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How to Skip the Queues at the Vatican Museums & St. Peters Basilica

Recently I took a trip to Rome as part of a larger road trip I did throughout Northern Italy. I spent two days in Rome and while there I wanted to visit the Vatican Museums and St.Peters Basilica. I had heard that the queues are insane and with it being mid-July I didn’t fancy waiting in the blistering sun for a few hours. I did my research and found out there were two ways you could skip the queues. One way was to purchase the skip the queue tickets for both the Vatican museum and St Peters Basilica. I think this is a great way if you only want to go into say the Basilica. You can buy skip the line tickets from the Vatican museum website here and for the Basilica you can buy a fast track ticket from a website called Tiqets here (for my tour I went with Tiqets, so they are trustworthy).

Make sure you by them from a trustworthy place, for example, the official websites or websites that have good reviews. Do not buy tickets from people in the street as they may not be genuine or they are just selling them at a high mark-up.

I wanted to see the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica and I found it cheaper to buy a combined ticket that offered a tour. We went with Tiqets and got a tour combining the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica. The tour cost €44 and lasted 3 hours, you can find out more here. Handy tip, I found it confusing to find out exactly where to go because the instructions weren’t that easy to follow. So when you get there go to the museum entrance (a quick google will show you) there are long queues of people waiting to get in, walk past them up to the top and you will see lines with signs for guided tour entrances- go in this way and show the security guards you ticket. Go through and up towards the back of the entrance hall to the ticket booth at the end and show your ticket there, they will give you your tickets to get into the musuem and tell you where to meet your guide.

I really enjoyed the tour and learnt a lot about the buildings and the special artworks and historical artefacts held within the museums. I would highly recommend doing the tour if you are looking for something all-inclusive. The price works out cheaper than if you buy skip the line tickets for each attraction.

When booking the tickets I would recommend getting them in advance, I booked mine two weeks before I was due to visit just to have it booked and ticked off my ‘to do’ list.

When visiting please be aware that there is a dress code for the Basicilia and Chapel. Shoulders and knees must be covered, which is similar for almost every church you visit in Italy. I wore a midi-length dress and brought a shirt to throw over when going into the sacred areas.

Also top tip– bring water with you, they don’t take it off you as you go through security and a three-hour tour through a crowded museum makes for thirsty work.

I hope this post helps some of you skip the lines and have more time to enjoy Rome. For more tips on Rome check out my 48 Hour guide here.

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  1. […] We strolled around some of the less touristy areas of the city, just to take it easy and see a different side of Rome. Notable areas we liked where Monti, a cool area where many come in the evenings to dine in the chic restaurants. Ponte was another area where they had streets lined with cute yellow buildings draped with greenery. Ponte leads out the river where you will find Ponte Sant’Angelo a stunning bridge which is a great photo stop. The bridge leads straight to the castle of Sant’Angelo. From here it is a short walk into the Vatican state, where you will find St.Peters Basilica and the Vatican Museums. We took a stroll up to the church and walked around but we had planned to spend the following day at the Vatican so didn’t spend much time there. If you don’t fancy spending all day in ques for the Vatican then check out my post on the Vatican here. […]

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