Guided tour

Best of the Vatican: Fast Track Highlights

Activity provider: ItaliaTours

Best of the Vatican: Fast Track Highlights

Activity provider: ItaliaTours

From US$ 65 per person

See all the highlights of Vatican City, including the must-see sculptures and frescoes, with a licensed Vatican guide. Enjoy priority entry to the Vatican Museums and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish


  • Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the beautiful and grand Eternal City
  • Hear about the museums and collections from knowledgeable licensed tour guides
  • Get an up-close view of Michelangelo’s remarkable frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Benefit from a hassle-free visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums
  • See all the highlights of Vatican City and learn about the area's fascinating past
Full description

Skip the ticket line to see the best of the Eternal City: the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel. You will be accompanied by an experienced, licensed Vatican guide throughout. During the morning tour see the highlights of arguably the most important collection of art in the world. The museum, which comprises more than 1,200 galleries, includes the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the Ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard. The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will take the shortest possible path so that you arrive there quickly and without unnecessary waiting. Along the way, cover the most important masterpieces and your guide will ensure you don't miss a thing. Learn about the background of the Sistine Chapel, from its commissioning to the finishing touches being applied. You’ll also learn the difference between fact and popular Hollywood fiction about the Chapel.

  • Expert local guide
  • Priority entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Entry to the candelabra, maps, and tapestries galleries
  • Entry to Sistine Chapel
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The meeting point is in front of Via Sebastiano Veniero 19. Across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance, you will see a broad staircase leading down. At the bottom of the stairs, turn right. Number 19 is a few steps ahead—a When In Rome Tours/Italia Tours representative will be waiting there for you.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Weapons or sharp objects

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.
  • Please note, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 218 reviews

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Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable in the tour. Is well Worth the fast track line and we had a very small group of 6 people. The reason I did not give it 5 stars is that we had a hard time finding her as we just meet in the street and not in a building. They said they tried to call but my phone does not do international calling.

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April 9, 2022

Absolutely fantastic

Our guide Luigi was so knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican and it’s arts - we learnt so much from it - absolutely excellent - we’re just so pleased that we booked it - can’t recommend highly enough - fantastic tour, great guide and even remembers names making it so friendly .

June 2, 2019

Great experience

It’s a difficult task racing through the Vatican in one day, but our guide was amazing. It helped that there were only 4 people in our entire group too! I can’t believe I forgot her name. It began with an F, she had curly hair and was from Genoa!! Wonderful experience, thank you!!!

October 9, 2018

Product ID: 9537