Skip the Line: Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tickets & Tour

 
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Highlights:

See the Papal treasures of the Vatican Museums

Marvel at the Sistine Chapel

Go inside St. Peter's Basilica on the morning tour (except on Wednesday)

See the Raphael Rooms, part of the Papal Apartments

Skip the line for fast entry to the Vatican's most famous sights

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    Live guide: English

    Duration: 3 hours

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    Live guide: German

    Duration: 3 hours

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    Live guide: Spanish

    Duration: 3 hours

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    Live guide: French, Portuguese

    Duration: 3 hours

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  • German Tour with Pick-Up from Select Hotels

    Live guide: German

    Duration: 3 hours

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Overview:

Visit one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world with skip-the-line access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The guided 3-hour morning or afternoon tour also explores the papal treasures and magnificent art of the Vatican Museums.

Description:

Tour one of the holiest sites in Christendom on a 3-hour guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums including a comprehensive visit to the Sistine Chapel and the masterpieces of St. Peter’s Basilica. With exclusive skip-the-line access, saving you long waits in the lines that form outside one of the world’s most popular attractions.

Considered among the most important places in the history of human civilization, start your tour at the museum to see the important collections of art that various popes have acquired throughout the centuries.

Look out for renowned sculptures and masterpieces of Renaissance art. Feel the weight of history and get a sense of the sacred as you spy paintings by Raphael, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Michelangelo, including his masterwork in the Sistine Chapel.

Only in the morning
Admire Bernini’s colonnade in St. Peter’s Square and go inside the Basilica. Built over the centuries by famous architects including Michelangelo, its iconic dome is one of the glittering symbols of Rome.

What's Included:

• Guided tour
• Entrance tickets
• Professional tour guide
• Skip-the-line entrance

What's Not Included:

• Pick-up – applies to all tours except the German tour with pick-up
• Drop off
• Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica – applies to all afternoon tours

Good to Know:

• Tours run every day except Sundays and religious holidays.
• Tour ends close to St. Peter's Square.
• Strict dress code: no skirts above the knee, no shorts, no bare shoulders (tank tops or sleeveless blouses), and you must wear shoes. You will not be permitted inside the basilica unless you are dressed appropriately. Since this tour goes into the Basilica through the Sistine Chapel, it is important that you respect the dress code.
• If there are children with you, please do not take the tour with your baby buggy. Vatican Museums allows you to take baby buggies into the Museum, but not inside the Basilica, therefore it is strongly recommended that you do not carry the buggy with you before entering the Museums, otherwise you will risk losing the group at the Sistine Chapel.
• Please note that on Wednesdays the tour will not enter the Basilica due to the Papal audience
• Spanish, French (in low season, requires a minimum of 4 people) and German tours may be led in multiple languages

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  • Rating: 4 “Breathtaking tour, pity is not all day!”

    Reviewed by Marco from Arrifana, Portugal on August 31st, 2014 Excellent tour, with a very nice and really easy understanding, big knowledge guide, Benedita.
    It was a really breathtaking experience, for me and my wife. We are really glad to have taken it.


  • Rating: 4 “Very information”

    Reviewed by PRADEEP THYAGARAJA GUPTA from GRIESHEIM, Germany on August 29th, 2014 Tour Guide's knowledge of Rome history is simply laudable. His presentation was very good as well and we learnt a lot about the history of Vatican, St. Peter's Bascillica


  • Rating: 5 “Perfecz”

    Reviewed by Günther from Himberg, Austria on August 29th, 2014 Höchstnote


  • Rating: 4 “A pleasant tour thanks to our tour guide.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Stockholm, Sweden on August 26th, 2014 Since Italy is shit overall with its horrible service from people there our tour guide was the only exception so far during our 2 week stay. His name was Fabio and was very polite and had a good sense of humor. Fabio also knew alot about the vatican and answered all of our questions effortlessly without hesitation. Thanks to this man we enjoyed our trip and guide through the vatican museum.

    Unfortunately the tour felt very quick and we felt that we didn't get to spend enough time enjoying all the details these marvelous artists left behind. This however was not Fabios fault, our group consisted of almost 16 people of which a few were mildly retarded and didnt understand simple instructions and got lost during the tour.


  • Rating: 4 “Good, informative guide making sure we didn't get lost in a very busy”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Glasgow, United Kingdom on August 25th, 2014 Really busy place to visit so having a guide really helped us get round. No queuing (except at the start as they tried to get lots of tourists organised!) and guide was really friendly n really well informed.


