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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.


  • 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

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

An amazing place to visit. Skipping the line got us in there quick and we were able to explore

Mark I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We enjoyed this tour immensely. The storyteller was so knowledgeable and very entertaining. Although it was very crowded, he managed our group very well. We would recommend this tour to anyone to fully experience this incredible site.

Elisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I visited with my two teenage kids. I've been to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel many times and I knew the kids would get saturated with a detailed guided tour. But we didn't want to stand in line half the day. I booked this ticket just to skip the line, but explore the museums on our own. It was very easy to find the guide. The description of the meeting location on the confirmation was very clear. They had an Apple Wallet option, but I also printed the confirmations just in case. Apple Wallet worked fine. City Wonders tour company wears very distinctive blue jackets, easy to spot from a distance. All of the tour guides near the steps by the steps across the street from the Museum entrance are very helpful. They all know each other and will help you find the correct group. Entry and security was fairly quick, but very crowded. The guide has to purchase your entry tickets after security. If you have children under 18, be prepared for the guide to take the children to the ticket window as a group and leave the adults. The employees have to see the children in person when the guide purchases your entry tickets -- for the child price. Some of the parents in our group had younger children under 12 years old and were not comfortable letting their children go in this big group with only one adult through the huge crowd. The guide was very accommodating in allowing a parent to accompany the younger children to the ticket window. Once we got our tickets, we were free to enter the museum. It worked very well for those who want to explore on their own. The guide did provide a map showing the highlights of the museum.

Justin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

No problems, just show up at the location, easy check in, they get you through and explain what to do.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Highly recommend this ticket. You can stay as long as you want in the Sistine Chapel and just sit and gaze - even with the larger crowds it was the best!

Andrea B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We went to the Vatican on a Saturday and the line was extremely long. With this tour we were able to skip the line and get through security in less than ten minutes. It is definitely worth it to be able to skip the line and get in quick!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

When I booked this tour, I was skeptical about Viatour. I had never heard of the company and was not sure what to expect. In this tour, Maurizzio was an incredible knowledgable tour guide, who had a great command of the English language. His tour information was very interesting but also informative without being boring. He pointed out many interesting facts and information about the paintings in the Vatican museum. The time flew by and we never felt rushed or that Maurizzio was repeating the same tour over and over with just a different audience. My wife and I will be traveling to other parts of Europe and will be looking for Viator for other tours.

Kristina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide Lindy was from the Netherlands. She spoke English fluently and seemed to know everything there was to know about every aspect of the Vatican and its museums. She was funny and engaging. The tour was definitely a highlight of our time in Rome. Expensive but excellent value, as it also allowed us to saunter past all the people queuing to get in. Highly recommend this tour.

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