Guided tour

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

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

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 57.05 per person

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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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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
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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.

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 partner access to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-Line Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Tour guide
  • Audio headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • St Peter's Dome ticket
  • Please be advised that St. Peter’s Basilica will not be accessible until further notice due to current restrictions
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
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We had a good time and enjoyed the vatican. Unfortunately I booked a tour in Italian(double check before you book)but our guide Christian was very helpful and we got an audio tour instead which was better for us as we could go around at our own speed to view the vatican

May 3, 2022

Super nice experience to be guided around the Vatican by an experienced guide with a lot of knowledge! Learned a lot, about the art of course, such as that the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel contains little blue paint because it is extremely expensive, but the Last Judgment was exuberant: Michelangelo could demand an advance! But also Vatican customs such as 'nepotism'. Guide was a historian and was able to place art in a historical (Vatican) context like no other. Exceptionally good tour!

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April 30, 2022

Pick up point easy to find, as was the guide. Our guide Vivien was excellent, very knowledge, a wee bit of humour thrown in too. The museum was heaving so you need to keep an eye on your guide/group. So much to see and try and take in but if you go early enough you can stay in after your guided tour and revisit bits you might want to spend more time there. Write down what you want to see, we forgot to go back to see the Pope mobile museum and a couple of other places. Skip the queue was a godsend as the queue was huge but it was Easter weekend after all

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April 23, 2022

Product ID: 1879