Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Latium and Rome, Rome
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  • 3 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Enjoy a local guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping long entrance lines. Take a tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, jumping the lines! No stress to reach the area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums, where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections in the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving at the famous Sistine Chapel and the unforgettable Basilica!

Highlights

  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Skip the line
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation

Save time with a skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City and benefit of a quick entrance saving time no waiting in line!

Your privileged, fast track entrance ticket provides access to one of the most extraordinary art collections in the world.
Your assistant will pick up you at the Hotel Lobby (from selected hotels centrally located) or at the Agency (close to Repubblica Square) and you'll comfortably transported to the Vatican area.
Meet your tour guide close to the Museum entrances and be ready for your visit to the areas selected by your tour guidethat will interest you most. See the square garden of the Vatican Pinacoteca, built by the architect Luca Beltrami for Pope Pius XI.

Marvel at the classical sculptures in the Museo Pio Clementino, see the Vatican Bibliotheque, the Gallery of Chandeliers and the Tapestries. See the work of early cartographers in the Gallery of Maps, and discover the Raphael Rooms in the Pope’s private chambers.

Ready to marvel inside the astonishing and legendary Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo’s frescoes are all over in a splendid choreography.
The chapel was solemnly inaugurated by Julius II on November 1, 1512. The vault’s iconography is linked to the themes chosen for the side walls, representing the prophecies foreseeing Jesus Christ coming and scenes from the Genesis. All the figures are set in a massive, architectural painted background, your tour guide will go deeply behind the long time Michelangelo spent working on this masterpiece and the conflictual but profitable relationship with the Pope.
Then access St Peter's Basilica (not on Wednesdays due to the Pope audience) and discover the great, massive Basilica, the heart of Catholic Church. In the over 150 years required to complete the Basilica, the most famous artists left their contribution: Raphael, Michelangelo, Giacomo della Porta, Maderno, Bernini and many others.

Inclusions
  • Exclusive Skip-the-line
  • Professional guide
  • Admission ticket
  • Headsets
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Hotel pickup in central Rome (if option selected)
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (if option selected)

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Pickup service (if the option is not selected)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship. 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
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Important: The visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours (8:30 and 11:00 tours) due to the Papal Audience taking place every Wednesday
Departure Point

Your centrally located hotel in Rome, or meeting point


Departure Time

08:30 am or 02:30 pm

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

Image - 13 Oct 2018 -

ditti

Fabulous guide..... glided through the tour effortless even though Vatican was so crowded

Image - 27 Mar 2018 -

Lisa W

Very informative and very calm guide which was needed as it was so busy ...but our guide kept us all together and had so much information to share - a pleasure to be shown around the Vatican with him.

Image - 27 Mar 2018 -

Lisa W

Really good guide Ferdinando was informative engaging calm and knew so many little facts- a true pleasure and we got a real feel of what it would be like to be a gladiator!

Image - 03 Feb 2018 -

Natalia A

This was a super awesome tour! Piece of advice - if your tour is the morning one, get to the meeting place 30 minutes before and walk to St Peter's square you should be meeting pretty close to it. Seeing the outside of St. Peter's Basilica and the square in the early hours it was 7 am for me before hordes of tourists flood this sacred place IS a magic experience.
Now to the point - the tour is extremely well organized and the tour guide is great mine was Rita - an eccentric, funny and very knowledgeable lady! I loved having the ear-piece, makes hearing the guide over hundreds of tourists' chatter very clear.
Another plus is skipping the lines. Believe me, even in January in the rain the lines are long at 7:30 am already. Having Vatican museums to yourself without crowds is amazing! We did not have to wait a minute anywhere.
My only wish would be to spend more time in Vatican museums. May be do a tour a bit longer, charge a bit more, but let people see more of this truly amazing place. Time spent in St. Peter's is sufficient.
Another piece of advice - after hearing all the interesting things the guide had to point out in St. Peter's, I was overwhelmed. This is a mind blowing cathedral. But guess what? The entrance to the cathedral is fee!!!! After the tour was over, we were left in the middle of the square. I went straight back to the line going into the cathedral. It took me about 30 minutes to get back in may take longer in high season but now I could take as much time as I wanted to look at things I loved but had to hurry by to keep up with the tour, and thanks to the tour I just took I knew what I was looking at. Do it and later do climb to the top of the cathedral. It is a long a difficult climb 532 steep steps, but the views of Rome are amazing! .....and one more thing - a free and clean bathroom is in the gift book store located on the left if your back is turned to the cathedral, right outside of the square....bathrooms in Rome are hard to come by and are never marked unless you know where to look

Image - 17 Dec 2017 -

Linda M

Great tour

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Inside St. Peter's Basilica

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St. Peter Basilica

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Vatican Museum, ceiling designs.

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St. Peter Basilica, first Michelangelo sculpture The Pietà.

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St Peters Square

View of the square from the steps of St Peter's.

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St Peters Basilica

View of St Peter's Basilica from the square

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Monday Crowd at the Vatican

In line to enter the Vatican...once inside our tour guide secured everyone's ticket for entry.

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