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Skip-the-Line Vatican Tour, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

Product ID: 1879
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Spend more time inside when you skip the line at the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel through an official, priority entrance. On this comprehensive guided tour, you’ll experience the best of the Vatican in just 3 hours.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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  • Get more time inside the museums with exclusive direct access through a Vatican partner entrance
  • Enjoy expert commentary from a local, English-speaking guide throughout your tour
  • See incredible works of art in Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps and more
  • Discover Michelangelo's world-famous frescos in the Sistine Chapel
  • Benefit from skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica & the famous La Pieta sculpture
  • Make the most of headsets & groups limited to 20 participants, so you don’t miss a thing
Full description
With over 8 million visitors per year, the long lines to get in to the Vatican are almost as famous as the place itself! Over 200 tour operators have “Skip the Line” entry to the Vatican, but this official partner tour grants you special access to the private partner entrance. This allows you to enter immediately, saving 3 to 4 hours during peak season and giving you even more time to explore the beauty of the museums.

Once inside, you and your small group of 20 or fewer people will enjoy all the highlights of the Vatican Museums with an expert guide by your side. You'll also get your own headset, so you can be sure to catch every detail that your guide provides. Explore the Pinecone Courtyard, Hall of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of Candelabra as you learn about the history of these magnificent pieces along the way.

Later, visit the stunning Sistine Chapel and take some time inside the world-famous room to pick out the details you’ve heard about – Michelangelo’s self-portrait, for example, in which he expresses to the world that he would rather be skinned alive than paint in the Sistine Chapel again. As incredible as his work is, it must have been back-breaking – a fact you’ll understand all the better after you learn what it takes to create a fresco.

After the Sistine Chapel, enjoy direct access yet again, exiting through a special door that leads straight into St. Peter’s Basilica, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the holiest place in Christendom. See the incredible altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s beautiful sculpture, La Pietà, before heading outside to St. Peter’s Square.

The tour finishes in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion, spot the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses, and take photos of the imposing exterior of the basilica.

After all that, you'll leave the Vatican feeling like an expert!

Sites Included:
• Vatican Museum
• The Pinacoteca Courtyard - with views of St. Peter's Basilica
• The Pinecone Courtyard
• The Chiaramonti Museum
• The Gallery of the Candelabra - ancient sculptures
• Gallery of the Tapestries
• Gallery of the Maps
• The Raphael Rooms
• The Sistine Chapel
• St. Peter’s Basilica
• St. Peter’s Square
  • Exclusive no wait partner access to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's
  • Tour guide
  • Audio headsets
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • St Peter's Dome ticket
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
Know before you go
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking. Comfortable shoes are recommended
• The local tour provider is unable to accommodate visitors with wheelchairs or with walking disabilities
• Entrance into the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered. No low-cut or sleeveless tops or shorts will be permitted. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. The local tour provider cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress
• There will be an airport-style security check before you enter St. Peter's Basilica; please leave liquids and sharp items at home
• Access to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Square may be closed in the morning due to the Papal Audience
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From US$ 72.01 US$ 64.81 per person

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Product ID: 1879