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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Roma, Italy
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Overview

Discover the Vatican on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo; and hear little-known tales about sacred St. Peter’s Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
  • Enjoy priority access through a Vatican Partner entrance, and tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • See captivating sites such as the Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps, and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
  • Choose from four different times, or upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 12)
  • Audio headsets are provided to make sure you can hear your guide clearly at all times

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

“Skip the line” with this tour means using a special entrance to bypass even the fast-track line.
Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.

Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramante.

Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself. Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel—the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam,' which cloaks the ceiling, and admire 'The Last Judgement,' his colorful mural that adorns a wall.

After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s 'La Pietà,' which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St. Peter’s Square.

Keep in mind that St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, enjoy an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you want to make sure that St. Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date.

If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences:

Small-Group Tour in the morning: Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter. Your tour is limited to 12 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights.

Tour in the evening: Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the doors close to the general public. A visit to St. Peter’s Basilica is not included.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums. Walkthrough the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Vatican City
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St Peter’s Square. Keep in mind that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, you'll be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you want to make sure that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date. If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences: Small-Group Tour at 8:10am: Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
St. Peter's Square
Passing by
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and admire The Last Judgement, his colorful mural that adorns a wall.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Would not recommend
tina_g
, May 2020
Could not go, the Vatican was closed because of the pandemic and lockdown but still got charged. Our entire trip was canceled to Rome. Just want a refund.
star-5
The perfect Vatican experience
Shuwaib
, Apr 2020
The tour was pretty much perfect in every kind of way. The meeting point was easy to navigate and find, and the staff were very professional on arrival. Our guide was friendly, clear and had a lot of knowledge which she shared with the group very well. The Vatican museums are absolutely huge, and I feel that without a tour, you would end up needing an entire day to have a look round. The tour was good in this sense as it focused on the highlights, but didn't feel too rushed at any point. If you are someone who wants to really take their time in the museums, and look around at everything, a tour isn't for you. The tour lasted 3 hours and concluded in St Peter's Basilica, where you will have a quick tour and then be allowed to free roam. It's possible to visit St Peter's square very easily after the tour finishes. My only slight complaint is that they should invest in better headsets. If you were too far away from the guide, it would either become very muffled or cut off entirely.
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Traveler be aware
Nicholas_T
, Mar 2020
Due to the Worldwide pandemic, this entire trip was canceled. I would caution anyone to be careful who or how you rent a home or apartment, we did ours thru "Homeaway" titled "Rent a home in Rome" they have refused to refund any of our retainages even though we canceled way ahead of any deadlines. instead, they emailed a makeshift voucher with no reference numbers whatsoever. As far as Viator is concerned, they have been upfront and helpful but this is out of their control. We stand to lose over $1,000.00 I suppose it could be worse. We do plan to take this trip when issues allow such travel, but under no circumstances will we use "Rent a Home in Rome" thru "Homeaway" As a final note, this trip was a graduation gift for our Granddaughter and she chooses to take as a friend her younger sister, they are very close, one more reason to cancel.
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Top Tour
Damien
, Mar 2020
Excellent guide and very informative tour of The Vatican. I'm not a big fan of organised religion but it's fascinating to see the wealth the Catholic church has amassed over the centuries and how Sheeple continue to blindly follow despite the scandals and corruption.
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Excellent Vatican Museums visit
Yvonne
, Mar 2020
Fabulous guide...so knowledgeable. Made it an exciting and informative visit. Would definitely recommend it. Well done!
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Super informative but rushed tour
AyeshaUJ
, Mar 2020
Partner and I visited in late February and our tour guide was Lorena. She's an archaeologist and super passionate about everything she taught us - the buildings, history, the artists. Everything was so gorgeous but the only issue is that the Vatican and Raphael's Rooms are packed to the brim with hundreds of people and everyone is being herded through. You can't really stop to examine (and art is everywhere, floor and walls and ceilings). That part was frustrating but not Lorena's fault at all ofc. I would recommend doing this tour and learning a lot in 3 hours and then coming back on your own one day to walk through everywhere slowly.
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Fantastic and very informative!
AMY_D
, Mar 2020
The tour was worth every single penny. Very informative. And our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and her English was excellent. I don’t think we would have learnt as much self guided so I recommend a tour every time. You hear so many more stories and extra details with a tour.
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Nh_C
, Mar 2020
The tour starts at 9:45am not 10am and this should be changed on the information. Tour was ok and tour guide was very knowledgable. We did not get long enough in the Sistine chapel- 10 minutes max. The tour did not last 3 hours, 2.15 hours max. The group was a bit too large and made it difficult to get around the museums.
star-5
So glad we chose this!!
Stephanie
, Mar 2020
Jessica was a fantastic tour guide. Very informative and friendly. We learned so much and took her up on the tip to see the San Pietro Basilica! It was amazing! Would highly recommend this tour and Jessica!!
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Laura G 5 stars
Victoria_H
, Mar 2020
Our tour with Laura G was fantastic. Informative, interesting and the passion that Laura G has for the area and her town in general is infectious and interesting. 5 stars would recommend to anyone

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