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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

Susan N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Guide was waiting as advised. Quick and easy access to Vatican Museum. If travelling by Metro, make sure you know the route from the metro stop to avoid last minute panic. And don't expect metro ticket machines to have change for notes if travelling early in the morning.

Virginia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very quick and easy. Well organised. Worth paying the extra to skip the queues and fast track your entry

Christine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really worth booking before. Everything went smoothly.

Boomy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was amazing!

Patrick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Well worth the money! Guide was easy to locate and saved us a lot of time.

Martha M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I just returned from my first trip to Rome and The Vatican was an amazing experience! I could've spent hours and hours looking at all of the artwork. So much more magnificent than I expected. Without the guide, I would've had no idea what I was looking at. Our guide, Tiffany was great at providing history and details but also getting us through everything we wanted to see in an efficient manner. She also provided a list of local places to eat, which proved to be exceptional. Tiffany was friendly, enthusiastic and helpful to our group. I was so happy with the tour and would highly recommend!

Walker L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Did not include tour, for the best. Tours created a lot of traffic and made the visit more of a drag. They thin out after Sistine Chapel, which is for the best. Guide gets you to the ticket office and grabs your ticket, perfect line skipping service. Metro is a good way to arrive.

Vatican Visiting Tip: Don't come to Rome late on a Saturday past 1200. You could/will end up turning a day trip into a two night stay if your train is late like mine. You miss it on Sat, closed Sun, have to wait for Mon.

Nadine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent experience, we bought skip the line tickets and paid for English audio guides when we were in the museum. I have paid previously for a 3 hour tour guide which was great, but I wanted the flexibility to really explore all the various museums before seeing the Sistine chapel. Would really recommend.

Christy United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide was very good. We used head sets, but she spoke clearly and gave very good information. The tour is long, but there was a stop mid-way through for snack or restrooms. The tour covers the various rooms in the Museum, the Papal apartments, the Sistine Chapel, the Basilica and the square in the front. She guided us to various activities to do after the tour and we chose to climb to the top of the Dome. You can walk all 500 steps or ride the elevator. It was well worth the time to go see the city from the top. We could then go back in St. Peters and spend more time at various sites that interested us.

Frederik M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

All I can say is: Don't try to visit the Vatican without booking your tickets in advance, and this skip-the-line experience is one of the better ways to do that. The queues to get into the complex as well as inside certain parts of it are just very very long and through this Skip-the-Line with tour, you will avoid all those queues. Really worth the money. Highly recommended. Oh and the tour-guide was also very friendly, accommodative, and knowledgable.

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