Vatican crowds…are you ready?

Yesterday (Saturday, April 3) was one of the worst days in my entire career as a guide inside the Vatican Museums! In the afternoon the crowds were awful and the Vatican museums  wardens had to stop people in the halls because it was impossible to go on.

Here are a couple of pictures taken with my cell phone when I was stuck for some 20 minutes with my group in the Greek Cross room! And this was not the only time we were stopped!

The Vatican Museums  will reopen on Tuesday after 2 days being closed so other crowds are expected…

I am looking forward to the end of  this Easter week so the situation will go back to normality. What made things worse yesterday was that Saint Peter’s Basilica was closed for a Pope’s  Mass and there was only one exit open  from the Museums.


Vatican museums Sistine Chapel tickets

If you plan to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in the busy season you may like to prepurchase tickets to avoid long lines.

Normally worst days for linewise are Saturdays and Mondays since on Sundays the Vatican Museums and the Sistine chapel stay closed (except the last Sunday of the month when the’re open and free). Though it is sometimes difficult to predict lines.

To prepurchase tickets I always recommend the official Vatican website ( ) where you can buy your admission tickets ( from 60 days before the date required. Sometimes tickets are sold out, but do not get discouraged, try again some days after since  other tickets are often avaialble.

With  other companies offering the same service tickets will  be more expensive.