Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
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Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy
Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.
Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy
Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and admire The Last Judgement, his colorful mural that adorns a wall.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Viale Vaticano, Vatican City Italy
Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy
After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St Peter’s Square.
Keep in mind that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, you'll be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms.
If you want to make sure that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date. If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences: Small-Group Tour at 8:10am:
Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican City Italy
- Professional guide
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly
- Priority Access to the Vatican
- Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
- Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
- Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
- Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- 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
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Really interesting tour, well described by our excellent guide Laura. Not too much waiting around. Overall very happy to recommend.
Very easy to find the meeting point and very knowledgable guide. The skip the line experience does exactly what it says it says on the tin, for a must see attraction
Fantastic tour guide Paulo who was informative and engaging. Loved the tour and enjoyed the overall experience.
Totally worth paying for this one . Started early at 8 am and by the time we were done the line was unbelievable. You are not the only group in the area but I cannot imagine how it is later in the day. Our guide was great - she spoke clearly and made the tour interesting. There is so much to see. She allowed for ample time to take pictures. Overall, well worth it.
Our guides name was Gigi or G.G. He was amazing. In fact we had several tours of other sites after, and everyone commented that they wish Gigi was leading them too. Amazing knowledge and humor. Each of your guides should be sent around on one of his tours as training.
Our guide Laura ( Laurel) was so nice and patient and knowledgeable. Definetly needed her guidance and expertise to get us thru the Vatican /St Peters experience. We were exhausted by end of tour but it was amazing and worth it !
Great tour guide, Assunta!! We enjoyed our preparation of the Sistine Chapel and then giving efficient detail of the museum and basilica!!
Really nice tour.. very passionate tour guide which is always a bonus. I really enjoyed this day and would recommend this tour
Could not hear, extremely crowded, but the guide did the best he could do under the circumstances of the massive amount of people. There is no way to “skip-the-line”
Skip the line is the best way to see the Vatican and Laura was an amazing tour guide. She was funny, informative and attentive. It was a pleasure.
Our Guide was knowledgeable and very accommodating. She did her best in overcrowded and tight conditions.
Very informative. Both educational and entertaining. Our guide was very enthusiasticand well informed. Many thanks for a super day out
It was nice out guide met us outside and explained in detail. It was planned out very well. I’d recommend doing it the lines were long.
Since my travel companion and I had only two days to see the greatest "hits" of Rome, we found the Skip the Line Vatican tour an awesome way to efficiently see the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. We were beyond pleased with our knowledgeable guide and the quick way she moved us through the parts of the tour. The tour was exactly as described on the website, the meeting place was easy to find for two of us totally unfamiliar with Rome and the timing was perfectly described so we were able to plan the rest of our day ahead of time. Many may be able to spend more time here, but for us it was the perfect amount of time spent to see what we wanted to see. We were also happy to be given extra time to explore St. Peter's on our own so that we could revisit the areas most important to us. Highly recommend Viator!!
Gigi made this tour much more interesting with his incites and knowledge. He has a passion and his humour made it enjoyable.
Our guide was knowledgeable and funny, an archaeologist, Elisabetta. I was part of a small group, so even when it was crowded, she managed to make the tour fine. Thank you!
Hilaria was a great guide. She was informative, smart and was also great at finding spots amongst the crowds to really see the art and history throughout the tour.
Difficult to understand the guide. I have difficulty hearing especially with an accent. He was very knowledgable from the portions that I was able to hear. Much too crowded to get a good tour. Had to move along pretty quickly.
The tour was informative and well delivered by Annalise. She looked after the whole group. The only criticism and this has nothing to do with the tour or tour guide was there was nowhere to sit and have a 5 minute rest to catch your breath.
Our guide Martina was wonderful, very knowledgeable and very friendly. She explained interesting facts and history about Vatican. So Glad we got the skip the line ticket cause the lines where long. Well worth a visit!! Difitnetly recommended!!
This tour was seamless and organized. My husband and I were pleased with our tour guide. We were able to see a glimpse of all of the highlights!
