Full price admission is 15 euros.
If you’re planning to come at a busy period – such as Easter – it’s well worth paying the 4 euros online booking supplement to beat the entrance queue, which can stretch quite some distance down Viale del Vaticano (there’s a separate line for pre-bookings). Note that if you do book online, you must print out the voucher that is sent via email and take it with you, and also make sure that all those in the pre-booked party have valid ID.
There’s no failsafe strategy for beating the crowds in here: even if you turn up at 8am you’ll find a crowd of early-birds waiting outside. But weekends are best avoided – especially the free end-of-the-month Sundays, when you’ll save money but feel like a sardine in a barrel.
- First-time travellers