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Rome: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Product ID: 65016
Don't miss your chance to quickly enter one of the largest museums of the world, a destination which belongs on the list of World Wonders. Embark on a 3.5-hour tour to discover the best works of art, famous masterpieces, classical antiquities, and more.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, Russian, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums
  • Gaze in awe at Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel
  • Go inside St. Peter's Basilica
  • See Bernini's colonnades on St. Peter's Square
  • Discover ancient maps of the world
Full description
Save time with a skip-the-ticket-line tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and discover amazing masterpieces of art and antiquity. Meet your local guide to enter the museums. Wander the vast corridors and galleries of one of the most important museums in the world, touring in a group of no more than 30 people for a more intimate experience.

Go to the spectacular Cortile del Belvedere (Belvedere Courtyard) and see historic maps of ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps. Admire the beautiful tapestries by some of Raphael’s students in the Gallery of Tapestries. 

Then, gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s miraculous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Experience the grandeur of the most important Catholic church in the world as you look inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo’s statue "La Pieta." End by Bernini’s colonnades on St. Peter’s Square.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican Museums
  • Expert tour guide speaking only the selected language
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Headphones in the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
What’s Not Included
  • Tips
  • Transfers
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• The Basilica of San Pedro is a holy place, remember to wear shirts with covered shoulders and pants or skirts at least knee-length. Otherwise, the guard at the basilica may not let you enter and the local tour operator cannot be responsible for this
• Please keep in mind that you will walk a lot so wear comfortable shoes
• The group tour is not suitable for those with mobility issues. Please book a private tour
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• Access to the monuments on this tour is not possible with large backpacks. Please take a small backpack or bag
• Please note that the Holy See may close St Peter’s Basilica and/or the Sistine Chapel without prior notice. If this were to happen during your tour, you would spend more time on the other parts of the tour. During Easter week, St. Peter's Basilica may close for important ceremonies
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Good guide but through speed

Despite "skipping the queue" we had to queue about 30 minutes. Maybe not much, but the wait was counted in the time of the tour. The guide was knowledgeable and very nice. One disappointment, however, was that she skipped several parts of the Vatican museums that had been interesting to see and hear more about, such as the most famous art by Rafael.

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July 15, 2019

Excellent

We found this tour of the Vatican and the Sistine chapel fantastic. Our guide was very knowledgeable about art and historical context. I especially liked it because it did not emphasize religiously by limiting it to what it had to do with historical events. The information you provided was very relevant. I recommend it without hesitation since it is a didactic way to appreciate the magestuosity of the Sistine chapel!

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October 30, 2017

Great

The guide knew a lot and showed us the main points and works. It is also true that in 3 hours it is impossible to see the entire Vatican and go directly to the most important works (St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, etc.) A lot of the museums are left, but I repeat, for a while it is IMPOSSIBLE to see more and the guide used the time he had excellently available. By the way. It is highly recommended to take a tour of this type, not only for the extra information, you also save queue hours ...

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December 12, 2016

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Product ID: 65016