Our tour was exceptional:) Irene was very knowledgeable and such an energetic enjoyable experience. Thank you so much Irene we would recommend you to others in a heartbeat.
Our guide at the vatican was Rocco and he was an outstanding guide who did a wonderful job of explaining the art and the history behind each piece. We could not have been more pleased.
Ladies, please be aware that in holy facilities, you are required to have covered shoulders and knees. There are vendors selling wraps outside where you meet your group. Although there were signs informing of the dress code, I saw younger individuals with midriff bearing shirts, and knees who were not denied admission. However, it's better to avoid the possibility. We were so glad that we paid to for the skip-the-line access. When we arrived this hot August morning, the entry line wrapped around the corner. Once our group was assembled, we walked in ahead of all of the poor individuals waiting outside in the heat for admittance. Our group was with Felix, and he was an excellent guide. He informed us of important facts and history, helping us to decide what areas were worth dedicating time to view. We particularly enjoyed our leisurely viewing of the tapestry room to escape the heat and have some air conditioning.
The start of the tour was chaotic as many groups were assembling in the area. The walkman system worked reasonably well but sometimes cut out. Perhaps a smaller group without a walkman would be better for communication. The museum is too big to do justice with a tour but rather than dwelling on a few things, the tour should have glossed over more like the Pope mobiles and other items in the museum. Less talk about the sistine chapel and more time in it. The tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgable. The tour is a bit boring for kids.
Poline was our tour guide - really nice and approachable. Hard to understand at times due to her accent, but it may have also just been the cheap earphones that were supplied. Don't be surprised if only one side of them works. Anyway, the tour itself is quite memorable with plenty of breathtaking sights. The museum was jammed pack, so stay close to your tour guide and keep your family close. Listen to the other reviews about people not following the rules when in the Sistine Chapel. Too much noise with crowds packed into the room... Takes away from the appreciation of the moment. Overall, a tour that's worth it for the price. You shouldn't leave disappointed.
It was easy to find the meeting place and guide. Our guide Polina was very knowledgeable and professional. There were just too many people there to be able to look at anything and soak it all in. Felt more like a cattle chute the entire time. Wish I would have skipped this tour and spent my money on something else.
Eddy was one of the best tour guides we’ve ever had! He made the long tour in the hot sun worth every minute and we both thoroughly enjoyed our day!
Tour was amazing our guide was pretty cool and explain everything in a really nice way she’s amazing!!
Alexandro, our guide, was excellent. He kept the group together despite the crowds and provided an amazing and detailed explanation of the many works of art in the museum and the Basilica.
This 3 hour tour of the very crowded Vatican was made delightful by our guide, Lorena. She knew the history and how to negotiate the crowds with ease. It was a great experience.
our guide Sarah has a PhD and knows her stuff. she has a natural way of explaining things which makes it entertaining and we were never board during the 3 hours we spent with her. the skip the line tickets were also very useful, as the line was over 1 hour long.
Alexandra was an excellent tour guide that provided a wealth of information with extensive knowledge and history of the Catholic Church and it's most reverent buildings. Unfortunately most tourist fail to respectfully observe the reverence of the Sistine Chapel.
In this tour you truly get to see every part of the Vatican. You hear a wealth of information and see bits and pieces of the museums but that’s because they are so large. I do not feel as though we missed out on anything. I enjoyed my time with my father and recommend this tour. Our guide, Asunta, was fabulous and very knowledgeable as well as humorous.
Would definitely recommend this tour. Tiffany our tour guide was amazing! Her detail and knowledge of the art was spectacular.
I throughly enjoyed the tour of the Vatican and would highly recommend it. Our guide was very friendly, passionate and looked after us well. She had studied art history and was able to give us very detailed descriptions and information about the art works that we saw in the museums, Sistine chapel and the Basilica. This made the experience more enjoyable for me as I felt that I was able to appreciate the works more fully. Being able to skip the long queues was also very satisfying and there was no waiting around. We were also allowed moments to explore the chapel and the Basilica on our own which was nice and gave me time to reflect. We had audio headsets on throughout the tour so we were able to hear what our guide was saying at all times. It was overall a brilliant experience and made my trip to Rome very memorable.
