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Combo: Vatican Museums + Pontifical Villas Tickets

1 hr
Audio Guide

This pocket-friendly combo ticket grants you access to two landmark Roman attractions: the Vatican Museums and the Pontifical Gardens!

highlights

  • Get access to two of Rome's crown gems with one ticket: the Vatican Museums and the Pontifical Villas.
  • At the Vatican Musems, explore the Pigna Courtyard, Pius Clementino Museum, Chandelier’s Gallery, Tapestries Gallery, Raphael’s Rooms and more.
  • You will also get the chance to marvel at the breathtaking murals that adorn the walls of the world famous Sistine Chapel.
  • Visit the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the exclusive residence of the Pope, for centuries prior.
  • Venture out into the lush gardens of Villa Barberini while listening to your audio-guide narrate tales of ancient treasures.
  • Enjoy the sparkling waters and the lush green countryside of Castel Gandolfo.
  • See for yourself why this place was chosen by emperors and popes as a summertime residence.

inclusions

  • Entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Entry to the Pontifical Villas Gardens
  • Audio guide (optional)

exclusions

  • Guided tour

cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

your experience

The Vatican Museums

On the day of your visit, head to the Vatican Museums with your mobile voucher and display it on your phone to the security guards and after the security check, scan your voucher at the CASSA ONLINE E GRUPPI, the Vatican ticket office at the museums. Once you have scanned the voucher and received the tickets, you are free to explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel for as long as you like.

The Vatican Museums are home to a number of classical sculptures, tapestries, and paintings by Renaissance greats such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini, and Leonardo da Vinci. A section of the museum is also dedicated to Modern Religious Art. Paintings and sculptures here come from artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso. The iconic sections of the Vatican Museums that one should visit are the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Sala Rotunda and the Gallery of Statues and the Hall of Busts. Situated at the end of the Vatican Museums and neighboring St. Peter's Basilica is the famed Sistine Chapel. Built in the 15th century, its walls and ceilings are covered by some of the most astounding frescoes ever produced. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is especially famous. Painted by Michelangelo in a span of 4 years, the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel are considered to be a cornerstone of western art. The Last Judgement covers the wall behind the altar and is probably the most famous single work of art in the Sistine Chapel.

Note: Entry to the museums is by obligatory online booking.

The Pontifical Gardens

Head to Castel Gandolfo. Lying on the edge of Lake Albano, in the Alban Hills just south of Rome, this place is commonly known as the Pope’s city, housing the Pope’s summertime residence - The Apostolic Palace. This was the place the Pope escaped to when Vatican pressures built up. The palace dominates the town and is seated on a scenic spot overlooking the lake, with picturesque gardens built on the site of the ancient villas. Displaying a mixture of Medieval and Baroque architecture, the palace is a sight for sore eyes. The Papal Villas here are styled gardens of Italian wonder consisting of archaeological treasures and works of art. Enjoy a regenerating walk in the vast gardens of Villa Barberini. This was the private garden of the Pope himself. A close relationship with nature is ever-present across the decorations found in the gardens with cascades of flowers and reflections on the passage of time. The Papal Villas extend over the remains of the famous Villa of Domitian. Equipped for cold and harsh weathers, rich in natural beauty, sumptuous buildings, monuments, and works of art, this was the villa that once housed emperor Domitian. The villa was once a huge complex which was built on three terraces, with three courtyards, some water features which looked out on the Avenue of Nymphaea, a cryptoportico (covered passage), a theatre and a circus.

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Ticket Information

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • Vatican Entry and Pontifical Villas Entry with Audio Guide
  • Vatican Entry with Audio Guide & Potifical Villas Entry with Audio Guide

Important Information

Vatican Museums

  • Please be dressed appropriately. Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats are not permitted. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • For visitors with mobility impairment, the Vatican Museums offer free wheelchair hire from the cloakroom.

The Pontifical Villas Gardens

  • The Castel Gandolfo includes some serious flights of steps, so, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems.
  • No shorts or sleeveless shirts are permitted in the Apostolic Palace.

Timings

The Vatican Museums

  • Mon-Thu: 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM (final entry at 4:30 PM)
  • Fri & Sat: 8:30 AM - 8 PM (final entry at 4:30 PM)
  • Sundays are closed
  • All the extraordinary openings of the last Sunday of the month are suspended
  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica is free but there could be a waiting line during peak season

The Pontifical Villas Gardens

  • Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 1 PM
  • Sat: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sun: 10 AM - 2 PM

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.
  • Please display your mobile voucher along with a valid photo ID at the ticket redemption point.

Ticket Redemption Points

The Vatican Museums

The Pontifical Villas Gardens

  • Redeem your ticket at the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo.
  • Address: Piazza della Libertà, 00073 Castel Gandolfo RM, Italy.
    Get Directions


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