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Roma, Italy
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Guided Group Tour and tickets

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Overview

Enter a world of Renaissance art and intrigue on a tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Use a skip-the-line ticket to avoid the long general entrance line to discover the art and architecture straight away. See works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci; gaze at the Vatican Gardens; admire the artwork of the Sistine Chapel; and visit the papal crypt.
  • Skip the line with fast-track entrance tickets to Vatican City attractions
  • Hear the history of the Vatican popes as you explore with a guide
  • See significant works such as Raphael’s 'Transfiguration'
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and the papal crypt
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Departure Point

Via dei Gracchi, 17, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

The meeting point is inside the "Discovery live tours agency"

Return Details

00120, Vatican City

Choose from one of several start times, then head to Via dei Gracchi near Vatican City. After meeting your guide, bypass the main entrance line with your skip-the-line ticket, and enter via an eye-catching spiral staircase.

Start exploring the collections of the Vatican Museums, hearing the history that dates back to the 16th-century days of Pope Giulio II. Subsequent popes added to the museums’ collection, amassing an impressive portfolio of art that weaves some 4.35 miles (7km) around the complex.

Discover masterpieces of Greek Classical art and Renaissance wonders by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael. Highlights include the ancient statue of Laocoön and His Sons, and the 'Transfiguration,' Raphael’s last painting.

Wander amid the works of Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino, and Fra Angelico, then pause to admire the Vatican Gardens. Along your way, hear little-known tales about the Catholic Church, and the rivalries between the Renaissance greats.

Afterward, spend free time inside St. Peter’s Basilica to gaze at La Pietà amid ornate baroque and Renaissance architecture. Before you leave, you can also visit the papal crypt, where Pope John Paul II and others were laid to rest.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Discover the treasures hosted by one of the largest and most-visited museums of the world enriched by a huge number of masterpieces collected through time. Taking a spectacular big spiral staircase you will be introduced to the impressive greatness of the Vatican Museum. Admire the best of the ancient world visiting the Greek and Roman sculpture section. A collection of classical art masterpieces where admire the beauty of several sculpture groups, as for example the statue of Laocoön and His Sons that is one of the most famous ancient sculptures. Pass by the Chandelier Gallery, named by the several marble chandelier decorating this section. Be astonished by the elegant Tapestry gallery, wallpapered by the finest tapestry worldwide, realized by Raphael's disciples. Visit the Maps Gallery, a complete exhibition of maps representing Italy as it was seen by cartographer in 1581. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Vatican Garden and much more ...
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Admire the major representatives of Italian art such as Leonardo, Perugino, Beato Angelico, and many more Towards the end of this tour you will visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece: The Last Judgement.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
They are famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. Together with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, they are the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Departure time may differ from 20/30 minutes that the indicated starting time
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and the Vatican Museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Student discount is only applied under 26 years old with International Student Card ISIC, to be shown on site
  • Children discount is applied with a valid ID card to be shown on site
  • Infant under 6 free.
  • Not wheelchair accessible due to some difficulties in Sistine Chapel.
  • Note: tour will not operate on religious holidays
  • WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO VISIT THE BASILICA DURING RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND CEREMONIES (Audiences, Beatifications, Masses of the POPE). The Basilica is often subject to sudden closures. In these cases it is not possible to guarantee access to the Basilica.
  • Estimated time entrance in the museum is 45 minutes after tour departure, because you will have to pass the security check.
  • Not recommended for participants with mobility problems or other serious medical conditions
  • PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • There is no refund on reservation fees and tickets of monuments that are closed due to event that is out of our control.
  • In that instance we’ll try our best to re-accommodate the tour when the information from the office responsible of the sites visited is given in a timely manner for us to rearrange and inform all clients.
  • If this is not possible, we will operate the tour and will include other sites to compensate for the site/s being closed. No refund is given on unused tickets due to events that are out of our control.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour In Rome by Tour in the City
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Guided Group Tour and tickets ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Guided Group Tour and tickets ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Guided Group Tour and tickets ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Guided Group Tour and tickets ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-2
Dis-organised - lots of hanging...
Alex R
, Aug 2017
Dis-organised - lots of hanging around before going in to the Vatican and once inside less time to look at things you wanted to see didn't even get to go in to the museum. Oversubscribed - too many people to herd around making it a bun-fight at check in and difficult to hear the guide during the tour even with headphones on once inside you are often out of range due to the size of the group.
star-3
we got to see most of what we wanted...
Anand G
, Aug 2017
we got to see most of what we wanted - but the guide seemed rushed, and we could not understand what was being said some of the time.
star-1
The group was 41 people when it was...
Jodie H
, Jul 2017
The group was 41 people when it was advertised as maximum of 20. From the moment I arrived at the tour office it was disorganised and very unprofessional. The guide was very disorganised and hard to hear. She was also disrespectful when we entered the Sistine Chapel by talking when the signs clearly stated that no talking was permitted. She was continually told by security guards to adhere to the non-talking but ignored them and hence was asked to leave. We had group members leave throughout the tour. I'd had a walking tour the day earlier with Walks of Italy and it was fabulous!! The only reason I didn't go with them again was that I had left it too late to book and they were full. I was very disappointed and would not recommend it to anyone. Go with Walks of Italy if you want a tour that is professional and fabulous!
star-1
This was horrible. Skip the line is...
Jennifer C
, Jul 2017
This was horrible. Skip the line is an outright lie. We were in a very long line, twice. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable but the waiting around was not what was expected, especially when you sign up for a small group tour that reports to skip the line. Would not recommend this at all.
star-4
Amazing! The Sistene Chappell was a...
joy l
, Jun 2017
Amazing! The Sistene Chappell was a place of total control with the guards posted inside and outside, completely quite and full respect of the Chappell. The lines were very long, get the skip the line tours, worth every penny. The paintings were breath taking.
star-1
We didn't skip-the-line we were IN...
Kerri M
, Jun 2017
We didn't skip-the-line we were IN the longest line. Tour started at 1:30 with a short walk from the office to outside St Peters - we then walked all the way around St Peters to th4e Vatican Museum entrance where we were too early for our group to enter, so we waited another 45 minutes. Then we stood in lines to get in. Once inside, it was a zoo. I basically shuffled my way through crowds for two hours going from room to room. Our tour guide was horrible. She forgot her stick, and she was about 5'2, so no one could see her. We lost my mother for about 20 minutes and another elderly woman lost her husband - because they couldn't see the Guide. My audio was ok, but my wife and mother's systems kept cutting out. Wouldn't do this again - it was miserable
star-3
Our tour guide was nice. However...
Virginia S
, Jun 2017
Our tour guide was nice. However, she kept repeating herself frequently, about nonsense. Didn't add to the experience. She had us standing outside looking at a map of the sistine chapel that she laid down on the ground. ugh. The plus is that we didn't have to wait in line.
star-4
BOOK a tour! Don't waste valuable...
wayne s
, Apr 2017
BOOK a tour! Don't waste valuable time waiting in lines that can take you up to 3 hours to get in. The tours take you in a separate entrance and you go straight in and start your tour. Totally worth it!
star-5
We had Irina as our tour guide. She...
Daniel B
, Apr 2017
We had Irina as our tour guide. She was very informative and was even tastefully humorous. There is a fantastic little restaurant just to the left of the entrance with free wifi while you wait. We got there early and they put us on an earlier tour. We really appreciated the flexibility. I would recommend this to anyone.
star-2
Found this tour had far too many...
Ann M
, Feb 2017
Found this tour had far too many people approx. 50, and with the crowds in the Vatican it was not easy to hear much of the information given. Would prefer to go in a much smaller group.

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