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The Vatican Museums are readily accessible to clients without regard to limitations on mobility or other disabilities.
In fact, traditional wheelchairs are provided free of charge and can be booked the day before your tour by email ([email protected]) or by visiting the "Special Permits" desk in the entrance hall of the Vatican Museums and presenting a valid identification. Mobility scooters or electric wheelchairs are allowed in the Vatican Museums, but due to space limitations, visitors may be invited to transfer to a traditional wheelchair in some museum areas. Unfortunately, wheelchairs are not authorized in the Vatican Gardens due to the nature of the pathways.
Free entry to the Vatican Museums, without waiting in line is granted in the case of what is considered to be a severe disability (74% or greater loss of mobility), and can be extended to include a caregiver/companion, if the disabled person is not self-sufficient. Again, visit the "Special Permits" or "Reception" desk to receive your free entrance tickets.
For visually-impaired visitors, tactile visits or plurisensorial itineraries are available free of charge and may be booked in advance by calling +39 06 69883145, +39 06 69884676, or +39 06 69884947. Guide dogs for the blind are allowed in the Vatican Museums with a leash and a muzzle and it is necessary to advise the Museums of your intention to enter prior to your visit by emailing [email protected].
Visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing may also make use, free of charge, of the video-guide in American Sign Language (ASL), distributed at the Antenna International desk in the "Cortile delle Corazze", at the top of the escalators.
Guided tours in Italian Sign Language (LIS) for the deaf or hard of hearing, entirely free of charge may be booked in advance by calling: +39 06 69883145, +39 06 69884676, or +39 06 69884947 or by emailing [email protected] (indicating, in the title, "Visite in LIS").
A limited-mobility Vatican Museums itinerary depends on your stamina and how long you'd like to spend in the museums. Some of the quickest visits can include the following:
Entrance --> Sistine Chapel --> Exit
Entrance --> Sistine Chapel --> Pinacoteca --> Exit
Entrance --> Sistine Chapel --> Raphael's Rooms --> Exit
Or customize your own tour from all of the rooms accessible to disabled visitors within the Museums:
Entrance --> Pinacotecta --> Atrium of the 4 Gates --> the Vatican Library -->
Gallery of the Candelabra --> Gallery of Tapestries --> Gallery of Maps --> Raphael's Rooms -->
Chapel of Nicolas V --> Gallery of St. Pius V --> Sistine Chapel --> Exit
For more information please visit: Vatican Museums Disabled Services