Guide was informative and funny. Hit all highlights in 3 hours and did not have to wait..... This is a must for Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica visitors. Great value for the money.....
This is NOT an easy tour for a guide as the Vatican was packed but our guide was fabulous. She was super informative, totally charming, knew how to get us through the rooms, funny, wonderful for the variety of ages of our group and just a wonderful guide. High recommend this experience!
This tour was simply amazing! Martina was so knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. The members of our family ranged in age from 6 to 70 and Martina made sure everyone was okay. I have been to the Vatican before, but never did I learn as much as I did on this tour!!
Highly recommend Francesca O. Her knowledge about the Vatican museums, the Basilica and the Sistine Chapel were impressive.
Alessandra was my guide and she was one of a kind excellent. This tour is a must as the Vatican is so vast and this takes you where you want to go. She provided memorable insight I will take with me! Worth the price 100%.
Great tour and great tour guide. The meet place was very easy and lots of staff to help you find your group.
Fantastic tour a must see with a fantastic tour guide. Our guide Titiana was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to be shown around these wonderful attractions by her. Best tour guide by far that we encountered in our 14 days abroad.
im speechless fantastic amazing eye opening just do it its a once in a lifetime experience everyone should experience and see the art!!
Very organized tour. It was a travel back to the years of ancient Rome. The guide explained to us everything like we are watching the history channel. He was emotional and he passed to us all his excitement. It was the best tour in our life. No waiting lines, no wasting time. We thank you. Polina-Marios
Our guide was excellent. It’s really unfortunate that I forgot her name because she deserves to be mention. She tools us through the map museum and explained everything so well. The basilica is breathtaking and of course the high light of the tour! The Sistine chapel. No words! I was absolutely overwhelmed with emotions. To think that we were standing and looking at this work of art painted by Michelangelo.
Guide was very nice but her accent was so strong she was hard to understand through her distorted microphone. She knew the material well, but the tour did not adapt to changing surroundings. Tour was in July and we were positioned in the sun for 20 minutes before taking off. When we went inside the gates, we were again positioned in the 90+ degree sun, while the other guides strategically placed their tour in the shade. We understood that July is one of the most crowded months, but our guide should have adapted better to the surroundings. We would stop in the most crowded rooms (literally shoulder to shoulder) in suffocating heat while our guide would talk for 15 minutes. Her microphone and our earphones constantly would go in and out, and with the heat it was agony. The guide also focused on the lessor known items. During the three hour tour we spent 10 minutes in the Sistine Chapel, and around 20 minutes in St Peters Basilica. The rest of the two and a half hours was going from crowded overheated room to crowded overheated room. There wasn’t a single scheduled water or bathroom break despite everyone drenched in sweat. On the way to the Sistine Chapel I could not take the heat so I broke from the group to get some water. Most of the group followed me so the surprised guide waited for us. Get the skip the line tickets for sure as it will beat the long lines... but skip the tour and get the audio so you can go at your own pace and take breaks when you want.
Interesting to see once in your lifetime. The Sistine Chapel was a masterpiece of one of the greats and is pretty impressive. The crowd control process needs some improvement.
Our tour was through City Wonders. It would not have been possible to do this tour and gain so much information on our own. The use of headsets made it possible to hear everything that Viviana was explaining. Viviana was an excellent tour guide. She was able to knowledgeable and explained many facts that might not be found if reading a historical account in a text or online. She was cognizant of the youngest member and made him feel important within the group of adults.
We skipped the lines, and Ana was very knowledgeable and attentive to the group's needs. We enjoyed the tour and ended exhausted
Our suggestion - do not go in the summer months. It was unbearably hot and extremely crowded. Our guide Sabina was extremely knowledgeable and worked very hard to make it enjoyable despite the crowded conditions. All in all we came away more enlightened than before. Thanks, Sabina!
