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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)
Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vialle Vaticano, Vatican City, 00120

The Basics

Some of Rome’s most visited attractions are set in Vatican City. The Vatican Museums often have long entry lines stretching for blocks along the city walls; to avoid the crowds, consider reserving a small-group Vatican tour with skip-the-line access or a private tour with VIP priority access in the morning or evening. Vatican City private and group tours generally include visits to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pinacoteca, other sights in the Vatican Museums complex, and the Vatican Gardens.

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Private Transport from Rome Hotels to the Vatican City
Private Transport from Rome Hotels to the Vatican City
$29.43 per adult
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The driver was on time to collect us...
The driver was on time to collect us from the hotel and got us to the Vatican in plenty of time for our tour.
Heather M, Jan 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Easy 2 hours
VIRGINIA_P, Feb 2020
Group tour: Vatican City Express
Guide at the Vatican was really pleasant, informative and fluent. However the young lady at the first meeting point seemed a little unimpressed. Got there early and was asked if we wanted to change to a later time ?!?!
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Vatican city
Poppadoodle, Feb 2020
Group tour: Vatican City Express
Our tour guide, Fran, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the art and history of Vatican city. Fran was very welcoming and took pictures of us (we were a family of six), and gave us every opportunity to ask questions during the tour. Overall a fascinating and rewarding experience led by an excellent tour guide.
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Very Knowledgable
tasneem0920, Feb 2020
Group tour: Vatican City Express
the tour guide was friendly, and very knowledgeable. It was a good tour to highlight the main parts of the Vatican

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The pope’s weekly address in St. Peter’s Square is wildly popular, so be sure to book official Papal Audience tickets in advance.

  • Vatican City houses some of Italy’s most important artistic masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica and ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, plus the museum complex’s Raphael Rooms.

  • To enter St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, appropriate attire and behavior are required. Wear modest clothing and keep your voice low.

  • Security for entering the museum complex and the basilica includes a metal detector, so don’t bring any banned items—pocketknives, corkscrews, umbrellas, etc.

  • Vatican City has its own post office that issues official stamps and a banking system that mints coins, although the euro is used for commerce.

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How to Get There

The most scenic way to enter Vatican City is by foot from the center of Rome, across Ponte Sant'Angelo to Piazza San Pietro. Alternatively, the Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a 5-minute walk away.

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When to Get There

Vatican City heaves with tourists year-round. Summer is the busiest time of year, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are less crowded during the winter months. At any time of year, Vatican City’s sights are busiest at midday, so plan your Rome tour around a visit in the early morning or late afternoon.

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The Swiss Guards

One of the most photographed sights in Vatican City are the brightly costumed Swiss Guards, who stand at attention around St. Peter’s Square. This small force of Swiss soldiers is maintained by the Holy See and provides security for the papal residence and the pope, as it has since 1506.

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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)