4.5 star rating: Recommended 1765 Reviews

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

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets

Use your skip-the-line Vatican Museums ticket to explore one of the world’s greatest museum complexes at leisure! A veritable Aladdin’s Cave, the Vatican Museums teem with history at every turn, glistening with magnificent Renaissance art and architecture. Queues are long, so skip past them with your fast-track ticket and then spend as long or as little as you like inside, seeing sites like Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel — home to Michelangelo’s 'The Last Judgement' fresco. Upgrade your ticket to include a small-group guided tour (maximum 20 people), and put the dazzling sights of the Vatican into historical context.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.


  • Vatican Museums ticket with skip-the-line entrance
  • This ticket includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway and we guarantee you will not wait in any long lines
  • Use your Vatican pass to see top Vatican attractions like Raphael’s Rooms and the Gallery of Maps
  • Head inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam
  • Upgrade to include a small-group guided tour and see the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the right choice if you want to get exclusive access to the Vatican Museums through a reserved entranceway but still see them on your own. Spend your time admiring some of the most spectacular artwork in history instead of standing in line!

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Entrance Tickets

Meet your host in Vatican City, and head to a reserved entranceway that guarantees you the fastest skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums — beating all the other priority-entrance lines! After showing your ticket to the Vatican guard, your host will leave you to discover this compelling museum complex and the Sistine Chapel on your own.

To see everything inside the Vatican Museums would be a definite feat, as the rooms that comprise them collectively stretch a staggering 9 miles (15km) around Vatican City. However, your ticket enables you to stay for as long or little as you want, meaning you can see as much of the art-filled rooms as your heart desires.

Places not to be missed include the Gallery of the Candelabra, a long corridor packed with elegantly carved marble candelabras and sculptures, and, of course, Raphael’s Rooms – a series of four interconnecting rooms that are adorned with Renaissance frescoes by Raphael and his pupils. Amble through the Gallery of Maps, where 40 huge maps of Italy are on show, and steep yourself in early 16th-century geography as you gaze in wonder at their intricate detail.

Whatever way you choose to explore the Vatican Museums, the layout of the complex means that the Sistine Chapel is likely to be the last sight you’ll see – the Vatican obviously intended to save the best ‘til last! Awe-inspiring in every sense of the word, the 15th-century sacred chapel holds profound religious significance to the Catholic Church, as it’s the place where the papal conclave is locked to elect new popes. Matching its religious highlights in equal measures, is the Sistine Chapel’s artwork; see bedazzling masterpieces including Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco The Creation of Adam and iconic wall painting The Last Judgement.

Ticket and Tour:
Want to see all the sights of the Vatican Museum but hear their history, too? Then upgrade to join a 5-star rated tour, taking in the highlights of the museum complex and the Sistine Chapel, plus St Peter’s Basilica — the holiest place in Christendom. With an expert guide at your side, learn about the Vatican’s power, art and treachery, and see all the attractions in an intimate small group of no more than 20.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Well worth it to skip the long line.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour guide. Francesca was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Well worth skipping the line with this tour. Totally recommend to anyone visiting Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was well organised and straightforward despite the thousands of tourists waiting to gain entry into the Vatican. The guides were very efficient and kept us informed all the way right through til we were inside and able to be left on our own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

So glad we skipped the ques and took this trip otherwise half the day would have been wasted queuing up .
A fantastic day out ! well organised and once through security free to roam at own pace round the Vatican.
Well worth the money

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was a good way to skip the line to get in and through the gates. Inside the Vatican you are on your own so you have the freedom to see what you want at your own pace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The representatives were exactly where they were supposed to be and were very helpful. The Museum itself was very crowded but they were very efficient, provided us with our tickets as quickly as they could and from there on everything went very well.
This is not a criticism of the tour or your reps, but if they could just remember to speak up at the very beginning it would be great help. I was at the back of the group and am also hard of hearing, my wife says deaf, but this is not true, I'm only deaf when she's talking, anyway, I could not hear any of the explanation about what was going to happen. I waited until we were moving and then asked another guide who filled me in.
It didn't alter my enjoyment, and took nothing away from the experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

If you are looking to get into the Vatican museum while avoiding the line, this is a great way to do this. By no fault of Viator, I wish we had booked a guided tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour was very good, very informative and lots of fun. Saw all the attractions around Rome and very informative guide. Had time to walk around the places take photos then continue on. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Simply fantastic!! It was a very popular day at the Vatican, but our guide was so patient and kept track of all of us. She provided excellent information and shepherded us through the museums, Sistine Chapel and Basillica - we all thoroughly enjoyed the day and I'd highly recommend it to anyone considering going to the Vatican. We didn't wait in any lineups at all!!!!

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