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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour

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Take a guided tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Enter through an exclusive privileged entry for Vatican Museums partners.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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German, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian
Optional audio guide
French, Portuguese


  • Be guided by a professional through Papal treasures of the Vatican Museums with entry through a privileged door
  • Join a group of 35 people maximum
  • Learn about the Sistine Chapel and admire it's 'Creation of Adam'
  • See the Raphael Rooms and learn about the School of Athens
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Covid-19 Update

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

Take a 3-hour guided tour of the holiest site in Christendom on a 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-ticket-line access through the Vatican Museums partners' entrance, save the long wait in the lines that usually form outside one of the world’s most popular attractions. Considered one of 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.
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket
  • Priority entrance for Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Group guided tour
  • Exclusive partner entrance access
  • Official Vatican Museum headset
  • Visit to Raphael Rooms (morning tours only)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • St. Peter's Dome
  • Tombs of the Popes
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • 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 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Hats
  • Baby strollers
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Please note: The Basilica is not accessible until further notice
  • Important: in case of religious events and on Wednesday tours the visit to Saint Peter's Basilica will be replaced with a visit to the Vatican Library
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes
  •  Keep in mind that the Vatican Museum is the third-most visited museum in the world and may be crowded
  • In high season the time allowed inside the Sistine Chapel could be limited by the Vatican Museums security staff
  • This tour visits religious sites, and there is a dress code to be observed. Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts and no hats are allowed
  • No umbrellas, trolleys, baby strollers, large bags or tripods will be allowed into the Museums
  • Important: in case of religious events and on Wednesday tours the visit to Saint Peter's Basilica will be replaced with a visit to the Vatican Library
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When we arrived at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour, we got a bit confused as we were looking for someone in a pink tshirt - don't panic if you get there and it appears noone is around waiting for you. The tour guide is likely sat in the shade at the cafe place waiting for the start time in the shade. Once we set off, our guide was very informative and knowledgable. Overall, the experience was interesting and worth the time.

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August 1, 2020

Good to book from home and avoid endless queues. Good info from the organizer and easy to find the venue. Expert guide. It would have been difficult to manage the queues and to understand the most important thing if you had not had the guide's help. We had VIP and it was worth every penny.

January 4, 2020

The tour is well organized. Meeting point is clear. The staffs are helpful. Our guide, Roberta is great. However, probably due to limited time, I miss some of the spots that I want to visit, such as: Spiral stairs, Sphere within sphere, Lacoon, Belvedere torso, Raphael's annunciation, etc. There is some interference with other groups frequency that bothers audio guide in several area but it is still okay.

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December 17, 2019

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