"Online ticket office & alternatives." Top 5 Page for this destination Vatican Museums Tip by breughel

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The best approach to skip the often extremely long line is by purchasing the admission ticket at the online ticket office of the Vatican museums.
http://mv.vatican.va or directly http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va

The ticket gives the right to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel for the day of issue. Tickets may be reserved up to 60 days before the date of the intended visit (they are not refundable).
For the purchase online an identity document, a credit card and names of all the participants is needed. Reduced prices for children and students are possible but not for seniors. A voucher with reservation code is sent back by e-mail to the visitor.
The system is rather flexible. For details see their Help & FAQ on their website.

If you could not prepare your visit in the above way and are facing a long line you might look for an alternative:

If your interest is mainly for antique art you can see works of art as good, if not better, in museums like the Capitoline Museums (see here tips on Musei Capitolini) and the National museums at Palazzo Massimo and at Palazzo Altemps (see here tips at Museo Nazionale Romano). There are no lines and no crowds and entrance fee is lower.

If your interest is for religious art you will find more than what you can dream of in the Papal Basilicas: Saint Peter of course, Saint Mary Major, Saint John Lateran and Saint Paul Outside-The-Walls. There is no queing in the three last ones (free entry). For details see here the tips.

I realize that these alternatives leaving aside the Vatican museum are frustrating for overseas visitors who came to see an highlight such as the Sistine Chapel.
On the other hand bad conditions of visit like inside the Sistine chapel spoil part or all the pleasure. Visiting my alternatives will make you experience some aesthetical plenitude.

A very practical alternative for the Vatican museum, if you don't want to loose a half day in lining, is to take Metro A at Vatican museum towards Termini station.
In the neigbourhood of Termini you find that real gem of Santa Maria Maggiore (opens at 7.00 h) and the Museo Nazionale Romano at Palazzo Massimo (opens at 9.00 h, closed on Mondays) a must for antique amateurs.

Phone: +39 329 530 3586
Website: http://www.museosvaticanos.com

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2011
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