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Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Guided Group Tour and tickets

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Guided Group Tour and tickets
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Tour snapshot
Zip past the crowds with skip-the-line Vatican Museums tickets
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    20
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
With its vast collection and daunting crowds, touring the Vatican on your own can be overwhelming. On this tour, save hours by skipping the long lines to enter and take in the headliners of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with the insights of a guide. Learn about masterpieces by artists like Michelangelo and Raphael and visit St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Russian, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Admire highlights of the galleries and Sistine Chapel in just hours
  • Guide commentary about the art and history of the museum collection
  • Free time to explore St. Peter’s Basilica after the museum tour
What to expect
  • Choose from one of several start times, then head to Via dei Gracchi near Vatican City. After meeting your guide, bypass the main entrance line with your skip-the-line ticket, and enter via an eye-catching spiral staircase. Start exploring the collections of the Vatican Museums, hearing the history that dates back to the 16th-century days of Pope Giulio II. Subsequent popes added to the museums’ collection, amassing an impressive portfolio of art that weaves some 4.35 miles (7km) around the complex. Discover masterpieces of Greek Classical art and Renaissance wonders by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael. Highlights include the ancient statue of Laocoön and His Sons, and the 'Transfiguration,' Raphael’s last painting. Wander amid the works of Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino, and Fra Angelico, then pause to admire the Vatican Gardens. Along your way, hear little-known tales about the Catholic Church, and the rivalries between the Renaissance greats. Afterward, spend free time inside St. Peter’s Basilica to gaze at La Pietà amid ornate baroque and Renaissance architecture. Before you leave, you can also visit the papal crypt, where Pope John Paul II and others were laid to rest.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Russian, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Admire highlights of the galleries and Sistine Chapel in just hours
  • Guide commentary about the art and history of the museum collection
  • Free time to explore St. Peter’s Basilica after the museum tour
What to expect
  • Choose from one of several start times, then head to Via dei Gracchi near Vatican City. After meeting your guide, bypass the main entrance line with your skip-the-line ticket, and enter via an eye-catching spiral staircase. Start exploring the collections of the Vatican Museums, hearing the history that dates back to the 16th-century days of Pope Giulio II. Subsequent popes added to the museums’ collection, amassing an impressive portfolio of art that weaves some 4.35 miles (7km) around the complex. Discover masterpieces of Greek Classical art and Renaissance wonders by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael. Highlights include the ancient statue of Laocoön and His Sons, and the 'Transfiguration,' Raphael’s last painting. Wander amid the works of Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino, and Fra Angelico, then pause to admire the Vatican Gardens. Along your way, hear little-known tales about the Catholic Church, and the rivalries between the Renaissance greats. Afterward, spend free time inside St. Peter’s Basilica to gaze at La Pietà amid ornate baroque and Renaissance architecture. Before you leave, you can also visit the papal crypt, where Pope John Paul II and others were laid to rest.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 20905P29
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Saint Peter basilica visit
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Via dei Gracchi, 17, 00192 Roma RM, Italy The meeting point is inside the "Discovery live tours agency"
  • 00120, Vatican City
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Departure time may differ from 20/30 minutes that the indicated starting time
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and the Vatican Museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Student discount is only applied under 26 years old with International Student Card ISIC, to be shown on site
  • Children discount is applied with a valid ID card to be shown on site
  • Infant under 6 free.
  • Not wheelchair accessible due to some difficulties in Sistine Chapel.
  • Note: tour will not operate on religious holidays
  • WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO VISIT THE BASILICA DURING RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND CEREMONIES (Audiences, Beatifications, Masses of the POPE). The Basilica is often subject to sudden closures. In these cases it is not possible to guarantee access to the Basilica.
  • Estimated time entrance in the museum is 45 minutes after tour departure, because you will have to pass the security check.
  • Not recommended for participants with mobility problems or other serious medical conditions
  • PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • There is no refund on reservation fees and tickets of monuments that are closed due to event that is out of our control.
  • In that instance we’ll try our best to re-accommodate the tour when the information from the office responsible of the sites visited is given in a timely manner for us to rearrange and inform all clients.
  • If this is not possible, we will operate the tour and will include other sites to compensate for the site/s being closed. No refund is given on unused tickets due to events that are out of our control.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Saint Peter basilica visit
Departure details
  • Via dei Gracchi, 17, 00192 Roma RM, Italy The meeting point is inside the "Discovery live tours agency"
  • 00120, Vatican City
Duration
3h
Return details
  • 00120, Vatican City
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Departure time may differ from 20/30 minutes that the indicated starting time
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and the Vatican Museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Student discount is only applied under 26 years old with International Student Card ISIC, to be shown on site
  • Children discount is applied with a valid ID card to be shown on site
  • Infant under 6 free.
  • Not wheelchair accessible due to some difficulties in Sistine Chapel.
  • Note: tour will not operate on religious holidays
  • WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO VISIT THE BASILICA DURING RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND CEREMONIES (Audiences, Beatifications, Masses of the POPE). The Basilica is often subject to sudden closures. In these cases it is not possible to guarantee access to the Basilica.
  • Estimated time entrance in the museum is 45 minutes after tour departure, because you will have to pass the security check.
  • Not recommended for participants with mobility problems or other serious medical conditions
  • PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • There is no refund on reservation fees and tickets of monuments that are closed due to event that is out of our control.
  • In that instance we’ll try our best to re-accommodate the tour when the information from the office responsible of the sites visited is given in a timely manner for us to rearrange and inform all clients.
  • If this is not possible, we will operate the tour and will include other sites to compensate for the site/s being closed. No refund is given on unused tickets due to events that are out of our control.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 3 Jul 2020
A note from Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Guided Group Tour and tickets
Temperature checks for travelers at the Vatican Museum entrance. If the temperature is above 37.5 ° C (99,5°F), access will not be possible. No refund will be available.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Via dei Gracchi, 17
    Via dei Gracchi, 17, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    The meeting point is inside the "Discovery live tours agency"
    See address & details
  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Stanze di Raffaello
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Vatican City
    00120, Vatican City
    See address & details
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4.5
12 reviews
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HeronofAlexandria
Paphos, Cyprus3 contributions
Excellent guide Elisa! She was very kind and improved our knowledge ! Bravo! I was impressed by the whole organization both of the tour and the Vatican City itself !!
Written 16 October 2021
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Katie Major
Bracknell, UK2 contributions
Sep 2020
Our guide was very informative and his history of the Vatican was very impressive! The tour took most of the day and he did not stop to even take a drink. The only thing i found is that we weren't given much time to take photos as the tour moved quite quickly as there is so much to see but it wasn't a problem as we walked back into the Vatican after the tour finished to take some photos.
Written 21 September 2020
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Jrmatticks1
Denver, CO6 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Our tour was absolutely amazing. We got lucky and only had 4 people in our group. Our guide Massimo Lacobelli was the best! Great sense of humor and so passionate about his job. You could tell he genuinely loved giving tours and made the experience that much better. We booked a second tour with the same company because of how good Massimo and the organization was.
Written 30 October 2019
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SteveParr
St. Augustine, FL212 contributions
Apr 2019
Itg may or may not be the fault of the tour company, but ALL of the group tours are sent through at the same time. There's no time to really stop and enjoy the museums because the guide keeps admonishing you to keep moving. We were told we would be taken through the Vatican gardens and we were not. We were told we would get a guided tour inside St. Peter's Basilica and we did not.

