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Faster than skip-the-line: Vatican & Sistine Chapel VIP Tour

  • When does it run?

     Daily except Sundays

  • Start time

    9am // 10am // 2:30pm

  • Duration
    3 hours
Inclusions
  • No Wait Access into the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
COVID-19 Safety guidelines

Key Highlights

  • Headsets, so even on a busy day there will be no issue hearing the guide
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!
  • Witness one of the greatest collections of art in the world, including Michelangelo’s Last Judgement
  • Sink into the treasure trove of art, history and riveting politics at the Vatican Museum
  • Feast your eyes on the ravishing frescoes of Sistine Chapel and the incredible La Pietà of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Savour the inimitable Raphael’s Rooms as well as the ingenious optical illusions of Bernini

Overview

The Vatican has three lines; the regular line, the e-ticket holder’s line (which most skip-the-line tours use) and the Official Partners’ line. This tour enters through the Official Partners’ line, which means dedicated entrance and absolutely no waiting. Watch the video above to see why that is so fantastic!

No Roman vacation is complete without a visit to the Vatican and this tour makes for a perfect one with a special No Wait access that gets you away from the legendary crowds and infinitely long queues the place is known for! One of the top bucket-list spots in the world, the Vatican is a den of history and exquisite artworks. The tour takes you on a magical journey comprising the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and the Basilica.

Beginning at the famous Vatican Museum, treat yourself to a visual feast of the most extensive collection of art in the world. The complex is spread over a mammoth 14 km comprising 2000 rooms and our tour guide will regale you with unheard anecdotes as well as fascinating legends and rumours shrouding the papacy.

With commentary from your expert, English-speaking guide you’ll see the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra and the incredible Raphael Rooms. Listen as your guide brings these works of art to life for you – pointing out things you never would have noticed on your own and teaching you about the characters behind these great works.

Witness the iconic works of the one of greatest Renaissance artists, Michelangelo - the magnificent frescoes of Sistine Chapel, the unforgettable La Pietà of St. Peter’s Basilica and of course, two of his greatest paintings - Last Judgment and Creation of Adam. The tour finishes out in St. Peter’s Square where you can admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion, spot the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses and snap photos of the imposing exterior of the basilica. From the beauty of Raphael’s Rooms to the enigma of Bernini’s ingenious use of optical illusion at St. Peter’s Square, this premium tour of the Vatican is sure to leave you mesmerised!

About the Supplier: City Wonders are leaders in Italy tours and experiences. Their tours are insightful and entertaining with expert guides taking you around the city’s known as well as offbeat attractions. They believe in having a small group size to provide intimate experiences in all major cities of Italy.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

     Daily except Sundays

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Start time

    9am // 10am // 2:30pm

  • Meeting Point

    Please make your way to the bottom of the steps, across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums.
    The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani)

  • Ending Point

    The tour ends near St. Peter's Basilica.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • No Wait Access into the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Snacks and drinks

Please note

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet, you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

Because of the attraction's popularity, large numbers of people visit each day. For any last minute changes, time changes or other updates please visit the attraction website.

During Papal Audience, access to St. Peter’s Basilica may be affected. Worry not as none of your tour durations gets affected! Our guides will segregate entire duration between other attractions of the itinerary perfectly to ensure you have the best experience!

Security Measures:
There will be airport-style security checks. All visitors and their small-medium sized bags will be screened. Liquids, large bags, or sharp items are not allowed and must be left in cloakroom.

Please carry your valid ID/passport. Failure to do may result in denied entry. Pacemakers should carry their certification as well.

Wheelchair Accessibility:
Those with a disability and their attendant / companion go free with a disability certificate that you must present at the museum's Special Permit or Reception Desk.

Dress Code:
Both men and women MUST have knees and shoulders covered. Failure to comply may result in denied entry.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

Customer Reviews

  • Excellent
    Chong Ng, United Kingdom 06/07/2018
  • worth the money..
    srinivas ramaswamaiah, Cyprus 07/02/2017
  • Fantastic tour
    Lynsey Kania, United Kingdom 02/20/2017

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