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Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tickets

1. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tickets

Visit the Vatican Museums and marvel at the breath-taking collection of renowned Roman sculptures and some of the most seminal works of Renaissance art without having to wait an eternity to do so, thanks to the Skip-the-Line Tickets. From there, take in the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel, known as the Cappella Magna and see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Last Judgement. A local and professional Host will welcome you and assist you through the entrance while giving you the most important tips for maximum enjoyment. 

Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

2. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the wonders of the art collection inside the Vatican Museums on a tour with an art historian guide and skip-the-line entry tickets. Walk through the Raphael Rooms and admire masterpieces by Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel, including The Last Judgement. Start your visit by meeting your guide and enjoying a streamlined entry inside the museums. Listen to the explanations of your art historian guide as you visit the Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Arrive at the Raphael Rooms and marvel at Raphael’s incredible frescoes, including the School of Athens. Round-off the tour with the marvels of the Sistine Chapel and the frescoes by Michelangelo. Inside, you’ll get to see Michelangelo’s most famous artwork: The Last Judgement.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

3. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

The Vatican Museum is the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the entire world. The vaults of the Holy See, the heart of the Catholic Church and the crowning jewel of this magnificent micro-city state, it is said that it would take more than a lifetime just to spend two minutes with each artifact in this vast and mysterious labyrinth of treasures and secrets. Our standard Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour takes a little under three hours. In that time, with the assistance of our expert, fully licenced guides you’ll discover some of the greatest treasures and most magnificent works of art ever created by humankind. Our tour begins on the verdant lawn known as the Pine Cone Courtyard, so named after the ancient Roman Pine Cone sculpture that sits in the center. Once upon a time this charming feature sat upon the field of Mars in Pagan Rome - not far from where the Pantheon is located. Upon entering the Vatican Museum we’ll visit the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps and that of the Tapestries. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is possibly the most famous and precious artwork in the world, Michelangelo’s depiction of the story of Creation. To see this awesome masterpiece in real life is an essential experience and one which every visitor to the eternal city should enjoy.

Vatican & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour for Kids

4. Vatican & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour for Kids

Prepare to be amazed on this private, child-centered two-and-a-half-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Imagine your children immersed in rich tradition and ancient wonders with a local English-speaking guide who makes learning fun. Give your family the experience of a lifetime on this tour that’s designed and priced for up to 15 participants. Sightseeing can be overwhelming for children when it involves waiting in boring lines to see places and artifacts they don’t understand. On this tour, your children are the center of activity. With reserved admission to historic sites, there is no boredom or fidgeting in the long ticket lines. Interactive visual learning tools, pop-up books, iPad games, and trivia are all incorporated into the experience to provide a realistic glimpse into life in ancient times. You’ll be escorted through the Vatican Museums for the thrill of a lifetime. Following a treasure hunt theme, children will engage in conversations about the fascinating history of Roman civilization. Through the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, Caravaggio, and a host of other artists, your family will become acquainted with what it was like to live in ancient times, as an artist, a parent, a child, or even an emperor or soldier.

Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

5. Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

Have the Vatican to yourself on this exclusive early morning tour that whisks you through closed doors for a buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard, before anyone else enters the museums. While the general public waits in line outside, feast on an Italian-American breakfast buffet of cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and even pancakes, flipped by the Vatican's pancake chef. Dining in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, experience a level of tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors. Then follow your guide to explore the Vatican Museums. Still closed to the general public, the Museums are quieter now than throughout the rest of the day. With only 10 people per group, have time and space to really appreciate the art. See rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Candelabra and incredible Raphael Rooms. Your guide will bring works of art to life, pointing out things you would have missed on your own. Continue to the legendary Sistine Chapel. Then, skip the ticket lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. See the altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture.

