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Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Save precious time and avoid the boring history tours of the Vatican City on a small group, skip-the-line tour with an English-speaking guide. Head straight to the most important areas of the Vatican Museums to marvel at the masterpieces of the papal collections. Discover statues from ancient Greece and look inside the Pinecone Courtyard and Belvedere Courtyard, along with the Hall of the Muses, Round Room, and Gallery of the Candelabra. Admire Flemish tapestries from some of Raphael's pupils in the Gallery of Tapestries, and historical maps by fine cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps. Contemplate Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel in silence. Then, skip the long lines to St. Peter's Basilica and enjoy a fully guided tour inside. Feel free to stay and explore other areas of the Vatican City on your own once you've said goodbye to your guide.

Rome: Best of Rome All-Access Pass

2. Rome: Best of Rome All-Access Pass

Discover the Eternal City at your own pace with an all-access pass to the main monuments of Rome. Redeem your voucher at the office at your selected booking time and the staff will help you reserve all of your attractions. Visit St Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the largest church in the world, admire Michelangelo's "Pieta", and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit. Take the stress out of your visit with accompanied entrance to each attraction. Encounter masterpieces of art in the corridors, courtyards, and galleries of the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and pay your respects to former popes at the site of their tombs. Journey back to the days of the Roman Empire with a ticket to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Follow in the footsteps of Roman citizens at the Via Sacra and discover where the city was founded on Palatine Hill. Use your 72 hours unlimited public transport card to explore the city. Enrich your base option with the Vatican Gardens by minibus and discover the architectural wonders of the Vatican Gardens with a multi-lingual audioguide.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Ticket

Put yourself in safe hands and make the most out of a skip-the-line ticket with a host to maximize your Vatican visit. Enjoy some of the museums' 70,000 works including the Sistine Chapel's highly decorated ceiling painted by the renowned Michelangelo. Have a personal host wait for you at the office to provide excellent service and avoid the long lines. The staff member will show you the best way to the Vatican Museums and provide you with your skip-the-line ticket.

Vatican City: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line

4. Vatican City: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line

Enter into the smallest country in the world as you arrive at Vatican City. Your host will escort you to redeem your ticket passing the long queues outside the Vatican Museum so that you can spend more time inside the fantastic papal collection of art. Visit at your own pace the artistic masterpieces inside this vast museum, which contains 54 galleries and about 7km of art. Discover famous pieces by Caravaggio and Raphael, along with lesser-known achievements, such as the impressive Gallery of Maps and Gallery of the Tapestries. Arrive at the final and most famous room of the Vatican Museums: the Sistine Chapel. Home to Michelangelo’s incredible frescoes, see first-hand the artwork that earned Michelangelo his global legacy as one of the best artists of all time.

Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica: Early Morning Tour

5. Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica: Early Morning Tour

From its stunning beauty to its ancient history and artistic and religious significance, the Vatican is a one-stop-shop for any traveler. Whether the paintings, sculptures, religious art, architecture, or even the Pontifical Swiss Guards that have protected the Pope since 1506, little else compares to the utter majesty of the Holy See. Join the more than five million annual visitors of the global heart of the Catholic Faith. Experience the Vatican City, the entirety of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fully with privileged access to the main attractions before the general public arrives. Start discovering the beauty of the Vatican at 7:30 AM in the absence of crowds. Wander the Vatican Museums, the famous Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica surrounded by very few. Explore the museums at your own pace and leave the rest of the day free to enjoy Italy. Follow your expert guide into the Museums to discover the world’s most extensive collection of art, including the greatest sculptures and artwork of the Renaissance period. Continue through the Candelabra Gallery, divided into six splendid rooms containing artworks found throughout the country, bringing relics of the Roman Empire into the modern-day. Then explore the astonishing Gallery of the Tapestries, host to an extensive collection of Raffaello Sanzio’s tapestries depicting different Catholic stories and myths. From there, walk through the Gallery of Maps with your guide, the perfect place for travelers with a taste for the sciences. Check out the global maps created by Roman topographers — a glimpse into what the world was thought to look like centuries ago.

