The Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica are quirky places that can be difficult to navigate. For example, the Sistine is part of the Museums. So, visitors must cross the Museums (at whatever pace they deem appropriate) to get to the Sistine. Second, the VIP passageway that allowed guides to shortcut from the Sistine to Saint Peter’s is now closed for renovations. This means that visitors must walk from the Basilica to the Museum entrance (or vice versa). Until the passageway reopens, Daniella suggests starting with Saint Peter’s and then continuing with the Museums and the Sistine afterwards.
Finally, the director of the Museums insists that visitors and guides remain silent in the Chapel. Daniella has adapted her visits to the Vatican to include a pre-Sistine discussion with visual aids, usually over coffee or a snack. At least, her visitors go in relaxed and prepared for the overwhelming quantities of artwork that they will see.
Tickets for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel must be pre-purchased to avoid the risk of standing in line. For more information about pre-purchasing surcharges, please see “the Costs” section of this webpage. Children are eligible for a student discount together with young adults (under the age of 26) with a valid student ID.