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Top Skip the Line Vatican Tour Including Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica

Italy’s Best has years of experience providing the best skip the line Vatican tour in Rome.  With access to special rooms and after-hour Vatican visits, our English-speaking licensed guides make your experience at the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica a memorable one.

Vatican City is legally its own tiny country tucked into the center of Rome. It is technically the smallest recognized independent state in the world, but its historical, artistic and religious treasures outweigh and outnumber those of almost any other destination. Countless pilgrims make the journey each year to explore the Vatican Museums, to marvel at the glorious St. Peter’s Basilica, and to experience arguably some of the most famous artworks of all time by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Within the high rising stone walls awaits a world all its own, and whether travelers are on a journey of the spiritual or educational nature, they will without doubt be awed by the magic and the mystery of relics so well preserved. Lucky visitors might also even get to meet the Pope!

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  • After Hours Visit to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel

    An exclusive, private after hours Vatican Museums tour. Let Italy's Best organize this once in a lifetime experience with a expert guide.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • This exclusive tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel begins after it closes to the general public.
    • Visit the Vatican art galleries after closing hours — a special once-in-a-lifetime experience
    • Visit the Museo Pio Clementino, Le Stanze di Raffaello (The Raphael Rooms) painted by Raffaelo for Pope Julius II,
    • End in the fabled Sistine Chapel where you’ll get to experience the magic of viewing Michelangelo's masterpiece without the crowds.
  • Early Morning Vatican Museums Tour

    Enjoy privileged access to the Vatican, private early morning Vatican Museums tour in the company of an expert Vatican lecturer. Beat the queues by starting your tour one hour before the doors officially open to the general public.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Enter the world-famous Vatican before normal opening hours
    • Visit the Sistine Chapel with only few people inside
    • See top Vatican sites like the Apollo Belvedere statue, Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Candelabra and the Gallery of Tapestries with a private guide
    • Be amazed by the sheer size of St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest ancient basilica in the world. With Skip the Line Access you’ll gain direct entry with no need to wait in line
    • Enter St Peter’s Basilica through a fast-track entrance
  • Private After Hours Sistine Chapel & Secret Rooms of the Vatican

    Enjoy this private after hours Vatican tour with an expert Vatican lecturer. You will have access to secret rooms normally closed to the public, as well as 30 minutes of private touring inside the Sistine Chapel to explore Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Explore some of the Museum’s intriguing areas that are not usually open to the public
    • Have the Sistine Chapel all to yourself — with no crowds
    • Have an up-close look at the Pope’s private place of worship — the Cappella Niccolina
  • Skip the Line Vatican Tour

    This private skip the line Vatican tour explores the splendors of the Vatican Museums, from the Raphael Rooms to the Sistine Chapel, as well as St. Peter’s.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel skipping all lines at the entrance
    • Explore the most important sights of the Vatican Museums, from Apollo Belvedere and the Gallery of Tapestries to the Raphael Rooms
    • Enter St Peter’s Basilica using a privileged access and see the famous La Pieta sculpture
  • The Splendor of the Vatican Gardens

    Enjoy this exclusive, private Vatican Gardens tour, taking in the oldest gardens in Europe in the company of an expert Vatican lecturer.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Tour the Vatican Gardens on a 2-hour walking tour
    • Explore the Vatican Gardens’ serene sights like the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto
    • Hear stories of the gardens’ history from an expert guide specifically trained by the Vatican
  • Vatican Gardens & Vatican Museums with Special Openings

    Tour the Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums with an expert Vatican lecturer, including exclusive access to secret areas of the Vatican Museums.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Skip the long line with pre-booked tickets to enter the world famous Vatican Museums and Vatican Gardens
    • Tour the Vatican Gardens, among the world’s most beautiful
    • See sites that are not usually viewed by the public such as the Vatican Train Station, the Gas Station and the office buildings of this independent city state.
    • Tour the Vatican Museums with a qualified lecturer and access exclusive sections normally closed to the public
    • Bypass the long line and use a privileged entrance to access St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the museum.
  • Vatican Gardens and Vatican Museums

    Experience the best Vatican Museums tour and private visit to the Vatican Gardens with an expert Vatican lecturer from Italy’s Best Rome.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Tour the top attractions of Vatican City with an expert English-speaking guide, skipping all entrance lines with privileged access passes
    • Explore the Vatican Gardens‘ tranquil sights like the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto
    • Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel to admire the most famous frescoes in the world
    • Marvel at the ornate detail and design of St Peter’s Basilica, and see the famous La Pieta sculpture
  • Vatican Museums Behind the Scenes

    During this VIP Vatican tour, enjoy skip the line entrance and visit the Niccolina Chapel and Bramante Staircase, normally closed to the public.

    HIGHLIGHTS: 

    • Go behind the scenes of the Vatican with a professional Vatican lecturer
    • Enjoy a sneak peek of the Cappella Niccolina and Bramante’s spiral staircase
    • Enter into St. Peter’s Basilica through a special door, gaining direct access

  • Vatican Museums Night Tour

    This Vatican Museums night tour takes advantage of special opening times on Friday evening to tour the museum’s art collection with a private guide.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • 3-hour Vatican night tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Witness the Vatican’s most treasured works at night without the daytime crowds, along side an expert English-speaking guide
    • Walk through the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms inside the Vatican Museums Step inside the Sistine Chapel and experience Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ fresco
  • Vatican Tour for Kids

    This Vatican tour for kids concentrates on select areas of the museums, from the Egyptian Collection to the Sistine Chapel, and visits St. Peter’s.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Special approach for kids by concentrating on a few highlights of the Vatican Museums
    • Visit areas that capture the imagination of children — the Egyptian Museum, Room of Animals, and Carriage Pavilion
    • Climb the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica for an incredible panorama

  • Rome in One Day: The Colosseum and the Vatican

    Visit Rome in one day with this luxury tour led by an English-speaking guide. Your driver will whisk you to the Vatican, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and more.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Explore the second and third tiers of Rome’s Colosseum and learn about the gladiatorial games
    • Admire the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum
    • Wander the Piazza del Campidoglio on the Capitoline Hill
    • See top Roman attractions like the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona
    • Get the most from your Vatican visit: see the highlights of the museums and fully appreciate Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, with the help of an expert, English-speaking guide
    • With Skip the Line access, you won’t waste time waiting in line, you’ll spend more time inside