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

Skip-the-Line 2.5-Hour Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums

Product ID: 62618
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Enjoy skip-the-line access to the treasures of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Avoid the crowds and spend more time admiring the masterpieces of art on this 2.5-hour tour with a professional art historian guide.
About this activity
Duration 2.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
German, French, Russian, Portuguese, Italian
Audio guide/headphones
German, Russian, Portuguese, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Skip the long lines at the Vatican Museums and enter without delay
  • See the major works of art with a professional art historian guide
  • Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and his Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica
Full description
This 2.5-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica will immerse you in both art and history. Your professional guide will tell you about the secrets and stories behind the magnificent works of art and architecture you encounter.

Begin at the Vatican Museums, with skip-the-line access, meaning that you’ll enter without delay.

Admire many masterpieces from different time periods, from classical Greek art to the Renaissance works of Michelangelo. Your guide will take you through the history the Catholic Church, and you’ll also hear about the rivalry among Renaissance artists. 

After visiting the Museums, your guide will escort you to the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll stand in awe of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Last Judgment.

The tour ends in magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll have the opportunity to admire Baroque masterpieces and Michelangelo’s breathtaking Pietà.
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Skip-the-line access
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The local partner's office, Via delle Grazie 4, 00193 Rome

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Walking frames
Know before you go
A dress code applies at places of worship and the Vatican Museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may be refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.

A moderate amount of walking is involved.

Student discounts only apply to those under 26 years of age with an International Student Card (ISIC), which must be shown on site. Child discounts apply from 7-18 years (a valid ID card should be shown on site for ages 14-18). Infants under 6 enter free of charge.

This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to some difficulties in the Sistine Chapel.
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