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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

Overall rating
4.2 / 5
based on 91,756 reviews

Well organised fast track entry into the Sistine Chapel

We visited the Vatican Museums, incl the Sistine Chapel, using Get Your Guide. It was a last minute booking after being advised by a friend to buy fast track tickets. Good job we did because the Queues were very long, and in the August heat would probably have resulted in us missing the whole thing. The meeting point was just outside the main entrance, and our guide was easily identifiable and was there on time. We only bought the fast track ticket, not the full guided tour which was also available. Our guide gained our group entrance to the museuems, gave us our tickets once inside, and then we walked round at our own pace. The Get Your Guide app was very easy to use, and held our purchase voucher electronically, although I also printed ours out as a backup. We may have paid a little more than we would have paid if we'd joined the long queue to pay on the door, but it was very, very worth it. Thanks for a great experience !

Fantastic place. A lot of beatifull masterpieces

Unfortunately the noise and crowd in Vatican Museum especially Sistine Chapell is more than annoying. Stuff screaming all over the place- go, do not stop. If so... how am I supposed to see anything. Waste of time. Seen something but did not feel anything amazing about and in that place.

our guide Barbara was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Barbara guided our group. Her knowledge and insight made for an amazing experience. Only draw back was the temperature and sun. Even so she was very accommodating stopping along the 3hr tour for water and shade.

The tour was excellent, and the guide was amazing.

The guide was very well-informed, highly perceptive, and always smiling. The tour was well planned. It covers the most important parts of the museum (in the given timeframe), the Basilica, and the Chapel.

Guide was great. Crowds were horrible and made museum tour useless.

Five stars for guide. Negative stars to Vatican for allowing unmanageable number of tourists access to museum and Sistine Chapel in one hundred degree weather.

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