Skip the Line: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms + Basilica Access

Vatican City, Italy
Likely to Sell Out

From USD 38.10

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Save time, and head straight to the Vatican’s most popular sights and attractions, on this seamless and speedy tour. Pick from morning or afternoon departure times, and meet your guide. With skip-the-line tickets, you’ll beat the crowds and head straight into the Vatican Museums. Discover the Sistine Chapel at your own pace, and follow your guide directly to the museums’ other highlights.
  • Skip-the-line access to the sights saves you time and prevents any hassle
  • Choose from convenient morning or afternoon departure times
  • See the Sistine Chapel and the other highlights of the Vatican Museums

What's Included

  • Skip the Line Access & Entrance Ticket to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Insider Guide (if guided option selected)
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly (if guided option selected)
  • Food & Beverages
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Ticket Redemption Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect

Vatican City

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Vatican Museums

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Sphere within a Sphere

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Cortile della Pigna

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Gallery Of The Maps

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Stanze di Raffaello

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Museo Pio Clementino

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Museos Vaticanos

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

St. Peter's Basilica

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children 5 and under are entitled to free access to the Vatican Museums (with proof of age)
  • Children aged 6-18 are entitled to a reduced entry fee (see tour and ticket pricing) and must provide proof of age.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Near public transportation
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. 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.
  • At least 4 people are required for the guided tour option to take place.
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked start time. Tickets are time sensitive and we cannot accomodate late arrivals.
  • Entrance into St. Peter's Basilica is separate from the Vatican Museums and is not always available. When available, and only for guided tour options, you will be given the option to benefit from Skip the Line Access to St. Peter's Basilica at no extra cost. Entrance to the Basilica is free and does not require a ticket.
  • Guests with a certified disability of over 75% are entitled to free entrance to the Vatican and do not require a ticket. For guests who are not self-sufficient, free entry is extended to a companion.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Bypassing the line is a must cameras are allowed 95% of the tour.
Plenty of walking with a few breaks along the way but well worth the overall experience.
This tour is a must see for Christians and all religions as it is truly an unbelievable experience.


