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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.


  • 3-hour Vatican Museums tour including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, led by an expert guide
  • Skip the line for fast-track entry to the world-famous Vatican museum complex
  • Learn about the incredible Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam
  • Explore St Peter’s Basilica and rub the statue of St Peter for a blessing

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Visit the Vatican in Rome!

Meet your local guide and pay your fee 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.

Continue to St Peter’s Basilica, which is said to be built on the ground where St Peter is buried. Admire La Pietà, an early Michelangelo sculpture, and pause to rub the foot of a statue of St Peter, said to bring good luck. Your Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica tour then finishes outside the church.

Morning Tour:

Skip the line and the crowds when you upgrade to this morning tour, with a maximum group size of 12 people. At this early time, your group enters the Vatican Museums before the doors open to the general public.

Evening Tour:

Upgrade to tour the Vatican Museums after the doors close to the public. This evening option is only available for limited period, on Friday evenings from May 6 to July 26, and September 6 to October 25. Numbers are restricted to 20 people, and the tour does not include entry to St Peter’s Basilica.

Customer Reviews

Michelle I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour girl was delightful, patient, and knowledgeable..

Renzo C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very knowledgeable guide... she is very passionate regarding history of Vatican... i recommend this no lines small group tour... great!!

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We were the second tour of the day for Inger but she remained positive and shared her insights on the Vatican Museum. Regrettably St. Peter's was closed that day for a celebration and that meant the lines everywhere else were long, even the skip the line.
It was beautiful!

Kay A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide, Linda, was simply amazing! She's an archeologist with extensive art knowledge! Her English was great and she had a fun and lively personality. After touring many museums and palaces in the 2 weeks prior our brains were on overload, so Linda was just what we needed. Without this tour we would have wandered through without learning about or appreciating what we were seeing. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Worth every cent not to have to stand in line.

Roma Puerto Rico

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made sure tour was interesting until the last minute. We were very pleased.

Yolanda B Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved the tour in spite of the crowds. You really get an in-depth visit. The guide was informed and enthusiastic - especially about the Pope's love of football! I hear it is less crowded to take this tour at night.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

So much to look at. A truly remarkable place

Mary E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very knowledgeable tour guide - really enjoyed it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Only drawback to this walking tour was the number of people. Packed.

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