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

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Get more time to immerse yourself in the Vatican's awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the museums and basilicas. Your expert guide will bring…

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What is the Vatican City?

Vatican City – everyone’s heard about it, but what is it exactly? Is it a part of Rome, is it independent, are only priests allowed in? There are a lot of mysteries and misconceptions surrounding Vatican City, so here are 5 fascinating facts.

The Smallest Country in the World

The Smallest Country in the World

With a tiny population of 842 and an area of 110 acres (roughly an eighth of New York’s Central Park), Vatican City is the world's smallest independent nation-state.

An Economy without Trade or Taxes

An Economy without Trade or Taxes

As a completely non-commercial economy, all of Vatican City’s money comes from donations, museum admission fees and the sale of postage stamps, books and tourist souvenirs.

A Veritable Culture Treasure Trove

A Veritable Culture Treasure Trove

Featuring the world-famous Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City is a highly popular tourist destination, attracting over 4 million visitors yearly.

The Pope Has a Secret Escape Tunnel
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The Pope Has a Secret Escape Tunnel

In 1277, a secret passageway was built between the Vatican City and the nearby fortified castle Castel Sant’Angelo, providing an escape route for the pope if the city was attacked.

Those are Not Harlequins

Those are Not Harlequins

The colorfully dressed men standing in front of the city’s entrances are the famous Swiss Guards. Former mercenaries, they are now the permanent de facto army of Vatican City.

Our insider tips

Best Time of Year to Visit

Although Vatican City is 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.

Give Yourself Enough Time

There is so much to see in Vatican City, make sure you’re not pressed for time. Importantly, if you want to see the Sistine Chapel, it’s essential that you enter the Vatican Museums before 3:00 PM so you can reach the chapel before it closes.

Book a Tour?

Although there is more than enough to take in as an individual visitor, those who want to learn about Vatican City’s rich history would benefit from one of the many excellent tours offered. There are public as well as private tours. Note that latter need to be booked well in advance.

See the Pope

You’re unlikely to run into the pope on your visit to Vatican City. However, every Wednesday the pope holds a public audience on St. Peter’s Square in the summer and in the Audience Hall during winter. The audience starts at 10:30 AM, but most visitors arrive earlier to secure a good seat. Security opens between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM.

Good to know

  • 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 recommended.
  • How to get there
    Taxi, 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 City

If you only visit 1 attraction visit the VATICAN

A fantastic experience, book skip the line tickets - queues are unreal even in March. Need to be nimble to keep up with your guide as they have to stick to a timetable. Our guide Maximo was fantastic he had a wealth of knowledge on the Vatican/Sistine Chapel/St Peter's and made our visit a joy.

It covers everything, knowledgeable and patient guide

Relation quality - price : au top! We didnt have to pay for anything extra. (except the dome top which is normal and disclaimed when purchasing the tkt) Laura was my guide and she was the best!!! She knew every single thing, she made sure she didnt lose anybody on the journey. my only advice to GYG: make clear where exactly to meet the guide before getting into the museum security check. I got two emails with different instructions. The entrance of Vatican is messy and is easy to get lost

Wonderful sight not to be missed our guide Tiffany was also great she

was very informative and kind to her group myself with walking difficalties giuded me to seat when available also disable lift ,and made me feel part of the group also with others to look into the shop but still be part of group, and before joining our guide .there was lots of poeple but tourist guides to show the meeting point. thankyou for a wonderful day pauline maton march 14th 2019

A must if you like to avoid the later crowds

We enjoyed a warm welcome by the team including a light breakfast. A quick walk to the entrance and then after some briefing we enjoyed a direct access to the Sistine Chapel. Our guide Carlotta was fabulous, very kind and well informed. And always something to tell besides the informative details of all the great things we were able to see. Having the back door access into St Peters is recommendable as well, as you avoid another crowd waiting for access. Well spent money. Tante grazie a te, Carlotta :)

Luigi was amazingly knowledgeable and a great sense of humor

I would highly recommend using this company for a tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide Luigi. He is wonderful. Go now to book your tour.

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