Happy Goose

Via Giovacchino Forzano, 20, Rome, Lazio, 00137, Italy
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Vatican Museum pre-book tour

by Karlie85

I posted this in the Vatican forum as well, but thought I would try here, too.

I'd like to go to the Vatican Museum while I'm there, but I would rather not get there at 6am and wait in line all day! I had found a place that offered 2-hour tours (which is all I would really need. I'd like to see the Museum but don't feel like I need to be there all day), but I can't seem to find it again. Does anyone know of anything like this that I can book in advance? Thanks.

Re: Vatican Museum pre-book tour

by monorailgold


You can book directly through the vatican at vatican.va. If you don't want to do a tour or wait in line all morning you can go to the museums in the afternoon. The line is generally very short after 1pm or so.


Re: Vatican Museum pre-book tour

by swissfondue

Yes, agree that two hours is enough time to allow for your visit. I queued for an hour in the morning which apparently is not too bad. It was November. I wished I had gone later in the afternoon when the queues were non-existent.

Check out the calendar on the offical Vatican website. Last entrance is at 16.00 with the museum closing at 18.00 so this would suit you fine.

Re: Vatican Museum pre-book tour

by leics

You certainly don't have to arrive at 6am, but everyone gets there early to avoid the queues......so there are long queues! Mid to late afternoon is a better time.

If you google there are lots of agencies offering advance tickets, but you will pay a premium of course. E.g.



The official museum site is:


I don't think they offer tickets in advance themselves: the Varican only takes requests for papal audiences/garden walks etc (via fax!).

Re: Vatican Museum pre-book tour

by Plumeria54

My daughter and I were there last month and we booked a tour through Angel Tours (www.angeltoursrome.com) and really found it to be worthwhile. We took the 9am tour and were able to completely skip the line, and the guide was very informative. The tour lasted about 2 1/2 hours, and skipping the line was worth the price alone. I'd definitely recommend them.

Travel Tips for Rome

Wandering on the ancient cobbled streets

by Jenniflower

One of the best things to do in Rome is just to pick a direction and walk.

The alleyways are enchanting, opening up into delightful piazzas, lending little glimpses into life for Romans.

Many of the alleys ways are also in the shade, which is a welcome relief sometimes.

Even though I am a South African, the sun gets to me too! haha There is something for everyone, wherever you go. Whether you like shopping, ice creams (yum!), architecture or culture.

Rome by night

by ptitetoile

Visiting Rome by night is really nice...less cars, less people and the giant monument for you alone.... or with some other young people gathered to talk and drink together. The area of the coliseum seems to be appreciated by the young Romans...there is also a gay cafe not so far and the atmosphere is quite fun.

The Vespa, An Italian Classic

by von.otter

“Sembra una vespa!” (“It resembles a wasp!”)
— Enrico Piaggio (1905-1965), his reaction to the buzzing sound of the engine of a Vespa prototype

Romans love their Vespas. And so does the rest of the world; this icon of post-World War II Italian industrial design is the most successful motor scooter ever made. Throughout the capital large parts of the cityscape are given over the Vespa, as this line of parked vehicles near the Spanish Steps illustrates.

Emerging from the Second World War with an industrial and transportation infrastructure that lay in ruins, Italy needed a vehicle that could navigate the country’s bombed-out roads. Another consequence of the War that contributed to the Vespa’s development was Italy’s agreement with the Allies to limit its military production. The vehicle’s manufacturer, Piaggio & Co. S.p.A, turned from making fighter planes to Vespas.

It is possible to rent a Vespa while in Rome; plenty of web sites can help you find the model and terms that will suit your comfort level. You can imagine that you are Gregory Peck or Audrey Hepburn from that fabulous 1953, Academy Award-winning motion picture, “Roman Holiday” (see photo #2 the edge of the Coliseum can be seen to the right. This story was filmed on location).

For polititians and everybody!

by pginer about Piccola Roma

Very near the Parliament. Lots of polititians go there to have lunch and dinner.
Good quality for money. Nice waiters (sometimes they even sing italian songs!).
I went there last year following the advise of a friend of mine. And I havealready been in this restaurant 4 times!


by xristinaki

We followed a crowd of people through narrow alleys hoping they'd lead us to something (we've just arrived and not familiar with the area). Sure enough we heard loud crashing water and knew that the fountain was near.......and bang,, there it was in all its glory. It is truly magnificant....there are many people crowding the front posing for pictures, and hard to get a picture of yourself alone.

This is also a great place at night. Just grab a gelato form one of the many surrounding gelateria's and sit at the trevi....Very lively, day and night

BTW: this is where some beggers force a rose on woman and turn to the man to pay them....they say it's a gift....they even place it in your hand..do not fall for this!


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