: