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No-Wait Tickets: Explore the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel at Your Own Pace

Vatican City, Italy
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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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 you are 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.
  • Vatican Museums admission ticket with no-wait access via dedicated Vatican Partner entrance
  • Enjoy full-day access, map, and brief orientation to explore the Vatican Museums at your own leisure
  • Use your pass to see top Vatican attractions such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel
  • Upgrade to include a small-group guided tour, and see the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With this tour, enter the Vatican through a special fast-track gate and spend as long as you want inside.
Your Vatican experience starts in Vatican City, where you’ll meet your host and walk to a private, priority entrance. Your admission ticket provides you with the fastest skip-the-line entrance at the Vatican Museums. After a brief introduction, and your host will provide a map of the museums and leave you to explore the museum complex’s 9 miles (15 km) of rooms and galleries at your leisure. 
Design your own itinerary and enjoy highlights such as Raphael’s Rooms, a series of four connecting rooms adorned with Renaissance works by Raphael and his students, the Pinacoteca Gallery, and the Etruscan Museum.
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.

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, Jul 2019
We got to Vatican City and saw a person with City Tours in front of St. Peter's who took a look at our paperwork and said that we needed to "go right over there" to redeem our tickets. It was 1:00, and our tickets were for 2:00. Thinking we had plenty of time, we had lunch right near "right over there" and went to the area where we were told at 1:45. Well, the person with City Tours who told us where to go was WRONG, and we needed to walk another 15-20 minutes farther to get to the place where we were actually supposed to go! So needless to say, we were unable to make our appointment time. ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS that someone with the same company as our tour could not help us.
Vatican & Sistine chapel
, Jul 2019
Our guide, Ambre, was just lovely. Very knowedlegable and kept us on track. Because if this tour, we booked another for the Coliseum.
June G
, Jul 2019
Great information from metro to meeting the guide. All excellent. Well worth going early morning. ..
, Jul 2019
Great self paced tour with teens. It was hot and crowded but did it at our own pace. Was so great to get skip the line tickets !
Eddy with a Y was great
, Jul 2019
The tour was great and eddy (with a y) made it that way! Amazing tour, with an amazing tour guide!!!
The Vatican Museums
, Jul 2019
Very pleased with these no wait tickets, City Wonders rep was on time and got us through to the museum very quickly. My family and I had a lovely day at the Vatican.
, Jul 2019
"Skip the Line entailed a one hour wait in the sun. One person had heat stroke. City Wonders - the executing agency - is dreadful.
What I Asked For
Melissa G
, Jul 2019
We showed up to our given location (guided tours and self guided were in two different meeting locations) and it was a bit far from the Vatican but easy to get to. The woman checked us in and it was a very smooth and simple process. She walked us up to the Vatican Museum and we went directly inside without waiting in line which was WONDERFUL since it was HOT outside. She then proceeded to give us each our tickets and we were off. I believe that this tour was EXACTLY what I asked for, it was self guided and we were given a map of where to go in the Vatican Museum. I would've liked a bit more information as well as a guide on how to get to Saint Peter's Basilica, but I realize those are just extras and not necessarily what I paid for so just a suggestion. I believe that this was a quick and simple way to get into the Vatican and I was very happy with my purchase. My husband and I enjoyed walking around and used the guide we were given!
A day at the Vatican.
, Jun 2019
A very hot day in Rome. We bought Our skip the line tickets on line. To many people think that SKIP THE LINE means direct entry to an attraction. IT DOES NOT! What it means is that you DO NOT need to stand in line to purchase tickets which can take anywhere from 1-2 hours, then stand in the security line for another 1-2 hours. What skip the line means is you go directly to the security line which may be long and slow depending on the time of day. Once you get inside be aware it is VERY crowded! Skip the line tickets are a very good idea to have so you only are waiting in a security line rather than having to wait in 2 sets of lines.
Great guide
, Jun 2019
Our guide was outstanding! He was very informative and did his best to help the group stay together and move at a good pace. He was very conscientious about pointing out all the most important rooms and artwork. He took special care of an elderly lady that needed help keeping up with the rest of the group. There were certain aspects of the tour that was out of the guides control, such as the temperature (no AC inside the museums) and crowded rooms, that took away from the experience. If I were to go back I would splurge and book the private tour before the museums open to the public for a more peaceful and comfortable experience.

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