The Vatican Museums are an accessible place for everyone and within the reach of anyone willing to spend a few hours in the pursuit of culture. A vast and beautiful attraction that takes hours to visit and, despite this, you may feel that you have not seen it as you really wanted to.This is about going to visit one of the largest collections in the world, as well as one of the most beautiful in the world thanks to its real treasures. With this article, we want to clarify and answer some of the most common questions you may have before visiting this wonderful place with a person with disabilities. 

1. How does admission to the Vatican Museums work for people with disabilities?   

The Vatican Museums provide free admission to all visitors with disabilities who present a certificate attesting to a disability greater than 74%.  

2. Should a person with a disability book his or her visit online? 

No. These types of visits do not have to be booked online. To enter for free, just go directly to the counters with your disability document at the "special permits" area or to the front desk in the Museums lobby. Without standing in line, you can enter and get a free ticket!  

3. Is free access for the accompanying person possible? 

Of course! In case the person is not self-sufficient, entry to the Vatican Museums will also be free for the accompanying person.  

4. Are there wheelchairs available on site? 

Did you know that it is the Vatican Museums offer a Free wheelchair rental service? This means that you will not have to worry about bringing your wheelchair with you. To use the service, you simply need to release your ID. 

5. Are the Vatican Museums accessible by electric scooter and electric wheelchairs? 

Of course it does. It is important to know that access is not allowed in some areas, often because of their size. In this case, the visitor will be asked to use a traditional electric chair instead of the electric chair, which, as mentioned earlier, can be rented at the entrance.

Do you want to visit Rome in a wheelchair? Mia Medical Italia offers wheelchair rental for tourists as well. 

6. Are there ad hoc routes for people with disabilities in the Vatican Museums? 

To make the experience of visiting the Vatican Museums unique even for people with motor or sensory disabilities, the facility has designed a itinerary of visits without architectural barriers. This makes access to points of interest and other services such as restrooms easier and more accessible. 

7. Is it possible to use a guided tour service for people with disabilities? 

Unfortunately, the guided tours are not allowed for people with wheelchairs. The only solution is to be able to visit the "Vatican Gardens without Barriers," an ad hoc guided tour that is also accessible by people in wheelchairs and with mobility disabilities. 

8. Where are the Vatican Museums located and how to get there?   

Vatican City is located north of the city center of Rome and can be reached from the historic center and the Prati district.
The nearest subway station is Octavian about a 10-minute walk from St. Peter's, while by train you should get off at the stop St. Peter's, which turns out to be a little further away, that is, a 20-minute walk from the Museums.
The Vatican Museums can also be reached by linea 64 and 40 of the bus, which connect Termini station with St. Peter's. 

9. What are the hours for visiting the Vatican Museums? 

The museums are open Monday through Saturday with different opening hours:
- Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (last access at 4 p.m.).
- Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- On the last Sunday of the month it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last admission at 12:30 p.m.) and admission is free. The rest of Sundays it is closed.
- The museums are closed on January 1 and 6, February 11, March 19, April 12 and 13, May 1 and 21, June 29, August 16, December 8, 25 and 26.

10. Useful tips for when going to the Vatican Museums? 

  • We recommend using appropriate clothes otherwise you may be denied access: shorts, tops, skirts that do not cover the knee, bare shoulders are not allowed. If it is hot outside, it is best to carry a shawl in your bag, to cover yourself once you enter the facilities and not have any problems.
  • If time and your abilities permit, we recommend devoting a full day to the Vatican, combining the Vatican Museums with St. Peter's Basilica. Entrance to St. Peter's Basilica is free and accessible to the disabled via an elevator from the plaza level to the Basilica atrium. The naves and the terrace of the Dome are also accessible by elevator. Now that we have provided you with all this information, all you have to do is go to the Vatican Museums and enjoy your visit! 
Now that we have provided you with all this information, all you have to do is go to the Vatican Museums and enjoy your visit!
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