See priceless works of art from the Papal collections with skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Go on a stirring journey…
Discover one of the most beautiful sites in the world on this fantastic 3-hour tour of the Vatican with skip-the-line access. Explore the Vatican…
See all the most important sights of the Vatican City with a guide in your chosen language. Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums, Sistine…
Skip the line at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel through an official priority entrance. On your group tour, experience the best of the Vatican…
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Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums and see masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes over the centuries.
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Top sights in Rome
When in Rome, don’t miss out on the Vatican’s world-famous Vatican Museums. Over the centuries, popes have built up a truly astounding collection of artistic masterpieces. There are countless things to see, but make sure not to miss these 5 highlights.
The Sistine Chapel alone would be worth a trip to the Vatican Museums. Painted by the greatest Renaissance painters, the chapel’s famous frescoes are quite simply sublime.
The 4 dazzling Raphael Rooms form the public part of the Pope’s apartments. Raphael’s magnificent frescoes decorating the walls give those of the Sistine Chapel a run for their money.
This stunning sculpture of a muscly male torso was highly influential for Renaissance artists like Michelangelo (note Christ’s similar pose in the Sistine Chapel’s Last Judgement).
Despite being unfinished, this gorgeous painting is a glorious demonstration of Leonardo’s painterly prowess. Unbelievably, it was once cut up and used to cover a barber’s stool.
A masterpiece of neo-classical architecture, this majestic room is shaped like a miniature pantheon, with lavish mosaics covering the floors and ancient statues lining the walls.
Although the Vatican Museums are 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.
On the last Sunday of every month, entrance to the Vatican Museums is free during opening hours, from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM. This is a great way of saving money, but be warned: these free days are also the most popular. If you’d rather avoid the large crowds, you’re better off going on a regular day.
The ticket office opens at 9:00 AM. If you want to see as much as possible, then you should arrive early, as the Vatican Museums are huge (over 9 miles!) and long lines can start forming at the entrance even before opening time. However, if you’re more interested in avoiding the queues, come around 1:00 PM. Most people will be headed for lunch at that time and it’s often possible to walk straight in without wait.
Even if you’re intending to avoid the queues, don’t come too late. The ticket office closes at 4:00 PM and the Vatican Museums close at 6:00 PM. If you want to have time to see the Sistine Chapel, you should arrive at the Vatican Museums by 3:00 PM at the latest.
- 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 highly recommended.
- How to get thereTaxi, 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 Museums
We had been advised to book in advance to save queuing time - this was definitely the case. Due to the huge amount of people in and around the queues, it was very chaotic - my criticism would be that once inside, the guide was not able to brief everyone because of the amount of noise, therefore, we missed most of the tips. None the less, definitely worth booking this skip the line ticket in advance.
So glad we booked the skip the line for this, the queue was huge when we arrived. We got straight in with the Get Your Guide rep, no hassle. It was incredibly busy inside but was certainly a sight not to miss.
The Vatican tour was terrible. Too crowded. Guide went through too quickly and was constantly talking in the microphone. Heard every and all conversations. The Colliseum tour was amazing. Guide was very informative and patient!! Would highly recommend the Colliseum tour any day.
For a fast track introduction to Vatican City, this was great. Our guide was phenomenal. As these places are beyond packed this time of year, this was a good way to get through in a less stressful way to figure out what I wanted more of.
Biggest problem was that that the “skip the line” claim is not true. You’ve just traded one line for another, “guided tour” line. It STILL took over an hour in line outside just to enter the door!! -then another 20-30 minutes waiting in the lobby till our guide got our tickets. : (.