  • Rating: 5 “Excellent and highly recommended”

    Reviewed by Paul from peterborough, United Kingdom on August 23rd, 2014 Excellent tour, and superb guide. Didn't feel rushed, and there's so much to see. A big thank you to alessandra for a fun tour.


  • Rating: 4 “Fabio was engaging, well informed, entertaining and organised.”

    Reviewed by James from London, United Kingdom on August 20th, 2014 Fabio was excellent and made a very enjoyable trip


  • Rating: 4 “Tour guide Daniel was excellent”

    Reviewed by Toh from melaka, Malaysia on August 19th, 2014 Overall the tour was very good. Daniel was very professional .everything went on smoothly.


  • Rating: 1 “WAYYYYY too many people, couldn't understand the guide, couldn't hear.”

    Reviewed by Shelly from HOUSTON, United States on August 18th, 2014 Although I understand it was a busy weekend, there must have been 50-60 people in our group. Chaos, waited for more than an hour for everyone to get organized before we even got in line to enter. . The guide although a sweet lady, had a terrible thick accent, couldn't understand what she was saying when we could even hear her over the bad quality sound of the headsets. (We have lived all over the world, so we can usually understand an accent this was over the top.) We were told there would be 15-20 people in the group. Couldn't wait to get out, in fact we left the tour early. Sadly, we didn't learn one thing about the vatican, and neither did our children.


  • Rating: 5 “Great experience, worth the money”

    Reviewed by Timour from Cairo, Egypt on August 18th, 2014 When I booked this activity, was worried it will not be as advertised and/or it will be disappointing one way or another.

    However we got to do the Vatican museum, Sistine Chappell, and St. Peter in the allotted 3-4 hours.

    I would definetly recommend


  • Rating: 5 “Fantastic tour guide!”

    Reviewed by Jade from Bathgate, United Kingdom on August 18th, 2014 Despite how busy the Vatican musuem was, our tour guide, Rossana, was professional, full of knowledge, funny and made sure we seen all the highlights. I would make time to see Saint Peters Basillica as it was just amazing inside and worth the extra money.
    Definitely recommend this tour!


  • Rating: 5 “Tour was great, but its a crazy day so many people.”

    Reviewed by Richard from Lake Forest, United States on August 9th, 2014 The tour is great and I would never tackle that place without a guide! the money is worth it to not deal with the lines. But be ready for a day of crowds.


  • Rating: 4 “Tour of the Vatican July 2014”

    Reviewed by Graham from Brentwood Essex, United Kingdom on August 3rd, 2014 We saved an enormous amount of time by booking online . The queues were very long !!!!


  • Rating: 5 “Brilliant”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer on August 2nd, 2014 Guide very knowledgeable. Well organised. Excellent tour.


  • Rating: 4 “To be experienced”

    Reviewed by Giulio from Kirkland, Canada on July 30th, 2014 The Art work is amazing but there is too much of a crowd and too fast, which is the for it me not to give it a 5/5.


  • Rating: 4 “Informative”

    Reviewed by Shirly from Firenze, Italy on July 28th, 2014 Very organize tour, informative and the perfect way to see Vatican City just in 3 hours. Highly recommended!


  • Rating: 3 “Good but not excellent”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Heinola, Finland on July 28th, 2014 Good tour but not enough time to look around.


  • Rating: 4 “When in Rome you have to see this”

    Reviewed by Anthony from Chatham, Canada on July 27th, 2014 A great day overall. Guide was great. It's an amazing place, that's why there is you and 12000 other people on any given day. The number of people is overwhelming.

    There is an option to visit St. Peter's alone, this might be better if you don't like crowds and small spaces, as you're packed like sardines in the Sistine Chapel.

    Dress properly. Follow the instructions. It's pretty simple. You will not be allowed in if you're wearing shorts or cut of shirts, or beach wear or anything you would wear to a club or bar. It's a church. The Vatican Police and Security will escort you out if you show up like you're on the beach in the Caribbean.

    Eat before you go.

    St . Peters was amazing.

    Almost 40 people on this tour so hard for guide to keep us all together, but he did his best and was great.

    Worth paying the fee to skip the line, as the regular line was very long

    Great day overall, packed with thousands and thousands of people, but it's got to be done.


