How to Beat the Crowds in Vatican City Museum

Europe, Travel

On the 4th of February, we were the first people to walk through Vatican City Museum!

You can book tickets online for Vatican City. It’s $4 Euro more expensive than buying the tickets at the door but it allows you to skip a very, very long and slow moving line. It’s worth it. The slowest sessions at the Vatican Museum are the first and last sessions of the day. We booked the earliest session: 9am. The museum opens at 9 but we arrived at 8.30am and surprisingly, they let us in immediately!

We wandered the museum, the artwork halls and the Sistine Chapel. It was amazing to see some of the long corridors and huge rooms without another person in site. As we passed, the guards all had to scurry into their positions, ready for the start of the work day!




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  • Reply
    April 8, 2016 at 12:58 am

    I loved the sistine chapel and vatican city. The best advice I was given is NEVER go on the days when it is free because there are the biggest crowds and the MOST pick-pickets!

    • Reply
      Emma Margaret
      April 8, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      REALLY. I never thought of this. Good advice – probably relevant for a lot of locations.

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