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Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

1. Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens. Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tickets

2. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tickets

Visit the Vatican Museums and marvel at the breath-taking collection of renowned Roman sculptures and some of the most seminal works of Renaissance art without having to wait an eternity to do so, thanks to the Skip-the-Line Tickets. From there, take in the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel, known as the Cappella Magna and see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Last Judgement. A local and professional Host will welcome you and assist you through the entrance while giving you the most important tips for maximum enjoyment. 

Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

3. Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines by following a special route through the museums that gets you to the Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Enter before most of the crowd and spend a peaceful half-hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to the Pinecone Courtyard for large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, head back into the museums for a tour of the most famous artifacts, including the Belvedere Torso, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön Group, and the Raphael Rooms, widely considered to be among the most beautifully-frescoed interiors in the world. Visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms of the museums.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

4. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the wonders of the art collection inside the Vatican Museums on a tour with an art historian guide and skip-the-line entry tickets. Walk through the Raphael Rooms and admire masterpieces by Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel, including The Last Judgement. Start your visit by meeting your guide and enjoying a streamlined entry inside the museums. Listen to the explanations of your art historian guide as you visit the Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Arrive at the Raphael Rooms and marvel at Raphael’s incredible frescoes, including the School of Athens. Round-off the tour with the marvels of the Sistine Chapel and the frescoes by Michelangelo. Inside, you’ll get to see Michelangelo’s most famous artwork: The Last Judgement.

Rome: 3-Hour Private Early Morning Vatican Tour

5. Rome: 3-Hour Private Early Morning Vatican Tour

This tour offers the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums at your own pace with entry before regular opening time. Skip the ticket line and first discover highlights of the Vatican Galleries, with its collection of precious artworks. Your guide will then take you to see the spectacular Sistine Chapel, where you will be able to admire Michelangelo’s work free from the crowds you find during the regular opening hours. Then, get privileged access to the Cabinet of the Masks, which is usually a restricted area of the Vatican. Enjoy a unique experience with your professional and knowledgeable guide and discover one of the Vatican's most precious treasures.

Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

6. Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

Beat the crowds and enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public. Enjoy the incredible frescoes in peace. After marveling at the beautiful Raphael Room, spend quality time with Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Chapel before your guide leads you on a tour of the Vatican Museums. Stop along the way to see all the most important works. Since you started early, stay one step ahead of the crowds in most galleries as you enjoy fantastic art like the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoon and Sons, and more. Next up is the Pinacoteca Gallery. Housing works by Caravaggio, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Raphel, the modern wing of the Vatican Museums contain a remarkable array of precious masterpieces. Led by your expert guide, visit this area without the crowds and spend time truly immersed in the atmosphere. End your Vatican tour at a special spot overlooking the dome of St Peter's Basilica. Learn about the history and architecture of this incredible church and get tips on what to look out for during an independent visit. From there the choice is yours. Grab lunch inside the Vatican Museums and continue your exploration of these incredible palaces, or follow the dome to St Peter's Basilica.

Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

7. Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

Have the Vatican to yourself on this exclusive early morning tour that whisks you through closed doors for a buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard, before anyone else enters the museums. While the general public waits in line outside, feast on an Italian-American breakfast buffet of cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and even pancakes, flipped by the Vatican's pancake chef. Dining in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, experience a level of tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors. Then follow your guide to explore the Vatican Museums. Still closed to the general public, the Museums are quieter now than throughout the rest of the day. With only 10 people per group, have time and space to really appreciate the art. See rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Candelabra and incredible Raphael Rooms. Your guide will bring works of art to life, pointing out things you would have missed on your own. Continue to the legendary Sistine Chapel. Then, skip the ticket lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. See the altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture.

Vatican: Museums and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Ticket

8. Vatican: Museums and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Ticket

The Vatican Museums are filled wall to wall with some of the world’s greatest art history treasures, so it’s no surprise that you’d want to make the most out of your visit. Join us at our hosting lounge and enjoy a complimentary introduction to the Vatican City. After a brief orientation, enjoy fast track access into the museums, and set off to fully explore the 7km of galleries that make up the museums at your own pace. From illuminated frescos to impeccably well-preserved sculptures, the Vatican Museums offers a 360 degree view into the history of humanity with art works dating from the Gregorian, Egyptian era all the way through to modern day. With the help of our complimentary Vatican Site Map, you’ll soon be navigating the corridors like a pro. Uncover a world of ancient secrets in the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, marvel the impressive collection of works by Caravaggio, Giotto, Raphael and Leonardo in the Pinacoteca. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. And finally, but certainly not the least, stand in awe of Michelangelo’s most renowned masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel.

Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

9. Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

Enjoy an exclusive night tour of the Vatican and see one of the richest collections of art in the world without the daytime crowds or Midday heat. Learn about its masterpieces in a quiet, stress-free environment. Included are highlights of the papal palaces, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the magnificent Raphael Rooms. Experience a peaceful and much calmer Sistine Chapel. The tour concludes with a stroll to St. Peter’s Square, where you will get an orientation tour of the Basilica, and enjoy the rare sight of the square devoid of people. Availability is limited, and tours take place just once a week, departing each Friday at 19:30, so make sure to book early.

Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

10. Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

Pre-book your entry tickets to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums and enjoy skip-the-line entry privileges. Explore the wonders of St. Peter's Basilica alone at your own pace, then join a guided tour at the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Your morning begins with a skip-the-line tour of St. Peter's Basilica, including a trip in the dome elevator, from where you can climb further to take in the true majesty of the site from up close. Explore the naves, apse, and chapels of the Renaissance church on your own, and marvel at staggering art and architecture by Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Next, you'll skip the line at the Vatican Museums, providing you with more time to explore one of the world’s greatest art collections. A guide will accompany you through the museums, telling stories that bring the statues, frescoes, and maps to life. Boasting many galleries, it can be hard to know where to start, but your guide will take you on a carefully planned route perfected over the years. Discover the bigger picture of power and politics in Vatican City and how it interacts with art. Go to the rooms of former popes in the Raphael Rooms, and wander down the extraordinary Gallery of Maps to see how ancient cartographers mapped the world through history. End in the Sistine Chapel just before closing time. Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s miraculous frescoes, including his depiction of the “Last Judgment” on the ceiling.

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What people are saying about Raphael Rooms

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 102,288 reviews

We were completely satisfied with the tour. Unfortunately our German speaking tour was canceled 2 days before. We were contacted and offered other alternative tours. Unfortunately, we weren't in Rome for long and we already had some other excursions planned, so we only had the option of taking the booked tour on the planned day in English instead. But it was totally okay. The lady who guided us spoke good, clear English, so that we could still understand everything. She has a very extensive knowledge, told us everything in a very interesting way and showed us everything important and also left a lot of time with us to stay somewhere in between. The Vatican was very busy but you will probably always have that. We never had to queue or wait anywhere, it was very well organized.

It was truly amazing. The wonders and beauty in the museum and Sistine Chapel so extraordinary that it would be possible to spend a year and not see them all. Locating the tour was the easiest of all tours we enjoyed over two weeks. Antonio, our guide, was also great.

Alessandra, our guide, guided us through the museums in 3 hours in a way that was easy to understand and with excellent expertise. Questions were also answered competently. This tour is well organized and will be remembered for a long time. Thanks very much!

Great tickets! Tips for your experience. Go straight to the security and head in, no lines! Once inside, go upstairs to the ticket booth and get your tickets. The audio guides are just inside. Enjoy!

Everything was perfectly explained, we had no problems