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Discover the Vatican on a 3-hour St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork and history with a guide, who will bring 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.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a skip-the-line Vatican tour including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
  • See captivating sites like Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco
  • Explore St Peter’s Basilica on a fully guided Vatican walking tour and see the famous La Pieta sculpture
  • Choose from four different times, or upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 12)

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums with St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel and Small-Group Upgrade

See incredible ceiling frescoes inside the 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.

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 Dontao 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.

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. Your tour is limited to 12 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights.

Tour at 7:30pm:
Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the doors close to the general public. This experience is only available until October 30, 2016, and the group size is limited to 20. A visit to St Peter’s Basilica is not included.

Customer Reviews

Sharyl O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our first time to Rome and feel it was an excellent tour.

Dennis L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was wonderful. The Vatican Museum, Raphael Room in particular and Sistine Chapel are too crowded to really fully appreciate and take everything in. But that is to be expected. If it wasn't spectacular no one would go, so be patient and expect the crowd. The Skip the Line is a MUST, well worth every penny.

Peter G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and were very pleased with our guide, Franco. He was very informative and had a good sense of humor. It was well worth it to upgrade to a small group of just 11 people. It made the tour more personable and enjoyable.

Peter G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and were very pleased with our guide, Franco. He was very informative and had a good sense of humor. It was well worth it to upgrade to a small group of just 11 people. It made the tour more personable and enjoyable.

Debbie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The lines are forever long at least 2 hour wait and you walk pass them with this great tour. Eva our tour guide was the best.

Jane C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The Vatican Tour is a must see when visiting Rome. It is extremely crowded and having the skip the line tour made it feasible. Rosa Maria was a wonderful guide. We will definitely use Viator in the future.

ljallen91

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing and I highly recommend this if you wish to visit the Vatican.

We were able to skip the queue via booking in advance and visited the museums, Sistine chapel and St Peters Basilica.

We had Emma as our tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable about Rome and the Vatican. It was amazing to have her teach us so much.

All of the painting and sculptures were amazing. St Peters Basilica is WOW! So huge and beautiful.
The Sistine Chapel is worth the visit to see the incredible ceiling and the last judgement painting.

It is extremely busy at the Vatican so I recommend one of the first tours that they offer in the day. You will not be disappointed in this tour

Claudia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very well organized and the guide was totally committed and passionate about the things she was explaining.

danrusso123

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We arrived about an hour early, and they were great, getting us into an earlier group for the tour.

lizalac

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great interesting tour. Great guide - funny and knowledgeable. it skips the lines as promised.

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