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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)
Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)

Viale Vaticano, Vatican City

The Basics

Small-group guided tours or skip-the-line tickets help guarantee hassle-free access to this popular attraction. Private morning tours offering early access (before the museums are open to the general public) are also excellent ways to enjoy the Vatican’s treasures in relative peace, while many group tours combine the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Gardens. If you’re traveling with kids, consider a kid-friendly guided tour that focuses on the museum’s highlights.

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Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
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Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
USD82.86 per adult
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Great tour and Guide
This tour is worth taking! Alex was a great guide and answered any questions we had. She definitely took the extra time to make sure we all had a great experience.
Brittany_W, Jan. 2023

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Very knowledgeable guide....
Denis_F, Oct. 2022
Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Very knowledgeable guide. They should limit the number of visitors as it was very crowded and not very covid secure.
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Trip Highlight!
Elizabeth_B, Jan. 2023
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with St. Peter's Basilica Access
We had a wonderful tour with Laura with EcoArt. Very informative, interesting facts. Our family of 5 all enjoyed it very much. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Only thing is I wish we had looked around the museum before leaving…our fault. Once you see the Sistine Chapel you have to exit.
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Such a Delight!
Cindy_H, Jan. 2023
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with St. Peter's Basilica Access
After being provided with a thorough message in advance, explaining of where and when to meet, we were greeted with a small group of folks, who introduced us to Sarah, who was so kind and sweet throughout our tour! She shared so much knowledge and spoke nice and softly through our earpieces, adding to the ambience of our experience.
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Debrah was an amazing...
Ronda_P, Jan. 2023
Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Debrah was an amazing guide & very knowledgeable. The small group did indeed skip the lines & was great for asking questions. It was an incredible tour!
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Great tour and our tour...
Diane_I, Jan. 2023
Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Great tour and our tour guide Amil was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained throughout the tour! Highly recommend!
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Learned so much on personal tour
Deborah_M, Jan. 2023
Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Hector was an amazing guide! We ended up with a personal tour (was planning on small group), but was so glad we did. He was so knowledgeable and was genuinely excited about teaching us. I am so thankful we did the personal tour. It was so worth it! Grazie mille!
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A true experience
Monica_B, Jan. 2023
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour
Everything in this tour was impressive. The Vatican is amazing and the museum and the Sistine chapel breathtaking, our guide was extremely knowledgeable. However, I couldn’t help but feel like I was being guided by a kindergarten teacher, she was very grouchy and spoke to us as if we were kids. She seemed anxious about getting people separated from the group so she lecture anybody that will wander, seem a little rude in my opinion, it made me very uncomfortable.
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Maria was amazing! Very...
Pamela_C, Jan. 2023
Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Maria was amazing! Very knowledgeable, constantly answering questions. Made sure that there were stops to use the bathroom. She was great!
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Don't miss this. It's always better with a guide.
James_K, Jan. 2023
Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
The enormity of the everything about St Peter's is astounding. The space is huge and the art within it matches the scale in artistry and emotion.
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Great Vatican Tour
ENRIQUE_V, Jan. 2023
Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
Guide was very well organized, extremely knowledgeable and shared much historical information. Liked the route taken and skip the line advantage of taking this Viator tour as many, many were in que to enter. Seeing the key elements allowed focused attention on most important areas. Specific factual info received helped put items into perspective. Highly recommend, worth price of admission and actually a bargain.
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Amazing
David_P, Jan. 2023
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with St. Peter's Basilica Access
Of course the Sistine chapel was amazing but the way Lorali explained everything was the best part of our tour.
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Definitely worth it
Molly_H, Jan. 2023
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
We had an awesome tour with Maya Tours. Christina was amazing! So much great info, informative but personable. We started and ended on time. Just the right amount in each area. Highly recommend!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry lines often stretch for blocks, and wait times can be two or three hours, especially in summer—book in advance.

  • Vatican Museums tickets include entrance to the Sistine Chapel, and the same opening hours apply.

  • Appropriate behavior and attire (shoulders, knees, and abdomen covered) are required to enter the Sistine Chapel.

  • Security for entering the museum complex includes a metal detector.

  • There is a free cloakroom where you can check large bags, umbrellas, and luggage.

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How to Get There

The Vatican Museums complex is adjacent to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a five-minute walk away, while many city tours pass by or include a stop at this popular spot.

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When to Get There

The Vatican Museums sees crowds of travelers year-round. It's busiest in summer, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are less crowded during winter. At any time of year, the museums are most crowded at midday, so aim to visit in the early morning or late afternoon if you’re looking for a more laid-back experience.

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Seeing the Pope at the Vatican

Each week, usually on Wednesday mornings, the pope and cardinals give a papal address in St. Peter’s Square. Throngs descend for the papal audience, so be sure to book official tickets in advance if you want to secure your slot to see the pope deliver his weekly message.

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Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)
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