The Vatican Museums offer free entry to all disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%. For visitors who are not self-sufficient, free entry is also extended to a companion.
This type of visit cannot be booked online: the free entry tickets are issued upon presentation of a certificate of invalidity at the Special Permits and/or Reception desks in the hall of the Museums.
Disabled visitors and, if appropriate, a companion, are guaranteed priority skip the line entry (without the need to queue).
For visitors with mobility problems, the Vatican Museums offer free wheelchair hire from the cloakroom (subject to availability).
To hire a wheelchair, it is necessary to present a valid identity document and deposit.
The Museums are accessible also to visitors on mobility scooters and with electric wheelchairs. However, due to space limitations, access or use are not permitted in some museum areas.
In this case, the visitor will be invited to transfer to a traditional wheelchair, which may be hired free of charge in the entrance hall.
Toilets specially equipped for the disabled are located along the itinerary and at all dining and refreshments points. To rapidly view the locations of washrooms, visitors are advised to consult the Vatican Museums Map.
Most of the museum spaces are accessible to people with motor disabilities.
To facilitate the visit, the Vatican Museums advise an visit itinerary without barriers which, thanks to assistance from the Guard Corps, will enable visitors to easily reach the main services and places of interest.
On account of their standardised itineraries, guided tours proposed and organised by the Vatican Museums are not open to visitors in wheelchairs. The sole exception at present is the tour "Vatican Gardens without barriers", which proposes a guided tour along an ad hoc route accessible also to visitors with mobility difficulties or in wheelchairs.