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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 beginning 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.
  • Vatican Museums ticket with skip-the-line admission at the entrance queues
  • 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 Travelers Choose 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!
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.


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, Oct 2018

I showed up on time and was directed to the wrong area. By the time I figured it out I was two minutes late and they wouldn’t let me in. I had to buy a new ticket. I couldn’t call Viator as I’m in a foreign country so I’m hoping I can resolve this when I get back. My advice: buy your ticket through the official vatican site and show up as early in the day as possible.

, Oct 2018

The lines for the Vatican were horrific. Our tour company was great.....we quickly entered the Vatican and and received our tickets. We then were on our own to Tour. Highly recommend this tour!!!

, Oct 2018

This is the way to go to the Vatican. The Vatican is fantastic, but navigating on your own could be very daunting.

, Oct 2018

We saw so much! Oscar was our guide. He was fun, easy to understand and extremely knowledgeable. A great day!

, Sep 2018

Patrick was a very professional and knowledgeable tour guide. Love him and we wish we can spend more time with him.

, Sep 2018

Liked tour but guide was not specific on instructions for sistine chapel. Was in it and thought it bnb was meeting place for all tour groups and extremely crowded and could not really see anything much. Was a lot smaller than I expected. Guide gave us 25min for bathroom snack and see chapel, was not clear orvwoild not have gotten snack

, Sep 2018

This was a wonderful tour that included the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica Our guide was knowledgeable and personable!. One warning: There are a lot, and I mean a lot of stairs!! Up and down and up and down. So if that is a problem you might want to go another route. Also, I think the tour is too long. We spent too much time in one room where our guide pointed out, what I believed was too many figures painted on the walls. Maybe there should be a tour for real art enthusiasts who would like to hear so much information. For my family, we were glad to see and hear about some of the art pieces, but we were really interested in the Chapel and St. Peter's. So I recommend this tour with those warnings.

, Aug 2018

I wish you could give zero stars!!! They have scammed us.Customer service was unprofessional, unhelpful, and basically accused us, the customer, of lying. I don’t know how they are still in business. I’m in awe that they’ve gotten away with it thus far.

, Aug 2018

First of all, we found out just how HUGE Vatican city was. I was SO happy we got these skip the line tickets because the line for no tickets was wrapped around the streets and would take hours to get in. The only trouble we had was finding our meeting point as there were more than one stairs which looked similar. The guide took us past the line, we entered, and he handed us our tickets and we were free to go through the museum, Sistine chapel, and St. Peter’s basilica. I’m glad we didn’t choose to do a guided tour bc there is just TOO much to see and I really didn’t want to be there ALL day. So we went at a quicker pace, and got to the highlights quicker- such as the Sistine chapel. I heard someone say that the entire Vatican is something like 9 miles? So definitely don’t make the same mistake as me and wear flip flops! Sneakers for sure! Overall, the ticket was very worth it to me, as We got to be in and out in 2.5 hours and saw everything I wanted to.

, Aug 2018

Not sure this was worth it, between waiting around for them to start. All they really do is stand in line and buy our tickets. They provided the service they promised.

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