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Tour code: 3731SKIP
At one of the world’s busiest attractions, you certainly don’t want to wait in line. With skip-the-line Vatican admission, you can make sure you spend your time standing in front of world-famous art instead of in the queue. Use this fast-track ticket to enter the Vatican Museums, where you can independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo. If you’d prefer the insight of a Vatican guide, upgrade when booking to include a tour limited to 20 people. Due to a partnership with the Vatican, this admission provides VIP access via a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines, even the priority ones. 


  • 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

Your Vatican experience starts in Vatican City, where you’ll meet your host and walk to your reserved doorway that provides you with the fastest skip-the-line entrance at the Vatican Museums, avoiding the other priority queues. Just show your ticket to the guard, and your host will leave you to explore the museum complex’s 9 miles (15 km) of rooms and galleries at your leisure. You may stay as long as you wish.

The most popular spaces include Raphael’s Rooms, a series of four connecting rooms adorned with Renaissance works by Raphael and his students; the Gallery of the Candelabra, home to carved marble candelabras and sculptures; and the Gallery of Maps, where you can marvel at dozens of intricate maps of Italy from the 16th century. Most explorations of the Vatican Museums end at the crown jewel, the Sistine Chapel, a particularly sacred site, as it’s where new popes are elected. Of course, you’re there to see Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes, The Creation of Adam on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on on the wall.

Optional tour:
If you’d prefer to explore the Vatican Museums with a knowledgeable guide instead of on your own, upgrade when booking to include a tour limited to 20 people. You’ll see the highlights of the complex, including the Sistine Chapel, as well as neighboring St Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches and home to more Renaissance works. From your guide, hear about the history of the Vatican, from art to power to treachery. 

Customer Reviews

Donald A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Francesca was very knowledgable, passionate and engaging. Very good tour and guide.

Penelope B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Well worth skipping the queue!

Sandra R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Well this saved me a LOT of time. I was watching the lines and we went in on time and nicely organised. I spent 6-7 hours in there with the audio guide and thought it was fantastic. Just what I wanted and no limit to time. Great for art enthusiasts.

Timothy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Visiting Rome, Florence and Venice were wonderful and the Viator package was perfectly tailored to our needs. Hotels for Rome and Florence were convenient, but Venice hotel was a little bit more challenging due to distance from train station and unavailablity of taxis.

Brett W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Keep in mind that this is not a guided tour other than when the guides lead your group into the Vatican ticketing lobby. This 'tour' lets you do exactly as the name get to skip the ticket line. I was hesitant at first about paying extra just to skip standing in line. Once we arrived at the Vatican at 9:00 a.m. and I saw the line, I was glad we paid the extra money. Your guide will lead you past the poor suckers standing in line waiting for tickets and then you make your way through the chaos of the security screening. Once in the ticketing lobby, your guide retrieves tickets, hands them out, and then you are on your own to visit the Vatican at your leisure. Highly recommended.

Justin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide Doriana did an excellent job of negotiating the mass of people on this tour. Unfortunately the Vatican allows 50,000 visitors a day, so it took all of Doriana's skills to keep us together and to maneuver us through the crowds. We were grateful for the headphones as it would have been impossible to hear her without them. She was very well informed and had a great way of sharing the Vatican's history. The 'Skip the Line' option was a must, since there were so many people. We would have been waiting to enter for at least a couple of hours otherwise.
The Vatican is a must see when in Rome and this tour was an excellent way to get the most out of this visit.

Charmaine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Dorothy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We did not take the tour, just bought skip the line tickets. Our representative met us right on time at the spot indicated and brought us in to The Vatican museums as promised. We would definitely recommend Viator to anyone.

Maureen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Highly recommended. We met the tour leaders at the appointed hour, they led us past the line up to the Vatican Museums, gave us our tickets once we were past security, and then we were on our own to browse the museum. Very easy process and so worth it.

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