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At one of the world’s busiest attractions, you certainly don’t want to wait in line. With skip-the-line Vatican admission, you can make sure you spend your time standing in front of world-famous art instead of in the queue. Use this fast-track ticket to enter the Vatican Museums, where you can independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo. If you’d prefer the insight of a Vatican guide, upgrade when booking to include a tour limited to 20 people. Due to a partnership with the Vatican, this admission provides VIP access via a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines, even the priority ones.


  • Vatican Museums ticket with skip-the-line entrance
  • This ticket includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway and we guarantee you will not wait in any long lines
  • Use your Vatican pass to see top Vatican attractions like Raphael’s Rooms and the Gallery of Maps
  • Head inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam
  • Upgrade to include a small-group guided tour and see the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the right choice if you want to get exclusive access to the Vatican Museums through a reserved entranceway but still see them on your own. Spend your time admiring some of the most spectacular artwork in history instead of standing in line!

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What You Can Expect

Your Vatican experience starts in Vatican City, where you’ll meet your host and walk to your reserved doorway that provides you with the fastest skip-the-line entrance at the Vatican Museums, avoiding the other priority queues. Just show your ticket to the guard, and your host will leave you to explore the museum complex’s 9 miles (15 km) of rooms and galleries at your leisure. You may stay as long as you wish.

The most popular spaces include Raphael’s Rooms, a series of four connecting rooms adorned with Renaissance works by Raphael and his students; the Gallery of the Candelabra, home to carved marble candelabras and sculptures; and the Gallery of Maps, where you can marvel at dozens of intricate maps of Italy from the 16th century. 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.

Customer Reviews

Justin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

No problems, just show up at the location, easy check in, they get you through and explain what to do.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Highly recommend this ticket. You can stay as long as you want in the Sistine Chapel and just sit and gaze - even with the larger crowds it was the best!

Andrea B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We went to the Vatican on a Saturday and the line was extremely long. With this tour we were able to skip the line and get through security in less than ten minutes. It is definitely worth it to be able to skip the line and get in quick!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

When I booked this tour, I was skeptical about Viatour. I had never heard of the company and was not sure what to expect. In this tour, Maurizzio was an incredible knowledgable tour guide, who had a great command of the English language. His tour information was very interesting but also informative without being boring. He pointed out many interesting facts and information about the paintings in the Vatican museum. The time flew by and we never felt rushed or that Maurizzio was repeating the same tour over and over with just a different audience. My wife and I will be traveling to other parts of Europe and will be looking for Viator for other tours.

Kristina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide Lindy was from the Netherlands. She spoke English fluently and seemed to know everything there was to know about every aspect of the Vatican and its museums. She was funny and engaging. The tour was definitely a highlight of our time in Rome. Expensive but excellent value, as it also allowed us to saunter past all the people queuing to get in. Highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Easy met at the meeting point designated 15mins earlier given our formal entrance tickets taken through to the skip the line entrance and then left on our own to view the Vatican Museum without any problems

Kim and Sharlene Hayes

Lisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The highlights were the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelos Pieta and altar. I highly recommend this tour. Saves time figuring out where. when and how when you only have a couple of days in Rome. Make sure you take the earliest tour for less crowds.
I feel lucky to have landed with my guide can't remember her name, see photo.She was very knowledgable Art History major and spoke English well and not too fast. Others have had annoying voices.
I only wish I allowed more time after the tour to view the rest of the museum on my own.

Darla G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This wasn't a tour at all but a chance to get into the Vatican without waiting in long lines. Maybe not completely necessary for the day we were there but you can't predict. It was worth it and I would do it again!

Teresa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This groups was exceptionally well organized and easy to locate. We were very lucky to have a great group.

Charles M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was the second time we opted for the Skip the Line Vatican Tickets. We love to independently roam through museums at our own pace and interests...we have recommended this to family and friends who traveled to Italy and their responses are the same....OMG! The line to get tickets was a mob scene stretching 6 people wide and winding around for blocks!!! That says it all...go Viator!

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