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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…


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

Duration: 3 hours
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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

A fantastic visit with a superb guide, Carlotta!!

We bought four tickets for my husband and I, my daughter and her friend. We got to the agency’s office in Via Santamaura 14b around 7 am and they were ready with pastries, coffee, cappuccino and orange juice for everybody’s breakfast. Our group was composed of 8 people. The guide, Carlotta, was Italian and her English was the best!! Around 7:20 am we walked to the Vatican museums which were just 2 minutes away. While waiting for the Museums to open the guide gave us lots of information about the Sistine Chapel. We walked in at 8 am and did not have to wait in line. We walked straight to the Sistine Chapel which took 10 minutes. We stayed inside 20 minutes and we just walked around by ourselves. Then we walked back to the Museums where Carlotta gave us the highlights on the most important art works. Later, we walked together to the Stanze di Raffaello and then to the Basilica, always avoiding all lines . The whole fantastic visit lasted 4 hours and Carlotta made it even more memorable!!

Early Morning Vatican Tour Reviewed by ANGIOLINA, 12/10/2017

Fantastic tour by Francesca - 'Enjoy Rome'

A brilliant tour that I would recommend to anyone. Francesca was very knowledgeable and her insight into the Vatican was very interesting. I usually don't book tours but so glad I did as we walked straight past the queue and into the Vatican. It was a nice pace and I saw everything I wanted to see (don't expect to see everything in one visit!). I will always book tours before I go away now!

Good overview of the Vatican and St Peter's

Sabrina was a good guide. there were more than 25 people in our group. The tour is advertised as 25 Max

Excellent your and very knowledgeable guide!

This trip to Rome was on my top 5 of my bucket list. A friend told me before I left to get a tour with the "skip the line" feature. There were so many companies to choose from and so many different prices ranges. I finally decided to choose Get Your Guide. It was worth every penny. Our guide, I forgot his name but he had long hair :), was knowledgeable, friendly and very approachable when asking questions. I really picked his brain, and he didn't flinch at all. Very impressed!! There were 7 of us traveling together and I probably was the most limited due to recovering from knee surgery. Our guide kept us on a good pace and I didn't seem rushed. Thankful for this company and the friendly and knowledgeable employees. I hope to use this company again for our future travels. Thank you!!

Great descriptions and commentary for the tour

In mid-November, the day I went (a Monday), there was a significant queue in the morning and skip the line was valuable, although for the afternoon tour there was no queue and skip the line was not relevant. The tour itself was very good. The guide was knowledgeable and kept up a good commentary with radios so that you could hear as you walked. The only thing to bear in mind was that the tour finished at 1645, I had hoped to climb the basilica, last entry should be 1700, but when I got there at 1650 they had decided to stop selling tickets early as they felt they had too many people left to climb. Just bear this in mind if you are planning/ hoping to climb the dome.

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