Guided tour

Vatican Museums Tour - Priority Access

4.1 / 5

22 reviews

Activity provider: Show Me Italy

Vatican Museums Tour - Priority Access

Activity provider: Show Me Italy
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From US$ 79.04 US$ 63.23 per person

Marvel at masterpieces of arts, history, and culture present in the most incredible museum in the world. With priority access, skip the ticket lines to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, German


  • Skip the ticket line to the museums
  • Admire one of the world's largest private art collections
  • Marvel at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's basilica
  • See artworks from artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini, and Caravaggio
Full description
Enjoy privileged entrance as you skip the ticket line with your expert guide on the tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, giving you the most comprehensive understanding of the fascinating history of the papacy and the Church. Admire the ancient sculptures in the Octagonal Courtyard, the brilliance of the Raphael Rooms and the graceful elegance of the galleries as you make your way to the spectacular Sistine Chapel. Stand in awe of Michelangelo’s beautiful frescoes in the Sistine Chapel before heading into St. Peter’s Basilica, where you will also see his famous sculpture, La Pieta.
  • Admission tickets and reservation fees
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Expert and official tour guide
  • Audio headsets to hear the guide perfectly
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • 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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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 22 reviews

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Marcius is an excellent guide and very knowledgeable. I enjoyed my tour. Be warned this does not include saint Peter's basillica or la pieta and the description is misleading. When complained about afterwards to the provider I was assured a partial refund. The reason for that part of the tour not being included is because the corridor from the museum to the basilica is currently closed due to covid and the tour description has still not been updated to reflect this. I went the following afternoon and had a great time, and its free.

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October 10, 2020

This was a great tour and Weiana did a great job explaining everything. She helped everyone get to know each other and actually remembered our names. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

November 30, 2019

very disappointed!delayed 1 hr 45 minutes, missed St. Peter's entirely

We allowed 3 1/2 hours for this tour the morning of the day that we had to board our cruise ship. When we arrived at our appointed tour time, we were told not enough registered and we would be delayed 45 minutes to the next time slot. At that time we were walked to another tour operator's office and handed off, then told their tour would not leave for another 45 minutes. The "skip the line" was a joke, we waiting in line for 30+ minutes at the Vatican for entry. Then we were told the tour would spend 2 hours in the Vatican before heading to St Peter's. We had to walk out of the tour after 1 hour to catch a taxi to the cruise port, so we entirely missed St. Peter's. Very disappointed.

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October 14, 2019

Product ID: 179381