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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. 

Highlights

  • 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

Jason O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very basic service here. Gets you in and past the lines and then they set you free. The museum is huge, we spent 4 hours in there and didn't see all of it. So much to look at it actually becomes hard to see as you go into sensory overload. The Sistine Chapel is amazing, only drawback is all the people talking and taking pictures as the guards tell them not to. Be ready to spend all day looking at everything.

Jason H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Helpful service that kept us from waiting in a very long line outside of Vatican City.

Janet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic what a spectacular sight

Theresa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide met us promptly at the designated location, led us bravely and briskly through the throngs at the entrance to the museum, herded us efficiently once we entered the teeming lobby of the museum and, after a short wait, distributed our tickets and sent us on our way. Excellent experience.

josepalmi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very professional

Estelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Surely should never be missed when visiting Rome. One of our highlights!

mjtrevor155

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great way to skip the line. You meet on the steps near the entrance and find your skip the line host. They give you a sticker and walk you into the museum at your scheduled time. Your host buys the tickets from a window and hands them out to you. From there you go into the actual museum and are on your own to explore.

jasmax

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is the only way to do the Vatican Museum- skip the line and self-guided. Our 'tour was everything as advertised. The tour process was efficient, the guide helpful at the point of entry, and we were into the museum exactly when our timed entry was noted despite the throungs of people waiting to get into the museum. I would definitely recommend this process to anyone. Viator is a professional, competent tour agency which can be used with confidence that they will deliver what they promise.

Michelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour gave us exactly what we wanted - expedited entrance to the Vatican Museums. We met our guide at the stated location and entered the museum ahead of the ridiculously long line and were free to enjoy the museums at our leisure. Once inside, we purchased the self-guided tour headsets 7 each and wandered about as best as the crowded conditions would allow. After about 2 hours we headed toward St. Peter's Basilica - free entry - which was just opening at 1pm and were able to see this amazing place in one day. The whole experience took about 3 hrs.

RobStefanik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide, Rosella, is an art historian. She is very knowledgeable about the history of the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. She provided a good amount of information on the paintings as well as the other artifacts at the Vatican. I would highly recommend taking the tour with her leading the way. She also made sure that the 20 people in our group stayed together and that no one got lost, which given the thousands of people that visit the Vatican every day, was much appreciated.

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