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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome

Vatican: Skip-the-Line Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

Product ID: 61140
See masterpieces of art from the papal collections on a 3-hour small group guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Skip the long lines to the popular monuments to get a complete Vatican City experience.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Skip the long lines to the main monuments of the Vatican City
  • Marvel at masterpieces of art from Ancient Greece and the Renaissance at the Vatican Museums
  • Interact with your guide easily in a small group of no more than 12 people
  • Learn about different artistic techniques and the rivalry between artists
  • Enter the fabled Roman Catholic church of St. Peter's Basilica
Full description
Save precious time with skip-the-line access to the popular monuments of the Vatican City, and explore in a small group of no more than 12 people for a more personalized experience.

Follow a meticulously designed itinerary to see the best of the city-state and admire priceless treasures such as the massive bronze statue in the Pinecone Courtyard and the historic maps in the dedicated Gallery of Maps. Look at the enigmatic sculpture of Laocoön and His Sons, and discuss techniques used by different artists with your expert guide.

Marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and get inside details about the 4 years of back-breaking labor it took to complete. End with a look inside St. Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the grandeur of its mosaics, gold-painted ceilings and spectacular domes. See the bronze Baldachin statue by Bernini and Michelangelo’s emotional sculpture of La Pietà.
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • All entrance and reservation fees
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets
  • Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Optional gratuities
  • Access to the dome at St. Peter's Basilica

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the local tour operator's office at Via Santamaura 14/B, just a few minutes walk from the entrance to the Vatican Museums.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking. Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended
• All visitors must cover their knees and shoulders to enter the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
• Bags measuring more than 40 x 35 x 15 centimeters, tripods, large umbrellas and objects that could be harmful to other visitors or damage the works of art are not allowed into the Vatican Museums and must be stored in the cloakroom
• The cloakroom is a 20-minute walk from the end point of the tour
• St. Peter’s Basilica is an active parish church and subject to unforeseen closure for spiritual celebrations. In the event this happens, the local tour operator will contact you in advance with an alternative tour time or itinerary
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

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The tour was great!! The company was lovely, offered us coffee and snacks on arrival. And our tour guide Grant was a wealth of information! Would definitely recommend!!

September 30, 2018

Our guide gary was very informative with a good sense of humour

The tour was excellent

August 24, 2018

March 22, 2019

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Product ID: 61140