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

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Skip The Line

After meeting your guide in Vatican City, pay your entrance fees directly, and then head inside the incredible Vatican Museums with your skip-the-line ticket. As you walk through its corridors, your guide will regale you with tales of Vatican saintliness and sin – an intriguing insight into the holiest place in the Christian world.

At a time when Italian art blazed a trail around the world, the Vatican employed only the best Renaissance and
After meeting your guide in Vatican City, pay your entrance fees directly, and then head inside the incredible Vatican Museums with your skip-the-line ticket. As you walk through its corridors, your guide will regale you with tales of Vatican saintliness and sin – an intriguing insight into the holiest place in the Christian world.

At a time when Italian art blazed a trail around the world, the Vatican employed only the best Renaissance and Baroque architects to furnish their surroundings. No surprise then that the popes amassed one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings – a visual feast for art connoisseurs and amateurs alike.

Walk through breathtaking galleries like Raphael’s Rooms, a series of interconnecting papal chambers that showcase the artistic genius of Renaissance master Raphael and his pupils. Stop to look at mesmerizing paintings like the School of Athens, which features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself, and hear about the rivalries that resulted in some of the most influential works of Western art ever created.

Stroll through more captivating rooms including the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Masks, and then head inside the Sistine Chapel – the popes’ private place of worship. Besides its sacredness, the main draw of the Sistine Chapel is the incredible frescoes, created solely by Michelangelo. Gaze skyward at The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco, and look to the back wall to see The Last Judgement.

Finish with a walk inside St Peter’s Basilica – Italy’s largest and infinitely most spectacular church that’s built on the site of St Peter’s supposed burial place. Marvel at La Pieta, one of Michelangelo’s early sculptures, and stop to rub the foot of St Peter himself for good luck and a blessing. Your tour then finishes outside the church.

8am Tour:
Want to skip the line and the crowds too? Upgrade to the 8am small-group tour and after skipping the long entrance lines, gain access to the museums before the general public set foot inside! See all the classic Vatican sights in a small-group of no more than 12 people, with personalized attention from your guide.

7:30pm Tour:
Book the 7:30pm tour and explore the Vatican Museums after the main closing times – an opportunity available for a strictly limited season. Access is only possible for people pre-booking an evening tour, so book now to secure your spot! The season runs every Friday from May 6 until July 26, and then from September 6 until October 25. Numbers are limited to 20 people. Please note that entry isn't permitted to St Peter's Basilica in the evening tour.

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Important Details


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Skip the line
  • Likely to Sell Out


  • Professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour


  • Vatican Museums entrance tickets are NOT included 
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

Vatican City, near Ottaviano metro station (Line A).
Meeting time: 20 minutes before your departure time

Return Details

Concludes in St Peter's Square

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot).
  • A supplement of approx. 24 euros (adult) is payable directly. Entrance will be free of charge on World Tourism Day.
  • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • Evening tours do not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Tours departing Wednesday: 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. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please DO NOT select Wednesday as your travel date
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you'll spend a full 3 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We will list any affected dates as they become available. The tour guides aim to notify guests if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed upon commencement of the tour. It is beyond our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
  • Our tours end at the front of St Peter's Basilica, which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St Peter's Basilica, continue to the grottos below St Peter's, or climb to the dome. Your tour guide will be happy to point you in the right direction!
  • We cannot predict when individual museums will be crowded. In general long lines are common at major attractions in summer, on most weekends, and during peak travel periods throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, local holidays). Our skip-the-line tickets (not included in the price) enable you to skip the line if indeed there is one. 
  • Please note: Raphael Rooms are available only for the first morning tour.

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8,121 Reviews
Reviewed: April 13, 2018

Karen P

Our small group of 3 had an 8 am tour which was ideal, even though there were already lines, our tour guide Francesco led us through and into key areas he said were often too crowded to see clearly. Felt like we had parts of the museum to ourselves! It was great. Francesco was wonderful, very interactive, and gave us tons of interesting information. It was a pleasure to have a guide who seemingly enjoys their job so much! Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica were wonderful. Our tour included a trip up to the top of the dome, which was amazing. There was a service going on and being able to watch and listen to the beautiful music echoing through the area was very moving. The weather left a little to be desired so we did not spend much time outside the dome or in the Plaza. Also due to the service going on we could not get into the crypts. But the tour was overall a 5 out of 5, we loved it.

Reviewed: April 12, 2018


The Vatican is certainly a place where you want to take advantage of skipping lines! Highly recommend this tour.

Reviewed: April 11, 2018

Mary C

Skipping the line alone was well worth it. Having someone help navigate and point things out, you just can't see the Vatican any other way.

Reviewed: April 11, 2018

Natalie W

Tour was extremely expensive. For 3 adults 3 teens and 1 preschooler, we paid $289.08. The Viator “skip the line” for three places is deceiving. We ended up paying an extra 24€ for each adult and half price for teens = about $129.00 some dollars!!! Weds- St Peters Basillica is closed and free.

Reviewed: April 10, 2018

Gordon N

This is an essential tour. I loved the Vatican museum, and of course seeing the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. But for me the highlight was being inside St Peter's Basilica. The guide was fantastic. So much history. Wonderful!

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the start of your experience. If you do not show up for the experience or fail to cancel at least 72 hours in advance, you will not receive a refund.