Immerse yourself in the Vatican's awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more.
See priceless works of art from the Papal collections in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Go on a stirring journey through centuries of art,…
See priceless works of art from the papal collections with your skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Receive a 15%…
Discover one of the most beautiful sites in the world on this fantastic 3-hour tour of the Vatican with skip-the-line access. Explore the Vatican…
See all the most important sights of the Vatican City with a guide in your chosen language. Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums, Sistine…
Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica and spend more time gazing in awe at masterpieces of art and…
See the vast collection of art on a guided tour with a choice of language options. Explore the Vatican Museums, visit the Sistine Chapel and discover…
Take a guided tour of the Vatican state and discover the Vatican Museums, walk inside the Sistine Chapel, see the glorious work of Michelangelo and…
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Top sights in Rome
When in Rome, don’t miss out on the Vatican’s world-famous Vatican Museums. Over the centuries, popes have built up a truly astounding collection of artistic masterpieces. There are countless things to see, but make sure not to miss these 5 highlights.
The Sistine Chapel alone would be worth a trip to the Vatican Museums. Painted by the greatest Renaissance painters, the chapel’s famous frescoes are quite simply sublime.
The 4 dazzling Raphael Rooms form the public part of the Pope’s apartments. Raphael’s magnificent frescoes decorating the walls give those of the Sistine Chapel a run for their money.
This stunning sculpture of a muscly male torso was highly influential for Renaissance artists like Michelangelo (note Christ’s similar pose in the Sistine Chapel’s Last Judgement).
Despite being unfinished, this gorgeous painting is a glorious demonstration of Leonardo’s painterly prowess. Unbelievably, it was once cut up and used to cover a barber’s stool.
A masterpiece of neo-classical architecture, this majestic room is shaped like a miniature pantheon, with lavish mosaics covering the floors and ancient statues lining the walls.
Although the Vatican Museums are extremely popular with tourists all year around, if you’re looking for a quieter visit, your best bet is during the low season between November and February.
On the last Sunday of every month, entrance to the Vatican Museums is free during opening hours, from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM. This is a great way of saving money, but be warned: these free days are also the most popular. If you’d rather avoid the large crowds, you’re better off going on a regular day.
The ticket office opens at 9:00 AM. If you want to see as much as possible, then you should arrive early, as the Vatican Museums are huge (over 9 miles!) and long lines can start forming at the entrance even before opening time. However, if you’re more interested in avoiding the queues, come around 1:00 PM. Most people will be headed for lunch at that time and it’s often possible to walk straight in without wait.
Even if you’re intending to avoid the queues, don’t come too late. The ticket office closes at 4:00 PM and the Vatican Museums close at 6:00 PM. If you want to have time to see the Sistine Chapel, you should arrive at the Vatican Museums by 3:00 PM at the latest.
- When should I visit?365 days a year!
- Is it expensive?Free to look at from the outside. Admission tickets vary.
- Will I need a guide?Not compulsory, but highly recommended.
- How to get thereTaxi, bus, metro, tram or by foot from Rome. Look here for more detailed directions.
- Additional information
- Large bags are not allowed in the museums, so pack light!
- There is often no air conditioning in the museums so make sure to dress accordingly and bring a bottle of water.
What people are saying about Vatican Museums
This is a very good tour of the Vatican museums Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s basilica. It was a wonderful tour and Clara our tour guide was very knowledgeable, passionate and friendly. Would highly recommend
Honestly, book this tour! Not only were we able to literally skip at least a 100 people to get in, the audio is easy to use and allows you to pick which items you want to learn about while skipping items you may not be interested in. Now, you can listen to each item but you will be there ALL day, it is HUGE! It was easy!
Our guide and your program was much better than any reviews that I have read. I'm regretful that I cannot remember her name but she was a Roman history major from the UK and was fantastic. It was my wife's first time in London and she was both interested and captivated throughout the tour. Additionally, at 850am it was our guide's second tour and we would have never noticed. Congrats on your hiring process - from a simple observation our guide was more qualified than most. We also used your company for the Colosseum tour and had a very similar experience. Great guides, on time, and so much faster than a do it yourself your, which honestly I couldn't even imagine doing with the crowds at each historic place.
Great tour but it's a shame that the tour companies grab the tickets for resale so that you can't get them directly from the Vatican.
Really lovely tour, Becky was funny, full of brilliant nuggets about everything we were looking at. Only thing I would have wanted would have been to spend more time in the Vatican museums itself, as that felt a bit rushed through. Would definitely recommend this to anyone.