Vatican Tours

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The Vatican—formally known as the Vatican Museums—is an enormous complex of galleries holding some of Italy’s most important art, from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and classical antiquities. Adjoining St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican's miles of corridors connect buildings and courtyards housing the Pinacoteca, Egyptian Museum, Gallery of Tapestries, Pius-Clementine Museum, and Gallery of Maps. But the crown jewels are the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo's ceiling and The Last Judgment, and the 16th-century frescoes in the Raphael Rooms.

The Basics
The Vatican is the most popular attraction in Rome, hosting millions of visitors each year. Booking a small-group guided tour or skip-the-line access in advance is highly recommended. A private tour offering early access in the morning, before the museums are open to the general public, is an excellent way to enjoy the Vatican’s treasures in relative peace. Many group tours include visits to the museums and Sistine Chapel along with St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Gardens. There is a tremendous amount to take in here, so if you are traveling as a family with young children who may get overwhelmed, consider a guided kid-friendly tour that focuses on the Vatican highlights.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry lines often stretch for blocks, and wait times can be two or three hours, especially in summer. Book in advance.
  • Vatican Museums tickets include entrance to the Sistine Chapel, and the same opening hours apply.
  • Appropriate behavior and attire (shoulders, knees, and abdomen covered) are required to enter the Sistine Chapel.
  • Security for entering the museum complex includes a metal detector.
  • There is a free cloakroom where you can check large bags, umbrellas, and luggage.

How to Get There
The Vatican Museums complex is adjacent to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a five-minute walk away.

When to Get There
The Vatican sees crowds of travelers year-round. It is busiest in summer, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are relatively less crowded during winter. At any time of year, the museums are most crowded at midday, so aim to visit in the early morning or late afternoon if you’re looking for a quieter experience.

Seeing the Pope at the Vatican
Each week, usually on Wednesday mornings, the pope and cardinals give a papal address in St. Peter’s Square. Throngs descend for the papal audience, so be sure to book official tickets in advance if you want to be assured a chance to see the pope deliver his weekly message.
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Address: Viale Vaticano, Vatican City, Italy
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No-Wait Tickets: Explore the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel at Your Own Pace

Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure and avoid the long lines with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Spend more time admiring the world-famous art as your escorted inside through a dedicated no-wait Vatican Partner entrance. Once inside, independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Discover the Vatican on a 3-hour St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork and history with a guide, who will bring the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo’; and hear little-known tales about sacred St Peter’s Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex almost an hour before it opens to the general public on this 3-hour, early-access tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

See the highlights of Vatican City with this skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to the incomparable Vatican Museums—home to one of the most extensive and impressive art collections in the world. Peruse the Gallery of Tapestries, admire the incredible sculptures with the Museo Pio Clementino and take in the incomparable frescos of the Sistine Chapel. Afterward embark on a guided tour of St Peter's Basilica, a work of art in itself.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rome in a Day: Vatican and Colosseum with Skip the Line

Bypass the crowds with skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica. Then, visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (seasonal). You'll get to see all the Roman essential attractions in a single 7-hour day, and traveling with a tour guide means you get to skip the long entry lines at each attraction. Upgrade your experience to include pick up and lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Vatican Museums No-Wait Access Tour with Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peters Basilica

Avoid wasting time during your Vatican visit with this Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica tour at the no-wait access entrance. Join a knowledgeable guide to pass right by the long entrance queues and start touring the massive museums. See the incomparable Raphael's Rooms, Michelangelo's stunning Sistine Chapel, as well as other museum highlights like the Maps Gallery and Tapestries Gallery. Then visit the impressive St Peter's Basilica next door.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Vatican City with a guide and skip-the-line access, including the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà' sculpture in St Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just 12 people. The Entrance fee (not included) is payable on the day of your tour.Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot).
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off

Visit the Vatican without the crowds on a private early bird tour. With a private guide, enter the Vatican Museums before the complex opens to the general public, and enjoy an exclusive exploration of world-renowned art by Raphael, Da Vinci, Caravaggio and Michelangelo. See the Sistine Chapel, and enter St Peter’s Basilica directly from the museums, without waiting in the main line from St Peter’s Square.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Before Hours Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s

Begin your exploration of the Vatican Museums an hour before the general public with this 3-hour tour. With your small group and tour guide, head straight for the Sistine Chapel to marvel at its art and architecture as one of its first daily visitors. Continue to St Peter's Basilica, listening to informative commentary on the history of the church and Vatican City as you walk. Entrance fees, guaranteed skip-the-line entry and use of individual headsets are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Vatican for Kids Private Tour

Keep your kids engaged during a visit to the Vatican on a 3-hour private tour designed for families. With a kid-loving guide, you’ll tour St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, to learn about the history of the site and see its renowned collection of art by masters like Michelangelo. Walk at a pace that suits your family, and enjoy visual aids from your guide that bring to life the wonders of the Vatican, entertaining and educating your children at the same time. Skip-the-line admission is included!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Early Morning Vatican Truly Small Group Tour

