Skip the Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Admission Ticket

Rome, Italy
  • 3 hours
  • Offered in: English


Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure and avoid the long lines with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Spend more time admiring the world-famous art as you are escorted inside through a dedicated no-wait Vatican Partner entrance. Once inside, independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo.
  • Vatican Museums admission ticket with no-wait access via dedicated Vatican Partner entrance
  • Enjoy full-day access, map, and brief orientation to explore the Vatican Museums at your own leisure
  • Use your pass to see top Vatican attractions such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With this tour, enter the Vatican through a special fast-track gate and spend as long as you want inside.

What's Included

  • Reserved Skip the Line Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Escorted access through the Skip the Line Entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Map of the Vatican Museums
  • Guided tour

Meeting and Pickup

Departure Point

  • Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Ticket Redemption Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

What To Expect

Your Vatican experience starts in Vatican City, where you’ll meet your host and walk to a private, priority entrance. Your admission ticket provides you with the fastest skip-the-line entrance at the Vatican Museums. After a brief introduction, and your host will provide a map of the museums and leave you to explore the museum complex’s 9 miles (15 km) of rooms and galleries at your leisure. 

Design your own itinerary and enjoy highlights such as Raphael’s Rooms, a series of four connecting rooms adorned with Renaissance works by Raphael and his students, the Pinacoteca Gallery, and the Etruscan Museum.

Most explorations of the Vatican Museums end at the crown jewel, the Sistine Chapel, a particularly sacred site, as it’s where new popes are elected. Of course, you’re there to see Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes, The Creation of Adam on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on on the wall.