Save your money...
Written 8 May 2019
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Hello SteveParr, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. I was sorry to hear that the Vatican guided tour didn't meet up your expectations. My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused to your trip to Rome. Please note that as we are in high season, the amount of visitors attending to the Vatican City are higher than winter season. Unfortunately, Tour in the city has no control over the crowds, as the Vatican museums set-up their own venue capacity. On the other hand, I was delighted to hear your kind words about the service which your tour guide provided you with. We'll pass on the message to them, as they will be delighted to hear such a nice feedback. At Tour in the city , we take client's feedback seriously, and once again, we appreciate yours comments, as they help us to keep improving the quality of our tours. We hope we are able to take you on tour in the near future. Best regards, Stefano, Tour in the city team.
Written 28 May 2019
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pacathome
23162678 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Tour guide excellent - very informative. The only improvement suggested, would be a map to indicate clearly where the meeting point is.
Written 8 May 2019
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Pete
6 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We had a great time learning about the history of the Vatican, sistine chapel and st Peter's basilica. Our guide Laura (at about tours)was very knowledgeable and nice. We definitely recommend this tour guide to all. Her English was very. Thanks for a wonderful day Laura.
Written 25 April 2019
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Tommy05
Manila4 contributions
Nov 2018
My family had a great tour and excellent learning experience on the Vatican tour. Learned the history and interpretations of the paintings and sculptures in the museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Our guide, Maria, did an excellent job on the tour. Thank you!

Tommie (Philippines)
Written 22 November 2018
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Caroline5555
Tunbridge Wells10 contributions
Oct 2018
We found ourselves outside the Vatican without tickets (as hadn't planned to visit until the last minute). I know better than to buy tickets without doing any research before hand but was worried about the queues so went for it and purchased tickets with All Saints Tours from a tout who started off being very helpful which of course is a sales tactic. There was too much talking outside the museum which meant we were too tired and fed up to make the most of the Basilica after the tour. Also they asked for a deposit for the headphones after paying for the tour but I got suspicious when they asked for cash only for this so said no. I have read other reviews to say you would not have got this deposit back which was a further 30 euros. The tour was 42 euros each to give you a guide price. Book in advance online and if you want a guide choose very carefully.
Written 25 October 2018
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Lynne S
4 contributions
Aug 2018
The sheer volume of people in the heat can make this a hard visit and without pre booking, you could queue for a few hours. However, the guided tour made it so much easier and well worth paying the extra for. Once we had met at the meeting point, the guide took us straight throughs security and collected our tickets and made us use the toilet as once you are in the museum you have to follow the flow of people (there is no turning back). Our guide pointed out the most important parts (she said it would take 7 years to spend 60 seconds looking at each item!), and did a great job in keeping our attention throughout the museum tour. She explained the rules of entering the Sistine Chapel (she had earlier explained the art work that covers the chapel which made it so much more meaningful) and then took us to the entrance of St Peters before leaving us.
Written 23 August 2018
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Tojimathews
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3 contributions
Jun 2018
It was a very good experience ,the only advice i would like to share is for families traveling with baby strollers,as you have to drop it the the entry point , but after a long walk throughout the museum your exit point is nearly 2km away, you will have to walk all the way back..
Written 11 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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