Skip The Line: Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica And Sistine Chapel Tour - Rome

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Overview

Tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica - including skip the line ticket and entrance fee.

Highlights

  • Skip the line
  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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In this fantastic tour enjoy the highlights of the museum and of course the remarkable Sistine Chapel in its entirety.

This is also where the bones of Saint Peter remain, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, a place packed to the teeth with internationally-recognized brilliant pieces of art. And if you just can't get your fill of the truck-loads of art these two buildings offer, the Vatican Museums should well and truly satisfy your desires. Opt to head over to St. Peter's Square, a piazza designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 17th century.

The Vatican Museums are some of the most important museums in the world. The Vatican has a superb gallery, excellent Roman and Etruscan collections, and plenty more. Be sure not to miss the apartments that were decorated by Raphael. There is too much to see if you plan on going to the museums for one day. If you go for just one day, you just have time for the highlights. The highlight of the visit to the museums is the The Sistine Chapel known for Michelangelo's two most famous masterpieces: the ceiling, depicting numerous scenes from the Old Testament - such as the moment of Creation - together with various sybils and prophets; and the Last Judgement, occupying the entire wall behind the altar. But while you're there, don't forget to look at the other frescoes, by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and others. The Sistine Chapel is also the meeting place of the conclave, which elects each new Pope.

Please note: Dress code and other rules for entering the sights at the Vatican there is a dress code, that is enforced. Signs outside will tell you what is appropriate and what is not. You need to wear clothes that cover your shoulders, and you can't wear really short shorts.

What will you see during this tour?
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Muses
  • The Roundroom
  • The Greek Cross room
  • The Raphael Rooms (When is possible)
  • Tapestry Gallery
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Full story of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo
  • Direct access to St. Peter's Basilic

Inclusions for Skip The Line: Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica And Sistine Chapel Tour

  • Professional art historian guide (if guided option selected)
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly (if guided option selected)
  • Walking tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Early Access (if option selected)
  • Skip-the-line entrance
  • Skip-the-line for the St. Peter's Basilica

Exclusions for Skip The Line: Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica And Sistine Chapel Tour

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Guide (unless option selected)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Minimum age is 1 years

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

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

SKIP THE LINE policy: Please be aware that entering the Vatican Museums means leaving Rome and going to a different State. During high seasons the Vatican welcomes more than 30.000 visitors per day! "Skipping the lines" means that we pay an additional reservation fee on top of the ticket price and prebook a privileged entrance for our groups; we always enter before the non-reservation line. We do not have any control of how the Vatican is organised therefore it is out of our hands if there is an unexpected wait.

Please also understand that the radio headsets are property of the Vatican. We are obligated to exclusively rent from them so we don't have any quality control over them, therefore if your headset doesn't have quality sound please let us know and we will take care of providing a replacement. 

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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16 reviews by the users

  • Excellent tour really enjoyed it, tour operators office was easy to find, our English speaking guide Roberto was fantastic, made it fun and got so much info from him. Recommend to anyone!

  • The directions for the meeting place requires a taxi. The group was oversized and made you worry you'd be separated. I recommend to spend the extra money on a small group tour. Our guide was informative but soft spoken. Make sure you are hooked into the right language group!

  • A great tour with lots of history but also great stories delivered in a fun way. Our 10 year old children loved it too.

  • The guide was very hard to understand. Just mumbled in a monotone. Didn't even show us the spiral staircase that is the picture for this tour. The tour took so long that by the time he was done, everything was closing up and we couldn't get back in to see things we really wanted to see. Should have just bought skip-the-line tickets to get in and looked at what we wanted to on our own.

  • Knowledgeable and caring guide.

  • Great tour. Our knowledgeable and expert guide made sure we got so much more out of the visit than if we had just gone on our own. He didn't talk about everything in the museum would have been impossible but talked about certain highlights, making sure we understood the main points. Really enjoyed it and skipping the line is worth every uro, anyway!

  • Our guide, Saverio, was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining, and we really enjoyed this tour with him. All the destinations were beautiful, and the history was fascinating. Saverio could answer any question in depth, and clearly had a passion for his work. He would get 5 stars on his own. Why only 4 for the tour, you might ask? Three and a half weren't an option, and three was too low. Here's why...

    When we arrived at our meeting place and saw the lines of people waiting, we were SO glad we booked this tour! Maybe because it was such a busy day at the Vatican, we ended up waiting a long time to actually get started, though. We arrived to check in for our 9:30 tour to find out we'd been bumped to a 10:30 tour because they were so busy. At 10:30 we walked to the front where we waited another 30 minutes for our tickets to get in. Once inside we waited about 30 minutes for our headsets so the tour could start. I'm sure they were strategically spacing out the groups because it was so crowded, and it was completely beyond our tour guide's control, but what we expected to be a few hours ended up taking more than 5. Some in our group ended up having to leave early because they had other activities scheduled, and we ended up taking a cab across town and running the last half mile to get to our 2:45 tour at the Colosseum. In summary, it was worth it to skip the line, and we thoroughly enjoyed Severio, but don't go into this expecting to jump right to the front of the line and head inside. Plan on a lot of waiting before the tour actually gets started.

  • One of the worst tour guide ever!! Debra was sooooo rude. She was yelling at people for no reason. She yelled at us because we were trying to tell her one of our ear set was not working. She kicked a group of Chinese people because there were listening to their phone instead of her.vdry disappointed

  • I booked this tour because it was listed as a Viator tour and seeing the TripAdvisor name, gave a degree of comfort. Was I ever wrong !!

    The tour had 57 Yes that is right 57 members!! 57 people and 1 tour guide, who was also not holding any form of identification flag or stick. This is in the Sistine chapel, which as you can imagine in the month of July was very very crowded. Consequently the tour guide spent most of the time just checking on where every one was, scolding those who were slowing down and asking those tin front to slow down. This is Deborah, can the members of my group please raise their hands was what we heard more than anything about the things we were viewing. This happened so often that my eleven year old has started mimicking the tour operator for a laugh during the rest of the vacation !!

    Overall the tour felt like that of a class of school children being taken out by their class teacher, the concern being on their whereabouts and not on what they were seeing or learning!!

    A really really disappointing experience and a total waste of money.

    I now wait to see if the response of Viator can show that this was an exception rather than the norm in a poorly managed business.

  • Our guide was very good - having said that I will say that it is hot, crowded and long. The Vatican museums are air conditioned only in certain areas - other areas are open windows - our day was very hot and crowded - and fairly chaotic - Which seems to be the status quo for such a popular place

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