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Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel

Roma, Italy

From $84.82

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See the highlights of Vatican City ON this skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to the incomparable Vatican Museums—home to one of the most extensive and impressive art collections in the world. Admire the Raphael Rooms and take in the incomparable frescos of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Enjoy fast-track access past the lines at the popular Vatican Museums
  • Learn about the incredible art collections from an expert guide
  • Finish up a museum visit with time in the gorgeous Sistine Chapel

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With this tour, a hotel pickup option drops you off straight at the meeting point.

What's Included

  • Exclusive Skip-the-line
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Hotel pickup in central Rome (if option selected)
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (if option selected)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Pickup service (if the option is not selected)

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza del Risorgimento
    Piazza del Risorgimento, Roma RM, Italy

    Meet at Piazza del Risorgimento at the 'Bar - Caffetteria L’Ottagono' at the centre of the square,

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

  • Via delle Fondamenta
    Via delle Fondamenta, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

    The tour ends near Piazza San Pietro square.

Pickup details

Your centrally located hotel in Rome

What To Expect

Stanze di Raffaello

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Vatican Museums

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Vatican City

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship. 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
  • If you choose pick-up option, contact us no later than 24 hours, in order to reconfirm your pick-up schedule be ready in the lobby
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

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.

about cancellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q:What is the pick up location?

A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.

Jul 2019

Q:Where is the meeting point?

A:Meeting point for the tour will be at Bar "L'Ottagono" in Piazza del Risorgimento.

Jul 2019

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Traveler Tips

Don't get separated from the group because you will have to play catch up and miss the experience.
Skip the line is must unless you want to spend hours queuing.
It is a long tour so be prepared to walk and and stand up a lot.


