Tours and Tickets

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour provided by City Wonders

Reserve Now & Pay Later

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Save
Share
Select Date and Travellers
From
US$70.51
Date
2 adults
Options
Select tour language
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Reserve Now & Pay Later
Low Price Guarantee
Overview
Home to some of the world’s most iconic paintings, the Vatican Museums attract huge crowds. Save yourself hours of waiting by booking this skip-the-line tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Early morning and evening tour options mean you can explore the complex during far less crowded time slots. Upgrade to a small-group tour limited to 12 people for a more personalized experience.
Itinerary
+
You’ll have 2 starting options
See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Stanze di Raffaello
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by St. Peter's Square
You'll end at
St. Peter's Basilica
Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
See address & details
Highlights
  • Skip hours-long lines on this Vatican Museums tour in Rome
  • Listen to the guide's commentary through a personal headset
  • Opt for an early morning or evening time slot for a less crowded experience
  • Upgrade to a small-group tour, limited to 12 people
What to Expect
Depending on the time slot you selected at checkout, your experience begins outside of the Vatican Museums. Access the Vatican through a special entrance with no lines, saving hours of waiting time. Walk first through the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries, hearing your guide's commentary loud and clear through your personal headset. Snap photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard before you continue to Raphael’s Rooms. Spend the next part of the tour gazing upward at the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam' and 'The Last Judgement.' After, say farewell to your guide and continue to St. Peter’s Basilica to enjoy the church independently. Please note that on Wednesdays, due to the weekly Papal Audience, St. Peter’s Basilica may be unavailable. Ensure you select a day other than Wednesday if you’re set on seeing the landmark.
Show More
Important Information
Departure Point
Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2a, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Priority Access to the Vatican
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Show More
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Guided visits are not allowed inside St. Peter's on afternoon tours due to religious functions. In this case guides provide full commentary from the Basilica's porch, and guests can visit the interior at their own pace without the guide
  • Tours departing Wednesday: There is a possibility that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed.
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
24,658Reviews
229Q&A
Traveller rating
  • 2,067
  • 335
  • 105
  • 59
  • 84
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
More
Popular mentions
BrianL wrote a review Mar 2020
8 contributions
Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed going round the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.
Read more
Date of experience: September 2019
Helpful
happy birthday wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
The detail and information provided in this tour was mind blowing and super interesting. I guess it helped that our tour guide Gia had an art history background. Had we just walked around aimlessly by ourselves we would have missed the details and meaning behind so much of the
Read more
Date of experience: March 2020
Helpful
Pat K wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We took the tour on 29th Feb 2020 just before the country was closed down by the virus and the crowds very quite small so the queue that we "skipped" was not very long. The guide was excellent and very entertaining and informative and while the benefit of skipping queue was of
Read more
Date of experience: February 2020
Helpful
Bob P wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions
Fantastic tour, a great guide, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic a nice sized group the tour was a nice pace with plenty of time to marvel at the sights.
Read more
Date of experience: March 2020
Helpful
Jackie M wrote a review Mar 2020
Fort McMurray, Canada22 contributions17 helpful votes
Company sent a review survey instead of the cancellation. Leaving us showing up for the tour at 8am and waiting for a tour guide who didn't show up. I understand the circumstances but company could have been more proactive with letting us know it was cancelled before us having
Read more
Helpful
Response from CityWondersCS, Manager at Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear jackiemO1280CA, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review on Trip Advisor. First of all we are sorry we haven't been able to provide the guided tour, However due to the recent Communication from the Italian Government all the Museums and and Cultural Heritages have been closed. We hope you can understand that we failed in contacting you due the large amount of clients we are contacting and the busy times we are experiencing due to the difficult situation we are facing. The Survey email is set up automatically to be sent upon we receive the reservation despite you join or not the tour. We are glad to confirm the refund has been processed already from City Wonder side, you will be receiving the amount in 6/7 working days back in your account. Once again sorry about this inconvenience, we hope to see you in the future on City Wonders tours Kindest Regards Barbara City Wonders Team
Read more
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: City Wonders
ed_broese
00
Excellent tour through Pompeii and Naples
Very informative and helpful guides, always giving lots of background information, humorous commentary. Also receiv
Read more
C9019AJannep
00
Terrible Customer Service
Booked the Colosseum Underground Tour. It is non-refundable. Italy is on lock-down and the boarders are closed.
Read more
Amber_Caitlin
00
Colosseum and Forum with the amazing Allesandra
Absolutely loved our tour with Allesandra. She has a background in archaeology which was very evident in her detail
Read more
RamblingLondonTours
00
Pompeii and Naples
Giulietta was a great guide, very friendly and informative. Pompei had long been top of my list to visit and I real
Read more
Julie T
00
Skip the line...Sistine chapel and Vatican museums
Loved the Vatican museums and Sistine...was great beating the crowds although with the emergence of the Corona viru
Read more
Nancy C
00
A tour like no other.
This Vatican tour is rich in beauty and history. From the first steps to the steps of St. Peter’s, the art, in myri
Read more
acki60
00
Great private Vatican experience
The young art Historian Francesca d‘Orazio led us briefly trough the Vatican museums an St.Peter‘s Basilica during
Read more
715deet
00
Great tour!
Our tour guide, Divan, was amazing! Really friendly and informative. We were able to ask him questions on anything
Read more
F8769EOstephenb
00
Colosseum tour
Excellent! Very knowledgeable guide who was able to bring to life the whole area especially the forum and palatine
Read more
Ginetty
00
A must see tour
Fabulous and very interesting tour including something a bit ‘different’. Andreas was a great guide, very knowledg
Read more
sjbeale
00
New Years holiday time is a great time to visit
It was comfortable weather and a good guide who took us to the highlights. Perfect for a group of American women
Read more
Lauren S
00
Vatican Magic with Oscar Minutillo
Oscar is funny and knows a ton of great facts and stories about the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's basilica. He ma
Read more
573carriej
00
Best Hidden Gem! DON'T MISS OUT!
Laura was the best guide! She had so much information to share. She made our experience amazing. She described e
Read more
573carriej
00
Amazing Tour!
Robert was an amazing Tour guide! Our bus driver was so capable. Robert was super knowledgeable and friendly. He
Read more
Dave-N-Kelly-Travel
00
Thank You To Our Amazing Guide "Barbara Blue Eyes"
One of the highlights of our trip was definitely our tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. We cann
Read more
Key Details
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Why Book on Tripadvisor?
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:800-130-2207