Best of The Vatican Skip the line Tour of Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica

Rome, Italy

Tour Rating
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Specially suited for travelers short on time, this half-day, skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums covers top sights in the iconic papal collections in just a few hours. Admire world-renowned masterpieces, from the painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to ancient statues and Renaissance paintings. Pre-booked, no-wait admission tickets let you breeze past the entrance lines, saving time for taking in the sights.
  • A half-day guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Beat long wait times with pre-booked, skip-the-line admission tickets
  • Cover all the major attractions, including St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel
  • Listen to in-depth historical commentary and storytelling from your guide

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
This Vatican tour includes the most famous and admired masterpieces of art and architecture that make this such an amazing place. You’ll be met by your guide at the entrance to the Museums and, with pre-booked tickets, you’ll skip the queues, ready to start the tour. There is an opportunity to leave your belongings in the cloakroom and take a comfort break before the tour begins. The tour begins with the collection of ancient Roman and Greek sculptures unearthed from excavations across Rome - when Central Italy was under papal control the Vatican had the rights to all such discoveries. Your guide will show you the most significant of these, including the Belvedere Apollo, the Torso, the busts of Claudius and Hadrian and the sarcophagi of Helen and Constance, the mother and daughter of Emperor Constantine. The tour will then move on to the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra where you can see (and walk on) rare Roman mosaics and admire the magnificent statues of Diana of Ephesus, the Muses and a multitude of Greek philosophers. Next, you’ll see the Gallery of Tapestries, the Sobieski Hall and Raphael’s Rooms. Formerly the private apartments of Pope Julius II, Raphael’s Rooms were decorated by Raphael and his apprentices, and house two of his most famous masterpieces, the Parnassus and The School of Athens.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
No tour of the Vatican would be complete without a visit to the famous Sistine Chapel, the Italy’s most popular attraction. You’ll hear from your guide about Michelangelo’s frescoes - The Last Judgment, the Creation of Adam and the Genesis - as well as information on the Stories of Moses and Jesus painted by Botticelli, Perugino and other Renaissance masters. The chapel is still used today for papal elections – known as Conclave.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The tour ends with a visit to the world’s most important Catholic Church - Saint Peter’s Basilica. Here you’ll have chance to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece, La Pietà, as well view the tombs of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
This brilliant half-day tour encompasses the most popular attractions of the Vatican City, including the collection of Ancient Roman and Greek statues, Raphael’s Rooms, the Galleries of Tapestries and Maps, the Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square and much more! You’ll be accompanied by an expert guide and, with pre-booked tickets you’ll be able to avoid the lengthy queues and begin exploring the artistic and architectural wonders of the Vatican.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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