Guided tour

Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

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Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

From US$ 65.77 per person

Skip the long lines to the main monuments of the Vatican City and see the most interesting highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 - 3.5 hours
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  • Save precious time with skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Look inside St. Peter's Basilica
  • See beautiful tapestries by Raphael's pupils and ancient maps
  • Contemplate the Sistine Chapel in silence
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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.

Save precious time and avoid the boring history tours of the Vatican City on a small group, skip-the-line tour with an English-speaking guide. Head straight to the most important areas of the Vatican Museums to marvel at the masterpieces of the papal collections. Discover statues from ancient Greece and look inside the Pinecone Courtyard and Belvedere Courtyard, along with the Hall of the Muses, Round Room, and Gallery of the Candelabra. Admire Flemish tapestries from some of Raphael's pupils in the Gallery of Tapestries, and historical maps by fine cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps. Contemplate Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel in silence. Then, skip the long lines to St. Peter's Basilica and enjoy a fully guided tour inside. Feel free to stay and explore other areas of the Vatican City on your own once you've said goodbye to your guide.
  • Licensed, English-speaking Vatican Museums guide
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entrance tickets and pre-booking fee to the Vatican Museums (€21 value)
  • Comfortable groups of no more than 20 people
  • Headsets
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Via Tunisi 3, 00192 Rome, on the corner across the street from the steps (not on the steps). Look for the local representative carrying a sign with the tour operator's logo. Please be at the meeting point for check-in 20 minutes before departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • Please note: The Basilica is not accessible until further notice
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Large bags and backpacks are not permitted on this tour
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter the Vatican Museums
  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs on your own to take part
  • Tours departing on Wednesdays do not visit inside St. Peter's Basilica due to the weekly papal audience
  • It is possible that access to St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican Museums will be closed or that the basilica will be completely closed to the public for papal events. Every effort will be made to inform you in advance and provide alternatives, but this is not always possible. In the case of a last minute interruption, extra time will be spent exploring the Vatican Museums. No partial refunds will be provided
Customer reviews

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4.3 /5

based on 25 reviews

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The experience was fantastic, it was straight forward to meet and once we met the guides the tours were informative and very helpful! They all went above and beyond to help you with any questions alongside making sure that you are safe. It was easier rather than turning up as the queues were excessive and this way it was straight forward and we were led through the whole experience. I would highly recommend for anyone visiting Rome.

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February 20, 2020

SInce we were the only English speakers that day we took a private guide through this internet site. It was more expensive of course, but WELL WORTH the money. Our excellent guide was able to answer all our questions (impossible in a group tour) and took us to parts of the Vatican that are not part of the usual tours, such as the amazing museum of "Pope-mobiles."

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November 9, 2019

Paolo, our guide/contact person, was terrific! Very resourceful

Our meeting point, Via Tunisi 3, was really difficult to find. We arrived to the Vatican quite early, however, it took us nearly 20 mins of running around and asking around and phone calling and "mapping" to finally locate the spot. However, the people from the agency were excellent - very helpful, very patient and very laid-back, what really helped. Our guide/contact person, Paolo, saved the day - he was very cool, easy-going and quite resourceful Thank you, Paolo!

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June 27, 2019

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