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1. Posted by techie1983 (Budding Member 40 posts) 8y


Can anyone tell whether it is advisable to book the entry tickets to The Vatican earlier or collect them on the day of the visit????

Please help!


2. Posted by LoreleiLee (Budding Member 70 posts) 8y

Hi I turned up on the day and didnt have a problem. It depends on what time of year you go, I went in May and it want that busy but I could have just been lucky!

3. Posted by ecca (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y


Me neither had a problem, but it was in February. Many ppl but didn't take long to queue.

4. Posted by techie1983 (Budding Member 40 posts) 8y

Hi All!

Thanks for your replies. I will be coming there in April near the Easter weekend. Any ideas if that will cause the queues to be long or the tickets to be sold out????

Thanks for you help!


5. Posted by LoreleiLee (Budding Member 70 posts) 8y

Id say get your ticket in advance then, Easter is the most important date in the catholic calendar

6. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

Whether booking in advance or not, arriving at 5am on Nov 5th 2006 we queued for 3 hours in 7C! Cold! They rush you past eveything as well, no time to stop!

7. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 8y

I went during easter. If you can get tickets in advance, then do so. However, expect to stand in line regardless. The advance tickets you still will need to collect at the front. The only advantage I see is that the ticket is prepared for you and you would be going to another window that usually is less people. Still....expect to still stand in line.

8. Posted by Doris77 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

I suggest you buy tickets before getting there.. just to avoid the long long long lines.

Here's the site to the Vatican Museums:

9. Posted by tgrove (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Also, do not waste your time on a guide. They will act like they can get you through lines, and you will end up waiting just like the rest of the people. And, then you are on their schedule, not yours.

We went about a year and a half ago, and thought the guide would be helpful, but we were very disappointed. As we went through the Vatican Museum, we were told that we couldn't stop and look at certain things. From what we could tell, we weren't going to spend time looking at things our guide was not interested in.

We actually ended up waiting longer in line to get into St Peter's than if we had gone by ourselves.

The Vatican is a wonderful place. Take your time and enjoy it.