Vatican City

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Vatican Museums

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Cortile della Pigna

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Sphere within a Sphere

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Gallery of the Maps

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Stanze di Raffaello

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • While this ticket is a Skip the Line entrance, there is a security check that every passenger must go through. We cannot control the delay this might cause to entering the museum.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We recommend that backpacks are not taken on this tour
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point on time. Please plan on being at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the meeting time. Guests arriving late cannot be accommodated, and missed tickets cannot be refunded.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Good Tour
EvaRivero, Apr 2024
I loved that we were escorted straight to the entrance. The meeting spot was easy and the tour coordinators were very professional and nice. I liked that I was able to go at my own pace.
Great experience!
Iona_G, Apr 2024
Very well organize and easy way to access to the Vatican museums! Highly recommend to buy tickets in advance!
So much to see and learn about.
Juney_W, Apr 2024
It's great to be able to head straight in and not queue. The hand held recorded guides are very useful and you can go at your own pace. Be prepared for the Sistine Chapel to be absolutely packed, and if you want to sit around the edge, just be patient.
Great experience
Beth_C, Apr 2024
Really easy to find the guides to give us the tickets to get in. We really enjoyed it and would definitely go back. We used Rick Steves online audio guides when going round rather than taking a guided tour. Skipping the queue was great because the regular queue was huge.
Missed it but think it would be great
Karla_K, Apr 2024
Soo.. silly me thought we have tickets for different time so we missed our time slot and sadly enough there wasn’t anything they could do about it but was very lucky and got ticket from another agency so we managed to see Vatican City and would definitely recommend to everyone! And definitely get the skip the line as the lines there were crazy!
Bad experience
Lundy_P, Apr 2024
I just returned from my trip to Europe. This was my fourth tour booked through Viator during our two weeks in Paris and Rome and we had little to no bad experiences until this one. There was a traffic jam due to an accident and we arrived 8 minutes late, only to find that the group had already entered the building. They have refused to refund my money and I am not happy about this. I realize that there are rules in place and as someone who enforces rules in my daily work I can respect that; however, things that are completely out of our control do happen from time to time and this company needs to take that into consideration. I have tried everything I can to get them to reconsider to no avail so I will take it up with my credit card company. Just some words of wisdom for those that may be considering a tour with this company.
Worth it!
Cheryl_S, Apr 2024
Easy entrance! Without the “skip the line” we would have stood in line for several hours! So worth it!!
Ruth_R, Apr 2024
Everything was just beautiful, easy to find group and they were very friendly and helpful. My only suggestion is that the sign they carry should be taller or higher, sometimes in the crowd you could not see them
Worth it?
Katherine_M, Apr 2024
We had to wait for other groups to go because City Wonders told us that they weren’t allowed to put multiple groups through at once, so we had to wait so we didn’t get started at our stated time. We were placed on the end of a walk-around tour group to get us through the door. Once we had walked up to the Vatican museum, we were put in a line (for a skip-the-line ticket that was ridiculous), and when we questioned the tour guide, she told us we had to line up and was then dismissed because we weren’t part of her tour group just the extra people to get through the door. She said to another couple you can go now on your own before we had even got into the building.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi Katherine_M, We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced during your Skip the Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Admission Ticket tour. It sounds like there were some coordination hiccups that affected the smoothness of your experience. Due to unforeseen security malfunctions at the Vatican and the high volume of Easter crowds, our team may have had to adapt to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our guests. We apologize if this resulted in delays or confusion regarding the tour process. Your feedback is important to us, and we will address these issues with our team to ensure a smoother experience for future guests and travelers. We hope that you were fully able to enjoy the wonders of the Vatican once you entered, and we thank you again for your feedback to pass along to our Vatican team members. Kind regards, The City Wonders Team
Reliable service
bp7vnbmqkw, Mar 2024
Great communication and a reliable service, I had heard of other 3rd party tours being cancelled, but both of our excursions were fantastic.
Ciara_T, Mar 2024
It was lovely to see all the artifacts in the museum .. historically very interesting. However were rushed through sistine Chapel.. by museum staff
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi Ciara_T, We're glad to hear that you found the artifacts in the museum historically interesting. We apologize for any rush experienced in the Sistine Chapel. Please note that the management of the Sistine Chapel is handled by the museum staff, not City Wonders. We appreciate your understanding and hope that despite this, you still enjoyed your visit overall. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out. Thank you again for using our Skip-the-Line Vatican Tickets! Best, City Wonders
Tour groups have taken over
DelilahBlue, Mar 2024
Disnt realize (my own fault) that this booking was a tour group and we needed to meet at a pickup point to get tickets. This information was relayed after purchase. In the past I’ve just been able to get regular tickets to loaded via Viator. This is the 3rd time this has happened where I booked a tour and it wasn’t direct/gave me the tickets and made me go through tour group to redeem.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello DelilahBlue, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We apologize for any confusion regarding the nature of the booking. We understand your preference for direct ticket access, and we'll take your comments into consideration to improve our communication and booking process. We hope despite the inconvenience, you still enjoyed your visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out. Kind regards, City Wonders
Quick and easy!
Krista_P, Mar 2024
Super quick and easy skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Worth it, book this now!
Didn't happen misunderstood instructions so wasted all my money
Tracy_B, Mar 2024
The instructions were unclear thought I could go anytime during open hours Not so!had to pay a private company to get in
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi Tracy_B, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're sorry for any confusion regarding the admission process to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We understand the frustration of not having clear instructions. Both City Wonders and Viator provide call numbers and GPS links for assistance, and we regret any inconvenience you experienced. Your feedback is valuable, and we will work on improving the clarity of our instructions to ensure a smoother experience for our guests in the future. If there was anything at all that we could have done to have prevented you from missing your tour, please do not hesitate to let us know. Kind regards, The City Wonders Team
Good experience!
Clarissa_F, Mar 2024
There are cheaper ways to do the Vatican but we booked last minute and opted to pay extra to skip the line. It was easy to find the company to obtain tickets and they were helpful in showing us where to go. Would recommend!
This really does skip the line
Elizabeth_B, Mar 2024
Turned up at designated time and place, rep was there with our tickets and we were in the Vatican museum within a few minutes. Great service.
Amazing experience
Carol_D, Mar 2024
We had an amazing experiece, really enjoyable for all the family, would definitely come back again to see it again
Brilliant Rome!
Glenda_B, Mar 2024
The tour was well organised and went extremely smoothly. Would highly recommend Viator. The Sistine Chapel was better than we could have imagined.
Simple and easy!
Daniel_C, Mar 2024
Didn’t do a tour. Just skipping the line for a quick entrance. Directions were clear. Easy to find the meeting spot and the associated party with our tickets for the voucher purchase. Simple, quick, and easy. Love it. 10/10 would recommend. It was worth skipping the line because there was a massive line to get a ticket.
Highly recommended
Linsey_R, Feb 2024
Fantastic from start to finish. Very enjoyable and well worth the money!!! Highly recommend this tour.
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