Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
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Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Lazio
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: Stanze di Raffaello, Vatican City, Lazio
Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Lazio
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: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Lazio
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, Lazio
- Professional guide
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly
- Priority Access to the Vatican
- Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
- Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
- Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
- 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
- We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
- Most travelers can participate
- It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
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.