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

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Vatican City with a local guide on a tour of the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican holds a must-see status for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Do just that and learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà sculpture in St Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just eight people. The entrance fee is payable on the day.


  • 3-hour Vatican Museums tour including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, led by an expert guide
  • Skip the line for fast-track entry to the world-famous Vatican museum complex
  • Learn about the incredible Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam
  • Explore St Peter’s Basilica and rub the statue of St Peter for a blessing

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Your expert guide will make visiting the Vatican a less overwhelming experience in less time than many tours. See the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica with a small group. Depending on when you go, you may have the option of taking an evening tour after the usual closing times.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Visit the Vatican in Rome!

Meet your local guide and pay your fee to enter the Vatican Museums. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, step inside to start your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Follow your guide, listening to tales of saintliness and scandal, and learn about the Vatican’s place as one of the holiest sites in Christendom.

Italian art flourished in the Renaissance and baroque periods, and the Vatican popes put together one of the world’s largest collections of private art with frescos, paintings, sculptures and treasure. See the highlights as you walk through galleries such as Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the School of Athens — a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself.

Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes — The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam.

Continue to St Peter’s Basilica, which is said to be built on the ground where St Peter is buried. Admire La Pietà, an early Michelangelo sculpture, and pause to rub the foot of a statue of St Peter. The act is said to bring good luck! Your Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica tour then finishes outside the church.

Morning Tour:

Skip the line and the crowds when you upgrade to this morning tour, with a maximum group size of 12 people. At this early time, your group enters the Vatican Museums before the doors open to the general public.

Evening Tour:

Upgrade to tour the Vatican Museums after the doors close to the public. This evening option is only available for limited period, on Friday evenings from May 6 to July 26, and September 6 to October 25. Numbers are restricted to 20 people, and the tour does not include entry to St Peter’s Basilica.

Customer Reviews

Craig B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The guide was excellent. She provided great history of the Vatican. We enjoyed every minute. I highly recommend the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

very impressive and no time wasted

Keith H J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our tour guide paced our Vatican tour just right... time to see the outside museum, time to see the inside galleries, time to see the Sistine Chapel, and time for St. Peter's Basilica. She described everything knowledgeably, and with enough detail to understand the significance of each item. I loved it all!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our guide was very knowledgable and the information she gave was detailed and really interesting. Would definitely recommend booking this tour, it was a good combination. You should also pay the 8 EUROs to go up to the top of St Peter's Basillica. The view is stunning.

Bernadette B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was wonderful - our guide was so clever and knowledgeable - she also seemed to be a delightful person - I think her name was Ms Carbonara.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We were fortunate that there were only 5 people booked on our tour, and the other 3 didn't turn up, so we had a very personalised tour. Our tour guide Vivianne was so knowledgeable and informative that it was a wonderful tour for all of the 3 hours. Especially appreciated being able to spend so much time in the Sistine Chapel. Well worth the money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour and guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Meeting point easy to find with free internet whilst we waited. Guide was excellent. Good English and animated presentation. Lots of information and pictures to explain his point. Worth paying to beat the queue.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very good tour. Plan some extra time after the formal tour to go back and see some of the things that really caught your eye. We didn't do this and we regret that. You don't need to be Catholic to appreciate the splendor here.

Susan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The Vatican area was very, very crowded and we were very grateful that we had the Skip the Line tour. We were in a group of about 20 people with a guide who was very knowledgeable about every thing that we saw. Seeing all of the treasures and the amazing art work was wonderful and being able to learn some of the background was helpful. The time we spent in the Sistine Chapel had to be quiet but it was very, very crowded in there. Our guide spent time at the end of the tour guiding people to good restaurants and other things to see. It was money well spent.

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