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

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

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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A note from Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
Our group size is 10 people or less complying with the venue regulations during this post-Covid-19.
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Updated 20/06/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Home to some of the world’s most iconic paintings, the Vatican Museums attract huge crowds. Save yourself hours of waiting by booking this skip-the-line tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected) in Rome. Early morning and evening tour options mean you can explore the complex during far less crowded time slots. Upgrade to a small-group tour limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
You'll start at
Via Tunisi, 4
Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyMeeting point: At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani).
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  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Stanze di Raffaello
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by St. Peter's Square
  • 5
    Vatican City
    Stop: 3 hours -
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You'll end at
Sistine Chapel
00120, Vatican City
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  • Skip hours-long lines on this Vatican Museums tour in Rome
  • Listen to the guide's commentary through a personal headset (when group size is 20 people)
  • Opt for an early morning or evening time slot for a less crowded experience
  • Upgrade to a small-group tour, limited to 10 people
What to Expect
Depending on the time slot you selected at checkout, your experience begins outside of the Vatican Museums. Access the Vatican through a special entrance with no lines, saving hours of waiting time. Walk first through the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries, hearing your guide's commentary loud and clear through your personal headset. Snap photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard before you continue to Raphael’s Rooms. Spend the next part of the tour gazing upward at the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam' and 'The Last Judgement.' After, say farewell to your guide and continue to St. Peter’s Basilica to enjoy the church independently. Please note that on Wednesdays, due to the weekly Papal Audience, St. Peter’s Basilica may be unavailable. Ensure you select a day other than Wednesday if you’re set on seeing the landmark.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2h 30m
Return Details
Sistine Chapel, 00120, Vatican City
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly (when group size is 20 people)
  • Priority Access to the Vatican
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • St. Peter's Basilica is not included until end of September
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring your own mask on the tour. The wearing of mask is compulsory in order to comply with health & Safety regulations. Our guide will be wearing mask during the tour as well.
  • At the meeting point there will be social distancing taking place. Our guide will organize the group upon your arrival, but we kindly ask yourself to be conscience in taking social distance at all the time from others.
  • Following the new regulations regarding Coronavirus, at the entrance your body temperature will be checked. If a body temperature above 37.5 ° C is registered, you will not be able to enter the site.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Madeleine B wrote a review 02 Aug
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It is always worth skipping the line. ALWAYS. Just do it. The audio guide was also really fantastic and enhanced the experience.
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Date of experience: August 2020
FunintheOCsun wrote a review May 2020
Orange, California396 contributions111 helpful votes
This tour moves so quickly, you'll need your running shoes. You see everything in one shot. My suggestion would be to see the Sistine Chapel and Basilica on one day, then go back and see the museums, garden, and St Peter's Square another day.
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Date of experience: September 2019
barberrr wrote a review Apr 2020
Charlotte, North Carolina134 contributions51 helpful votes
Just wanted to say these folks accepted my caoncellation without question, a very simple process. When travel restrictions are once again lifted in Rome, we will definitely be looking them up again.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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BrianL wrote a review Mar 2020
8 contributions
Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed going round the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.
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Date of experience: September 2019
happy birthday wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
The detail and information provided in this tour was mind blowing and super interesting. I guess it helped that our tour guide Gia had an art history background. Had we just walked around aimlessly by ourselves we would have missed the details and meaning behind so much of the
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Martin C
We booked the Colosseum, forum and Palatine hill tour. Our guide Sarah was really informative and looked after our
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Micky was an amazing guide!!
We came across this tour by chance on Trip Advisor itself and what a great thing that was. It’s rare to find a tour
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Fantastic tour, fantastic tour guide
CityWonders is a well oiled machine that is well worth using for all your tours. Our guide was Kylie(I think! Sorry
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We took a tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in late July with Yaya (Ileria). She told us we were h
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Great day trip to Pompeii, one of the best guided tours we have experienced!
We had an absolutely amazing day trip to Pompeii from Rome.. It was one of the most memorable experiences of our li
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Great guide , misleading advertisement
Our tour guide was great, however it was poorly advertised. It appears to include St. Peter's Basilica, but it does
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Long day, but rewarding
Took this in late July, visiting from the UK, and booked only a few days before travelling. Rome was quiet due to C
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Pelin was a great tour guide!
Pelin was a phenomenal guide, her explanations made us appreciate the Forum, Palatine and Colisseum much more. She
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Amazing: engaging and entertaining
My wife and I did a semi private tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in English with Marco. He was so knowle
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Skip the line does not work anymore !!
This is a forgery. We bought some « skip-the-line » tickets, but because of the Covid-19 security checks we still
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Left early - without us
Got a call at 15:17 for a 15;20 tour. I missed the call looking for the guide (confirmation just says Metro Station
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Truly amazing once in a lifetime with a once in a life time guide
I absolutely loved this tour it was a dream come true and to have an amazing guide Pierre Georges was a true pleasu
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The tour guide spoke very clear English, was a wealth of information, and even knew all the great photo spots! Make
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Long, exhausting but so very interesting, you will learn a lot
This is a comprehensive tour and you will be exhausted at the end but it is well worth it. Be warned, there is a L
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Rohit R
Good guide
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Michaela was very knowledgable and given COVID, there were fewer tourists which meant it w
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