The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Reopen to Tourists After Conclave
March 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM
There’s a new pope in town, but that doesn’t mean that pope-a-palooza is winding down anytime soon. If you’re lucky enough to be in Rome there are many opportunities to check out the goings on around the arrival of Pope Francis, and you’ll even be the first to score some fresh-out-of-the-box papal souvenirs. However, the whole conclave thing was an inconvenience to those looking to check out some of the Vatican’s best tourist attractions: the Musei Vaticani.
Beginning today—Monday—the Vatican Museums are once again open to the paying public, and that includes access to the Sistine Chapel. Visits to the Borgia Apartment as well as the Collection of Modern Religious Art are available too, so once again you’ll be getting your Euro's worth when you check things out.
This is good news for those looking to visit, but we’re sure that with all the excitement over the last few weeks it’s only going to increase the lines outside of the museums.
The good news is that you can beat the lines—if you’re willing to pay—as tickets are available in advance online. You’ll be paying 16 euros for the pleasure of skipping the line, but it's worth it as the line regularly snakes around the Vatican walls. If you’re in town this week there’s plenty of availability each and every day except for Tuesday, otherwise just head over and queue up.