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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour provided by City Wonders

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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 22/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
Our group size is 10 people or less complying with the venue regulations during this post-Covid-19.
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Updated 22/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Home to some of the world’s most iconic paintings, the Vatican Museums attract huge crowds. Save yourself hours of waiting by booking this skip-the-line tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected) in Rome. Early morning and evening tour options mean you can explore the complex during far less crowded time slots. Upgrade to a small-group tour limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
You'll start at
Via Tunisi, 4
Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyMeeting point: At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani).
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  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Stanze di Raffaello
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by St. Peter's Square
  • 5
    Vatican City
    Stop: 3 hours -
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You'll end at
Sistine Chapel
00120, Vatican City
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  • Skip hours-long lines on this Vatican Museums tour in Rome
  • Listen to the guide's commentary through a personal headset (when group size is 20 people)
  • Opt for an early morning or evening time slot for a less crowded experience
  • Upgrade to a small-group tour, limited to 10 people
What to Expect
Depending on the time slot you selected at checkout, your experience begins outside of the Vatican Museums. Access the Vatican through a special entrance with no lines, saving hours of waiting time. Walk first through the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries, hearing your guide's commentary loud and clear through your personal headset. Snap photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard before you continue to Raphael’s Rooms. Spend the next part of the tour gazing upward at the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam' and 'The Last Judgement.' After, say farewell to your guide and continue to St. Peter’s Basilica to enjoy the church independently. Please note that on Wednesdays, due to the weekly Papal Audience, St. Peter’s Basilica may be unavailable. Ensure you select a day other than Wednesday if you’re set on seeing the landmark.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2h 30m
Return Details
Sistine Chapel, 00120, Vatican City
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly (when group size is 20 people)
  • Priority Access to the Vatican
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • St. Peter's Basilica is not included until end of September
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring your own mask on the tour. The wearing of mask is compulsory in order to comply with health & Safety regulations. Our guide will be wearing mask during the tour as well.
  • At the meeting point there will be social distancing taking place. Our guide will organize the group upon your arrival, but we kindly ask yourself to be conscience in taking social distance at all the time from others.
  • Following the new regulations regarding Coronavirus, at the entrance your body temperature will be checked. If a body temperature above 37.5 ° C is registered, you will not be able to enter the site.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • Guided visits are not allowed inside St. Peter's on afternoon tours due to religious functions. In this case guides provide full commentary from the Basilica's porch, and guests can visit the interior at their own pace without the guide
  • Tours departing Wednesday: There is a possibility that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed.
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Paul J wrote a review Sep 2020
Llandudno, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
It was ok. Nothing special. Nothing to fault, then again nothing to rave about. It was great to understand history a bit more.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Jamie J wrote a review Sep 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom1 contribution
Would definitely recommend this tour if you are interested in art history, or even if you're not. The stories behind some of the most famous sculptures and paintings are amazing. Definitely worth having a guide through it all.
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Natalia wrote a review Sep 2020
2 contributions
What an incredible experience! So much to see, so much history, so much to learn! Special thank you to Christian our tour guide. What a guy! Any tour can be just a tour, but what makes it special is when the knowledge combined with a passion for history and the ability to share
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Date of experience: September 2020
Kimberley S wrote a review Sep 2020
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom1 contribution
All of it was great and the guide was very knowledgable. Would definitely recommend this trip as a must do!
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Date of experience: September 2020
Shaun Phillips wrote a review Sep 2020
3 contributions
Great trip...really informative...Elizabeth was absolutely fantastic and you could tell that she was knowledgeable about the entire tour.
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