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.
- Skip-the-line Vatican tour including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
- This tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway and we guarantee you will not wait in any long lines
- Pass through captivating sites like Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
- Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco – considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art
- Explore St Peter’s Basilica on a fully guided Vatican walking tour and see the famous La Pieta sculpture
- Choose from four different times, or upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 12)
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
If you really want to skip the long lines to the Vatican, this is the tour for you! Enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved entranceway and let your knowledgeable guide point out all the must-see artistic and architectural highlights.
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What You Can Expect
Hear the stories and secrets of the intriguing Vatican while following your guide through incredible rooms like the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps, a seemingly never-ending corridor adorned with intricately detailed Italian maps. Pass through the Gallery of Candelabras, seeing ancient sculptures and opulent candelabras from Imperial villas, and wander through Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard to pose for pictures in front of the bronze Pigna statue.
Amble through Raphael’s Rooms, marveling at the interconnecting galleries that showcase the artistic genius of Raphael, and then enter the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel – the crowning glory of any visit to the Vatican. Gaze up at Michelangelo’s famous The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco, see The Last Judgement on the chapel’s back wall and absorb the sacred ambiance of the pope’s private chapel.
Your tour finishes with a fully guided visit to St Peter’s Basilica, the home of the Catholic Church, where more artistic masterpieces await. See La Pieta, a stunning Michelangelo sculpture created by the artist when he was just 24, and admire Bernini’s Baldachino – the ornate bronze canopy that sits above St Peter’s high altar. Bid your guide farewell and take a stroll through St Peter’s Square if you wish.
8:10am Small-Group Tour:
Upgrade to the 8:10am tour, and not only will you skip the long lines to enter the Vatican Museums, but you’ll gain access as soon as the doors open -- before the general public step foot inside. Groups never exceed 12 people, ensuring you’ll see the Vatican highlights up-close with personalized attention from your guide.
Book the evening tour and explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the main closing times – an opportunity available for a strictly limited season. Access is only possible for people pre-booking an evening tour, so book now to secure your spot! The season runs every Friday from May 6 until July 26, and then from September 6 until October 25. Numbers are limited to 20 people. Tour does not include a visit to St Peter's Basilica.
This is for sure the best way to avoid the Q's and view the vatican and other areas. Our tour guide was simply a 'gem' ...a lovely lady, obvioulsy very knowledgeable about the vatican etc, she made the effort to share her knowledge with us in a way that was very interesting and not ardious in the least.
A wonderful informative trip, one that when I take our children to visit, that we will be sure to re-do.
Our guide, a lady named Chiara, was awesome. Her ability to impart her in-depth knowledge of the Vatican exhibits, including the Sistine Chapel, brought it all home to us on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Unfortunately, the Pope decided to hold Mass on our Wednesday and closed St Paul's basilica for the whole day, so we had to come back the next day to see it. I expected the Sistine Chapel to be the highlight of the tour but to be honest, St Paul's was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. Amazing, period. I think Chiara did a great job of showing us through many, many exhibits in the Vatican museum. We used Viator to set up three tours on this very special trip to Europe (our 35th Anniversary with our lifelong friends), and every one was exceptionally easy to set up, much less expensive than our ship-organized tours, and much smaller groups for more enjoyable tours. I would strongly recommend Viator tours for anyone wanting to find the best local guides at a very affordable price.