Entrance to the Vatican without queues (not too long) is impossible!
In the times of massive global tourism, where there is no corner of the planet that has not been trodden under foot and is free from the Instagram, the great nightmare of the tourist who hates to be are the queues. On one hand, it reminds him/her of their condition; on the other, it wastes their time and patience…
Rome is one of those places where queues reach their peak. The entrance to the Vatican is something like the Leviathan of Queues, the summit, the most awkward, the last straw. Not even a Justin Bieber concert in his prime, listen.
And the same thing happens if you want to check out the Coliseum tickets at the box office and in so many other places (and it doesn’t just happen in Rome; if not, go to the Louvre and tell us about it). So take good note of what we’re going to tell you, which will save you a lot of time and trouble. 😉
Entrance to the Vatican without queues: The tricks of a lifetime.
There are a number of general principles you can take into account to get your tickets to the Vatican by avoiding the worst queues you’ve ever seen in your life, or at least to prevent them from being so long:
- Avoid the busiest days. Logically, during the high season, on days of free visit (the last Sunday of the month except days of obligation) or when there are events, the waiting time skyrockets.
- Early, early, early! Roman monuments open between 8am and 9am. You have to get there earlier.
- Needless to say, don’t trust resellers or those who offer to ” save a spot”. Buy your tickets officially to avoid unpleasant surprises. All the time.
OUR ADVICE: Whether you want tickets for the Vatican or just for the Sistine Chapel or you want tickets for other places, booking online is the safest way to get them.
Online booking is the best way to avoid queues.
That’s all fine, but we’re telling you it won’t free you from queues; it will allow you to find shorter queues. It’s no mean feat, but even on the quietest day there will be several hundred people at the door of the Vatican (or the Coliseum).
But if you want to get rid of the queues completely. To arrive at the entrance of the Vatican, to look at those who are waiting with a smile and hop inside! Well, it’s easy. All you have to do is book online.
Online booking is the best way to quickly access (the beautiful euphemism they use in Rome) the wonders of the Vatican (and the Colosseum). The only condition is an increase of 4€ in the price of each ticket (2€ in the Coliseum). Of course, nobody likes to pay more, but in this case it’s worth it.
Another incredible advantage of booking your tickets online is that, in case of unexpected schedule changes, this type of tickets have priority; look at the message we found this morning (June 21):
These are the links you need:
- Page to consult and choose the wide range of tours available (free or guided, individual or in groups, by zones …): http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/es/visita-i-musei/scegli-la-visita.html
- Vatican Biglietteria online: https://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do?action=booking&codiceLivelloVisita=9&step=1
- For the Coliseum and other archaeological heritage managed by CoopCulture: https://www.coopculture.it/heritages.cfm?id=3&id_c=58091
Now all you have to do is show up at the door, look for the ticket office where the online tickets are collected, show your code and… get inside! 👍
REMEMBER THAT: If you have purchased a discounted ticket, you will need to show proof of purchase when entering the venue. If not, you will have to pay for the full ticket without a refund. Don’t be too clever…
The last details.
The only disadvantage of making an online booking is that you will have to adapt to the existing hourly availability and that the maximum advance period is two months. If that is impossible for you, don’t worry, there is a plan B…
Plan B to get your ticket to the Vatican, your ticket to the Colosseum and much more without having to queue up is the Omnia Roma Card. It costs about 100€, but it’s a good option if you want to see and move around Rome a lot. In this link, you will find out how to get hold of it.
With this card you can enter the groups that are formed every hour (in the case of the Vatican, in Pius XII Square), and once inside you can move at your own pace. We would recommend that you reserve your turn, but you will enjoy greater flexibility.
Our last advice is to check the official websites before purchasing your ticket, because tickets are not refundable. Make sure you know where you want to go (there are a lot of different packages), that you can visit the day and time you’re booking and are choosing the right amount of normal, reduced or free tickets you need.
Make the most of your visit to Rome with the advice we’ve given you! 😃
This will give you more time to do what you’re really interested in: explore the city from top to bottom, discover its secrets and soak up the rich Roman culture.
Contact us and we will get you the best prices for your tickets, your accommodation and your transportation.
Just worry about enjoying your next visit to Rome!
Remember that at the end of this article, you have the option of sending us a message with your requests or doubts and we will respond promptly.
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and we make it easy for you to make your travel experiences unforgettable! 😍
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If I had to define myself, I would say that I am a tireless lover of writing.
Trotamundos since I was 18 years old, these last 10 years I have combined my passion to know the world with my profession as a travel agent.
In this blog, I will transmit my knowledge through complete posts with the intention of helping you prepare your dream vacation.
I will describe my experiences through useful tips and you can consult any doubts that may arise.
Remember: More important than the trip itself, is what remains in the spirit of the traveler. (Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo)