Guided tour

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: Skip-the-Line Tour

4.4 / 5

10 reviews

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: Skip-the-Line Tour

Activity provider: City Lights Tours
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 59.28 per person

Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Marvel at the vast collection of artistic treasures on display, the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and the Raphael Rooms.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide


  • Explore the Vatican Museums at an enjoyable pace with a passionate and knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the lives, intrigues, and myths of popes throughout history
  • Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
Full description

Experience the uniqueness of the Vatican Museums and the treasures hidden within on a small-group skip-the-line tour. Your guide will provide commentary on important works of art in the exceptional collection on this 2-hour program. Walk through the Gallery of Candelabras, Gallery of Maps, and Gallery of Tapestries. Your guide will explain in detail the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel and will tell you about the mysteries, myths, and legends linked to this extraordinary masterwork of Michelangelo. You’ll skip the long lines waiting to enter the Museums and receive headsets so you can freely take photos while listening to your guide.

  • Skip-the-line admission tickets
  • English-speaking guide, authorized by the Vatican Museums
  • Headsets
  • Tips/gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants 5 and older must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Please meet your guide at 11:15 AM in front of the Coffee Bar Da Paolo. Your guide and our staff will wait for you in front of the coffee bar.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • There is a compulsory security check at the entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • A strict dress code applies, stipulating that shoulders and knees must be covered
  • No long umbrellas or large backpacks are allowed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 10 reviews

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Highly recommend this tour!

Our guide, Christina, was amazing! A trained archaeologist, she was both knowledgeable and passionate about the works of art she described to us. I could overhear other guides on other tours and they were not even close to matching Christina’s wonderful tour and insights into the artworks, both from a historical perspective and an artistic perspective. So glad I booked this tour! Thank you, Christina!!

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June 27, 2019

Dina our guide was fantastic!

September 24, 2019

Guid was amazing but......

they let as many tourist as they can on that tour. Not this company the catholics in general. shoulder to shoulder 100 degrees and mass amounts of people.

July 15, 2019

Product ID: 59443