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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

Discover the Vatican on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo; and hear little-known tales about sacred St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected). Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 10 people.
  • Enjoy priority access through a Vatican Partner entrance, and tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected)
  • See captivating sites such as the Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps, and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
  • Choose from four different times, or upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 10)
  • Audio headsets are provided to make sure you can hear your guide clearly at all times (when group size is 20 people)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

“Skip the line” with this tour means using a special entrance to bypass even the fast-track line.
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Reserved Priority Access to the Vatican Museums
Skip-the-Line Access to the Sistine Chapel
Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
Small groups of 20 people or less
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
St. Peter's Basilica is not included until further notice

Departure Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Meeting point: At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani).

Return Details

00120, Vatican City
Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.

Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramante.

Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself. Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel—the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam,' which cloaks the ceiling, and admire 'The Last Judgement,' his colorful mural that adorns a wall.

After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s 'La Pietà,' which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St. Peter’s Square.

Keep in mind that St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, enjoy an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you want to make sure that St. Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date.

If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences:

Small-Group Tour in the morning: Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter. Your tour is limited to 10 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights.

Tour in the evening: Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the doors close to the general public. A visit to St. Peter’s Basilica is not included.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums. Walkthrough the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and admire The Last Judgement, his colorful mural that adorns a wall.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Please note: Due to current restrictions, St Peter's Basilica is not included until further notice. After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St Peter’s Square. Keep in mind that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, you'll be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
St. Peter's Square
Passing by
Stop At:  
Vatican City
In just three hours, we’ll introduce you to the artistic treasures of the Vatican City and its main attraction Vatican Museums in an enjoyable and hassle-free manner. From the enormous basilica built over the tomb of St. Peter to Michelangelo's ground-breaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, you will see how the Popes used art and culture to spread their message. You’ll leave not just appreciating the Vatican but having understood it too.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring your own mask on the tour. The wearing of mask is compulsory in order to comply with health & Safety regulations. Our guide will be wearing mask during the tour as well.
  • At the meeting point there will be social distancing taking place. Our guide will organize the group upon your arrival, but we kindly ask yourself to be conscience in taking social distance at all the time from others.
  • Following the new regulations regarding Coronavirus, at the entrance your body temperature will be checked. If a body temperature above 37.5 ° C is registered, you will not be able to enter the site.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • Please be aware that St. Peter's Basilica is not included until further notice
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour.

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When in Rome
BeverlyMelvin
, Sep 2021
Our tour guild was a historian so he had a lot of info. and did a good job keeping the group together. Tour is recommended.
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Excellent!
Jennifer_R
, Sep 2021
Dorarita was great! She knew so much and was great at explaining everything. Her English was excellent
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Great tour!
William_S
, Sep 2021
Our guide was very good with an amazing amount of knowledge and was easy to hear and understand. I felt we picked the best tour.
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Best way to see Vatican Musru.
patriciaaustin48
, Sep 2021
Our guide Alaura was excellent in keeping our group together. She stopped often to allow for questions. We never felt rushed despite the fact that covid has put time restrictions on areas.
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Amazing level of detail
Paul_S
, Sep 2021
Christian was probably the most knowledgeable tour guide I have ever had in my life. If you want an in depth experience of the Vatican and its museums, you have come to the right place. Christian took the time in every location to explain in detail all the interesting facts and tid bits of information (he has been coming to the Vatican since he'd been a kid). 5/5, would love to do again because I'm sure there is so much more to learn.
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Angela_T
, Sep 2021
This place was amazing. Just in awe of the artwork in the Vatican rooms. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very nice.
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Book your tour time carefully, because cancelations and changes are not possible.
Clint
, Sep 2021
We realized the day before that we were not going to be able to attend the tour at the time that we booked, so we called Viator and the tour operator and were told that it was too late to make changes. The next morning we started out an hour and a half before our tour in an attempt to make it, but Rome traffic was in Monday morning gridlock, so we arrived late and the tour was gone. I wish they would have been able to add us to a later tour, but they were a hard "no" on that. So we wasted $$$ and ended up doing our own self-paced tour of the sites anyway. Not even a refund was offered.
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Great trip!
Glenn_L
, Sep 2021
A great tour! Mickey, our tour guide, was funny and knowledgeable. It was a hot day but he was able to keep our group together and happy.
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Barbara_B
, Sep 2021
Christian was so knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican museum. He also was concerned about our comfort and safety which made the tour more like a gathering of friends. We had an amazing experience and recommend this experience highly!!
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Wonderful tour of the Vatican!
Caleb_M
, Sep 2021
Our tour was very interesting and quite a pleasurable experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and delightful.
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