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tour the vatican - vatican museums and castle of angels


 At time of writing, June 2023, we have reached the point of highest ever demand for Vatican Museums tickets. The same can be said of Colosseum tickets, too. We're not sure where all this is going, the bottom line being that our most popular venues simply do not have unlimited capacity.

 We ask that bookings for Vatican Treasure Hunt and Vatican Museums & Castle of Angels reach us at least one month before travel date. Last minute tickets are not always available.

 Vatican Museums & Castle of Angels is a combo experience departing in the morning, while Vatican Treasure Hunt is best taken in the afternoon when the crowds are less.

 You may have noticed that many web photos of the Sistine Chapel and Gallery of Maps have been cropped to hide heads. If the originals had been uploaded, you would be shocked to see how many tourists occupy each scene.

 St. Peter's Basilica is open to the public from 7am every day excluding Wednesdays and holidays. The burning issue is heavy waiting times that can quite easily scupper ones schedule for the day. If you just turn up at the basilica in late morning or after lunch, you may get caught up in big crowds with no shade and no options.

 Conversely, St. Peter's Dome at Dawn starts early at 8am and our exploration of the vast basilica with dome climb is always available at short notice.