Fantastic tour with wonderful and funny tour guide. We learned so much history and our tour guide was eager to share. Highly recommend!
Your guide was very efficient and concentrated on the most important pieces. I would definately book a small group of 20 again. We managed to move between the large crowds and nobody got lost. She was very informative and interesting. Most enjoyable morning.
The Vatican is an interesting place but a bit overwhelming. So much art and a maze of architecture and history. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made our visit much more interesting. I liked the way we spent 3 hours with our guide to help us through the facility with an enriched experience but then we were cut loose to go into the crypt and climb the dome.
Manuela was a great tour guide. She provided clear instructions for maneuvering through a massively crowded area. She provided excellent insights and kept our needs in mind. Highly recommend .
This tour was great! The guide gave information the whole time that really brought the Vatican and Sistine Chapel to life. Without her, we would have been lost.
I recommend Martina of City Wonders Ltd. for the excellent Vatican tour. She is so knowledgeable and worked very hard to take good care of the entire group. That was a challenge in such hot and crowded conditions. “Skip the line” is a must.
Easy meeting spot. Very efficient getting in ... can’t imagine going in through main line and touring on own. Run by CityWonders ... well organized. Sarafina was a great guide.
Amazing tour and very well organized. Appreciated the guide we got as she really gave good information about the various works of art and history of the things we saw during the tour.
We really enjoyed our tour. It was the perfect length and our guide was knowledgeable and kind. Definitely worth the money. While the museum was very busy, we didn't feel overwhelmed.
Daniela was a fantastic tour guide. Not only did she make the tour personable, she provided us with fantastic tidbits of information and went of her way to explain and direct us to additional places in St. Peter's Basilica.
The skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour with Pino from CityWonders was amazing, Pino is a very knowledgeable and very nice guy. We could not have asked for a better guide and tour. Thank CityWonder and Pino!
We had a wonderful tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Our guide Ivia was very helpful with getting us through the lines and explaining all of the history of the various sites. We enjoyed the tour very much and highly recommend it.
The guide we had on the skip the line tour was knowledgeable and proficient in getting us through the crowds at the very busy Vatican. This was our third visit to the Vatican and she did a better job at describing the art and the significance of each room. It was quite hot and she took our comfort into consideration. She handed out fans!
It was great to skip the lines and have an expert description of what we were seeing. You get so much more out of the experience with a guide.
Yes, we really did skip the line. Went directly into the Vatican Museum. Our guide was VERY friendly and VERY knowledgeable. ...had a great time!
Guide was great. The ear phones were not great. Our guide was very knowledgeable, kind, and respectful.
Barbara was a great guide, she was very knowledgeable and helpful!! The tour was just beautiful!! First time in Rome and we wouldn’t have done in another way!
Could not fault this tour in any way. Clear instructions on where to meet up - even an old codger like me managed it! Tour was excellent, I informative and went like clockwork. Our guide was fantastic - friendly, pleasant and very passionate about the tour itself. Worth every single penny
We learned a lot, Jessica was very informative and easy to follow. Would highly recommend this tour.
Our tour guide, Joseph, was friendly and informative. He provided a vast amount of information we would never have been able to process ourselves. There is so much to see on this tour. Joseph made sure all headsets were operational and communicated all aspects of the tour clearly. We took the 8:10am tour and was glad we went early, before the actual opening time of the venue. We walked straight past the lines!
Paolo was a very informative and entertaining tour guide. Tour was ran very smoothly. I highly recommend this tour.
Our guide was very informative and took the time to describe what and where we were. The entire tour was breathtaking.
We had an amazing time even though the crowds of people were out of control. I wish they would limit the amount of people that tour through the day (25,000). You could not really get a clear understanding of everything that was explained because of the amount of people. Our guide was terrific.
