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

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome

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  • 3 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Spend more time inside with no-wait access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel through an official, Vatican partner entrance. On this comprehensive guided tour, you'll experience the best of the Vatican in just three hours, including the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's, and more. Navigate the vast complex of artwork and history with an expert, who will bring this ancient collection to life. Choose from several departure times, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
  • Small-group tour

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

Passing by

  • 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

  • Gratuities
  • 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
Departure Point

1: Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2: Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2a, 00136 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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James M

Francesca O was our guide and was knowledgeable and amazing! Crowds and heat were unbelievable that day and she expertly got us through with total enjoyment. This is something you cannot appreciate on your own. Francesca pointed out important views, gave brief and interesting history on artists. She was sure to tell us at the beginning where the rest stops would be, how and where to get water, lavatories, and the plan for the day so that those with anxiety could understand some control over the morning tour. Francesca would stop and have the crowd in awe as she explained (well understood in English) particular pieces. When someone loves their job you know it! She did! I would have NEVER stood in line as the temps were well over 100 degrees F heat index and lines were hours long with no shade. This was a highlight of our trip.

Image - 19 Aug 2019 -


Vatican City had a long long line and if it was not for this I don't think I would have done it. Our tour guide was very much knowledgeable and took us around the Vatican city. I highly recommend doing this tour.

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Fantastic tour, Pino the guide was Very polite and he knew everything in detail, good English with Italian accent Which sometimes it was hard to understand. The tour is absolutely recommended otherwise is not easy to see Vatican

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Daniel F

This tour was fantastic, our guide Bobi was amazing! She's very knowledgeable and gave us the best attention possible. Ask for Bobi if you get a chance on a Vatican tour!!

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Lesley R

Wouldn’t do this tour any other way. It was fantastic!! Tour Guide was wonderful, passionate and knowledgeable.

User's Picture Gallery


vatican courtyard

vatican courtyard


Saint Peters Basilica

just as you walk thru the main entrance of the church. As the sun is setting it's quite a heavenly view...



Inside St. Peter's


Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Rapha

Prayers for John Paul 2 @ his tomb


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The Pieta in SAt Peter's Basilica!!



Heather at the Trevi Fountain



Heather at Castel Sant'Angelo


A Fountain at the Vatican

Leaving the Vatican, Dori stood by the fountain


Egyptian Statue

Dori standing with an Egyptian statue at the Vatican Museum


Ravi at the Vatican Museum

Ravi at the Vatican Museum


Angels at the Vatican

Cherub Angels overlooking the Baldacchino of St. Peter's Basilica


Vatican sculpture

This is a HUGE revolving metal sculpture in the 'pine cone' courtyard of the Vatican.


Inside St. Peter's

The sun was beaming in at a great time when we were here. It added to the effect that this was a special place.


St Peter's

This was taken later in the afternoon in St. Peter's Cathedral.


Brett and Kerry in Front in the Vatican

This picture was taken in front of the Vatican just after the tour ended.


St Peter's Square

This is a view of the columns outside The Vatican in St Peter's Square.


St. Peter's at Daybreak

We took the extra-early tour to really avoid lines and this is what St. Peter's looked like when we arrived about 7:45 a.m. -- bathed in a beautiful light. A nice nun indicated which way to walk to get to the museum entrance.


St. Peter's Basilica

Impressive view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Square.


Vatican Tour



Modern Art in the Vatican

A modern piece of work inside the walls of the Vatican depicting the world.





Amazing Ceiling Frescos

Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the walls, ceilings & floors!


Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums.



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