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Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

From US$ 66.83 per person

Discover the best of the Vatican Museums on a skip-the-line, group 2.5-hour guided tour, and admire masterpieces by Raphaei, Bernini and more. Marvel at Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and much more.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums and see the highlights in a group
  • Follow a carefully planned route to see the very best of 9 miles of art
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel just before closing time
  • See ancient maps from the Middle Ages
  • Gaze in awe at art by Raphael, Bernini, Bramante and many more
Full description
Get the best out of your day at the Vatican Museums. Your skip-the-line ticket will take the stress out of the long lines on arrival, and provide you with more time to explore one of the world’s greatest art collections. An expert guide will accompany you through the museums, telling stories that bring the statues, frescoes, and maps to life. Boasting 9 miles of galleries, it can be hard to know where to start, but your guide will take you on a carefully planned route perfected over the years. Discover the bigger picture of power and politics in the Vatican City and how it interacts with art. Go to the rooms of former popes in the Raphael Rooms, and wander down the extraordinary Gallery of Maps to see how ancient cartographers mapped the world through history. End in the Sistine Chapel (just before closing time), where you are free to spend as much time as you like. Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s miraculous frescoes, including his depiction of the “Last Judgment” on the ceiling. If open, you are also free to skip-the-line to St. Peter's Basilica, saving you hours of waiting time. Explore the stunning naves, apse and chapels of the Renaissance church on your own, and marvel at staggering art and architecture by Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo.
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums (including reservation fee)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica (when open)
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Hotel transfers
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento. Meet just outside the green bar in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento Square. This is the only bar/cafè located on the square. The bar is on the side of the square towards via Crescensio - close to Tram stop number 19.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Video recording
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Short skirts
  • Cameras

Know before you go

  • This tour operates in groups of 20 people or less
  •  Unfortunately the tour cannot accommodate guests with mobility issues. Please contact the local supplier for private tour options
  • The Vatican policy insists that guests cover their shoulders and knees inside the Museums and Basilica at all times
  •  Please note that St. Peter's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. On these occasions guests cannot use the skip-the-line entrance, and the tour will end inside the Sistine Chapel
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Our small group tour of the Vatican Museum and Sisten Chapel with “A walk of Italy” was a masterpiece of information and inspiring stories of Italy past. Our guide was professional, knowledgeable, personable and a fabulous story teller. We are happy to recommend them to you! You won’t be disappointed.

October 9, 2018

It was perfectly facilitated by Oscar - he is an excellent guide!!!

Everything was excellent! Vatican was gone through for 2.5 hours - amazing!

July 9, 2015

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