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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Product ID: 74900
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Enjoy the spectacular attractions of Vatican City with an expert guide on a 3-hour small group tour. Skip the ticket lines to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, and have more time to marvel at the treasures within.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
French, English, Italian, Spanish
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Skip the ticket lines for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Learn about the amazing art collections from an expert guide
  • Visit Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and the stunning Raphael Rooms
Full description
This 3-hour tour begins with skip-the-ticket-line entry at the Vatican Museums, where you’ll be able to see art that has been collected by pontiffs since 1503.

Start in the Picture Gallery, and admire works by Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Giotto and other masters.

Take a walk through the spectacular Cortile della Pigna and the Cortile del Belvedere, passing by the Hall of the Animals to the Muse's Room, and finish in the famous Circle Room. Your guide will show you the sarcophagi of Saint Helen and Saint Constance. Continue through the Sala della Biga and several other galleries, including the Candelabra Gallery, the Galleria deli Arazzi and the Gallery of Maps.

Marvel at the beauty of the Raphael Rooms, comprising 4 rooms frescoed by the master painter Raphael at the beginning of the 16th century. Visit the opulent apartments of the Borgia family, known for its power and violence.

Enter the famous Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling entirely covered by Michelangelo’s frescoes. In addition, your guide will show you the Vatican cavern where the tombs of the popes are located.

The tour ends in Piazza San Pietro with its marvelous Bernini columns. Admire the dome created by Michelangelo, the obelisk in the middle of the square and the balcony where the pontiff gives his blessings. You’ll also see the roof of the Sistine Chapel, and the chimney where white or black smoke pours out during a papal election.
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Guided tour booking and handling fee
  • Guest relations assistance
  • Headsets for groups of more than 10 people
What’s Not Included
  • Transfers from/to hotel
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• Anyone under 18 years of age must bring a valid ID.
• Students under 24 years of age must bring their student card.
• Access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Gardens is permitted only to visitors dressed appropriately (no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts and no hats are allowed).
• The museums do not permit trolleys, large suitcases, large backpacks, umbrellas with a spike tip, glass bottles, knives, scissors or any tools that could be harmful to other people or damage the works of art.
• Pushchairs are permitted in the museums.
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Product ID: 74900