Vatican: Secret Travel Guide to Avoid Lines and Crowd

That the Vatican is in Rome, that’s where you meet the Pope and it is the smallest country in the world, everyone already knows. What most people don’t know is how to visit this country / small town without getting bored for hours in a boring queue.

The truth for my dear readers is that there is no way. The Vatican is one of the most visited places in the world, so the queue will always be public. But don’t despair, because I have many tips that can help you. That way you lose a lot less time and get less tired.

Another truth is that some of the tips I will give here are even known by many people. But there is one that few people know. And I also don’t know this tip before I leave. I finally found it accidentally. And after talking to several people, and reading about it, I found that this tip was a kind of “secret” from a Rome tour guide. But even so, some people use these tips without realizing it. And that’s what happened to me. Me and my girlfriend were lucky to know this.

But now, you dear readers, you will make your trip knowledgeable about this tip. And already, this “secret” relates to Michelangelo’s greatest artwork: the Sistine Chapel.

1) Avoid going in summer and at the end of the year.

Even though the Vatican is full all year, these two seasons are the worst. European summers last from the end of June to the end of September. Being full in July and August due to high season. Because this is a school holiday period, not only Europeans, but also Americans.

2) Go on a certain day and time

Depending on your goals, several things must be considered here. If you intend to see the Pope, know that he appears in St. Peter’s Square every Wednesday, except July, when he stops among his listeners. So this is the only month of the year where it’s quiet to visit the city on Wednesday.

3) Buy tickets online first

Another good tip to avoid wasting time in large queues. Buying online you avoid the queue to buy tickets on time. This way you can go directly to the museum entrance. You have to face the queue just to enter the museum. This queue is much smaller and faster.

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4) Visit the Vatican Museum first

Visit the Vatican museum first and then go to St. Peter’s Basilica. This option is best for two reasons. The first is because a visit to the Vatican museum is more tiring and time consuming than a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica. Therefore, it is best to visit the museum beforehand so that you can do everything more calmly and without haste. Generally, visits to two attractions last around 3 hours.

The second reason is because this is a large icing on the cake. In the Sistine chapel there is a secret road that will stop you right inside St. Peter’s Basilica! Of course, it’s not a secret path that only the pope knows and hides the original Grail secrets, lol.

Knowing the secrets of a tourist location is often the best way to have the most memorable vacation. Of course there are always other tourism secrets you need to know. If you are really interested, visiting is recommended.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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