Skip the Lines Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Tour

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Cover the highlights of the world-renowned Vatican Museums during this skip-the-line, half-day tour. Listen to enriching commentary in a group capped at only 10 people, with audio headsets on-hand to ensure you won't miss a word. Guided tours include visits to the iconic Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, without the usual wait times.
  • A skip-the-line, half-day tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Small-group tours are limited to 10 people for an intimate travel experience
  • Cover the standout attractions in the iconic collection within just a few hours
  • Enjoy extra mobility with complimentary audio headsets

Skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica
Hands-free headsets to hear your guide clearly

Departure Point

Antiche Mura Caffe, Via degli Scipioni, 1, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
In the Vatican Museum, your guide will take you on a highlights tour of the most interesting artifacts, sculptures and artwork that have great stories and scandals behind them. During the Vatican Museums portion of the tour, you’ll get to visit the picturesque Vatican garden, Cortile della Pigna. Your local guide will take you to the most interesting galleries within the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contain ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes and tapestries. Your guide will point out a few tricks used by the artists, which will enhance your appreciation of their works of art, as well as their sense of humor!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
The greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti. From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome. He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work, which only he would understand – today these have been uncovered and understood and your guide will explain these to you so you too can share in Michelangelo’s private jokes!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter St. Peters basilica – without having to wait in line. St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world.Standing beneath Michelangelo’s great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings. Built over St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica took more than 120 years to complete and is one of the most important sites in Christianity. The Basilica features several chapels and contains numerous statues and mosaic works of importance. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Oversized bags, camera equipment, umbrellas and generally anything large will not be permitted inside the Vatican Museums, and will have to be checked in at the Vatican Deposit facility to be collected later. As there can be a line to the deposit facility at busy times, out of consideration to the other people on your tour we kindly request that you arrive to the tour as lightly as possible, to avoid any unnecessary delays.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Check-in closes 15 minutes prior to the departure time of the tour. Departures are on-time and there are no refunds or exchanges if you arrive after the departure time.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.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.Learn more about cancellations.

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