Small group of 20 was very manageable and the audio headsets were a great help. Crowds were large in the Raphael rooms but our guide Alessandra, gave us the option to visit or not. She took extra time with us and was a fun, energetic person. We loved it!
Loved our tour, Livia was so knowledgeable and nice. Glad we got her for our guide! The Sistine chapel and the Vatican have such rich history.
Our guide, Eduardo, was excellent, knowledgeable and fun. The tour was just beautiful. Wouldn’t have done it any other way.
The Bascilla is not a tour, guides are not allowed inside. You can get your own free tickets for the Vatican
David was extremely informative. We thoroughly enjoyed it! He made sure to point to the most popular works but took time to answer questions.
The whole trip was really well organised amidst crowds of people! Our guide Rosamba ? Was so knowledgeable she really highlighted the important art works and made our trip memorable!
Great guide...very knowledgeable. We had headsets in order to hear. Skipping the lines was great but even then there were so many people hard to see. Our guide pointed out many things that we would not have seen or noticed due to the crowds. Glad to have seen it but enjoyment was diminished wished by the crowds
This tour is well worth doing, you really do skip the line and when you see the line you will be glad you did. Maria Theresa was a fabulous guide and ensured we saw everything in the 3 hours.
This tour was really amazing. Our guide, Fran, was excellent; very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and professional. Thank you for making our visit so memorable.
Loved it - very informative. Guide was knowledgeable and easy to understand. Well organised. Would recommend
So happy we did faster than skip the line tour. It was fantastic. Our guide was very knowledgeable, easy to understand and fun. Meeting place was easy to find. Tour was as advertised and I would highly recommended!
Our tour guide, with City Wonders, was very knowledgeable. Definitely recommend skip-the-line to avoid the 2hour queue to get in. We walked straight through to security which was relatively quick too. We were told it was a maximum of 20 people per tour, but there were more. Would advise to take own headsets as a few had problems with theirs and they were quite uncomfortable after a while. Was extremely busy, definitely need comfy shoes!
Georgia was a very knowledgeable tour guide, gave a great, informative tour. The only real issue was that even with skip the line, it was over an hour from the scheduled tour time before we were actually in the museums. Spent a long time in the courtyard talking about the Sistene chapel.
Rosie was our guide and she was very knowledgeable and her narration was very interesting. Vatican museums can be overwhelming but Rosie got us to see the important and the interesting things. With long queues, skip the line option was most useful- This is the best way to see the Vatican museums and the Sistine chapel.
This is well worth the extra money. You get to see the highlights with an extremely knowledgeable guide, Ella.
Very well organized and friendly tour guide. Interesting information. But would have appreciated more time to explore on our own some of the other areas, and spend less time in some others. Felt like we missed some important places because we lingered in other less interesting places. End felt rushed.
Our tour guide, I think his name was Mossima. He was the best! So entertaining and very knowledgeable about everything on this tour. He knew how to keep our attention. Loved the tour. The right tour guide always make a huge difference.
Excellent tour with a super guide (Agatha) who really made the tour come alive. I would strongly recommend taking this guided tour to get the best of a memorable day and definitely faster / skip the line tickets to avoid the ques. Well organised and run tour.
Julia was our guide, and she was excellent! We learned so much, and everything went smoothly. I highly recommend!
wow , overwhelming especially the Sistine chapel... the tour was value for money, very well organised considering how many groups there were and started punctually. Patrizio was pleasant ,polite ,patient ,informative basically an excellant guide.molto bene grazie.
This tour was a fantastic way to visit the Vatican and St Peter's. Both sites were very crowded and having the guided tour was very helpful. You wear these devices around your neck with headphones that allow you to hear your guide perfectly even in the most crowded places. You would wander around for a long time without the help of a guide. The tour was well paced and finished in St Peter's allowing you to spend as much time there as you would like. We all enjoyed it and would high recommend.
This was a great tour with a fantastic tour guide. Everything was professional and well handled. We were able to get through the lines as promised and see all the sites.