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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Roma, Italy

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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 the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. Explore intriguing sites like Raphael’s Rooms and then visit the Sistine Chapel to see incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Choose the start time that better suites your needs.
  • Half-day Vatican Museums guided tour with fast-track access
  • Learn about the incredible Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam'

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This experience offers upgrades for early morning or after-hours tours of the Vatican.

What's Included

  • Headsets to hear your guide better (Tours over 10 persons)
  • Free Wi-Fi & Recharging station at the meeting point
  • Welcoming staff at comfortable office
  • Fast track entrance tickets
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Germanico, 8
    Via Germanico, 8, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Please arrive 25 minutes before (Tours About). The entrance is not guaranteed for the late comers.

End point

  • Vatican Museums
    00120, Vatican City

What To Expect

Meet your local guide at the tour office to enter the Vatican Museums. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, step inside to start your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Follow your guide, listening to tales of saintliness and scandal, and learn about the Vatican’s place as one of the holiest sites in Christendom.

Italian art flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and the Vatican popes put together one of the world’s largest collections of private art with frescos, paintings, sculptures, and treasure. See the highlights as you walk through galleries such as Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the 'School of Athens'—a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself.

Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—'The Last Judgement' and 'The Creation of Adam.'

Vatican Museums

Visit the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.isit to the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

In the Sistine Chapel you will have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s astonishing work, the entire ceiling and the Last Judgment, and then again in St Peter’s Basilica where his beautiful Pietà is kept

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • We are sorry to inform you that this tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
  • All students should have their student identity card in order to get the discount for the admission fee.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Pets are NOT allowed
  • St. Peter's Basilica is closed during the following times: Wednesdays: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, December 24 and 31 During these times, the tour will visit other parts of the museums
  • Most travelers can participate
  • St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel close without notice on rare occasions; if this happens, your guide will take you to tour the Vatican Museums and/or the Sistine Chapel/St Peter's Basilica/Raphael Rooms instead
  • Individuals with Disabilities MUST NOTE it on their booking.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips


Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk pretty much non stop.
Skip the line is the only way to go, but still had an hour to 1.5 hour wait.
Must use tour or you'll spend your vacation standing in line.
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Highly enjoyable tour
Stephen_M, Jan 2023
The tour was informative and fun. Our guide was excellent. She was extremely knowledgable and engaging and I learnt a lot from her. As she said, we were a family for 3 hours and she made sure the “guy from South Africa” was included throughout which was much appreciated 🙂
Tour guide was difficult...
Carol_L, Jan 2023
Tour guide was difficult to understand, microphone did not work when walking,, too many people on the group.
express turn and part taken
NathalieWarin, Jan 2023
galloping tour of the Vatican with a guide who obviously does not like popes! let him not forget that travelers who come to Rome also go there because of their religion.
Worth paying for
John_B, Jan 2023
We enjoyed this tour, our guide, Antonio, was very friendly and informative he kept the group together and showed us the more important sights to see. Without a guide we would not have had a clue. Very good value for money.
A great way to see everything
Wendy_H, Jan 2023
Our guide was very informative and the whole day was amazing. The Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica are just stunning. A great way to spend the day and with a guide you get to find out lots of information.
Decent guided tour of a top quality attraction
Oliver_S, Jan 2023
Our guide (Linda, I think) helped us weave through the Vatican. She was informative and engaging and as we had headsets the group size (about 20) wasn't an issue. I recommend climbing the dome after for about a further €9. One minor gripe was that the quality of the sound wasn't as good as it could be - sometimes quiet, crackly etc. The kit at the Colosseum was better.
Not enough time in...
Marian_M, Jan 2023
Not enough time in Sistine chapel and our guide left Sistine chapel without us so we missed out on St. Peter’s. Not a great experience
Great Rome experience, the tour made it even more special!
Sandra_A, Jan 2023
Thank-you for a great experience; The tour guide was fantastic and our Rome visit was enhanced by taking this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
One-in-a-Lifetime Tour
Thomas_A, Jan 2023
The tour began at the Vatican Museum; we then walked through the galleries to the Sistine Chapel and finished at St. Peter’s. Our tour guide Amil was outstanding, knowledgeable and very friendly. It was a once-in-a lifetime experience.
Take the time for the tour
Leanne_M, Jan 2023
Pascal was wonderful!!! He had such an incredible understanding of the history of the Vatican!!! What a gorgeous building!
Worst
Johan_D, Jan 2023
I am very disappointed. There were no one of you at the meeting place. I and my family really suffer. We were 40 minutes before our schedule time. I buy extra tickets to go inside. It was my worst experience.
Skip this tour and find something private
Meena_K, Jan 2023
Unfortunately, the Vatican does a terrible job with people management for their tours. It is over run with humans wall to wall so you can not even walk. You are crushed into people and wedging your way through. Terrible experience. Our tour guide left something to be desired. She was dry and gave history but there is so much more to be a tour guide that was missing. She ran us through because the retired pope passed away a few minutes before we entered so she wanted to make sure we saw everything but it meant we never stopped moving to appreciate anything. Not even the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. The tour ended 30 minutes early and frankly we couldn't care less. I would suggest finding a private before hours tour or something not at 10 am.
Guided Tour of the Vatican
Jenny_D, Jan 2023
Skipping the long queue was well worth the cost. The tour guild was very knowledgeable and friendly & we did not feel rushed through the visit.
Excellent
Alexander_C, Jan 2023
Antonio ( the Japanese speaking guy 😉) was great! I’ve been to Vatican twice before and still I got to learn quite a lot new and interesting things. Given it was New Years Day and the museum and the Basilica were both closing early still we’ve managed to see everything in time thanks to the excellent organisation. We had a great tour-thank you Antonio!
Location is very hard to find
Doug_A, Dec 2022
The meeting point was VERY hard to find. Therefore we decided to go with Big Bus tour. The Big Bus tour has an actual office that is easy to find and not some obscure , random spot like this tour.
Positive experience!
Brenda_S, Dec 2022
Our guide was knowledgeable and gave lots of details about the places and art pieces we saw. The tour was pretty well organised overall.
Vatican tour
Rafael_C, Dec 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and extremely professional. Tour started on time and we got see everything that we wanted without having to wait in the very very long lines. Highly recommend!
Maybe it’s the tour guide
Sherilllyn_G, Dec 2022
First it should’ve been mentioned that St Perter will be closed early because it’s Christmas Eve. So do not book this tour on the 24th if you want a complete tour. Second, it’s would’ve been better if our tour guide has a better attitude about explaining the situation. She just stopped her tour at 12:30 when other guides kept going even while inside St Peter and maximized whatever time is left.
Spectacular Vatican
Jackie_H, Dec 2022
A great tour which picked out the best bits to see but with the option to break off and explore further if you wanted too. A little long for kiddos younger than 12 but otherwise very interesting in spectacular surroundings
Tour guide not good
Balaji_R, Dec 2022
We got to see half the tour and rest for us to explore on own instead of promised guided tour. More importantly loss of time in making us sit in Sistine chapel with instructions that the gate would open at 1 pm from inside and at 1 pm guards didn’t let us in as we were not part of the group. Have to go all the way out to Basilica on our own, pretty bad and poor experience
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