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No-Wait Tickets: Explore the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel at Your Own Pace

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This ticket is perfect for an independent sightseer who wants to visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without a tour guide but would still like to avoid the long lines that form outside this famous site. When you arrive, you’ll be escorted through a special no-wait Vatican Partner entrance before being set free to spend as much of the day as you want exploring the famous collections.
Highlights
  • Exclusive skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museum
  • Save hours waiting in line with a priority admission ticket 
  • Upgrade to a tour with guided visit to St Peter’s Basilica
  • Groups are limited to 20 people for intimate access
  • Plenty of time to explore the 15th-century Sistine Chapel
What to Expect
In Vatican City, get ready to pass by the crowds outside the museum with VIP admission tickets. You’ll bypass the beginning queues. Once inside, you’ll have lots of time to explore nine miles (14km) of art-filled galleries. Savor masterpieces in rooms like the Gallery of the Candelabra, which is lined with elegantly carved marble sculptures and candle-holders. You’ll also be free to wander at leisure through Raphael’s Rooms, four interconnecting galleries that are hung with paintings from the famous Renaissance master and his pupils. Enrich your knowledge of Italian geography in the Gallery of Maps, where you’ll find 16th-century plans of Italy. The best is saved for last. The final part of the museum complex is the blockbuster Sistine Chapel, which most people wait in line for hours to see. With special access to the museum, you’ll skip to the front of the crowds to see the legendary 15th-century chapel. With an optional upgrade, you can opt to explore the galleries with a guide.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Vatican City
Duration
3h
Inclusions
  • Small-group tour (if option selected)
  • Exlusive Access to the Vatican Museum
  • Map and a brief orientation at the beggining of the tour
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican City
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • On Wednesday you will be unable to include St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square. This is due to the Papal Audience during which access to St. Peter's Basilica could be closed.
  • 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.
  • We recommend that backpacks are not taken on this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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All reviews city wonders skip the line vatican museum guided tour meeting place beautiful artwork long queue enter st walk straight group entrance beautiful experience entry ticket every step of the way fast track entry group members well worth the money hour wait
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Reviewed yesterday

once we worked out which area to meet the rep ( after a very long walk around the Vatican wall!!) it was plain sailing. Getting into the Vatican was efficient and effective. We walked past literally hundreds of people. Well worth purchasing the no-wait ticket.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We purchased these online but had a hard time finding the location of the pick up point. It was a 20 minute walk from the front of the Vatican so when we finally figured out where to go we were late. If you are late...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Staff were great, everything ran very smoothly and we got into the vatican very quickly, the maps we were given were very basic though.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Catherine K
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a fantastic tour, heightened by our exceptional tour guide, Alessandra. She was fun, smart, and added a personal touch to the entire interview. We went on several great tours throughout our time in Italy and this was the first and best. Would strongly...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ryantC2632XQ
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Guida as our guide. Excellent in every respect. Informed, patient, insightful. Definitely would not have picked up all the information we had on the Vatican and it’s art etc without this tour. Good value. Recommended

Date of experience: September 2019
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630kathd
20 September 2019|
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Response from Conna N C |
There are two paths out of the sistine chapel. 1 leads to St. Peters free entry. The other back out to the Vatican pavilions areas.
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02149erikab
15 September 2019|
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Response from Lynn_Drucker | Reviewed this property |
No access to the gardens. The tour ends in St. Peter's Basilica, which you will want to tour on your own. Download the Rick Steve's audioguide and you can use that for your own tour. Then, take the elevator and stairs to... More
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Julie O
9 September 2019|
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Response from Emma24charlie | Reviewed this property |
Yes I did but well worth it with no queueing for hours.
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