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

1. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tickets

Visit the Vatican Museums and marvel at the breath-taking collection of renowned Roman sculptures and some of the most seminal works of Renaissance art without having to wait an eternity to do so, thanks to the Skip-the-Line Tickets. From there, take in the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel, known as the Cappella Magna and see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Last Judgement. A local and professional Host will welcome you and assist you through the entrance while giving you the most important tips for maximum enjoyment. 

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

2. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the wonders of the art collection inside the Vatican Museums on a tour with an art historian guide and skip-the-line entry tickets. Walk through the Raphael Rooms and admire masterpieces by Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel, including The Last Judgement. Start your visit by meeting your guide and enjoying a streamlined entry inside the museums. Listen to the explanations of your art historian guide as you visit the Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Arrive at the Raphael Rooms and marvel at Raphael’s incredible frescoes, including the School of Athens. Round-off the tour with the marvels of the Sistine Chapel and the frescoes by Michelangelo. Inside, you’ll get to see Michelangelo’s most famous artwork: The Last Judgement.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

3. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Explore the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with expert, fully licensed guides. Discover some of the greatest treasures and most magnificent works of art ever created by humankind. Begin on the verdant lawn known as the Pine Cone Courtyard, named after the ancient Roman Pine Cone sculpture that sits in the center. Once upon a time this charming feature sat upon the field of Mars in Pagan Rome, not far from where the Pantheon is located. Upon entering the Vatican Museum, visit the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps and that of the Tapestries. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is possibly the most famous and precious artwork in the world, Michelangelo’s depiction of the story of Creation. See this awesome masterpiece in real life as an essential experience and one which every visitor to the eternal city should enjoy.

Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

4. Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

Have the Vatican to yourself on this exclusive early morning tour that whisks you through closed doors for a buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard, before anyone else enters the museums. While the general public waits in line outside, feast on an Italian-American breakfast buffet of cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and even pancakes, flipped by the Vatican's pancake chef. Dining in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, experience a level of tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors. Then follow your guide to explore the Vatican Museums. Still closed to the general public, the Museums are quieter now than throughout the rest of the day. With only 10 people per group, have time and space to really appreciate the art. See rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Candelabra and incredible Raphael Rooms. Your guide will bring works of art to life, pointing out things you would have missed on your own. Continue to the legendary Sistine Chapel. Then, skip the ticket lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. See the altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture.

Vatican: Museums and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Ticket

5. Vatican: Museums and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Ticket

The Vatican Museums are filled wall to wall with some of the world’s greatest art history treasures, so it’s no surprise that you’d want to make the most out of your visit. Join us at our hosting lounge and enjoy a complimentary introduction to the Vatican City. After a brief orientation, enjoy fast track access into the museums, and set off to fully explore the 7km of galleries that make up the museums at your own pace. From illuminated frescos to impeccably well-preserved sculptures, the Vatican Museums offers a 360 degree view into the history of humanity with art works dating from the Gregorian, Egyptian era all the way through to modern day. With the help of our complimentary Vatican Site Map, you’ll soon be navigating the corridors like a pro. Uncover a world of ancient secrets in the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, marvel the impressive collection of works by Caravaggio, Giotto, Raphael and Leonardo in the Pinacoteca. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. And finally, but certainly not the least, stand in awe of Michelangelo’s most renowned masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour for Kids

6. Vatican & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour for Kids

Prepare to be amazed on this private, child-centered two-and-a-half-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Imagine your children immersed in rich tradition and ancient wonders with a local English-speaking guide who makes learning fun. Give your family the experience of a lifetime on this tour that’s designed and priced for up to 15 participants. Sightseeing can be overwhelming for children when it involves waiting in boring lines to see places and artifacts they don’t understand. On this tour, your children are the center of activity. With reserved admission to historic sites, there is no boredom or fidgeting in the long ticket lines. Interactive visual learning tools, pop-up books, iPad games, and trivia are all incorporated into the experience to provide a realistic glimpse into life in ancient times. You’ll be escorted through the Vatican Museums for the thrill of a lifetime. Following a treasure hunt theme, children will engage in conversations about the fascinating history of Roman civilization. Through the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, Caravaggio, and a host of other artists, your family will become acquainted with what it was like to live in ancient times, as an artist, a parent, a child, or even an emperor or soldier.

Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

7. Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Choose this early entrance and get the best of your Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel visit. Your experience will be enhanced by highly educated, professional art historians. Be among the first visitors of the Vatican Museums and get the best of your early start. You will be accompanied on your tour by a knowledgeable guide who will lead you through the numerous rooms of the Vatican Museums and answer your questions. Then spend some time inside the Sistine Chapel, admiring the Last Judgement and Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Your guide will explain its significance and you will come to truly appreciate this masterpiece.  

Vatican Museums: Exclusive Opening the Sistine Chapel Tour

8. Vatican Museums: Exclusive Opening the Sistine Chapel Tour

Tour Vatican City's Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before dawn with the Vatican’s Museum Key Master. Enjoy two hours of exploration time in the Museums without anyone else but your small group around, an experience usually reserved for the Key Master and the Pope. Follow behind as the Key Master unlocks the doors and lights up the long, empty galleries for you to explore. The highlight of your tour will be opening the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll enter completely alone and watch Michelangelo’s frescoes flicker to life. Accompanied by an official Vatican tour guide, get up close with some of the finest artworks in the world appreciating every detail. See the Raphael Rooms, home to a collection of frescoes revered by art historians. Enjoy the ample space free of crowds as you walk along historic galleries like the Gallery of the Maps and the Gallery of the Tapestries. At the end of the tour, choose to stay inside the museums to explore more on your own or head out, passing the crowds who are only now getting inside the doors.

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

9. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Discover the stunning Sistine Chapel and the iconic Vatican Museums on this guided small-group tour. Learn about the art you see from your local guide and beat the crowds with a skip-the-line ticket. Begin with a visit to the elegant Belvedere Courtyard, or Pinecone Courtyard, with a vast bronze bump fountain dating from the 1st or 2nd century A.D. Marvel at "Laocoon and His Sons," one of the largest sculptures in the world. Continue to the Gallery of Geographic Maps, the world's largest geographical museum. Next, visit Raphael's stunning rooms, painted by himself and his students. Visit the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's masterpiece. Look up to see the painted ceiling decorated with the creation of Adam and the Last Judgment. On the sides, marvel at the frescoes depicting the life of Moses and Christ. Throughout your tour, learn the fascinating story of the state of the Holy See, discover where the conclave is held to elect a new pope and find the meaning of the name of the head of the Vatican.

Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

10. Rome: 2.5-Hour Family Vatican Highlight Scavenger Hunt

This family orientated tour of the marvels of Vatican City will have your kids engaged throughout the whole 2.5-hour experience. Today you and your children will learn with entertaining anecdotes full of details the stories that bring the art works to life. All guides have been carefully chosen as the perfect travel companions for you and your family. The tour starts in front of the Vatican Museums, where you will meet your guide and go through the priority entrance with them to buy your tickets. See and feel the history while your kids are engaged with scavenger hunts, stories and games throughout the Vatican Gardens, the Gallery of the Carriages, and the Gallery of Maps. You will have priority exit from the Museums and conclude the trip at St. Peters Square.

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What people are saying about Gallery of Maps

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8,708 reviews

We were completely satisfied with the tour. Unfortunately our German speaking tour was canceled 2 days before. We were contacted and offered other alternative tours. Unfortunately, we weren't in Rome for long and we already had some other excursions planned, so we only had the option of taking the booked tour on the planned day in English instead. But it was totally okay. The lady who guided us spoke good, clear English, so that we could still understand everything. She has a very extensive knowledge, told us everything in a very interesting way and showed us everything important and also left a lot of time with us to stay somewhere in between. The Vatican was very busy but you will probably always have that. We never had to queue or wait anywhere, it was very well organized.

Antonio was THE BEST! He’s an Italian with so much enthusiasm and knowledge and passion for the art and the history of this era. We were so lucky and feel grateful to have gotten a tour with him. My husband described him as the ‘upper echelon’ of tour guides! Wonderful experience and I highly recommend.

The tour lasted longer than anticipated due to silly Vatican security and headphone requirements, but Ana was very knowledgeable and personable. The only part I would have changed was sitting in the sun before going into the Sistine Chapel.

Antonio was very knowledgable about the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Would recommend taking the tour to get the most out of your visit!

Eugine was absolutely amazing! I was informed and amused with his jokes. His passion for the art and experience showed! Thank you so much!