Vatican City
Vatican City
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The world's smallest state, center of Catholicism, and home to the Pope.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Vatican / Borgo
Frocked priests, colorful Swiss Guards, insistent souvenir shop owners, flag-waving tour guides, and pilgrims from around the world. This is the Vatican and Borgo, Rome's most recognized neighbourhood which acts as Vatican City's front yard. Aside from the souvenir boutiques and a few food spots, the only business conducted here is papal. In the daytime, the tiny medieval sector bustles with holy activity, as visitors vie for elbow room, or stand in line for a visit. Once the sun sets, the neighbourhood is transformed into a quiet and picturesque hamlet.
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  • Andrew H
    Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vatican Museum Sistine chapel) site tour
    2-3 hour Vatican tour (by THE VATICAN) (booked online Vatican Museum Sistine chapel) site) 35 Euro, No wait, Very organised, (assistants helping you from 500m out, all the way thru to check-in start point, of tour guide). Punctual start time. Expert commentary, everyone given an ear-piece to hear every word. Guide informs, focuses, and brings the Vatican art to life. Could not ask for more. *after I'm exhausted but my head and heart are full.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Thiago V Matsui
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible opportunity visit to Vatican
    I will visit it on Jun 20th. But due to conflict with Coliseum visit I had to buy another ticket to Vatican to June 19th. So I am re-selling the ticket for Jun 20th. It was purchased on official website, so I can change the visitor names.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Broxy24
    Brundall, United Kingdom114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See
    We booked the guided tour with skip the line through Get Your Guide and we were really glad we did! The queue to get in was huge! Our tour guide was friendly and welcoming, and so knowledgeable about the Vatican. A highly enjoyable morning. It was very crowded but that's to be expected. Definitely a must visit if you're heading to Rome. Don't forget to dress modestly - they were handing out covers for shoulders and knees.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Andres72423
    Bridgeport, Connecticut2,931 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    What an amazing place this is. Literally. The smallest country in the world but what an amazing experience. We took the tour of the museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s basilica. It took us about 4-5 hours to see it all but we could have easily stayed for another few hours. The art and spiritually of the place was without compare. I highly recommend a visit if you visit Rome.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Travellover0773
    Singapore, Singapore97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place to visit
    Ensure that you go early to avoid the queue. It also gives you the advantage of taking nice photos without the crowd. I bought the package which inclusive of breakfast in Vatican itself, which was a nice experience. Just need to ensure you go in through the correct door. Overall, I had a great time exploring the place. In fact, I came twice. Just by sitting around admiring the architecture was a pleasing moment
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Attenzione Attrazione
    Florence, Italy152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When in Rome, visit it, if you have time !
    First and foremost, whether you are interested in this subject or not, you should go at least once in your life. There is no admission fee or identification required to enter one of the world's smallest states. There is no shade, except under the pillows surrounding the Vatican. And if you want to visit the garden and the most famous celling in the world, which is located in the Sistine Chapel, you must purchase a ticket in advance and be prepared to wait in line on the Sun (it can be extremely long, a couple hundred meters). Water and souvenirs are twice as expensive as in nearby shops in the center of Rome. (A small bottle of water costs 2 euros, and magnets cost between 2 and 4 euros). Food and coffee can be up to 10x times more expensive than 100m away and closer to the center of Rome. You cannot go with your car or bike, you must either go by foot or by bus to some point and then by foot. And Yes, you should visit it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • EJM
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place - book a tour for a better experience
    We booked a skip the line breakfast tour through Headout and so glad we did! The breakfast part was vile - but we had seen reviews so knew not to expect haute cuisine. Pourable scrambled eggs and cold potato wedges anyone? The best option to see the Vatican is to do an early skip the line. It’s still very busy but at least you won’t have a 3 hour wait to get in. The beauty of the place outweighs the crowds, it is breathtaking. Having a guide helped to fill in the background to what we were seeing, and our guide Sabrina was brilliant. The Sistine Chapel is very much a conveyor belt - quick look and move on - but the rest of the museums tour makes up for that. It’s impossible to see everything as it’s too vast, but we had a great time just the same.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
  • sashakeena
    Vancouver, Canada11,513 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Experience!
    We went with City Wonder Tours for our tour through the Vatican City. It was a good choice for us as we skipped the line & able to see all of the historic artifacts. Weather was still warm in last week of September so stay hydrated.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • jo
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing.
    Amazing trip and it's an incredibly unique place to visit. If you want to visit the Vatican I would recommend pre booking a skip the line tour. The only thing we missed out on was climbing up the basilica, which we did not hear about until there.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia50,580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit site
    There are three big sites to visit in Vatican City: the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Visit all three as its amazing. Avoid the tour with the lunch as it is poor. We only purchased the visit with lunch as its was all I could find as far as skip the line tickets.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 18, 2024
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Harriet
Nottingham, UK105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Such a great day to the Vatican City. It is so interesting. We had a guided tour of the gardens and the hallway down to the Sistine chapel, which was amazing! I would definitely recommend booking a tour in advance as the queue was so long and we were able to walk straight in. Also the tour guides are so knowledgeable!
Written April 10, 2024
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Az & Gabbs Attree
Yealmpton, UK48 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The area for the Vatican City is not an area that we would recommend. Despite the draw to the museum, square chapel and basilica which are beautiful in themselves - the area is run down, dirty and full of rubbish on the streets. It was a shame and not at all what we were expecting.
Written March 29, 2024
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Paul K
London, UK21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My wife and I have just finished a tour of the Vatican today and I can honestly say it’s the very worse experience you could have, the weather was beautiful and we were in Rome in March on a Thursday as we were informed that this is a good time to go to avoid the crowds. We went at 11:00am our tickets were booked by our hotel and cost €104.00.
When we arrived outside the meeting point it was chaos, we had to get our tickets validated at a shop across the road which took 25 minutes and then queued to enter the tour for another 20 minutes. When we were inside we had to take a lift to the top floor and then wanted to know where our tour guide would meet us, (there was no tour guide), we had to purchase two phone like handsets to use as we progressed, however I am currently using crutches i had to also purchase earphones.
I have seen crowds in my time but nothing like this, it felt like we were in the crowd of a Roma v Lazio football match, it was ridiculous we were herded like cattle from room to room with no chance to stop, pause, look or read anything, there were children screaming and people were understandably upset, this was a truly appalling experience, we never thought the Pope would be ripping people off on this industrial scale, I guess it’s all about the money at the end of the day. Save your money and have a meal out at any one of thousands of beautiful restaurants in this stunning city and it’s lovely people.
Written March 21, 2024
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Helen M
58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Beautiful place, if you love architecture and history this is the place for you, the beggars and scammers do spoilt it a little bit,but if your strong and just firmly say no they leave you alone
Written March 19, 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
There are three big sites to visit in Vatican City: the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Visit all three as its amazing.

