Best time to visit : It is recommended that you visit either early in the morning, or anywhere after 16:00. There will also be more visitors to the Vatican Museums during the mornings, so going to the chapel first is recommended. Best time to visit : Try to avoid Wednesday mornings and Saturday.
The Dress Code in the Vatican City Peter’s Basilica. Its basic code is for both men and women both need to cover their knees and upper arms. They prohibit wearing shorts or skirts above the knee, sleeveless tops, and low-cut shirts. Men must take their hats off before entering whereas women may continue wearing theirs.
While I was reading up about the best time to visit the Vatican , a lot of people had recommended that afternoons are the best times to visit the Vatican . I went onto the Vatican website to book a tour for the afternoon , but found none. For the days I am there, they only have morning tours – between 8.30-11 am.
Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Hours: 8:30 AM-4:00 PM (Mon-Sat) with the last exit at 6 PM. The public may enter at any time between these hours. No reservations are required. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Fee: 14 Euro (general), 8 Euro (reduced).
Here is what you should and should not wear when visiting the Vatican : Avoid any top that is sleeveless: a blouse, a short-sleeved shirt or T-shirt will do just fine; Cropped tops showing off your belly are definitely a bad outfit choice; Wear trousers, jeans , dresses or skirts that are knee-length.
Unlike the Colosseum, the Vatican does have a cloakroom where you can store larger items, including suitcases, backpacks and large umbrellas (but not clothing or valuables).
Any pants (including jeans), capris, or skirts or dresses of adequate length are fine to wear . Sandals and sneakers are acceptable, too. Be aware that, when it comes to skirts and dresses, opinions on what “too short” means vary from one Vatican guard to another.
Basically you are not allowed to show your knees or your shoulders when entering into the Vatican . This means no mini skirts, tank tops, or short shorts.
“Entry to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Gardens is permitted only to appropriately dressed visitors. Low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts , miniskirts and hats are not allowed.”
Most ‘ skip the lines ‘ tours are indeed legitimate. The lines outside the Vatican can be horrendous – more than an hour long during popular months – and all those people are waiting to buy tickets.
So, do you need a passport to go to Vatican City? In short, no. The Vatican City has no airport and no sea borders, so the only way to enter is from Italy. meaning that if you have a visa or the right to enter Italy, you can enter the Vatican City too.
2.5 – 3 hours
There is no fee to enter Vatican City . You may walk around St. Peter’s Square and enter St. Peter’s Basilica for free , but have to pay to visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.
I recommend that everyone who is planning to visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel plan ahead to buy Vatican tickets to skip the line. The tickets are released 60 days in advance , though you can buy them even farther in advance if you use a reputable ticket seller.
It’s about 2.5 miles to walk from the Colosseum to the Vatican . I wouldn’t do it considering that you also want to have some time for lunch. You can take the metro or take a taxi to save time. It would be about 6-7 Euro for the trip.