Guided tour

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

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

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

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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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

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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 2 - 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
Small group available


  • Enjoy faster than skip-the-line access through the official Vatican Partner Entrance
  • 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

Step inside the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel with skip-the-line entry. Experience all the wonders and history the Vatican has to offer on this guided tour.

Skip the queues and be whisked straight into the Vatican. 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.

Marvel at Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, and hear the history from your guide. Continue to St Peter’s Basilica, which is larger than the Statue of Liberty. Gaze up into its massive dome and see its iconic sculptures, mosaics, and hidden details.

Finish your tour at St. Peter’s Square, where the faithful gather to listen when the Pope appears. Come away with an understanding of the Vatican's history and see how it has impacted the modern world.

  • Exclusive skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-line access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Short guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica (from April to October only)
  • Audio headsets
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St Peter's Dome ticket
  • Guided tour in St. Peter's Basilica from November to March
  • Tips
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 are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the 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

  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code…) may change with little notice. It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with each country’s requirements. City Wonders will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due
  • The Basilica is currently not accessible
  • Entrance to the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered
  • Access to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Square may be closed in the morning due to the Papal Audience
  • From April to October, the tour will include a shorter guided tour of the Basilica
  • From November to 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 14197 reviews

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Guia was our guide and did a good job of taking us through the highlights of the Vatican Museum. We did the small group tour of 20 people for 2.5 hours and we were able to get a good introduction to the Museum itself, the Western sculptures section, Gallery of Maps and then the Sistine Chapel. Since we had an afternoon tour in July, the museum was packed and extremely crowded in certain sections, but Guila did a good job of finding shade, keeping us engaged and explaining aspects of the Sistine Chapel fresco we should look out for. Highly recommend a guided tour when visiting the Vatican Museum to get the most out of your time there

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July 8, 2022

My review is a little late, but I recommend!! Our tour guide Christian, was awesome! He was patient with those that were a little slow, he was aware of everyone in his group, he had a lot of detail in his program and made it into a story that was both entertaining and educational.

June 21, 2022

Tour was ok. There were a few more people than the "maximum 20" that was listed. The guide went into a LOT of history about details standing in place about certain things that our party of 6 appreciated but probably would have preferred less of because it then seemed to cause a rush where she would get far ahead of the tour members walking because total time is 2 hours. I would also recommend spending more time and getting tour of the basilica.

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June 8, 2022

Product ID: 1879