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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

Duration: 3 hours
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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…

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Skip the Line: Vatican, Sistine & St Peter’s Small Group

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Skip the long lines at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with exclusive no-wait access. On your small group tour, experience the best of the…

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Top 5 things to see at the Vatican museum

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

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.

Raphael Rooms

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.

The Belvedere Torso

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).

Leonardo Da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness

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.

Sala Rotonda (Round Room)

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.

Vatican Museums: Our Tips

Best time of year to visit

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.

Save money

On the last Sunday of every month, entrance to the Vatican Museums is free during opening hours, from 9am until 12:30pm. 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.

Pick the right time of day

The ticket office opens at 9am. 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 1pm. Most people will be headed for lunch at that time and it’s often possible to walk straight in without wait.

Don’t leave it too late

Even if you’re intending to avoid the queues, don’t come too late. The ticket office closes at 4pm and the Vatican Museums close at 6pm. If you want to have time to see the Sistine Chapel, you should arrive at the Vatican Museums by 3pm at the latest.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    365 days a year!
  • What is the price?
    Free to look at from the outside. Admission tickets vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not compulsory, but highly recommended
  • How to get there
    Taxi, bus, Metro, tram or by foot from Rome. Look here for more detailed directions.
  • Additional tips
    • 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

Exceptional tour, very knowledgeable guide and great to avoid queues.

This was a brilliant tour. Our guide was clearly passionate about her job, very knowledgeable about history and art. At times the audio earphones cut out so we lost some information. Unfortunately a couple from our group got lost wasting valuable time and therefore we lost time in some of the galleries which I especially wanted to see.... We were very pleased that we skipped the long long queues and glad that we were able to spend some time at the end of the tour to revisit the basilica and resting places of the popes. It is a very special tour and not to be missed. I feel that this was down to out tour guide on the day.

The guide we had was exceptional. She made our visit a wonderful.

Our guide was without doubt exceptional and is a credit to your company. She truly loves her subject and went way beyond what we expected. I really want to thank her for a fantastic day. The tour was meant to be 3 hours and she spent over 4 hours with us, certainly she was more interested in making it a day to remember and not worried about just doing her job.

Amazing, insightful and a full view of Rome.

The tour itself was amazing, very long but very amazing. Alfredo was an amazing tour and organisation was excellent. Only negetives is that the dress code or suggestions were not contained on website or print outs therefore we had to purchase scarf for my wife and she was worried due to wearing a dress. Be better to inform beforehand that people should cover shoulders and knees as well as wear extremely comfortable clothing as feet will hurt. The tour itself was amazing and well worth the money.

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/05/2017

It was perfect decision to use GetYourGuide service.

Very well chosen meeting place and very well explained how to find - no problems to find at all. We had only tickets to skip lines and it was worth - very good service to get into museums without waste of time.

We could see everything we wanted to see!

There are huge crowds at this location and this is the only way to really get to see (and to understand about the location) without having to wait in line a really long time. The skip-the-line queue is still pretty long - but don't worry it moves fast (we only waited maybe 10-15 minutes and we were in!) Nice and very knowledgeable guide - definitely worth it.

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