Experience treasures of one of the world’s greatest art collections and churches on a guided tour of Vatican City highlights. Avoid waiting in the long entrance queues with skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, where an art historian guide will lead you directly to the sprawling galleries’ most important pieces, including Michelangelo's frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel. Admire the seat of the Holy See in St Peter’s Square, then step inside St Peter’s Basilica for an interior tour of the glittering spiritual icon.
Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican City treasures
Skip the long lines at the Vatican Museums
See highlights of the sprawling collection, including the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel
Listen to commentary by an art historian guide through a headset
Get direct access to St Peter's Basilica
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Small-group tour for easier navigation
Skip the line Service
Entrance Ticket and Reservation Fees
Officially Licensed Guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Meeting And Pickup
V.Le Vaticano/Musei Vaticani
00192 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy
At the entrance of the Vatican Museums.
Saint Peter's Square
Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 44 reviews
sdedianne, Oct 2019
The Skip the line was great! The guide was good too, but I wish they either provided water or had recommended that we bring some with us. I almost passed out on the 3hr tour from dehydration. Even in October, the Vatican was pretty crowded.
876theresem, Oct 2019
Marta was wonderful! She was so informative, organized and helpful! Great tour! The Vatican tour was incredible!
Jessica_A, Oct 2019
This was an excellent tour. Our guide was great and she showed us all the highlights. Worth skipping the line and having a guide
Filipa_m, Sep 2019
It was a very enlightening tour. Our guide, Silvia, had a complete knowledge of Vatican's history, art and social rules and she was also very very nice :)
David_C, Aug 2019
Saved time and ensured access. Tour guide, Sarah, was excellent, providing very informative guided tour of the museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, focused on the key highlights in each. Despite the crowds, headsets meant we could hear all the commentary.
Denise_D, Jun 2019
We had a great tour guide Luca who was very knowledgeable and interesting , highly recommend this tour .
DIDEM_O, Oct 2018
We had a great time! Our tour guide Sara was amazing; knowledgeable, passionate about art and art history. Thanks for this spectacular visit...
Unless you like art, find another tour!
Carolyn_M, Oct 2018
Our guide was very knowledgeable and did an excellent tour, Our problem was that it was too long and too indepth for us. Enjoyed the chapel and would have rather had more information on the basilica.
A must see during a visit to Rome. The...
Rafael_Q, Mar 2018
A must see during a visit to Rome. The only downfall was that It was CROWDED!
Very knowledgeable guide who held my...
Jane D, Nov 2017
Very knowledgeable guide who held my interest the entire time. Just seeing the Piéta again and being in the Sistine Chapel will buoy your soul.
Excellent tour. My tour guide was...
Dan A, Sep 2017
Excellent tour. My tour guide was Luca. He knew everything about everything. We got to see so much of Vatican City. Worth every penny I spent on this tour. Only thing I'd suggest for him is to be a little more friendly and to start the tour with a little Welcome speech and ask people where they were from and stuff. Those first 5 minutes of a tour are really important. But other than that I highly recommend this tour.
The tour was wonderful, but I had to...
JoyceM_F, Jun 2016
The tour was wonderful, but I had to ask at least 6 people where Viator tours meet!!! There was no sign stating Viator. I found out you use a local tour company whose name has nothing to do with Viator!! It was very difficult since there are hundreds of people and multiple companies meeting in the same place!
The guide was great but there were...
Frances R, Oct 2015
The guide was great but there were too many people which made it hard to see and take pictures.
This tour was well worth doing. No...
Wim, Sep 2015
This tour was well worth doing. No waiting in line for two hours in the hot sun! Our guide was great, our group was small maybe 14 and we saw what we wanted to see. After three hours we were mentally exhausted and needed some coffee to recuperate. Recommended - but beware, you may be in a small group but there will be LOTS of people. The vox earpieces worked a treat.