Skip the Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with St. Peter's Basilica Access

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From $38.58

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


The long lines that the Vatican attracts are a testament to its status as one of Europe’s most famous attractions. If you’ve got limited time in Rome, don’t waste a moment waiting with a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Vatican. You are able to explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms independently while still benefiting from priority entry, usually only reserved for visitors taking a guided tour.
  • Save hours of waiting with a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Vatican in Rome
  • A great choice for first-time visitors and travelers that prefer to explore independently
  • Explore one of Europe's top attractions at your own pace
  • Choose from several departure times and upgrade to include a guided tour

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Skip the Line Access & Entrance Tickets to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter's Basilica (when available, and only for guided tour options).
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide (Unless Guided Tour Option Selected)

Meeting And Pickup

Ticket Redemption Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect

Vatican City

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Museo Pio Clementino

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.
  • 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 options 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 possible, our guided tour options will benefit from this special access at no extra cost. Entrance to the Basilica is free and does not require a ticket.
  • Masks are no longer mandatory, but as strongly recommended due to crowds.
  • 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.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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

Don't hesitate to use this service for skip the line at the Vatican and Sistine Chapel 🙏
This gets you in very quick as the queues are massive first thing on a morning so you skip all that.
The line for those who didn't make reservations was over 3 hours long; highly recommend a skip the line reservation!
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Great tour - too little time to see everything
Shelley_C, Apr 2023
The tour guide was excellent but there just isn’t enough time to see everything in this short amount of time. If you want to take your time and wander around the Vatican museums I would suggest doing an early morning tour so you can go back and see what was quickly viewed.
A great experience
FatimaSanchez, Apr 2023
Adriano our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. He is an amazing guide. We really appreciate him for waiting for us when we got lost and couldn’t find the meeting point. Thank you Adriano for everything! We loved this amazing tour
Loved this tour, superb guide.
Patrick_S, Mar 2023
Well organised tour, Giuseppe was a superb guide with a depth of knowledge which took the experience to another level. Would absolutely recommend this tour!! 🙌
Very nice but oh so crowded
Robert_H, Mar 2023
Seeing the Sistine chapel was Amazing. The crowds are Insane probably the worse I have seen anywhere. If your crowd phobic this place won’t work for you. How my tour guide could deal with that and those people day in and out was amazing to me. I would snap after day 2.
Great tour.
Prateesh_T, Mar 2023
Monica is a great tour guide. Very informative and told us a lot about the Vatican Museum. She made it come to life. The only drawback was that there was no skip the queue access to St Peter’s Basilica.
Nicki_O, Mar 2023
To see the vatican and sistine chapel. The experience was beyond belief. I will be honest I am not a religious person so the whole experience was very touching. I must also say the rep who took us into the vatican was friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable, her name was Serena
A must do
Karen_M, Mar 2023
Loved this tour. I love history and although I’m not particularly religious you don’t need to be to appreciate the beauty and splendour of this place. Our tour guide Lindy was great, full of information and able to answer all of the questions from the group.
Great, but watch the time!
Katelin_P, Mar 2023
The guide was super great and enthusiastic! Only downside was our tour time (so not the companies fault) but would recommend a tour earlier than 3 so that you can see everything in the Vatican museum before it closes around 5 and also to have time to wait in line for St Peter Basilica before it closes.
Once in a lifetime.
Ana_I, Mar 2023
This tour well exceeded my expectations. We went thankfully on a not too busy day so the crowds weren’t too bad. If you have time it’s a great way to have ten art explained while take in all the beautiful scenery.
Fantastic tour
Marcie_M, Mar 2023
Amazing experience. Our guide was so knowledgeable and kept things interesting. Glad we did the “skip the line” as the regular access was so busy.
Great tour guide
Sarah_M, Mar 2023
The tour guide was great and very useful in navigating the rush of the Vatican. Tickets also cut down greatly on wait times.
Beautiful Museum and Skip the Secuity Lines!
Ronn_C, Mar 2023
The Vatican Museum is filled with beautiful artwork and amazing interior architecture. The guide was good and knowledgeable. After the museum and Sistine Chapel, we were able to go to St. Peter's Basilica without having to fall back in the security line. The value of this tour would directly be related to saving time from long lines.
Great day !
Dionne_S, Mar 2023
Great day worth the time. It was crowded but to be expected. Learned a lot ! Would recommend to family & friends
gary_l, Mar 2023
it was a great tour Eirc was funny helpful and knew his knowledge of the whole tour and i recommend him
Great tour
Tammy_V, Mar 2023
This tour was fantastic. Small group, great host (Lindy) who was informative, smart, and funny. Loved it. Learned so much and highly recommend. Very organized.
Top tour
Sarah_K, Mar 2023
Such a knowledgable guide - made it so interesting And no queuing !! The company was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint
Fantastic experience, made by the tour guide!
Claire_M, Mar 2023
The whole experience of walking around the Vatican Museums was made by Lindy the tour guide! So knowledgeable, friendly and humorous would never have come back with so much history had it not been for her! Sadly we didn’t get to go to the Basilica due to it being in use on a Wednesday morning, so although clear it’s when access is available if regular times are unavailable might be worth making that clearer. But if you’re on the English tour with Lindy you’ll have a great time!
Good idea to see the important stuff
Holly_M, Mar 2023
Our guide was amazing, so funny, a lot to see in the Vatican but he made sure we saw the important things. Even my 3 year old didn't get bored.
Tour guide was good and we enjoyed a lot
rajib_k, Mar 2023
The tour guide was superb, the entire tour was well organized, we finished the tour just in time. It is value for money trip, we recommend new traveler to opt for this service through Viator
Maria our tour guide made the experience!
George_H, Mar 2023
My wife and I have never been to Rome or Italy for that matter. We have had a great experience, but by far the highlight so far was this guided tour. I cannot recommend it enough. The experience was amazing, but our fantastic tour guide brought it to life! Maria Laura Sansonette her name and the history she shared, her comfort with the story telling mixed with her enthusiasm and appropriate comedy was beyond what we could have ever expected. What a blessing she was. We can’t recommend this tour, and especially Maria enough.