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Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Admission Ticket

Vatican City, Italy

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English

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 you are 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

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.

What's Included

  • Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Escorted access through the Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Please be advised that St. Peter’s Basilica will not be accessible until further notice

Itinerary

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.

Vatican Museums

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

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.

Stanze di Raffaello

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

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.

Sistine Chapel

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • While this ticket is a Skip the Line entrance, there is a security check that every passenger must go through. We cannot control the delay this might cause to entering the museum.
  • We recommend that backpacks are not taken on this tour
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point on time. Please plan on being at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the meeting time. Guests arriving late cannot be accommodated, and missed tickets cannot be refunded.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please be advised that St. Peter’s Basilica will not be accessible until further notice due to current restrictions

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Admission Ticket?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Admission Ticket?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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Traveler Tips


Don't be late because you will lose your time slot like we did.
The place is super busy but actually totally fine, just go along and enjoy the ride and absolutely do not forget your camera!
Go early, or do one of the wonderful evening visits (summer only and this was November
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Basic
Terence_Y, Jun 2022
It was just a basic skip-the-line reservation. Not much. But they start on time and we got to start our museum visit fast.
The museum is fantastic...
pjm17, Jun 2022
The museum is fantastic and a must when in Rome, however this tour was poorly executed. The meeting place was just a street location that was full of other tour operators and crawling with confused people, as a result our guide was difficult to find. After much standing around we were escorted across the street and inside to receive our tickets. Not sure why there we needed a guide for that, as this is a self-guided tour. I have previously done the same tour through Viator and there a dedicated line for "skip the line", this time it was a mess. The area where we met the guide was not very nice either, trash everywhere and many agressive people trying to sell you trinkets.
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CLAUDIA_P, Jun 2022
Although meeting point is not specified anywhere, we did find it pretty quickly as it was across the street of main entrance. Staff where very nice and clear. Our guide was excellent & made sure we did not wait … we passed through all the lines very smoothly & NO WAITING ANYWHERE.
will NEVER use your tour
Gregory_B, Jun 2022
guide left us.. we had to use the restroom and she told us where to go and then the tour guide was gone. Took for ever to find the tour guide. Lack of signs to start our tour.
Would have been fine except museum was too crowded.
David_T, May 2022
Amazing artwork, but was too overwhelming with so much to see and too crowded. Think they should put limits on number of people admitted at a time.
Quick and easy
Claude_I, May 2022
The meeting point was right across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance. Our guide walked us across the street and went to get the tickets as we went through security. Very easy.
Redeeming Tickets was a wild goose Chase
Charles_R, May 2022
Redemption instructions don’t tell you that the redemption address is just a general location. The actual address is not associated with the ticket provider. it was a wild goose chase trying to figure out who we were meeting and where we were supposed to meet. A random stranger finally told us where to wait. Vader doesn’t tell you who the tour company is that your looking for. I would not book these tickets again. It is too difficult to figure out how to get your ticket. It wasted an hour of our time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Finding tour operator is a wild goose chase
Charles_R, May 2022
Beware. The redemption location in the instructions gives an address but The address was a business that was not associated with the tour operator. Btw: you have no idea who the tour operator is so you have no idea who to look for. They don’t tell you that you have to stand outside the building until someone from a tour company shows up 15 min prior to your mtg time. We walked around for 20 minutes before a random person on the street told us where to wait. It was so frustrating. I would not use this service again. It wasted almost an hour of our time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awful
Tracie_M, May 2022
Never got in. Completely unaccommodating. Had to go with another company. City Wonders is awful! Take the money and run
2 travelers found this review helpful
It was very interesting...
John_N, May 2022
It was very interesting to see all the artifacts and beautyful paintings withing the vatican. We were amazed at how much there was.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Easy and time saving,...
Olivier_V, May 2022
Easy and time saving, would definitely recommend to book in advance. Friendly staff on top of it. Thanks
Educational
Gavin_W, May 2022
A beautiful must see trip when visiting Rome. A historical experience not just capturing religious meanings but many historical events also.
1 traveler found this review helpful
All in all a great experience
Frank_P, May 2022
The meeting point was easy to find and everything worked as it should have! The staff was extremely helpful and considerate
Amazing Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour
Michelecoleman101015, May 2022
Once we found the meeting point everything was very straight forward. The guide explained that we would follow her to the museum where we were fast tracked into the museum. She collected everyone's ticket and gave them out and we were then left to our own devices to tour the museum and chapel. It was a very interesting tour and would highly recommend getting the audio machine and it was extremely informative. We spent around 2 hours completing the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very Poor
Wendy_L, May 2022
The instructions for finding the ticket redemption were totally inadequate. We looked for half an hour to find the person and group. The guide had no sign and nothing at all to help shepherd people into a very very crowded line. We lost the group and then had no tickets to get inside. The guard was not at all helpful and told us to call your number which of course we were put on hold waiting until another guard approached us and the original guide found us to give us our tickets. Not an experience I would want to ever repeat.
Amazing tour guide!
Hannah_M, May 2022
LOVED our tour of the Vatican with world city tours ltd and our guide, Giuseppe was outstanding! He was knowledgeable, witty, well spoken and kind to our entire group! We are absolutely recommending Viator in the future to our friends and family!
Vatican visit and museums
Jennifer_D, Apr 2022
Just a brilliant all round experience easy entry friendly guide to greet us. Remember FFP2 masks are a requirement when visiting x
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lost ticket and money
Giannis_K, Mar 2022
I lost the tickets and 82 euro because i was late 8 min,with two kids in stroller. They didn't say anywhere that you must meet somebody to take the tickets outside the Vatican museums until the tickets are paid. Aftet you receive a mail that explains everything. If i know it before i never choose to book tickets from Viator. In every place i went before in Europe and buy tickets they send it with email and i wasn't forced to meet anybody like i must meet a dealer in front of the stairs on a small road across the museum. Avoid book tickets from them.
Helpful experience
Jessica_W, Mar 2022
We appreciated the details and insight provided by the tour operator with respect to the famous artworks and the construction of the Vatican museum.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A fabulous guided tour. Thank you Sara 😃😎
james_b, Mar 2022
Our tour guide Sara was absolutely amazing. Very thorough, very knowledgeable, she brought the museum to life with facts & details galore. Our 2nd visit to the museum and we learned even more. She was amazing at keeping us going & interested in everything around us. From floors to walls & ceilings, to art, tapestry & sculpture, no matter the question, she was so informed. Made our visit so much more interesting. Thank you Sara 😃😎 PS. I’d done a tour here 15 years ago & got so much more out of it than when I’d visited without one, that I was determined to do it again. This museum is the largest & best in the world & the guided tour us down very worth it!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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