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Experience Rome's most important museum, church, and tomb-turned-palace at your own pace with local experts in your ear. Download ahead of time for offline listening on your iPhone or Android, using your headphones. With up to 8 hours of immersive stories, customize your experience based on your interests. Whether you're an art enthusiast, history aficionado, or simply curious, explore Vatican City's rich history and untold anecdotes, gaining a deeper understanding of Rome's captivating past.

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Know Before You Go

The Vatican, the world's smallest country at 110 acres holds a huge artistic and historical legacy within its narrow borders. The Vatican Museums, also serving as Papal Palaces, showcase a 9-mile collection spread within its 1,400 rooms, chapels, and galleries, featuring Greek and Roman sculptures, Renaissance masterpieces, medieval artifacts, and the iconic Sistine Chapel.
You can visit the Vatican on your own or on a guided walking tour. 

When you visit the Vatican Museum you must to adhere to the strict dress code, covering shoulders and knees, and consider carrying a shawl or light jacket. Only in the Sistine Chapel, avoid loud conversations, and remember that photography is strictly prohibited. All backpacks, large umbrellas, tripods, and cutting tools can be checked in the cloakroom. Food and drinks aren't allowed inside, but there is a cafeteria inside the Museum’s Courtyard. 
If you plan to visit the Vatican, securing tickets in advance is crucial for avoiding the lengthy lines at the door. Purchase your tickets exclusively from the official website to guarantee authenticity and the best rates. Be sure to reserve your tickets as early as possible to secure your preferred time and day, as last-minute availability may be limited. Keep in mind that despite timed tickets, you may still encounter mandatory security checks and some waiting time.

Additionally, note that tickets from the official website are non-changeable and non-refundable, so plan accordingly and arrive ahead of your scheduled time to make the most of your Vatican visit.

St. Peter’s Basilica is separate from the museum and entrance is free, though you can experience long wait times.
If possible, travel in the off-season, avoiding the peak times between May and September, and Easter. Plan to arrive early in the morning, or towards the end of the day when crowds diminish. 

If you visit the Vatican during peak season, plan for the weather to be hot and plan for crowds. We recommend dressing comfortably, bringing water, eating before you arrive, and being patient with those around you so everyone can have a positive experience. 
The Vatican Museums are open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm. During the summer they offer extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

Note that they are generally very crowded on Wednesdays due to the Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Basilica and that they are closed on Sundays and certain public holidays. You can refer to the official website for more details on closing dates but keep in mind these might change frequently. 

For convenient access to the Vatican Museums, you can take Metro Line A to Ottaviano or Battistini, both about a 10-minute walk away. You can also opt for a taxi, specifying that your destination is the Musei Vaticani entrance, not St. Peter’s. Note that St. Peter’s Basilica is not directly accessible from the Museums (unless part of a guided tour) and it is approximately a 15-minute walk from the Museums.

For more detailed information, read “How to Visit the Vatican” on Context Stories.

How to Visit the Vatican with Context

Navigating Vatican City in a day with a guide can be a daunting task, let alone by yourself. Unlock all of the history and hidden stories you need to make your visit worthwhile with our collection of audio guides for the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Castel Sant’Angelo narrated by local experts. Be one of the only visitors to discover the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in Rome, admire Michelangelo's famous Pietà, and uncover the hidden secrets within Rome’s 2nd-century mausoleum. 

Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, let our experts guide you through the treasures of one of the world's most renowned cultural and religious sites. Because getting a little Context can change everything. Watch now and start planning your Vatican adventure!

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