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

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From $38.00

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

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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

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 travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler 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.
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Great guide , had so much...
Sheila_S, Mar 2023
Great guide , had so much knowledge and a gentleman to add.. think his name was Edwardo. Very enjoyable.
Mary_S, Mar 2023
Robert ,our tour guide , was great. He made sure to speak loudly for everyone and was more informative on the details than I think others may have been. He was diligent on making sure our party was accounted for. After the tour, he even helped one family member get back to our near starting point as she had to leave
Overall good experience with knowledgeable guide
Louise_G, Mar 2023
Our tour started at 10:15 Best part was easy quick access to the museum and basilica and knowledge of our guide. The 2.5 hrs actually spent in the museum barely covered the highlights. The crowds were very large on the day (Saturday) we visited. Moved too quickly thru the area to really be able to appreciate the enormous art collection and the architecture. Might have been better spending more time with an audio visual aid as early as possible in the day to possibly avoid the large crowds.
Excellent tour!
Clara_T, Mar 2023
Laura was an excellent guide - funny and passionate! She had so much knowledge and really knew how to tell a story. Our only regret was that the basilica wasn't open for us to access straight from the tour because it was closed that morning.
Great Time and Guide
Kevin_B, Mar 2023
The guide was very knowledgeable of every location in the Vatican. He was able to answer any question offered. I learned a ton about Michaelangelo even though I used to read tons about him when I was young. Great time was had by all.
Memorable visit
Lisa_B, Feb 2023
The Basilica was amazing, well worth the queue. The Vatican was fantastic,. Give yourself plenty of time to see everything.
Vartican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Basilica with Ilaria our tour guide
Marianne_S, Feb 2023
Our tour Guide Ilaria, or Yaya was the best part of the tour! She told the most interesting stories about the history or all three spots... The Vatican, Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and the Basilica. I highly recommend these tours... but request Ilaria for a an A+ adventure!
The only way to see the Vatican museum
Michelle_D, Feb 2023
Laura was the best tour guide, she wowed us with all her knowledge and was very funny! Tour was seamless - highly recommend!
Phenomenal Tour Guide
Veronica_G, Feb 2023
Wonderful tour! Oscar was very knowledgeable and engaging. He was able to answer all our questions and keep us on a great schedule. Great time of year to visit.
Unique and Special
john_k, Jan 2023
This was our first visit to Vatican City and the museum. It was particularly crowded but the tour did a great job of locating and assembling the group. Then they navigated us through the maze of security and entrance effortlessly. The museum is complex and difficult. But our guide, the erudite Frank, was a masterful concierge to the ideas, conflicts, myths and realities that confront you in this massive collection. We particularly enjoyed his scholarly discussion of “the golden ratio” as well as the convening of ideas and science as represented by Plato and Aristotle in the Raffael stanzi. He spent a lot of time discussing the Sistine ceiling in a way that made us appreciate the experience more then we would have. For reasons largely out of anyone’s control the tour ran about an hour longer than planned. But the guide and the company were professional and gave a colorful and sometimes challenging treatment. It was a unique and special experience.
Vibrant and intelligent guided tour
Jane_C, Dec 2022
Stephano was excellent, well versed on the topic, and wove an engaging narrative. He was attentive to our questions and had a lovely demeanor.
Vatican state of mind.
Tracy_W, Dec 2022
I loved my tour guide. He was so knowledgeable, friendly and nice. I really had a great time. I will use this company again when I return.
Marybeth_B, Dec 2022
This was the perfect tour for me. Laura made this so interesting (thank you, Laura!!). She was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about art history, and gave just the perfect amount of information for this length of tour. We were even able to go out the alternate exit from the Sistine chapel into St. Peter’s Square, which made seeing the cathedral very easy. As others have said, this is a fast-paced tour but perfect if you want the highlights.
Would do it again!
Faestrunk, Nov 2022
We enjoyed the tour by Gioseppe seeing the beautiful works of art so beautifully kept. It is quite overwhelming!
Wonderful day!
Sly_M, Nov 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Ecoart was on time, and we were gathered up very quickly, it went very smoothly. It was a rainy day, but our guide made it very enjoyable. Extremely happy with the tour!
5 Stars All The Way!!!
Rafael_N, Nov 2022
Awesome Experience! Highly recommend. Greatest tour guide in all of Italy - Emiliano. Fun, educational and absolutely worth it.
Marina was an amazing...
Elizabeth_M, Nov 2022
Marina was an amazing tour guide! We ended up doing the smaller tour (highly recommend). She was very informative and very knowledgeable and made sure she answered any questions we had along the way. She had a sense of humor which made us feel more relaxed and she knew the best spots to get a quick picture! I would definitely book this tour again!
Highly recommended
Robert_L, Nov 2022
Riccardo was great. So knowledgeable. Amazing art work Was in awe of the scale of inside highly recommended
Glad we spent extra on this.
Royston_S, Nov 2022
Well worth the additional cost, rather than just paying for entrance and queuing. Eddie was a brilliant guide…thank you.
A Guide A Must
Patricia_M, Oct 2022
Nicolette was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable and could hear her even over the throng of people. Would not have gotten much out of this visit without a guide