Vatican Museums
Enter your dates to find available activities
Top pick
skiptheline vatican sistine chapel st. peter’s tour

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

Duration: 2.5 hours
427 Reviews
GetYourGuide Original
427

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…

Vatican Museums: Tours & Tickets

See all tours & things to do in Vatican Museums

Top sights in Rome

See all 1328 tickets & tours

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

A very interesting tour, good value for money.

Sticky start as our tour was reorganised to a different time. However once we joined with the next available, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Out guide was very knowledgeable and personable.

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter's Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/16/2019

What a treat when the guide loves the things she was talking about

Georgia, our guide, was fascinating. She clearly loved Rome, Italy, the Vatican and all things she talked about. She explained the significance of the things she talked about, gave us the the background and the placement in time. Clearly, she had a background of an art historian. Mille Grazie, Georgia.

Amazing experience, don’t miss this opportunity

Our guide was fantastic, so informative. We walked at a pace where I didn’t feel rushed nor did we dawdle and felt bored.

Vatican City: Skip-the-Line Early Access Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/10/2019

Great tour of Vatican Museum and St Peter's Basilica.

Maximus was very knowledgeable about the Vatican Museum and St Peter's square! Tour was a bit long in the Museum portion, but I had three children 7, 11, 13 and they got a bit bored. But, the tour itself was wonderful! Took us to all the great places, stopped long enough to see the best sites, gave us time to look around and take photos, was overall a wonderful experience!!

Very useful and informative tour with great tour guide

I am delighted I booked a guided tour with Sabrina. I was visiting with my mother who has restricted mobility but Sabrina was extremely thoughtful and went at a manageable pace. Information was clear and interesting. I will recommend this tour to friends

Things to do near Vatican Museums