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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

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  • Check off Vatican City’s landmarks in a single half-day walking tour
  • Get in-depth info on the culture, history, and art of Vatican City
  • Make the most of your vacation time with skip-the-line access
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour
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10am Standard Tour: English Most Popular
Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 10am with an English-speaking guide
8:30am Standard Tour: English
Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 8.30am with an English-speaking guide.
12:30pm Standard Tour: English
Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 12:30pm with a English-speaking guide
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Explore Vatican City, with time-saving skip-the-line access, in the company of a guide. Visit the Vatican Museums (admission ticket price not included), the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in a single, half-day walking tour. Get insider info on these must-see Rome attractions through your guide’s commentary, guaranteed to reveal little-known facts.
What to Expect
Choose a start time that fits your schedule, and then meet your guide outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Skip waiting in the often-long lines for tickets and pay your guide directly for admission (not included in tour price).

Step inside and begin your tour. Your guide will narrate an orientation and give in-depth commentary on the highlights of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel as you walk.

Explore Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the School of Athens, a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael. Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam.

Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you'll see Michelangelo’s famous La Pietà. Before wrapping up your tour outside the church, take a moment to rub the foot of the statue of St. Peter for luck.

Opt to upgrade your experience with a before-hours, small-group tour or an after-hours tour (St. Peter's Basilica not included), when the premises are closed to the public.
Reviews (6,193)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Beautiful and busy

WE had a fabulous tour guide EDDY. He was so knowledgable and gave great insight into the painting and what we would be seeing. He pointed out specifics about the fresco's that I would never have noticed. He gave back ground information on why things...More

Thank Sandi D
Reviewed 1 week ago
Horrible Nicom company/guide ruined Vatican experience, AVOID!!!!!!

This 2:30 tour was advertised as “skip the line.” We waited in line for 2 hrs in the rain. After a 2 hr wait, it is imperative that you allow time for visitors to use the restroom. The guide said he would give us around...More

3  Thank Katelin T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Awesome day out!

Like many attractions in Italy, the skip the line mafia seem to do their utmost to screw your day up. Book in advance, online, wherever you can and skip the line all by yourself without coughing 300% plus for tickets and dubious tours. Italy was...More

1  Thank GrantS1498
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sistine chapel

Was very busy but such a beautiful part of the Vatican to see not to be missed as part of the tour highly recommend to anyone visiting don’t miss this part out

Thank BRUCE2912
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Too many people

First, the rating does not reflect how wonderful our guide, Emma, was. She was fun, knowledgeable and very helpful. The rating reflects the complete circus-like, overcrowding aspect of the facility itself. We had no time to reflect on what we were seeing or appreciate the...More

2  Thank ShaBu201
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Amza A
11 October 2018|
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Response from ShaBu201 | Reviewed this property |
Aside from the actual cost of paying for the tour, we had no additional entry charges.
9 September 2018|
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Response from simone949 | Reviewed this property |
The Vatican has visits for individuals in wheelchairs. The Vatican Museums website has been designed with a view to making content accessible to the greatest possible number of users, especially those with particular... More
2 September 2018|
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Response from genevieveconaway | Reviewed this property |
Probably a mile but very slow pace