Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
from USD $74.00
Spend more time inside with no-wait access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel through an official, Vatican partner entrance. On this comprehensive guided tour, you'll experience the best of the Vatican in just three hours, including the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's, and more. Navigate the vast complex of artwork and history with an expert, who will bring this ancient collection to life. Choose from several departure times, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
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In Brief

Roma, Italy
3 hours


Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.

Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy

Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and admire The Last Judgement, his colorful mural that adorns a wall.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Viale Vaticano, Vatican City Italy

Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St Peter’s Square.

Keep in mind that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, you'll be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms.

If you want to make sure that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date. If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences: Small-Group Tour at 8:10am:

Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: St. Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Passing by


  • Professional guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Priority Access to the Vatican
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

1: Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2: Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2a, 00136 Roma RM, Italy

Returns To

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Guided visits are not allowed inside St. Peter's on afternoon tours due to religious functions. In this case guides provide full commentary from the Basilica's porch, and guests can visit the interior at their own pace without the guide
  • Tours departing Wednesday: There is a possibility that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed.
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

The guide knew his history well and you could tell he was proud of the city. Very informative and skip the line was great as I only had the day in Rome.
• Submitted 17 Feb 2020
The tour was amazing, the tour guide was superb - providing excellent and interesting facts. Can only recommend this tour
• Submitted 17 Feb 2020
My husband and I recently attended this tour and had a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, Fabio. We were able to get in quickly without waiting online and visited the Vatican, sistene chapel and saint peters. This was a great tour for which I highly recommend!
• Submitted 17 Feb 2020
Excellent tour. Sara was an outstanding guide - knowledgeable and very pleasant. Would recommend to anyone wanting to visit the Vatican.
• Submitted 17 Feb 2020
This was well worth the money to skip two enormous lines. Our tour guide Oscar was very knowledgable. Great experience.
• Submitted 12 Feb 2020
Oscar did a sole did job as our guide. The experience was amazing and we never felt rushed. Thank you for making this a memorable day.
• Submitted 12 Feb 2020
Amil was excellent! So informative and fun! Highly recommend this tour and especially this guide! We had no waiting even though. The lines are long and very organized!
• Submitted 11 Feb 2020
Our guide was excellent - he was very knowledgeable and friendly. We visited the museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s - it was well coordinated and we had a great morning.
• Submitted 11 Feb 2020
This was the highlight of our time in Rome and the guided tour helped by skipping the massive queues
• Submitted 10 Feb 2020
Great guide and great tour. Very crowded but easy to hear and understand everything. We loved our visit and even our children were entertained well.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
You really don’t wait on line at any point. The guide was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and happy to answer questions. It was well worth it.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
Tour was top notch! Our guide was super knowledgeable, spoke clear English, and considerate of our son that was traveling on crutches. She led us through the heavy traffic of Christmas visitors to see and explain all the highlights in the museum, the Sistine Chapel, and the basilica. Worth the time and money; so much good information (still didn't get to see everything of course) and skipping the line was fantastic, since the normal line was winding down the block and moving slowly; we walked right in. Very good experience with various City Wonders tours.
• Submitted 30 Jan 2020
Our guide Alessandro was experienced and knowledgeable, and was able to manoeuvre the group through crowds. Enjoyed the narrative and avoiding queues. Recommended
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
Our guide was knowledgeable, organised and friendly. She offered an excellent tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
Well organised tour with guide who was extremely knowledgeable and gave ongoing information to the group.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
Perfect pace to see and hear the facts surrounding the Vatican, basilica, and the chapel. Our guide highlighted the most interesting parts of each. There is too much to try to absorb it on your own.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
Our guide was Nicola and our tour was great! He enlighted all the major aspects of the Flavius Anfitheater aka Coliseum and the Roman Forum. Me and my family loved the experience!
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
Finding the tour was not a problem as once you get to the desingated meeting spot there are many people there to assist you. Our semi-private group had only 12 people in it and the guide was simply amazing. He was super knowledgeable and equally funny. I don't usually write review but the experience was simply so wonderful that I had share. Our favorite part of the tour was St. Peter's Basilica- so much to see and it was genuinely breathtaking.
• Submitted 10 Jan 2020
as a first timer to ROME, i am glad that i booked this toor. The guide was knowledgeable, provided anecdote and comedy to describe what we were witnessing. Overall, truly enjoyed this experience my first time around.
• Submitted 10 Jan 2020
The company ran perhaps 6 groups on the day, populated and launched as people arrived. So, there was nothing wrong with arriving early. Indeed, as a result you are grouped with others who tend to arrive early. There is a lot to see and the tour covered it all, quickly. We definitely want to go back to spend more time in the Vatican museum. The guide was excellent. She gave us plenty of time to enjoy the key sites, with plenty of personal colour.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2020
All of the classic art pieces in one place! Our tour guide was especially wonderful, so full of information and history, making the experience terrific. If there is any downfall, it was the short amount of time we were allowed to spend in the Sistine much detail to see, and 15 minutes was not enough. The Basilica was especially wonderful, so beautiful in every way. And don't miss the hike to the top...totally worth the fun and the view.
• Submitted 02 Jan 2020
She was an awesome tour guide!! Very knowledgeable about the sites. Smart and funny. Would recommend the tour to everyone.
• Submitted 02 Jan 2020
This tour was exactly what our family needed. We are novices with Vatican history and wanted to understand what we were seeing, but not too much detai . Marie was great. And skip the line lived up to its name, we has very little wait even considering security.
• Submitted 31 Dec 2019
The tour was very informative and Salvatore did a fantastic job. Would highly recommend despite the price.
• Submitted 31 Dec 2019