Guided tour

Vatican: Skip-the-Line Afternoon Tour

Vatican: Skip-the-Line Afternoon Tour

From US$ 84.90 per person

Enjoy the fastest possible access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica on this Stories of the Vatican tour. Explore the iconic sites with a Vatican insider who will providing fascinating historical and background information.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Skip the lines waiting to enter the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Hear fascinating stories about the Vatican Museums from an insider guide
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel at the very end of the day, without the crowds
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

On this 3.5-hour afternoon tour you’ll skip the lines and enter the Vatican Museums directly to discover the wonders and the stories hidden inside. Visit the Pavilion of the Carriages, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of the Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Pinacoteca, the Round Room, Belvedere Courtyard, Room of the Muses and Candelabra Gallery. Your guide will provide information about the Sistine Chapel before entering, as it is forbidden to talk once inside. Marvel at the beauty of Michelangelo's most important masterwork without the crowds, as you’ll be visiting at the end of the day. From the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter St. Peter's Basilica directly, avoiding the security lines. Inside you will have a full tour with your guide. Please note that the Basilica is subject to closure, sometimes without notice. If this happens, you will be provided with an extended tour inside the Vatican Museums.
  • Fastest-possible access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • English-speaking Vatican insider guide
  • Vatican Museums admission ticket
  • Headsets when necessary
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Via Tunisi 3 in Rome on the corner across the street from the steps (not on the steps). A representative will be there to meet you carrying a sign with a green logo.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Professional cameras

Know before you go

  • Please note: The Basilica is not accessible until further notice
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Large bags and backpacks are not permitted on this tour
  • To enter the Vatican Museums, shoulders and knees must be covered
  • In order to join this tour you must be able to climb and descend stairs on your own
  • Photos are permitted in almost all rooms of the Vatican Museums, except for the Sistine Chapel. No bulky or clearly professional photographic or video equipment (especially tripods or large videocameras, equipment backpacks) will be permitted inside the museum
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 6 reviews

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Firstly, booking changed by an out of the blue phone call while in Rome which ended up costing ''me'' approx $25 for just recieving it. i was offered a different tour at different time, and was even asked if i could change my morning boooking i had booked to fit in with their sheduled tour which i couldn't, and was then offered a partial refund! we ended up agreeing to a lesser tour in the afternoon just so we didnt miss out of seeing the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basillica. This tour was booked as we wanted to see the pope mobile collection and appreciated our guide allowing us to separate from group for a quick 5 min visit while we were close by looking at something else. The Meeting point was set up and towards to the back end of the Basillica building, and using the Maps app it was easy to find. we were split into two large groups, we went with a wonderful guide who was very informative, sorry don't remember his name. it was a long 3 hour tour but we thouroughly enjoyed it.

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October 26, 2019

Exceptional Tour!

I booked this because I wanted to see the Pope's vintage/antique car and carriage collection and it did not disappoint! Our guide, Chiara, was exceptional. I felt so fortunate to have her as my guide as I would have been lost in the Museums without her. Her insight made the tour for me. Thank you, Chiara!

January 22, 2019

we got little left for such an expensive ticket.

We got little left for the experience. The guide who met us was quick and uninformative. Therefore, it would have been just as relevant to solve a single bill in the hatch since we had to go on our own during the entire visit. So this is not something we are going to repeat - nor recommend to others.

September 3, 2018

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