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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

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

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

See incredible ceiling frescoes inside the Vatican Museums!

Skip-the-line Vatican tours are so popular, even the priority lines are long! But this tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway, ensuring that you will not wait in any long lines. Head straight inside with your guide and enter the world’s most extensive private collections of art.

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.

7:30pm Tour:
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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

fantastic go on this tour you skip the 2 to 3 hour lines tour guide very good sistene chapel THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO WEAR AND I KNOW AS I WORE JEANS AND DIDNT HAVE TO men wear shorts up to the knee and a top that covers your shoulders, women you can wear shorts but you must have your shoulders covered recommend this tour all day long

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide, Ciara Kira, was fantastic: highly knowledgable, patient in answering questions, by no means dogmatic given the subject at hand, kept us moving along. Her discussion of the Sistine Chapel was invaluable for us to understand and better appreciate what we were seeing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour guide was awesome. He is so damn funny. He made the tour greater with his sense of humor and impressive knowledge. He was so patient and concerned about our well being, because it was so crowded.
We were very lucky to have such a talented tour guide, he should be teaching at a university.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was great, our tour guide was so knowledgable she was great. She explained so many different facets of the exhibits that we would never have known about. We booked other trips through other providers this was the best.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide was excellent. Sights were amazing. On a side note, most rooms not air conditioned, was extremely crowded and very, very hot.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I forget the name of our tour guide, darn it. I want to say it was Seraphina? She had the purple flag thingy. She was lovely! She made sure to give all members of the group information. She was very knowledgeable and patient it was very hot. She seemed to enjoy her job and took pride in doing it well. She answered all questions with a lot of detail and was very thorough. City Wonders - the company that does these tours - has like 27 tours going on at once so it can be VERY confusing trying to figure out where to go and who with. The tour itself was enjoyable, however we were shuffling like a herd of sheep through most of it, which was pretty miserable. We were so happy to be done and ran around like children when we weren't suddenly sandwiched in with a million other people. It was definitely worth it to do the tour - skip the lines and have someone explaining things to you that you wouldn't otherwise learn.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was great. Highly recommended and great skipping the ques.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was so good that I got lost in all of the excitement! and I was impressed how knowledgeable Francesca was.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour very well presented by Sabbrena

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was fantastic! Everything i wanted and more. Maria, our guide, was amazing and very educational.

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