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

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    • Adult (19+)
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Key Highlights

  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!
  • Enjoy the timeless beauty of the Sistine Chapel in privacy before the doors open to the public
  • 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
  • Headsets, so even on a busy day there will be no issue hearing the guide
  • Overview

    There are 3 lines at the Vatican; the regular line, the ticket holders line (which most skip-the-line tours use) and the Vatican Partners line. This tour enters through the Vatican partners line which means absolutely no waiting in line. Watch the video above to see why this 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 Skip-The-Line VIP 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. 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. 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!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    3 hours

    Start time

    1 Jan 2019 - 17 Nov 19
    French Guided Tour: 8:30am & 2:30pm

    1 April 2019 - 31 Dec 19: German Guided Tour: 2:30pm 

    4 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 19: German Guided Tour: 8:30am

    1 April 2019 - 31 Dec 19: Spanish Guided Tour: 2:30pm & 9.00am

    1 Apr 19 to 17 Nov 19 : (English Guided Tour) 8:00am, 8:45am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:30pm

    18 Nov 19 to 31 Dec 19: (English Guided Tour): 2:30pm

    Meeting Point

    English Tour:
    Meeting Point: At 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)
    Refer the Please Note section for complete directions.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends near St. Peter's Basilica.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Guide (English, Spanish or French speaking)
    • Skip the Line Entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
    • All reservation fees
    • Headsets


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Snacks and drinks
  • Please note


    Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani Metro A Station: Exit the turnstiles – walk straight to the back end of the station and go to the left side exit. Once you’ve reached the left side, exit at V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Exit Station and walk down V.le G. Cesare to street light, cross the street and take left on Via Leone IV. Take right on Via Sebastiano Veniero and go 1 ½ blocks. The meeting point is situated at the bottom of the wide staircase.

    Arriving from St. Peter's Square: As you face St. Peter's Basilica turn right, exit the piazza and follow the Vatican walls around toward the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The walls should be on your left side. Follow the walls up Viale Vaticano until you reach the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Across the street you will see Via Tunisi and Cafe' Vaticano. The groups meet at the bottom of this staircase. 

    Arriving by Taxi: Please notify the driver to arrive at the “Ingresso dei Musei Vaticani on Viale Vaticano” Our meeting point is across the street from the museum entrance located at the bottom of the wide staircase next to Café Vaticano.

    French, German and Spanish Tour:

    Meeting Point: Near the corner of Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie and Via Candia, at the very bottom of the steps that join Via Candia to Viale Vaticano. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is Line A – Cipro.

    Directions from metro stop Cipro: From the metro exit you have to keep to the right and take the steps that indicate "Via Fra Albenzio". Once outside the station continue on "Via Fra Albenzio" until you reach the Church "Santa Maria delle Grazie" then cross the street "Via Candia" and you will reach the meeting point situated at the bottom of the steps that join Via Candia to Viale Vaticano.

    Directions from metro stop Ottaviano: Exit the metro station on Via Giulio Cesare. You’ll exit either on one side of the street or the other. Cross to the left hand side, and start walking so that you are going against the traffic. Keep walking straight down that road, keeping left, and until you’re in view or the church Santa Maria delle Grazie, shown below. It will take you about 10 minutes. Turn left onto Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, and walk to the bottom of the stairs that you will see in front of you, that’s the meeting point.

     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.

     The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

     Please remember that entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees ne\ed to be covered and no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts on either men or women are allowed. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. isango! or its local partner, unfortunately, will not be able to help in such a scenario.

     Please make sure that you reach the meeting point 15 minutes before departure to avoid getting stuck in any last minute rush.

     You can easily recognize the tour coordinator/guide, wearing Dark Rome/ Guideman branded blue jacket/ Polo shirts.

     Proof of age required on the day of the tour for those paying child rates.

     If you are interested in booking the tour on a Wednesday there is a possibility of St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square not being a part of your itinerary. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St. Peter’s Basilica may be blocked. As an alternative, you are offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms.

     Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with mobility problems.

     Please understand that the Vatican is a high surveillance area and extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. This is why you may experience slight delays at the entrance due to the presence of mandatory security checks.

    The Vatican unfortunately does not allow visitors to enter with large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks so we would suggest that you carry small bags to avoid getting stuck at security check-ins. In case you do need to carry any of the above mentioned items, you can have them checked into the free luggage storage area.

    As you might know, the rules for entering the Basilica changes from time to time. With respect to all our tours that commence after 2:30pm, please keep the following details in mind:

    • April - October: Guided tours will be shorter as per regulations. Our guides will help you to a fascinating orientation tour, post which you can explore the Basilica for as long as you want.
    • November -  March: Guides are not allowed inside during these months, so our accompanying tour guides will assist you with a brilliant commentary on the Basilica from outside. After that, you can head in yourself and explore the historic monument at your own pace.

    Worry not as none of your tour durations get affected! Our guides will segregate entire duration between the Basilica and the Museums perfectly to ensure you have the best experience!

    Additional info

    St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or an alternative. We endeavor to inform guests beforehand if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, however, this is not always possible. In such cases, we are unable to provide any refund or discount.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Excellent

      Knowledgeable, friendly guide. Well organised. See all I wanted to see and much more that I wouldn't have without a guide. Thanks....

      Chong Ng, United Kingdom
    • worth the money..

      The tour was worth it. The guide was very good with English and excellent explanation. No complains....

      srinivas ramaswamaiah, Cyprus
    • Fantastic tour

      Great tour, very informative! Our guide Gia was brilliant...

      Lynsey Kania, United Kingdom
    • The guide was interesting, caring and informative on the site. Wonderful tour, highly recommend this tour company

      Diana McVey, United States, 02/Oct/2019
    • We enjoyed our Vatican tour very much. Again, our guide Julianno was very nice and knew what he was talking about. We learned facts we didn't know and he clearly knew his information. It makes a difference when the guide is qualified.

      Silvia Thorpe, United States, 17/Jun/2019
    • Very well organised and also I had been updated through out the purchase

      Parmjit Rai, United Kingdom, 29/Aug/2017