Early access skip-the-line tickets with tour of the Vatican Museums

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Visit the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Gardens with Musement and get early access with an expert guide. See the private Vatican Gardens exclusively open on Saturdays. Your day starts at the Vatican Museums 1 hour before they open to the public. Skipping the lines here, you’ll get straight inside for a 2-hour, audio-guided tour. Your tour leader will accompany you along the way to make sure you don’t get lost and make sure you see all the highlights of the museums.Then it’s outside to the private Vatican Gardens, which are only visitable on an official Vatican tour (like the one you’re on). You’ll stroll through the Vatican gardens, passing manicured lawns and seeing exotic flowers and plants gifted to the Pope by visiting nations, while catching glimpses of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican City beyond.Your destination is the official (and newly-restored) train from the Vatican City. Usually reserved for Popes, the Swiss Guard, and Vatican citizens, this exclusive train will whisk you off to the town that houses the Pope’s summer palace: Castel Gandolfo. Located between lake and mountains, it’s a stunning retreat from the chaos of Rome.A short shuttle gets you to the Villa Barberini section of the papal retreat. After touring the gardens by an eco-friendly vehicle and audio guide and enjoying stunning views of the lake you’ll break for a two-hour lunch. It’s not included in the price of the itinerary but your guide will have plenty of great restaurant recommendations and you’ll even have time for a relaxing glass of wine.Afterwards you’ll reconvene to enter the Apostolic Palace. As you spend an hour wandering the opulent corridors with an audio guide you’ll learn about the generations of Popes who have summered in this amazing residence and see some of the incredible costumes that their position has commanded. When your hours is finished your tour leader will pick you up and escort you back to Roma San Pietro Station on the train.Sites visited:
- Vatican Museums
- Vatican Gardens
- Villa Barberini Gardens
- Castel Gandolfo
- Apostolic Palace

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Useful information

  • As with all museums, particular galleries of the Vatican museums can sometimes be closed without prior notice and pieces removed for restoration or loan.
  • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair and stroller access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on any of our group Vatican tours.
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