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-line Tickets

6. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-line Tickets

Drive straight into the action with skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museum and make the most of your time in Rome. Uncover masterpieces as you make your way through 15 kilometers of artwork and facinating historical items. Meet your host at the tour provider's office and be led to the entry point of the Vatican Museums. Breeze through the line and go through a quick security check that ensures your visit is safe. Use your map to help you navigate through the massive collection with ease. Stroll through over 3000-years of art history. Uncover a world of ancient secrets in the Gregorian Egyptian Museum. Appreciate at your own pace works by Caravaggio, Giotto, Raphael and Leonardo. Admire an impressive collection of classical sculptures in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments at the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. Finally, stand beneath Michelangelo’s most renowned masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel.

Rome: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

7. Rome: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

Explore Rome at your own pace with the Go City Rome Explorer Pass. Choose from 2 to 7 attractions and tours from a list of over 35 activities including the Colosseum, a hop-on hop-off bus tour, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and more. Visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, join a mouth-watering tasting tour, enjoy an evening at the Opera, go bike riding among ancient Roman ruins, or eat like a local with an authentic Italian set menu lunch ─ the choice is yours. Save up to 35% off compared to buying individual tickets and enjoy a complimentary digital audio guide packed with attraction information and instructions on booking your visits. Enjoy the ease of a fully digital pass with maximum flexibility. You have 2 years from your purchase date to use your pass and then 60 days after you redeem your first attraction or tour. Choose activities as you go: there’s no need to pre-select attractions (some of the most popular activities may require reservations). To redeem, simply display your pass on your mobile device or print it at home. 

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: Reserved Entrance

8. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: Reserved Entrance

Take in the highlights of the Vatican Museums, from the Sistine Chapel to lesser-known gems of the collection. Visit the Hall of Maps, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra and the incredible Raphael Rooms. A definite highlight of your visit is the Sistine Chapel. Take some time to admire the details you have heard about, including Michelangelo’s boneless self-portrait, in which he expresses to the world that he would rather be skinned alive than paint the Sistine Chapel again! As incredible as his work is, you’ll appreciate it even more up close and after you’ve seen what it takes to create a fresco. Redeem your voucher at the Touristation office then the staff will accompany you into the Museums to get your official reserved ticket.

Vatican Tour: Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

9. Vatican Tour: Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

You will meet your official Vatican Museums guide at the convenient meeting point and start your guided tour heading to the reserved group entrance of the Vatican Museum. Enjoy the Vatican highlights including the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and, of course, the Raphael Rooms. Admire the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, decorated with some of the most beautiful frescoes ever made, like the iconic "Creation of Adam." The guide will explain not only what the magnificent frescoes represent but will share with you anecdotes and curiosities about Michelangelo and the Chapel.

Vatican: St.Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums Guided Tour

10. Vatican: St.Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums Guided Tour

Experience the highlights of Vatican City with this walking tour. Discover the treasures at the Vatican Museums with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Gaze up as the masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. View the tombs and relics in St. Peter’s Basilica. Meet your guide and make your way to to St. Peter’s Basilica which is thought to be located above the burial spot of St. Peter. Appreciate the architectural and artistic merit of this iconic church with the help of your informative guide. Continue to the Vatican Museum to see a massive collection of art spread throughout 54 galleries. Let your guide help you navigate through 7 kilometers of artistic treasures, including the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries. Finish with the Sistine Chapel which is home to Michelangelo’s incredible frescoes. See first-hand the artwork that earned Michelangelo his global legacy. Find out more about Michelangelo's life and work from your guide.


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What people are saying about Vatican Museums Cabinet of the Masks

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 1,122 reviews

Very easy, there is an office almost in front of the entrance of the museums where they supported us to change the reservation, you must enter in a group so we waited for about 10 min for the others to arrive, then we entered with the group and the young lady, already inside she gave us the entrance tickets and we passed without queuing

It was a great experience. I bought the tickets with Get your Guide because the tickets were sold out on the Vatican museums website. We went to the collection point (tourist office), where they then took us inside the museum, skipping the line, where they then handed us the tickets.

Even though I booked the tour at 1:30 pm, our guide gave us the 3:30 pm tickets. If you want to visit this museum, book directly on the museum website. It is more convenient and less expensive.

We got a lot of great insight and information within a compressed timeframe. It captured the attention of the entire family (teens and elementary aged children)

All good, the staff who accompanied us to the box office very friendly