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Skip the Line at the Vatican

By Viator, May 2018

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Containing some of the world's most famous art and the largest church in Christendom, the UNESCO-listed Vatican ranks among Rome's most popular sites and draws notoriously large crowds. See below to learn how to visit without waiting in any lines.

Guided Skip-the-Line Tours
One of the perks of guided Vatican tours is the ability to bypass the usual crowded entrances. Tour groups get to use separate exclusive areas of entry, where the lines are much shorter. This is particularly helpful at the Vatican Museums, where waiting in the regular line can last hours.

Skip-the-Line Tickets
Even without a guided tour, you can opt for skip-the-line tickets to expedite the entry process. You'll still go through the main entrances, but you'll bypass the long ticket lines and move to the area for those with reserved entry times.

Tours with Early Entry
Some guided tours feature early access to Vatican sights, getting you in before the doors open to the general public. You'll not only avoid the long lines but also miss the biggest crowds. Choose an early-access Vatican Museums tour that starts in the Sistine Chapel, or opt for one that includes breakfast at the Vatican before your tour.

Combo Skip-the-Line Tours
A day in Vatican City typically includes visits to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums, plus the Sistine Chapel. But for those who want to go beyond the usual stops, book a skip-the-line tour that also includes visits to less-frequented Roman sites that can only be seen with a guide — think the Bramante Staircase, the Cabinet of Masks, or the Vatican's Mosaic Studio.

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2273 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

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Priority First Early Entrance: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums Ticket

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Visit the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before the doors are opened to the public, and see its Renaissance treasures without the crowds! After gazing in wonder at ...  Read more

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel, Small-Group Upgrade Option, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel, Small-Group Upgrade Option

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Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this guided Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! See Raphael’s ...  Read more

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

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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

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Enjoy a morning or afternoon of Vatican splendor on a 2-hours skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

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Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour

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Explore the art history of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica in style on a private walking tour with an art expert - and skip the queues. Accompanied ...  Read more

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

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No Wait: Extended Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's ... 
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No Wait: Extended Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 104 Reviews

While many Vatican tours include whistle-stop views of the art, this exciting 4.5-hour tour focuses on the Vatican Museum’s bounty of artistic treasures, with ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat ...  Read more

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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While most of the Vatican Museums buildings are wheelchair-friendly, there are sections that can only be reached by stairs or elevator. On this specially ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
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Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and ... 
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Start your day at the Vatican with a lavish buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard, followed by a small-group tour (limited to 16) of the Vatican Museums ...  Read more

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Early Entrance Vatican Private Tour with Cabinet of the Masks

Your 3.5-hour tour offers a once in a lifetime experience to enter the Vatican Museums ahead of the opening to the general public. Visit the highlights of the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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