Helpful hints

Food and drink:

It is not permitted to enter the Museums with alcoholic drinks. It is obligatory to leave alcoholic drink in the cloakroom before entering the Museums, these drinks must then be collected, on the same day, at the end of the visit. Visitors are allowed to leave food and drink in the cloakroom, on the condition that this is collected before closing hours. Uncollected food and drink will be destroyed at the end of the day.

Bags, backpacks, umbrellas:

It is obligatory to deposit in the cloakroom suitcases, backpacks and containers with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15.
It is obligatory to deposit in the cloakroom bags and bagpacks which are cumbersome, except those small-sized, that carried on shoulder, don’t jut out by 15 cm from the body’s shape in its highest point.
It is obligatory to deposit in the cloakroom any umbrella with a spike tip, umbrellas of medium and large size, walking sticks (except those required by disabled visitors to facilitate their movement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signage of any kind (except signs used by official guides for their identification).
It is obligatory to deposit in the cloakroom knives, scissors, any tools thai could be harmful to other persons ora damage works of art in the Museums.
It is not possible to deposit in the cloakroom, fiirearms of any kind or other dangerous objects. It is strictly forbidden to enter the Museums with any kind of weapon.
Access to the Museums by armed visitors is not permitted. Non exception to this rule is made for visitors holding a firearm permit, or if the weapon forms part of a uniform (police, military or others).

Museum surveillance:

It is forbidden to touch works of art. The works of the Vatican Museums are subject to a costant television monitoring by the surveillance of the Museums and by an electronic alarm system.


The use of microphones with amplifier is forbidden. The use of head-sets for all guided tour groups of 11 or more people is obligatory.

Required clothing:

Access to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens and Saint Peter’s Basilica is permitted only to visitors dressed appropriately (no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, no hats allowed).

Guided tour in the Sistine Chapel:

To ensure the respect due to a sacred place, explanation is not permitted within the Sistine Chapel, even if visitors are provided with Group Tour radio systems. Explanation may be offered prior to entry in the Chapel, using the dedicated panels on display throughout the museum itinerary.


Works of art and surroundings may be photographed. Permission must be given by the Management of the Museum for the use of tripods and other professional equipment.
The use of telescopic “selfie sticks” is forbidden.
It is forbidden to use flashlight photography inside the Museums.
No photography or filming is permitted in the Sistine Chapel. The surveillance is authorized to collect any kind of photography made inside the Sistine Chapel.

Drawing permission:

Permission must be sought from the Management of the Museums in order to make pencil drawings and sketches in the Museums.
The use of laser pointers is forbidden.

Mobile phones:

The use of mobile phones is allowed, except in the Sistine Chapel. Anyway it is not recommended in order to guarantee the visitors a better fruiton of the works of art. Pushchairs are permitted in the Museums.

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