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Rome: Semi-Private Skip-The-Ticket-Line Vatican Tour

4.7 / 5

6 reviews

Rome: Semi-Private Skip-The-Ticket-Line Vatican Tour

From US$ 78.05 per person

Skip the ticket lines and enjoy a 3-hour, early morning privileged tour of the Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Marvel at masterpieces of art and sculpture by Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini and more, away from the crowds.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Skip the ticket lines to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Take a pre-designed route through 9 miles of galleries to see the highlights
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's fresoces in the Sistine Chapel
  • See art and sculptures by Bernini, Raphael, Michelangelo and more
  • Explore the Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps before the crowds arrive
  • Get personalized attention on a small group tour
Full description
Avoid the rush and spend the morning exploring the Vatican City before the crowds arrive! With exclusive skip-the-ticket-line access, you'll go inside the Sistine Chapel and Upper Galleries of the Vatican Museums with your group. With over 2,000 rooms, it’s impossible to see the entire collection of the Vatican. But your tour will take a carefully planned route to see the highlights of the 9 miles of galleries. Marvel at the Pinecone Courtyard and Hall of Maps, before going into the Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabras. Next, see the incredible Raphael Rooms. Your guide will bring the art to life, pointing out things you never would have noticed on your own. A highlight of the tour comes when you go to the Sistine Chapel. Guided tours are not permitted within the chapel so, with the aid of photographs, your guide will fill you in on details before. Admire Michelangelo’s boneless self-portrait, in which he expressed to the world that he would rather be skinned alive than paint the Sistine Chapel again! Exit by a special access door that leads straight into St. Peter’s Basilica. See the incredible altar and Michelangelo’s beautiful La Pietà, before ending outside on St. Peter’s Square. *Please be aware that due to “Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy” this year, St. Peter's Basilica closes without notice. Other areas of the Vatican will be substituted to ensure you have the best possible experience. * From April until October, the tour will include a shorter guided tour of the Basilica. Additionally, from November until March, there will not be a guided tour inside the Basilica. The guide will still be able to provide an explanation from outside, however, and you will be able to enter the Basilica independently. The duration of your tour will not be affected by either of these factors.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Early morning privileged entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry and reservation fees
  • Headsets so you can hear your guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the bottom of the steps across from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The steps are located next to Caffè Vaticano in the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Please be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour departure time. The nearest Metro station is Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani (Line A). Exit the turnstiles and walk straight to the back end of the station. Take the left side exit door of the station.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Short skirts
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • As of August 6, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 to present either a COVID-19 green certificate and an ID, proving that they are fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine or negative PCR or antigen test that is no more than 48-hours old
  • Green Vaccine Passes must be in Italian or English and can be presented in digital or printed formats
  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  •  Entrance into the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered, and no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts will be permitted for men and women. Guests that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican.
  • Please note that access to St. Peter’s Basilica and Square may be closed on Wednesday morning tours due to the Papal Audience
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 6 reviews

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This was a fabulous tour. It was informational and made the most out of our visit to the Vatican. Our guide was kind, knowledgeable, and did a wonderful job.

July 10, 2021

Excellent tour, but not so private

Great tour and guide... its a shame though that there are a great many group tours happening at the same time....It is not so semi private then. More so when you reach the sistine chapel and it is full!

October 13, 2013

Worth it!

Our guide was great and informative.

August 2, 2013

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