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

Average time saved with skip-the-line ticket
2-3 hours

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  • English Tour

    Live guide: English

    Duration: 3 hours

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  • German Tour

    Live guide: German

    Duration: 3 hours

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  • Spanish Tour

    Live guide: Spanish

    Duration: 3 hours

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  • French and Portuguese Tour

    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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Meeting point:

Piazza del Risorgimento, at the corner of Via Ottaviano (except hotel pick-up option)

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: 3 “Good, but not great.”

    Reviewed by Jennifer from Newark, United States on October 16th, 2014 The good: Our tour guide was nice, accommodating, and spoke decent English.

    The bad: It seemed that although we were given a good bit of information, there was a lot of "dead air" when we were waiting for people to catch up, take 2 bathroom breaks, and when our guide was (on multiple occasions) helping out another affiliate with tech difficulties, taking precious time away from our 3 hour tour. We then had to move very quickly through the Vatican museum galleries and because there were so many of us, our guide was usually a gallery or two ahead of us in her descriptions. The sound would cut in and out making it extremely frustrating to follow along.

    Overall:
    I found that, after moving past the very, very long lines the tour was worth while just in skipping the line, but if you want to see the galleries at your own pace, take photos, and not have the frustration of moving through small spaces with a large crowd, just buy the skip the line tickets.


  • Rating: 4 “Worth it”

    Reviewed by Jaymie from jamaica, United States on October 11th, 2014 The Vatican is so large- having a guide to explain what you are looking at is great! She was very good at answering questions, and tried to joke which was nice. Definitely worth it.


  • Rating: 4 “good”

    Reviewed by Dennis from Lidköping, Sweden on October 5th, 2014 Visit vatican early monday-friday. We went saturday afternoon. Huge amount of ppl. Took 4ever inside vatican state.


  • Rating: 5 “Excellent tour and brilliant tour guide well worth the money”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Deeping St James, United Kingdom on October 4th, 2014 Really informative tour enjoyable and easy to follow


  • Rating: 5 “Not to be missed ! Fantastic guide : )”

    Reviewed by Gary from Falkirk, United Kingdom on September 30th, 2014 Communication at all times was excellent. Pace and knowledge of tour exceeded expectations - well worth the price


  • Rating: 5 “Knowledgeable and informative”

    Reviewed by David from Workington, United Kingdom on September 29th, 2014 Well organised and saved us hours waiting in the queue


  • Rating: 5 “Organisation and guide were excellent”

    Reviewed by Hans from Muenster, Germany on September 27th, 2014 Tour in German, Group was not too big. We had to change the date because of an errror., that was no problem, only one phonecall made it possible.


  • Rating: 5 “Great Tour”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Leipzig, Germany on September 24th, 2014 Was a nice tour, we really skipped the giant line, used headset for better understanding and the Guide spend one hour extra with us


  • Rating: 4 “Great way to experience the key things of the Vatican”

    Reviewed by Matthew from Paremata, New Zealand on September 19th, 2014 Daniella was fantastic. Very interested in the group and happy to answer questions and very knowledgeable on the subjects.
    Daniel was easy to find and the process of getting started was smooth.
    Thanks - we really enjoyed the tour for the subject of interest but also because our guide made it more interesting.
    Cheers Daniel


  • Rating: 4 “Worth doing.”

    Reviewed by Robert from Altona, Australia on September 14th, 2014 Great to skip the lines. Great info provived by our guide.


  • Rating: 5 “Well managed given the huge crowd.”

    Reviewed by Willem from El Masnou, Spain on September 14th, 2014 Number of people allowed into the Vatican visits touches on the limit. In this context, the tour was managed very well and the visit was excellent. The Vatican visit is a must, amazing experience - and the guide - Irina - was great, really top class.


  • Rating: 3 “Not really what we were looking for”

    Reviewed by Paul from Colchester, United States on September 5th, 2014 The tour guide was nice, friendly, and informative. Nothing against him. Unfortunately, there were just too many tours, too many people, and the only thing we really accomplished was getting to see the sistine chapel, which once we eventually got to it, the tour guide could not even come with us. The Vatican museums were pretty but the tour was too impersonal and most of the things we wanted to know about, weren't mentioned (which in fairness we didn't directly ask). One of the best parts of the tour, was that it killed enough time so that when we were done, we went straight to St Peter's Basilica with a less than 10 minute wait time. The highlight of the trip!


  • Rating: 4 “A worthwhile and interesting tour”

    Reviewed by Robert from Bearwood, United Kingdom on September 4th, 2014 This skip the line tour was well worth the money. The tour guide was knowledgable and engaging. A worthwhile tour for anyone visiting Rome.


  • Rating: 4 “bien organise”

    Reviewed by Claudine from arras, France on September 3rd, 2014 8 sur10


  • 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: 5 “Great Tour”

    Reviewed by Jennifer from McKinney, United States on August 20th, 2014 Tour guide, Roberta was great! I would recommend this tour to anyone. Be aware you will wait about 1 hour when you arrive for them to go through each participant & put you in groups. From there it was a wonderful tour!


  • 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.


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    Gabriele from Wien, Austria

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

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