491 reviews
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Marzia was amazing!
Bryan_P, June 2023
Marzia was wonderful! Incredible insight and great advice for how to spend our time after the tour! A perfect experience.
Edison_N, June 2023
The tour guide Catalina was phenomenal..very knowledgeable and informative...English well spoken and very patient...expect long walks and crowds...great tour overall
Loved our guide - great with kids!
Sam_S, June 2023
Our guide was absolutely amazing! He was extremely knowledgeable and considerate of our infant (making sure to try to keep her in the shade and such). He answered everyone’s questions and explained things that I feel like most tour guides wouldn’t.
Absolutely Amazing Informative and exceeded our expectations!
Shari_p, June 2023
Absolutely AMAZING!! We walked right in no wait at all and the line was wrapped around the Vatican! It truly was skip the line and a small group! EcoArt was so helpful! Our guide, Katrina, I think was her name. SHE WAS AWESOME!!!!! She was so knowledgeable and gave such good valuable informative information! We couldn’t have been happier and my Mom is 81 she waited for her and was so considerate. I would give it 10 stars!!!!!!!! Thank you EcoArt!
Mob scene!
Julian_S, June 2023
Francesca, the guide, was very good. Yes you “skip the line” and get in quicker. It is not their fault that this is a mob scene…a crazy amount of people and groups simultaneously make it a very limited and unsatisfying experience. I would nit recommend going to the Vatican Museum to anyone!
Response from Host, June 2023
Dear Julian, We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback about your experience at the Vatican Museums. We are genuinely sorry to hear that you would not recommend visiting the museum based on the crowd. We understand that the crowds can be overwhelming and detract from the overall enjoyment of the visit. While we make every effort to manage and minimize the crowd, it is an unfortunate reality that at times, the number of visitors exceeds our expectations. Regrettably, this is something beyond our control. Nevertheless, we want to assure you that we take your concerns seriously, and we are constantly exploring ways to enhance the visitor experience, even in the face of challenging circumstances like overcrowding. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. Your feedback is important to us, and we would be grateful for another opportunity to make your visit more enjoyable should you decide to give us another chance in the future. We value your patronage, and we will strive to ensure a more positive experience for you. Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you better in the future. Best regards, the EcoArt Team
Great tour!
Mishaela_L, June 2023
We had a excellent tour guide, I believe her name was Laura. Easy to follow along with and to understand. The tour was a good pace but to be expected there was a lot of people/big crowds. Having the headset was great to be able to hear the tour guide. Overall I would definitely recommend this tour.
Very informative with enjoyable guide
Don_H, May 2023
Paulina was an absolute joy and incredibly knowledgeable of all things Vatican! Crowds were crazy so pick the least busy time!
Good Tour, Lacking Communication about Basilica Access Times
Sarah_S, May 2023
The tour guide provided a very detailed level of commentary and led our group effectively through a very crowded environment. I would have appreciated advanced notice that St. Peter’s Basilica was not open until later at 1 PM. We were unable to visit after our tour was finished at 12 PM, as we had to move on to our next tour. We thought we could visit right away at 12 PM.
Amazing Experience!
George_B, May 2023
The tour was more than expected. We were a group of 25 people, and entered by skipping the waiting line. Our guide was ILaria, a really charismatic person, born to do this job. The tour lasted almost 3 hours, it was physically challening (as ILaria kept saying) but it was worth every minute of it. I think there is no sence to visit the Vatican Museums without a guide. I definately reccoment this tour
Excellent tour guide!
Helen_G, May 2023
Very much recommend booking tickets in advance, otherwise you would spend most of the time queuing! We very much enjoyed our visit to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide Guilea was welcoming, friendly and managed to navigate the group through the busy, crowded areas very well. She was very informative and answered questions well. Thank you from your English visitors!
Don’t miss this
Judith_B, May 2023
Overwhelming place. ❤️ Great guide, super organisation by providers EcoArt. I went at 3pm and the guide said the crowds were smallest than earlier in the day. 👍.
Wonderful Vatican tour
Zachary_J, May 2023
Had an awesome tour with Rosalba! Skip the line was definitely worth it, as we walked right past the very long queues to get into the museum and basilica. The museum is immense and crowded, but Rosalba kept us moving at a nice pace and gave wonderful commentary of the most important attractions. I really appreciated the free time at the Sistine Chapel just before heading to the basilica. Would definitely recommend!
Private Tour with Eddie
Lisa_M, May 2023
This was great. Eddie was wonderful!! Answered all of the questions we had and told great stories. He was a wealth of information.
Makes a difference with a guide.
Caroline_F, May 2023
Martina (like martini but it’s too early) Was a lovely and knowledgeable guide. The tour was really wonderful and the artwork was stunning. She was very friendly and made sure everyone was together and could hear well. My only criticism is that I thought she would continue to be our guide in the Basilica and talk us through everything in there but her part ended just before that.
Informative guide made the tour excellent.
Elaine_C, May 2023
Very informative guide. Covered a lot of the highlights of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Although we had access to view St. Peter’s Basilica, the guide was not part of that experience. We went mid-morning on a Tuesday in May and it was extremely crowded.
Vatican tour
Aurica_H, May 2023
Everything was amazing , memorable moments Guide was so awesome I will be recommending to my friends
Wonders of Earth
Julianna_B, May 2023
The entire tour was sensational Our tour guide was also excellent, well organized, great knowledge about the places.
Great Tour
Ian_E, May 2023
Martina was our tour guide and she was awesome. Great English and very knowledgeable and personable. The tour itself is amazing, with the highlight being the Sistine Chapel. I got chills... The only negative thing was that St. Peter's Basilica was closed when we went.
Met our expectations
Sandra_K, May 2023
Laura was a great guide! We booked a tour in English, she spoke fluently, did her best to keep it interesting (and funny) and guided us through the crowds really easy. We bought the tickets online, met with the tour operator at the meeting point and everything went smooth.
Worst tour I have ever had.
John_S, May 2023
Worst experience and guide I have ever had. Felt like I was running through the experience No time for explaining details on the walk/tour. We ended in St. Peter’s Square. This was after an 1:45 minutes. I thought I booked a 3 hour tour with a professional. This guy practically ran through the crowd stating to look left for this and right for that. His only goal was to reach Sistine Chapel by 4:45. He did accomplish this. So disappointed I wasted this time in Rome.

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