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Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Tour and Sistine Chapel

Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Tour and Sistine Chapel

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From $63.33 $44.33 per person

Spend more time inside when you skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel through an official, priority entrance. On this comprehensive guided tour, you’ll experience the best of the Vatican in just 3 hours.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 2 - 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy faster than skip-the-line access through the official Vatican Partner Entrance
  • Skip the ticket line for St Peter’s Basilica
  • See the Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Raphael Rooms, the Papal collections, the famous Gallery of Maps and more
  • Hear in-depth stories behind the art from your expert English-speaking guide
  • Make the most of exclusive access, with a maximum group of 20 people
Full description

Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Your 3-hour journey begins when with skipping the ticket line and being whisked straight into the Vatican through the Official Partner entrance. Once inside, your expert guide will show you the best of the Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries, and the highlights of the Papal art collection in the Raphael Rooms. These are just a few of the rooms you will discover as we take you deeper into the Vatican. You’ll then spend time with Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, where your guide will highlight the key details for you not to miss. Next your guide will then take you to St Peter’s Basilica, which is larger than the Statue of Liberty, so you can gaze up into its massive dome and see its iconic sculptures, mosaics and hidden details. The tour then ends in St. Peter’s Square, where the faithful gather to listen when the Pope appears. By the end, you’ll have heard about the key facts, history of the Vatican and understand how it has helped shaped the world we are in today. You will also see the important aspects of Vatican architecture, demanding politics, and the artistic secrets it contains. This is a truly memorable experience not to be missed!
Includes
  • Exclusive skip-the-ticket-line partner access to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's
  • Tour guide
  • Audio headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • St Peter's Dome ticket
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • As of August 6, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 to present either a COVID-19 green certificate and an ID, proving that they are fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine or negative PCR or antigen test that is no more than 48-hours old
  • Green Vaccine Passes must be in Italian or English and can be presented in digital or printed formats
  • The Basilica is currently not accessible
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
  • Entrance to the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered. No low-cut tops or shorts. Guests who do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry
  • Access to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Square may be closed in the morning due to the Papal Audience
  • From April - Oct, the tour will include a shorter guided tour of the Basilica
  • From Nov - March, there will be no guided tour inside the Basilica. You can still enter the Basilica independently.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 13899 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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This was such a wonderful experience. I was really looking forward to my tour of the Vatican, but wasn’t sure if I should get a guide. DO IT! I got so much more out of the experience and history with this guided tour. Our guide was Elizabeth from world wonder tours and she was incredible. Spoke very good English, and answered so many questions. Her knowledge on the subjects is astounding. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone!

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September 8, 2021

Meet in front of the entrance to the Vatican. Brief explanation of the procedure and the clothing code. Tickets come from the guide and then it goes through the museums with a lot of information. The highlight is the Sistine Chapel with the Michelangelo picture under the ceiling. Afterwards you can freely visit the museums.

September 5, 2021

The tour I booked was not as advertised, booked Vatican tour that included St Peter’s Basilica access (typically tours can go from museum to St Peters.). However, passage from museum to Basilica was closed due to Covid. I could of booked tour of Vatican Museum for less money as that is all that we saw. How ever tour guide was great.

September 2, 2021

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