1,317 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Skip the Line Vatican Tour/Museums/Sistine Chapel - Excellent experience
Ricky_H, May 2023
Wonderful tour and guide. It's the only way to go. Very happy with the experience and education given by our guide.
Fantastic tour of the Vatican!
LAINA_M, May 2023
Rita with I Love Rome by Carrani Tours was a fantastic tour guide. She shared her knowledge of the Vatican in the most interesting and captivating way. I highly recommend this tour if you are interested in seeing the Vatican, in particular the Sistene Chapel. Book the earliest tour possible since it gets very crowded as the day goes on.
The tour definitely helps...
Kautuk_K, May 2023
The tour definitely helps skip the long queue for the entry to the museums. The guide us took us through the key parts of the museums (few sections are skipped), and the main focus was the Cistine Chappel. Overall, I would say the key value of the tour is to help skip the long lines for entry.
Overcrowding and claustrophobic conditions
KATE_R, May 2023
While the guide was very good, the overcrowding and anxiety inducing conditions made the whole experience terrible.
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Kate, thank you for sharing your feedback about your recent experience visiting the Vatican Museums with us. We appreciate your positive comment regarding the guide and acknowledge the importance of having a knowledgeable and capable guide to enhance the tour experience. However, we deeply regret to learn that overcrowding and anxiety-inducing conditions negatively impacted your overall experience. We apologize for any inconvenience and discomfort you faced due to these circumstances. Maintaining a comfortable and enjoyable environment for our travelers is of utmost importance to us, and we understand that overcrowding can detract from the quality of the tour. We take feedback seriously and your input will help us make the necessary adjustments to avoid similar situations in the future and provide a more enjoyable experience for all. Again, we value your patronage and hope that you will consider giving us another opportunity to provide you with a more positive experience in the future. Best regards, Gray Line Rome
Overall experience was excellent
William_C, May 2023
The tour was great and the guide was expectional-Rita she deserves a 3 star 🌟 Michelin award.. The only deappointment was for the price paid there was no return drive service back to the hotel
1 traveler found this review helpful
The Vatican is overwhelming but we had a great experience
Char_M, May 2023
The Vatican museum is overwhelming - you really need several tours to understand the complexity of this place - our guide did a wonderful job of introducing us to an overview and initial introduction to beautiful artistic artifacts
Very well organised despite the crazy crowds at the Vatican
Luis_M, May 2023
Very memorable tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Basilica. Our guide was very knowledgable and we started and finished on time. There were crazy long lines everywhere and we were lucky to skip most of the lines
Jonathan_M, May 2023
Missed the tour due to an Papal event in Saint Peters Square...was running 15 minutes late and had no process to support or help out...
Vatican City tour
Charlee_B, May 2023
Fantastic tour guide, great knowledge and very friendly had a fantastic day! Would definitely recommend the skip the queue - it’s a lot more expensive but the queue for normal tickets is huge you will be waiting hours
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Richard_F, May 2023
Greatly appreciated our tour guide through the Vatican Museum and Stistine Chapel. Very knowledgeable with the subject matter and guiding our group through masses of other tourists.
Amazing art and pieces of antiquity!
Tessie_S, May 2023
Our guide, Paula, was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and patient. 19 people in our group so keeping us all together was no easy task. And she was just a tiny little thing! Thank goodness that this tour had radios with earbuds! Be prepared for LONG lineups (even with skip the line) because that’s just how it is. Many tours wanting to see this fascinating site! You unfortunately don’t have very long in the museums, but you get to see everything at a glance. They are very strict there on where and how long you can stand looking at something. Many magnificent pieces of art to see! Please listen to your guide regarding rules in the Sistine chapel and St Peters Basilica: be respectful and remove hats, and don’t talk! So many tourists don’t seem to understand this!! If you don’t want to follow the rules, don’t go to a Catholic Church! They do herd you like cows in the Chapel! But again, too many people! We also went up the Cupola (not included in the tour, and you have to pay extra, but only €10 with elevator). 320 steps. Was not hard (and we’re old!) but vertigo definitely can be an issue! I had to keep my eyes on only the floor going up. The view at the top is so worth the climb!! A must see! Would highly recommend this tour!
Definitely do the skirt the line tours - otherwise queues are horrendous.
JeffG_H, May 2023
Meeting point should have been opposite the entrance - where it always used to be. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable - the best of the tours I’ve done there, yet halfway thru the tour she really looked like she didn’t want to be there
We had a great guide....
Sue_W, May 2023
We had a great guide. Very knowledgeable. It was super crowded but she was able to take us everywhere.
Lorraine_B, May 2023
All went well, from pickup through the tour. The tour operator was excellent. We were amazed by the beauty of the museum. We would have liked if transportation back to our hotel thad been provided.
Left without us
Max_M, May 2023
We were unfortunately running a few minutes behind and were called and told that the tour would be leaving without us. I’m sure it would have been great!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Poorly organized
Lisa_R, Apr 2023
Very disorganized. Guides English was poor. She did not communicate to us for nearly the first 50 minutes, we all had no idea what was going on. The entry to the Vatican is extremely disorganized and chaotic. Left feeling dissatisfied.
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Lisa, we are sorry to read your lines and we appreciate your sharing! As you see, a dedicated team analyzes the reviews we receive so we can take measures to improve. Your feedback has been noted! Best regards, Gray Line Rome
Vatican Tour
Kathleen_P, Apr 2023
Amazed at all the artwork in the Vatican Museum! Vivian also was a great leader. She moved our group through the crowds easily and was very informative about what we were seeing.
Could have been better…
connie_c, Apr 2023
Our guide was cruising on her own schedule. She said a lot in certain areas & rushed us through others with no explanation. We ended up eavesdropping on other guides for interesting facts. Tour group # 17
Our visit to the Vatican
Joan_Z, Apr 2023
This was a holiday and it was totally wall to wall people. You couldn’t even see the floor you were walking on. Our guide did a fantastic job of keeping us together and safe while still giving us a fact filed tour with lots of historic content.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Unforgettable Vatican Museum Tour
Eman_H, Apr 2023
I had an extraordinary experience that I will cherish for a lifetime, especially because I had the pleasure of being accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. The information provided was fascinating, and I don't think I could have accessed the Vatican Museum without the aid of our guide who helped us skip the lines.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Our guide Rita was...
John_Z, Apr 2023
Our guide Rita was amazing! She was knowledgeable & attentive. She answered every question. She made it a fabulous experience for us!!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Francesca was a great guide.
stephen_s, Apr 2023
Francesca , our guide, was knowledgeable, articulate and very good indeed.. 5 stars to her The crowds were dreadful , but she managed everything well, considering.
To here the story about...
Marie_S, Apr 2023
To here the story about the Vatican good guide, too much peolpe tho. Sorry that St Petrus church were closed
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent Vatican tour
Anju_Y, Apr 2023
Just about enough explanation time , photos time and free time . Beautiful place . Thoroughly enjoyed.
Excellent guide - too crowded
Tim_E, Apr 2023
Much too many people in the museum - perhaps due to holiday period - meant more than one hour waiting just to get in. When finally there our guide did an excellent job, but it was very stressful.
Terrible guide ! Awesome place
ankit_s, Apr 2023
Guide was terrible . Place is awesome. So much history and art . Beyond imagination. Experience was ruined by the guide . All 3 hours she kept telling us stay in group . She is gonna be at left . Toilets gonna be here . She kept repeating same directions 10 times . Very frustrating. She should have spent more time on explaining all the different art pictures sculptures. In 3 hours tour ,she spent 2 and half hours in repeating same directions. ( which any one can get it in 2 times ! She repeated 10 times ! Literally ! Spent 300$ on this guide ! Terrible guide
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dear customer, thank you for your feedback! This isn't new because other customers had a similar experience. We must say that this time of the year is particularly busy and visiting whatever sight in Rome isn't a walk in the park, but your feedback has been noted along with the others and following them up in order to avoid such inconvenience in the future. Best regards, Gray Line Rome
Excellent tour guide
Hedelyn_C, Mar 2023
Our tour at the Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and inside the Saint Peter Basilica was smooth and well organized. We truly appreciate Roberta, our knowledgeable tour guide for leading us and share all the significant historical information regarding the pieces of art displayed in the Vatican Museum. There's no dull moment with Roberta's passionate explanation of history behind every master pieces in the Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel. And Roberta even go extra mile to explain the entire history behind the construction of the Vatican Square. My kids aged 11 and 17 enjoyed every story Roberta shared with us. Roberta is the best history teacher. I totally recommend this tour guide company. It's worth every penny. You will not be disappointed.
Our guide Elisabeth was...
Shona_M, Mar 2023
Our guide Elisabeth was wonderful knowledgeable and engaging she was a wonderful guide would definitely recommend this tour
Skip the tour. Not worth it.
Dan_R, Mar 2023
Way way way too crowded. Most of the 3 hours is spent waiting in long lines. We had a large group with a very nice and knowledgeable tour guide. However, the Vatican does not appear to limit crowds, making this one of the most unpleasant experiences of our trip to Italy.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dear Dan, we appreciate your feedback! We are sorry that there was a big crowd during your tour, we agree with us that it can make the experience not so pleasant... We are happy though you found your local guide nice and knowledgeable! We hope you will choose us next time so we can make it up to you! Best regards, Gray Line Rome
Anthony_F, Mar 2023
Roxy was very knowledgeable and friendly! She highlighted so many interesting points throughout tour


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