Admire Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums on this 3.5-hour small-group tour. Enter the Sistine Chapel before its opens to the public, and view the frescoes in a calm, crowd-free setting. Then, tour the Vatican Museums, seeing the highlights of the papal art collection, including the Raphael Rooms and Gallery of Maps, before checking out the treasures inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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First Entry Tickets to Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums

Stand inside the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before it opens to the general public with this early-access ticket to the chapel and the rest of the Vatican Museums complex. This is an exclusive opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco and his other works in a tranquil, crowd-free atmosphere.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Skip-the-Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Discover the renowned art and architecture of the Vatican on this skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museums. As you explore rooms like the Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel, learn about the Renaissance artwork of masters like Michelangelo with in-depth commentary from a knowledgeable private guide. You’ll also visit St Peter’s Basilica and hear insider details about the Vatican, plus skip past all the entrance lines, even the priority ones.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Experience some of Rome’s most important artistic and spiritual attractions with a 3-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Beat the crowds with priority access and see highlights of the Vatican Museum’s immense collection while your guide shares the legends behind the masterpieces. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s famed frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and skip the long lines to enter the heart of the papacy at St Peter’s Basilica.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Fast Track admission

The Vatican Museums hold enough art—including some of Italy’s most celebrated masterpieces—to keep visitors busy for years. They attract more than 5 million people every year, and have the crowds and lines to match. Make your visit a little smoother with this fast-track admission to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, then see the miles of art on a self-guided tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum St Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel Tour

Discover the sacred and artistic treasures of the Vatican on an immersive tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with priority access, and see some of the most important masterpieces in the Vatican Museum’s immense collection. Stand in awe beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and learn the stories behind the art through an audio headset so you don’t miss a word of your guide’s commentary. At the end of the tour, gain direct entrance to the magnificent interior of St Peter’s Basilica.
  • Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes
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No Wait: Extended Vatican Museums Tour with Bramante Staircase, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

Skip the long lines and enjoy no-wait access to the Vatican Museums on this 4.5-hour tour. Visit the Vatican Paintings gallery, St Peter's Basilica, and the spiral Bramante Staircase. Also, see Raphael’s Rooms, with frescoes painted by renowned Renaissance artist Raphael and the Gallery of Tapestries. Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous “Creation of Adam” painting, plus the rarely visited Etruscan Museum.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Small-Group Vatican Museums Breakfast Tour including the Sistine Chapel

Skip-the-line with priority access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, and enjoy a hassle-free morning exploring one of the world’s most legendary art collections. Kick off your 3.5-hour tour with a delicious Italian-style breakfast as you enjoy a special sit-down presentation of the Sistine Chapel. Then, head inside to marvel over Renaissance masterpieces by artists like Botticelli, Perugino and Raphael, and admire Michelangelo’s magnificent Sistine Chapel. Best of all, this small-group tour is limited to 8 people, ensuring an intimate, headset-free experience with one-to-one attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican and Ancient Rome

Check off the must-sees of Rome and Vatican City with this all-in-one pass that can be used over two day. Allowing you to visit the sights at your own pace, the prebooked sightseeing voucher includes skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the papal tombs. Just make one booking, and then use your pass to visit the landmarks at your leisure. An audio guide is also included.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Tour: Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Explore one of the world's biggest museums with a private 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums complex plus St Peter's Basilica. Enjoy skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines, and wander through the highlights of the 2,000 rooms and 9 miles (15 km) of hallways full of priceless art masterpieces.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the Line: Vatican Experience Small Group Tour

Explore the treasures of one of the world’s greatest art collections with this expertly guided 3-hour tour through the Vatican museums. Skip the long lines to head straight inside the labyrinth of galleries, where your knowledgeable guide will lead you to ancient and Renaissance highlights including the Raphael Rooms, Belvedere Courtyard, Laocoön sculpture and, of course, the magnificent Sistine Chapel. Learn the stories behind the masterpieces, and then get direct entry into the stunning interior of St Peter’s Basilica. Group size is limited to 12 for a more intimate experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Vatican Museums - Small Group Tour

See the best of the Vatican Museums with this 3-hour tour including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Learn about the amazing collection inside the vast museum from your knowledgeable guide. Join a group of no more than 24 people to ensure more chances to interact with your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Fast track Vatican Ticket & Self-Guided Vatican Quest Experience

Visit the Vatican Museums during your time in Rome with priority access by booking this skip-the-line ticket. Choose your preferred time when booking, and then explore the museums independently on a self-guided tour to see the priceless artwork, including the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Spend three hours perusing some of the most iconic pieces of art in the world at the Vatican Museums on this guided tour. Skip the line to purchase your entrance tickets, and then admire artwork from Raphael, Bernini, and Michelangelo, among other greats. See the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel as you dive deep into the history and culture of past times.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

Unlock the mysteries of the Vatican on this popular 3-hour tour. Follow your guide on a carefully selected route through the Vatican Museum’s hundreds of sprawling rooms to see the most important pieces of this world-class art collection. Gaze up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and then head underground to the rarely seen ‘Vatacombs’ — the final resting place of many popes and home to ancient relics. Enjoy priority access to bypass the crowds, including skip-the-line privileges to enter St Peter’s Basilica.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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