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Skip-the-Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Tour

Duration: 2.5 hours
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Immerse yourself in the Vatican's awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more.

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What is the Vatican City?

Vatican City – everyone’s heard about it, but what is it exactly? Is it a part of Rome, is it independent, are only priests allowed in? There are a lot of mysteries and misconceptions surrounding Vatican City, so here are 5 fascinating facts.

The Smallest Country in the World

The Smallest Country in the World

With a tiny population of 842 and an area of 110 acres (roughly an eighth of New York’s Central Park), Vatican City is the world's smallest independent nation-state.

An Economy without Trade or Taxes

An Economy without Trade or Taxes

As a completely non-commercial economy, all of Vatican City’s money comes from donations, museum admission fees and the sale of postage stamps, books and tourist souvenirs.

A Veritable Culture Treasure Trove

A Veritable Culture Treasure Trove

Featuring the world-famous Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City is a highly popular tourist destination, attracting over 4 million visitors yearly.

The Pope Has a Secret Escape Tunnel
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The Pope Has a Secret Escape Tunnel

In 1277, a secret passageway was built between the Vatican City and the nearby fortified castle Castel Sant’Angelo, providing an escape route for the pope if the city was attacked.

Those are Not Harlequins

Those are Not Harlequins

The colorfully dressed men standing in front of the city’s entrances are the famous Swiss Guards. Former mercenaries, they are now the permanent de facto army of Vatican City.

Our insider tips

Best Time of Year to Visit

Although Vatican City is extremely popular with tourists all year around, if you’re looking for a quieter visit, your best bet is during the low season between November and February.

Give Yourself Enough Time

There is so much to see in Vatican City, make sure you’re not pressed for time. Importantly, if you want to see the Sistine Chapel, it’s essential that you enter the Vatican Museums before 3:00 PM so you can reach the chapel before it closes.

Book a Tour?

Although there is more than enough to take in as an individual visitor, those who want to learn about Vatican City’s rich history would benefit from one of the many excellent tours offered. There are public as well as private tours. Note that latter need to be booked well in advance.

See the Pope

You’re unlikely to run into the pope on your visit to Vatican City. However, every Wednesday the pope holds a public audience on St. Peter’s Square in the summer and in the Audience Hall during winter. The audience starts at 10:30 AM, but most visitors arrive earlier to secure a good seat. Security opens between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    365 days a year!
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to look at from the outside. Admission tickets vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not compulsory, but recommended.
  • How to get there
    Taxi, bus, metro, tram or by foot from Rome. Look here for more detailed directions.
  • Additional information

    • Large bags are not allowed in the museums, so pack light!

    • There is often no air conditioning in the museums so make sure to dress accordingly and bring a bottle of water.

What people are saying about Vatican City

Overall rating
4.3 / 5
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Clara was a very knowledgable and friendly guide.

This is a very good tour of the Vatican museums Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s basilica. It was a wonderful tour and Clara our tour guide was very knowledgeable, passionate and friendly. Would highly recommend

Highly recommendable guide. Very informative and easy to follow

Fantastic tour. Given it was hailing and the line was out of the square this tour was so welcome. Easy to load app. Helpful staff. Would recommend this tour.

It’s well worth the additional small fee; we skipped a line of 100!

Honestly, book this tour! Not only were we able to literally skip at least a 100 people to get in, the audio is easy to use and allows you to pick which items you want to learn about while skipping items you may not be interested in. Now, you can listen to each item but you will be there ALL day, it is HUGE! It was easy!

Guide was prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, and excellent overall.

Our guide and your program was much better than any reviews that I have read. I'm regretful that I cannot remember her name but she was a Roman history major from the UK and was fantastic. It was my wife's first time in London and she was both interested and captivated throughout the tour. Additionally, at 850am it was our guide's second tour and we would have never noticed. Congrats on your hiring process - from a simple observation our guide was more qualified than most. We also used your company for the Colosseum tour and had a very similar experience. Great guides, on time, and so much faster than a do it yourself your, which honestly I couldn't even imagine doing with the crowds at each historic place.

Great museum but very crowded; pick an early time to beat the mobs.

Great tour but it's a shame that the tour companies grab the tickets for resale so that you can't get them directly from the Vatican.

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