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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

After we saw the Pope during a Wednesday morning mass (tickets reserved thru Viator), we booked the tour of the Vatican Museums. We chose the afternoon tour which commenced at 230 PM (our morning tour ended at about 1230PM). So, we had two hours to wait and so we decided to eat the Cafe Vaticano which was the designated Cafe where we are supposed to meet our guide (at bottom opt steps beside Cafe). The Cafe is right in front of the Museum but, beware, it was very expensive. For my wife and I, we paid about 90 Euros for lunch which was spaghetti and chicken with small ice cream for dessert! But we are not reviewing the cafe, so I will continue on with this great tour. Our guide was very good and they give you headsets so u can follow her through the many hallways. The Sistine Chapel is at the very end of the tour, and for that you need to have complete silence without the guide so she explained to us about the cailing paintings before we entered the Sistine Chapel.
The treasures in the Vatican are amazing and seemingly endless. My favorite was the ceiling of the Map Room.
Also, because I had a big backpack for the tour, I was asked to leave it at baggage claim. Unfortunately, the Museum closes at 6 PM and so I had to claim my bag later at about 7 PM when the bags are delivered to the back of the Vatican. This was interesting because I talked with the 2 Swiss guards at the side of the Vatican and they instructed me to pass by the "back" of the Vatican where there was no one else. I was able to see a part of Vatican which I think not so many people see, lol - thanks to my big backpack.
This tour ends with you entering St Peter's Basilica on your own (after guide explained what points should be seen), and it was truly great. Make sure you do not miss the Pieta statue at the side of the church.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Excellent tour. Our guide (Laura) was great and we really enjoyed the Vatican (a must see when visiting Rome).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Great tour and tour guide. My wife and i are very happy to have gone on the tour, instead of going it alone. We learnt so much about the vatican and of the great artists.Next time in rome we will do the Vatican tour again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This was a fascinating tour which the tour guide Sara brought to life. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and Sara was really knowledgeable as she talked us through the paintings and history of the museum. A beautiful awe inspiring place, well worth a visit. Don't forget to cover shoulders and knees, and go back in St Peters at the end of the tour to view the papal tombs free of charge.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Shannon gave us a fantastic insight both into the times of the renaissaince and the art the personalities and politics of the time it was more than we could have ever hoped for. Our teenage boys were impressed and held captive for 3 hours. That says it all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Guide was really good. It made the visit much more enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Excellent tour of the Vatican. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, interesting and very well
organised. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This was a great tour, our tour guide was great. She gave a good history lesson on vatican and she even showed us some of the stuff that was not included our tour. You are not doing justice to Vatican if you go without a tour guide. The lines are very long and you are lost and wondering. I would recommend everyone to take this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This was a very inciteful non boring tour - I have never done a tour like this before and was relieved on my first and probably only visit to the vatican that I wasnt just wandering about with no idea what I was looking at - the information on the history was amazing and the female tour guide was fantastic she was really funny too which made it even more enjoyable our visit lasted well over 3 hours and it simply flew in - would highly recommend this apparently you wait in enormous queues if you dont do it this way but we didnt need to wait in a queue at any point - St Peters Basilica was breathtaking!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This was a very inciteful non boring tour - I have never done a tour like this before and was relieved on my first and probably only visit to the vatican that I wasnt just wandering about with no idea what I was looking at - the information on the history was amazing and the female tour guide was fantastic she was really funny too which made it even more enjoyable our visit lasted well over 3 hours and it simply flew in - would highly recommend this apparently you wait in enormous queues if you dont do it this way but we didnt need to wait in a queue at any point - St Peters Basilica was breathtaking!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

well worth the money especially when you see the queues ! !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

It was a wonderful tour. I highly recommend it. Our guide Suzanna, though with Italian accent was brilliant, she answers all questions and was very helpful. Most enjoyable tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

The guide was informative and funny. And when they say skip the line, you really skiiipppp the line. The line is sooooo long, and you just walk right up to the door and go in without any delay at all. They have excellent tour technology that everyone gets their own headset, so even when it gets a bit loud with other tour groups going through, you can confidently hear every word of the guide's.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Federica was a great tour guide. The whole experience was fantastic and no queues!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Rate tour very interesting and informative. Our guide was funny and explained everything very well especially as I had limited knowledge on art and Vatican history.

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