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

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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.

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Top 5 Things to See at the Vatican Museums

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

The Sistine Chapel

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.

Raphael Rooms

Raphael Rooms

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.

The Belvedere Torso

The Belvedere Torso

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).

Leonardo Da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness

Leonardo Da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness

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.

Sala Rotonda (Round Room)

Sala Rotonda (Round Room)

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.

Our insider tips

Best time of year to visit

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.

Save money

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.

Pick the right time of 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.

Don’t leave it too late

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.

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 highly 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 Museums

No queueing, knowledgeable, fun and calm!

Our lovely Dutch guide (Lottie?) remained calm and charming throughout this super busy visit to the Vatican. Her humour and patience shone through, as well as her knowledge. St Peters took our breath away and our guide still conveys the magic and awe she feels when we walked through the doors despite her many visits. The crowds were astonishing and yet we were gently managed through the hubbub with kindness and humour. Thankyou!

Wonderful experience with a great guide - Giorgia.

Great experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. The line to enter was quite long - but having someone to help navigate the entire experience was quite helpful. Great tour!

Just as it says. Fast track to Vatican Museums and Sistine chapel.

Good time to start - 10am. Skipped all the queues to go in - actually entered bit before 10. Could go around at own pace but very crowded. Spent a good 3-4 hours before going on to St Peters Basilica (through back door of Sistine chapel)

Fabulous and great tour.... and a surprise!

The tour was well organized on the steps across the street from the entrance. We bought an early ticket so there was no line to skip on this one. Our guide took us through a portion of the Vatican Museums and explained some things on our way to the Sistine Chapel. Buying the early morning ticket was important bc there are less people in the room with you while viewing the art. I cannot emphasize how key this is. We were able to sit and just look at every detail. Fabulous. After we left there we went through the Vatican Museums where the Raphael rooms were awe-inspiring. Seeing The School of Athens in person was fantastic! Now, what I didn't know was that this ticket also gets you to skip the line to St. Peters as you access directly from the Chapel. This was GREAT as that line was very long. However, people acted like cattle and shoved you to get out of the Chapel once the door opened to go to St. Peters. It was chaos and like a mob where you had no control to stop.

We loved the tour and were so glad to have used a guide!

We thought that the guide did a great job, and it was great having a guide rather than going on our own. It was a huge help to be able to skip the line!

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