  • Rating: 5 “Great tour”

    Reviewed by Medhani from Berwick, Australia on July 23rd, 2014 Skip the line was the best thing. Great guide


  • Rating: 2 “Disappointing”

    Reviewed by Elizabeth from Sudbury, United States on July 21st, 2014 Still took us over an hour to enter the Museum-all the guides stick to a particular route and points of interest making it impossible to appreciate or even walk through the dense crowds. Honestly, I did not have high expectations and I only booked it for getting in without a wait. I am a professor of art history so I abandoned the tour as soon as we were in and explored on my own. The Pinacoteca with the brilliant Raphael's and Caravaggios were abandoned and a joy to visit. The Raphael Signature Room and Sistine Chapel were uncomfortable and extremely crowded. In defense of any guide it was incredibly crowded this last Saturday.


  • Rating: 2 “Not enough time was given to peruse the museum and take pictures”

    Reviewed by V from Congleton, United Kingdom on July 20th, 2014 Would not recommend any person taking a guided tour of the Vatican Museums as you are not given enough time to take in the splender of it all. Our bag was taken from us on entering the Vatican as supposedly this was too large to carry round, we only had a standard back pack. At the end of the tour which finished in St Peters Bascilica, we then had to take a half hour walk to the entrance to retrieve our bag. The tour finished at 5.30pm, allowing for the retrieval of our bag, we were unable to enter St Peters and had to cut short our experience as the Vatican closes at 6.00 pm.
    We recommend that you input in your selling notes to warn customers of this in order that they can prepare well for their tour


  • Rating: 3 “Meeting point in the shade would be nice!”

    Reviewed by Jennie from Dover, United Kingdom on July 19th, 2014 Lots of information given during the tour but sadly it was quite difficult to retain as the group was far too big for this extremely busy environment.


  • Rating: 2 “Very disapointed”

    Reviewed by Jade from London, United Kingdom on July 18th, 2014 It was off to a bad start when we had to wait around for a long time before even going anywhere. Our group was huge and it was often hard to hear what the guide was saying through the earpiece.

    When we finally got to the Vatican entrance there was a big kerfuffle about someone else joining the group so again we had to wait another 15 minutes for this to be sorted.

    The guide we had was very polite but i felt like he was just reeling off the facts as opposed to telling the stories and contextualising everything. A few group members requested to join another tour that we passed as their tour guide seemed a lot more engaging.

    Would not recommend. Very avergae tour.


  • Rating: 4 “Skipped the line was great!”

    Reviewed by Larissa from São Paulo, Brazil on July 17th, 2014 It was a good experience, very well prepared guide. My only concern is that, they should consider having a special fare for kids over the website.


  • Rating: 4 “Muy profesionales y concisos y sabedores de lo que estaban explicando.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from polinya, Spain on June 30th, 2014 Positiva


  • Rating: 5 “Well worth the money!”

    Reviewed by Mark from Philadelphia, United States on June 27th, 2014 The best feature was "skip the line". Crowds were big and lines were very long. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgable. The only critique was that in too much time was spent in the different living quarters.


  • Rating: 5 “Excellent tour with a very interesting guide”

    Reviewed by Heather from Hook, United Kingdom on June 26th, 2014 So glad we took the early morning tour as that included the Basilica which was absolutely amazing. The tour through the museums was wonderful, stunning art work, in my humble opinion more impressive than the Sistine Chapel. The tour moved rather quickly, but taking into account the volume of visitors that is understood. Good guide who seemed was very interested in his subject. Do make sure you include a visit to the Basilica, that must not be missed.


  • Rating: 4 “Great way to see the "popular" statues and paintings.”

    Reviewed by Gloria from Oakville, Canada on June 25th, 2014 Group too large - should have had 2 guides. Meeting place in front of Footlocker - easy to find. Took almost an hour until we finally got into the Vatican.
    Guide was very informative and showed us all the highlights and was very patient. Would have been over-whelming to have done it on my own. Would have liked him to have also shown us through around St. Peters rather than just talk about it to us. A must to avoid the long lines!


  • Rating: 4 “Interesting and informative in tough conditions”

    Reviewed by Mark from London, United Kingdom on June 25th, 2014 The start was shambolic with poor organisation and a large time getting into groups.

    Once this was done and the tour finally started (late), it was good, informative and interesting. The guide coped well with a large groups in busy and hot conditions.


  • Rating: 5 “A very interesting and informative tour”

    Reviewed by John from Huddersfield, United Kingdom on June 20th, 2014 This was our first visit to Rome and we were looking forward to seeing the Sistene Chapel and the Vatican. We were certainly not disappointed and were very glad we had booked the tour beforehand. Our guide was interesting and very informative. Her English was of a very high standard. She answered questions knowledgeably and clearly. We felt we were being taken on an individual tour even though there were a lot of people on the tour.


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    “All I can say is I would recommend this tour again.”

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