Avoid the tour with the lunch as it is poor. We only purchased the visit with lunch as its was all I could find as far as skip the line tickets.
Written March 19, 2024
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Jan P
Windsor, UK22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Clearly, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s are right up there with the greatest artistic and architectural achievements

But, it’s too busy to enjoy properly - crowds and crowds kettled into small spaces, and very difficult to see the actual art behind everyone’s smartphones

Shame
Written March 16, 2024
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kerry g
Builth Wells, UK57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fantastic art and history would advice getting pre booking jump the queue tickets as although it was February there was still very long queues must very difficult in summer time, great experience well worth a visit I used Viator tours for our tickets
Written February 27, 2024
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wendy h
Derby, UK8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Don't go this disgusting place ' Catholic Church at its most worse. Horrible uncaring dump. No care for anyone especially disabled do not go if disabled. Probably evict you. . They hate disabled
Written February 1, 2024
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Bhargava Gorty
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This is the place where you don’t want to go in summers will be very hot. April is the only time if you’re coming from states, then you should go only in summer.
Written January 23, 2024
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Melanie M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing city and great art work. Would definitely recommend visiting. Signage not great but with patience able to find our way around.
Written January 22, 2024
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Vatican City admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost C$57.72, while a popular guided tour starts around C$28.12 per person.





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