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Best of the Vatican: Fast Track Highlights

Product ID: 9537
See all the highlights of Vatican City with a licensed Vatican guide and enjoy priority entrance to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Marvel at the vast collections of art and your morning with an optional visit to St. Peter's Basilica.
About this activity
Duration: 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Skip the ticket lines at the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's, and the Vatican Museums
  • See all the highlights of Vatican City
  • Learn about Vatican history and the museum collections from knowledgeable, licensed tour guides
Full description
Skip the ticket line to see the best of the Eternal City: the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and make an optional visit to St. Peter's Basilica! You will be accompanied by an experienced, licensed Vatican guide throughout.

During the morning tour see the highlights of arguably the most important collection of art in the world. The museum, which comprises more than 1,200 galleries, includes the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the Ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard.

The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will take the shortest possible path so that you arrive there quickly and without unnecessary waiting. Along the way, cover the most important masterpieces and your guide will ensure you don't miss a thing.

Learn about the background of the Sistine Chapel, from its commissioning to the finishing touches being applied. You’ll also learn the difference between fact and popular Hollywood fiction about the Chapel.

On leaving the Sistine Chapel, you’ll have direct access to St. Peter's, which is allowed only to those on official guided tours.
  • Vatican tour commencing from the meeting point by the Vatican Museums
  • Priority skip-the-ticket-line fast-track entry
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The meeting point for the tour is the local partner's office at Via Sebastiano Veniero, 19. The office is located on the right-side at the bottom of the staircase on Via Tunisi, which is in front of the Vatican Museums entrance.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Sleeveless shirts
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.
• Please note, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 214 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Absolutely fantastic

Our guide Luigi was so knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican and it’s arts - we learnt so much from it - absolutely excellent - we’re just so pleased that we booked it - can’t recommend highly enough - fantastic tour, great guide and even remembers names making it so friendly .

June 2, 2019

Great experience

It’s a difficult task racing through the Vatican in one day, but our guide was amazing. It helped that there were only 4 people in our entire group too! I can’t believe I forgot her name. It began with an F, she had curly hair and was from Genoa!! Wonderful experience, thank you!!!

October 9, 2018

Loved Christina!! She had so much personality and gave so much insight

Christina was wonderful! She gave all the deep details and happily answered all questions. Her personality really brought all the stories to life! My boyfriend and I were on a two week trip around Europe and took numerous guided tours. We both agreed this one was hands down the best.

September 16, 2018

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Product ID: 9537