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Overview

Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure and avoid the long lines with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Spend more time admiring the world-famous art as your escorted inside through a dedicated no-wait Vatican Partner entrance. Once inside, independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo.
  • Vatican Museums admission ticket with no-wait access via dedicated Vatican Partner entrance
  • Enjoy full-day access, map, and brief orientation to explore the Vatican Museums at your own leisure
  • Use your pass to see top Vatican attractions such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel
  • 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

With this tour, enter the Vatican through a special fast-track gate and spend as long as you want inside.
Your Vatican experience starts in Vatican City, where you’ll meet your host and walk to a private, priority entrance. Your admission ticket provides you with the fastest skip-the-line entrance at the Vatican Museums. After a brief introduction, and your host will provide a map of the museums and leave you to explore the museum complex’s 9 miles (15 km) of rooms and galleries at your leisure. 

Design your own itinerary and enjoy highlights such as Raphael’s Rooms, a series of four connecting rooms adorned with Renaissance works by Raphael and his students, the Pinacoteca Gallery, and the Etruscan Museum.

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.

Reviews

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a
, Jan 2019

We decided we wanted to do the tour at our own pace. The skip the line ticket was just right. I only wish we had received a map so we knew what we were looking at

T
, Nov 2018

The meeting place for this visit is slightly confusing to find. We saw the promised blue jackets of the tour operators but it was the wrong place. Not a problem, the charming guide telephoned to the leader of our tour and arranged that he would pick us up as we were closer to the Museum anyway. He sluiced us through in no time, and by 8.10 we were in the Sistine Chapel along with just a handful of others. We had plenty of time to admire the frescoes in almost privacy. We then went along for a much needed coffee - we had had to skip breakfast in order to be on time. Same experience there, we were the only people in the cafe, but when we left, the queue for self-service was very long. Then to the painting galleries where the crowds were bigger but bearable (it seems groups don't do the pinacoteca). Then to the sculpture galleries which were so full that it was extremely difficult and we left fairly quickly. Go early, or do one of the wonderful evening visits (summer only and this was November)

L
, Nov 2018

We had to que , the tour guard didn't seem to know what she was doing. Said it was her first doing the Vatican, I had a small baby in a push chair she didn't tell us where to keep it. The whole thing was very disappointing, I wouldn't book with you again or recommend to my friends and family.

G
, Nov 2018

This was not the best experience. Out reservation had not been recorded despite having to emails proving we had paid. Staff sorted this out quickly as thankfully I had copied of the voucher with me. However communication from the team was poor. It took over an hour to enter the Vatican Museums and little was said to us as we waited - it felt like being corralled by cattle. Of particular concern was the children in our party were taken away to get their tickets separately from the adults. There was no warning of this and caused understandable concern amongst the parents present. Better communication would have made this a much better experience.

i
, Oct 2018

A must if you are visiting!!! Skip the Line was an excellent choice and well worth the little bit it cost. The Vatican Museum is a must when in Rome!!

K
, 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.

w
, 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!!!

R
, Oct 2018

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

a
, Oct 2018

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

C
, Sep 2018

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


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