Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group

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From USD 94.57

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


Save time in the smallest country in the world with priority access tickets to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. This hassle-free tour take you to some of the Vatican's must-see sights. Rather than get lost in the enormous churches and museums, your guide picks the best sights for you to see.
  • Save time with pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets
  • Receive personalized attention on a small-group tour
  • Get personal headsets so you can hear your guide clearly
  • An easy way to see the highlights of the Vatican City

What's Included

  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
  • A small group tour with a local tour guide
  • English-speaking licensed tour guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Skip-the-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Easy meet up point to our office.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Santamaura, 14b
    Via Santamaura, 14b, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    The meeting point is Via Santamaura 14b - What a Life Tours Office

End point

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

    The tour ends inside St.Peter's Basilica.

What To Expect

What a Life Tours

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Vatican City (Pass By)

Vatican Museums

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Gallery of Maps

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

St. Peter's Basilica

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

St. Peter's Square (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 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.

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Amazing Tour
Tessa_M, June 2023
Our tour guide through What a Life Tours was very informative and funny! This was one of our highlights in Rome. It was well worth the money to see the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica through a guided tour and was a bonus to skip the huge line outside!
Excellent tour. We were...
Teresa_R, June 2023
Excellent tour. We were allowed into rooms that non tour visitors could not access. Very informative guide. He pointed things out that we would never have noticed in our own. And we were given laminated cards to help us understand the frescos in the Sistine Chapel.
Skip the line … and maybe this tour
Tara_H, June 2023
As others have probably said the Vatican is super crowded. If I were to go again I would get the first tour of the day or the keys to the kingdom tour. Vatican is amazing. I have to say I didn’t enjoy this tour. I came with 8 people and there were about 6 others with us. We all agreed our tour guide was not too helpful. She spoke too fast and didn’t engage in conversation really. It was more like we were being talked at/ lecture than having a personable small group tour. I left disappointed in the experience. But the art work and history of the Vatican is wonderful to see.
Solid tour guide who provided excellent detail
Mark_D, June 2023
This was a good tour that covered all of the sites as advertised. You should know that the Vatican had 40,000 visitors the day that we toured. Two-three years ago the Vatican caped the daily visitors at 25,000 according to our guide. Know that their are literally thousands of people taking this tour, still thousands more in the line to buy tickets. This site requires a significant amount of walking on marble and stone floors with many steps. You must buy tickets in advance like we did or you will regret it, for sure. We could have used a little less Vatican and a bit more St. Peter's cathedral.
It was very good tour,...
Renee_I, June 2023
It was very good tour, small group of 10, our guide was attentive, kind and very knowledgeable! Grazie!
Highly recommend!
Melanie_H, June 2023
Lovely company. First, they graciously allowed us to change our tour from morning to evening due to our plane being delayed. So glad we changed anyway! We were greeted with Prosecco at the office. Then we were treated to no crowds! It was so nice to see everything in the evening with the sun setting. Our guide was very good and explained a lot as well as gave us a handout keepsake of the Sistine Chapel. She explained it in great detail before we went in and then we could refer to the flyer as we were looking at the ceiling. It was strangely loud in the chapel (when I came 17 years ago it was extremely quiet). That’s the only part I did not like, but definitely nothing to do with the tour itself because the guide wasn’t allowed to discuss anything in the chapel itself. Highly recommend! PS the only thing we were not able to do for the evening tour was see inside Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Best tour ever!
Teresa_K, June 2023
Excellent tour! Daniele was the perfect guide, easy to understand, entertaining and informative. We enjoyed every minute. Skip the line is the only way to go!
Amazing Vatican tour
AMIR_K, June 2023
Amazing experience with fabulous guide Daniela who was very informative and witty.Very helpful witty
Manuela was very passionate and knowledgeable about the Vatican.
Bibby, June 2023
Our group of 4 had an awesome experience visiting the Vatican City with our guide. It was great being able to just walk into the different areas rather than waiting in lines.
Wonderful tour
KAREN_F, June 2023
The whole tour is a memorable experience. The history and beauty of the Vatican, The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica was absolutely a photographer’s delight (where allowed). Our guide, Robert, was fabulous and a walking encyclopedia with his knowledge and history. Was definitely something our group said they would do again!
Great Tour Company and Guide!
Ryan_C, May 2023
The What a Life Tours team is the way to go on this one. Well organized and well informed team. Our guide navigated the locations like a pro and with apparently great reputation with the staff withing the Vatican City. The place was packed with people but it didn't deter from our experience. You see a LOT during this and you definitely see the highlights; which was all we were looking for. We were given a high quality (glossy cardstock) take away of the Sistine Chapel. Other tour groups had something similar, but more like printer paper copies. This along with our tour guide being so great is worth using this tour group again!
Highly recommended
Suzanne_W, May 2023
Tour operator very knowledgeable and answered everyone’s questions. A good pace with time to view everything and take pictures.
Sardines on tour w a guide who just keep talking and walking.
Charles_T, May 2023
Sistine Chapel. Cartography room, basilica were the highlights. Very crowded and our guide just keep talking and walking no time for photos. It was uncomfortable
Lisa_A, May 2023
Had a wonderful tour with Daniella. She was knowledgeable and personable. She took her time, answered any questions the group had . She went above and beyond, showing the group exits if necessary, rest rooms etc. if you are going to the Vatican museum, request her! Thank you Daniella!
Wonderful Vatican tour
Brian_M, May 2023
Our guide Eugene did a fantastic job showing us the highlights of the Vatican. It was very crowded so having a guide was absolutely essential. Booking the tour was easy and everything worked as advertised. Highly recommend
Vatican experience
David_F, May 2023
The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and able to move us ahead with patience and good manners. The experience was beyond words, worth the money spent thankyou
Wonderful experience
Maria_B, May 2023
The guide was wonder and got us through the tour efficiently even in huge crowds, he was knowledgeable and made sure everyone kept up
A must see
Glenn_S, May 2023
The Vatican was a must see on my bucket list. Our tour guide was wonderful. She brought us to parts of the Vatican museum not open to most people. She was very knowledgeable and kept the tour moving along.
Couldn't go in - very disappointed.
Rhonda_L, May 2023
The Vatican is so beautiful and the only reason I rate this poorly is because we purchased our tickets at the only tour time that would work for us as we were coming from Livorno where we stopped on a cruise. We took the cruise line train excursion to get there hopefully with plenty of time. Our train had a short delay in the middle of the trip causing us to get to the Vatican 15 min late and we couldn't go in. So we missed the whole tour because of a train issue. The people at the Vatican were very nice, but it should be known that their schedule is so very tight and they couldn't accommodate us at any other time that day. We were traveling with two other couples and were told we couldn't get a refund so we are all just out the price of these tour tickets. It was a huge disappointment for our trip. I would not recommend this tour IF you are on a cruise. It's just too tight a timeline to fit it in.
Great & good value, excellent knowledge of tour guide
tillymint10, May 2023
Umberto was our guide and he was excellent and really new a lot of interesting facts & history. The tour was well worth the money cutting out our queuing times and we saw everything we wanted to see. I certainly would recommend this particular tour for value for money. No reflection on this tour but you must understand that you are not able to linger very long in some areas as you get ushered along by Vatican staff. That’s a downside of any visit to the Vatican sadly.

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