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

6. Vatican: Museums and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Ticket

The Vatican Museums are filled wall to wall with some of the world’s greatest art history treasures, so it’s no surprise that you’d want to make the most out of your visit. Join us at our hosting lounge and enjoy a complimentary introduction to the Vatican City. After a brief orientation, enjoy fast track access into the museums, and set off to fully explore the 7km of galleries that make up the museums at your own pace. From illuminated frescos to impeccably well-preserved sculptures, the Vatican Museums offers a 360 degree view into the history of humanity with art works dating from the Gregorian, Egyptian era all the way through to modern day. With the help of our complimentary Vatican Site Map, you’ll soon be navigating the corridors like a pro. Uncover a world of ancient secrets in the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, marvel the impressive collection of works by Caravaggio, Giotto, Raphael and Leonardo in the Pinacoteca. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. And finally, but certainly not the least, stand in awe of Michelangelo’s most renowned masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museums: Exclusive Opening the Sistine Chapel Tour

7. Vatican Museums: Exclusive Opening the Sistine Chapel Tour

Tour Vatican City's Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before dawn with the Vatican’s Museum Key Master. Enjoy two hours of exploration time in the Museums without anyone else but your small group around, an experience usually reserved for the Key Master and the Pope. Follow behind as the Key Master unlocks the doors and lights up the long, empty galleries for you to explore. The highlight of your tour will be opening the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll enter completely alone and watch Michelangelo’s frescoes flicker to life. Accompanied by an official Vatican tour guide, get up close with some of the finest artworks in the world appreciating every detail. See the Raphael Rooms, home to a collection of frescoes revered by art historians. Enjoy the ample space free of crowds as you walk along historic galleries like the Gallery of the Maps and the Gallery of the Tapestries. At the end of the tour, choose to stay inside the museums to explore more on your own or head out, passing the crowds who are only now getting inside the doors.

Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Semi-Private Tour

8. Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Semi-Private Tour

Choose this early entrance and get the best of your Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel visit. Your experience will be enhanced by highly educated, professional art historians. Be among the first visitors of the Vatican Museums and get the best of your early start. You will be accompanied on your tour by a knowledgeable guide who will lead you through the numerous rooms of the Vatican Museums and answer your questions. Then spend some time inside the Sistine Chapel, admiring the Last Judgement and Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Your guide will explain its significance and you will come to truly appreciate this masterpiece.  

Vatican City: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Ticket

9. Vatican City: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Ticket

These are the last-minute tickets for your visit to the Vatican Museums. You will have all the time you want to explore the Museums and visit all the sections you would like not to miss. The host will be with you all the time until you obtain your tickets and. Once with the ticket in your hand you'll be ready to explore this marvelous museum and to discover why it is one of the most visited places in the World.

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel in Dutch

10. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel in Dutch

Enjoy a tour of Vatican City with an expert Dutch-speaking guide. You will experience a unique visit in your own language and you will also avoid lengthy queues. The guide leads you through the Vatican Museums with highlights including the Animal Room, Laocoon and His Sons, the Torso of Belvedere, Nero’s Bath, and the Gallery with Flemish tapestries and Gallery of Geographical Maps. You'll then enter, in silence, the Sistine Chapel where on March 13, 2013, Pope Francesco was elected. Your passionate guide has since unraveled every secret of the chapel. You will get to know Michelangelo as if you were there yourself.

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What people are saying about Gallery of Maps

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8,708 reviews

We were completely satisfied with the tour. Unfortunately our German speaking tour was canceled 2 days before. We were contacted and offered other alternative tours. Unfortunately, we weren't in Rome for long and we already had some other excursions planned, so we only had the option of taking the booked tour on the planned day in English instead. But it was totally okay. The lady who guided us spoke good, clear English, so that we could still understand everything. She has a very extensive knowledge, told us everything in a very interesting way and showed us everything important and also left a lot of time with us to stay somewhere in between. The Vatican was very busy but you will probably always have that. We never had to queue or wait anywhere, it was very well organized.

Antonio was THE BEST! He’s an Italian with so much enthusiasm and knowledge and passion for the art and the history of this era. We were so lucky and feel grateful to have gotten a tour with him. My husband described him as the ‘upper echelon’ of tour guides! Wonderful experience and I highly recommend.

The tour lasted longer than anticipated due to silly Vatican security and headphone requirements, but Ana was very knowledgeable and personable. The only part I would have changed was sitting in the sun before going into the Sistine Chapel.

Antonio was very knowledgable about the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Would recommend taking the tour to get the most out of your visit!

Eugine was absolutely amazing! I was informed and amused with his jokes. His passion for the art and experience showed! Thank you so much!