Guided tour

Vatican Museums: Skip-the-Ticket-Line 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

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Vatican Museums: Skip-the-Ticket-Line 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

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From US$ 73.77 per person

Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access to the treasures of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Avoid the crowds and spend more time admiring the masterpieces of art on this 2.5-hour tour with a professional art historian guide.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
French, English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian
Optional audio guide
German, Spanish
Private or small groups available


  • Skip the ticket lines at the Vatican Museums
  • See the major works of art with a professional art historian guide
  • Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and his Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica
Full description
This 2.5-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica will immerse you in both art and history. Your professional guide will tell you about the secrets and stories behind the magnificent works of art and architecture you encounter. Begin at the Vatican Museums with skip-the-ticket-line access. Admire many masterpieces from different time periods, from classical Greek art to the Renaissance works of Michelangelo. Your guide will take you through the history the Catholic Church, and you’ll also hear about the rivalry among Renaissance artists.  After visiting the Museums, your guide will escort you to the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll stand in awe of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Last Judgment. The tour ends in magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll have the opportunity to admire Baroque masterpieces and Michelangelo’s breathtaking Pietà.
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Walking frames

Know before you go

  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  •  A dress code applies at places of worship and the Vatican Museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may be refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  •  A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  •  Student discounts only apply to those under 26 years of age with an International Student Card (ISIC), which must be shown on site. Child discounts apply from 7-18 years (a valid ID card should be shown on site for ages 14-18). Infants under 6 enter free of charge.
  •  This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to some difficulties in the Sistine Chapel.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 /5

based on 18 reviews

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We had opted for an individual visit of 2.5 hours. This was the high point of our visit. The guide spoke excellent French. His commentary was very dense and you had to make a great effort of concentration not to miss anything. But we can say that we saw all that was important to see in this long visit.

May 1, 2022

We visited with an excellent guide Dina, who adapted to us and our children and captured our full attention. We were able to understand the history of the vatican and the Sistine Chapel. I recommend it! The vatican museum is outstanding, filled with beautiful artwork and rooms. A must see !

April 28, 2022

62 euros are not a few for a visit in the name of absolute confusion. In periods of maximum crowding, you should charge at least half because I saw nothing or little having to worry about chasing the umbrella of the guide who ran like a madwoman whose purpose was only to get out of the Vatican museums as soon as possible. I waited for years for a visit to the Sistine Chapel and it was a real disappointment for the superficiality of the description by the guide who was surely to meet the needs of time. I advise you to take better care of the service that you advertise and I repeat 62 euros are not a few to have seen rather hastily seen some statues. Sorry but I didn't like the experience. On the contrary it was beautiful, always with your agency in the Uffizi last April with the guide Antonio who made us live with his Florentine stories a piece of our ITALY.

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November 4, 2019

Product ID: 62618