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Roma, Italy
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. Explore intriguing sites like Raphael’s Rooms and then visit the Sistine Chapel to see incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Choose the start time that better suites your needs.
  • Half-day Vatican Museums guided tour with fast-track access
  • Learn about the incredible Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam'

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This experience offers upgrades for early morning or after-hours tours of the Vatican.
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Headsets to hear your guide better (Tours over 10 persons)
Free Wi-Fi & Recharging station at the meeting point
Welcoming staff at comfortable office
Fast track entrance tickets
Gratuities/Tips
Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Via Germanico, 8 , Via Germanico, 8, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting Point English language Tours – Via Germanico 8 Other languages – Via Vespasiano 46b

  • Via Vespasiano, 46b , Via Vespasiano, 46b, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting Point English language Tours – Via Germanico 8 Other languages – Via Vespasiano 46b

  • Vatican Museums , 00120, Vatican City
    Meet your local guide at the tour office to enter the Vatican Museums. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, step inside to start your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Follow your guide, listening to tales of saintliness and scandal, and learn about the Vatican’s place as one of the holiest sites in Christendom.

    Italian art flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and the Vatican popes put together one of the world’s largest collections of private art with frescos, paintings, sculptures, and treasure. See the highlights as you walk through galleries such as Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the 'School of Athens'—a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself.

    Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—'The Last Judgement' and 'The Creation of Adam.'
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Vatican Museums
    Visit the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.isit to the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Sistine Chapel
    In the Sistine Chapel you will have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s astonishing work, the entire ceiling and the Last Judgment, and then again in St Peter’s Basilica where his beautiful Pietà is kept
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Stanze di Raffaello
    Visit the Raphael Rooms inside the Vatican Museums, home to many of Raphael’s celebrated frescoes. Admire the genius of his work as your guide highlights the intricacies of his work, such as the appearance of Michelangelo and da Vinci in ‘The School of Athens’. Appreciate the skill and beauty of one of the Renaissance’s greatest artists.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
    • Luggage storage NOT available
    • We are sorry to inform you that this tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
    • All students should have their student identity card in order to get the discount for the admission fee.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Please note that all participants over 12 years old must present; Vaccination Certificate , proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Nicom Tours
    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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .

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    Traveler Tips


    • "Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk pretty much non stop." See review
    • "Skip the line is the only way to go, but still had an hour to 1.5 hour wait." See review
    • "Must use tour or you'll spend your vacation standing in line." See review

    Reviews

    4.0
    star-4
    7,818 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    star-5
    Lovely Jubbly
    Andrew_W
    , May 2022
    Louise our guide made our experience so much better. We were able to bypass most if the crowds and her knowledge was very impressive. Amazing experience, highly recommended 👍
    star-3
    Must do
    Cindy_P
    , May 2022
    The vatican musuems and sistine chapel are our must see, our guide Allan was an experienced and knowledgable guide. He took care at start of tour to make sure everyone got in ok. When we arrived The tour company was rude. Dont arrive early, they made us leave and come back for our ticket, we thought we could avoid too much crowding, get ticket and come back for tour start, but apparently they cant handle it. You do leave directly from that location with your guide. Make sure you buy your ticket including a tour. Wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders. No large bags. Bring appropriate mask. Being harassed by the street vendors to buy a FFP2 mask is annoying, we brought our our own, and we had to pretty much yell at them to go away.
    star-5
    Fast track small group is well worth it
    Steve_B
    , May 2022
    Rudy made this AMAZING your even better. His knowledge and passion were contagious. He navigated the Vatican museums deftly. This was a highlight tour and he found them all. I highly recommend the fast track small group option.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Bit difficult to find but good tour
    Olivia_W
    , May 2022
    Abit confusing have 2 locations to go to but only actually able to meet at one. But your was informative.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-2
    Don't take this tour. Go by yourslef or skip it. Both options are better
    Yuri_K
    , May 2022
    The Vatican Museum is terribly crowded and there is no chance to see and enjoy the amazing pieces of art. The guide was good and knowledgeable, no complaints. The most terrible thing is that the tour DID NOT include St.Peter Cathedral. When I took this tour 3 years ago - we got in the St.Peter Cathedral from the side door, skipping the line, but this time we were send to the ordinal security line, which could take 2-3 hours of waiting. We had to give up and miss St.Peter Cathedral. If I would know what is going on - I wouldn't book a tour and spend a time in the line for FREE entry to the Cathedral instead of paying 100+ euros (for 2 people) for the exhausting tour in overcrowd Vatican Museum, where you can't see almost nothing and can't enjoy its really great collection. Bottom line - don't take this tour. Get a line to St.Peter Cathedral. If you want to visit Vatican Museum - take the line - don't take a tour. At least, you'll be able to move in the museum at your speed, and, perhaps, enjoy from some of the enormous collection of master-pieces. Yes, I might spend more time in line and inside the museum, but if you want to visit the Vatican Museum just for check-mark - skip it, you will save your time and money.
    star-4
    Professional and enjoyable
    Megan_B
    , May 2022
    Was told upon arrival we needed to be at the pickup area twenty minutes prior to our scheduled tour, even though the confirmation e-mail did not include that information and we were on-site ten minutes early. As opposed to canceling our reservation, the company rescheduled our tour an hour later. They were courteous and professional despite the frustrating situation. Our guide, Rudy, was delightful and made our tour a wonderful experience. FFP2/N95/KN95 masks are required.
    star-5
    Awesome
    Barbara_T
    , May 2022
    Was a great tour! Lots of info and great tour. Antonio was awesome. Keep the tour going and showed us where to go once he sent us free on our own. Highly recommend him!
    star-5
    Our guide (Lucinda??) was...
    Roslyn_S
    , May 2022
    Our guide (Lucinda??) was really good - told us what we needed to know re logistics/protocol & also had a great way of relaying the history aspect. Really enjoyed the 1/2 day trip & very glad we paid the money.
    star-3
    Fast track is a waste of money for the Vatican musuem
    Radhika_R
    , May 2022
    Fast track is literally walking through the entire museum without seeing anything It does not justify the experience offered. We had to keep watching the tour guides umbrella to not get lost versus paying attention to the architecture
    star-2
    Disappointing.
    Kirstie_T
    , May 2022
    I was disappointed with the trip as a whole. The group we were supposed to be with left before we got there, we were told to be there for a departure time of 10 am. We arrived at 9:50 am and our group had left. We were apparently supposed to be there at 9:30 but did not ever receive the information. The tour guide seemed to rush through it. The tour lasted around 2.5 hours and the last bit of it we were just there on our own.
    star-5
    Amazing!
    Daryan_S
    , May 2022
    Lovely guide, we saw and learned a lot! Fast moving and efficient and Ben though it was so busy! The guys at where we got the actual tickets we’re helpful and understanding when we were late!
    star-5
    I would highly recommend
    Kristin_P
    , May 2022
    This was an incredibly informative tour! I had a great time learning not only the history of the Vatican, but Rome itself!
    star-1
    Never
    Raminta_J
    , May 2022
    Long row, short talk. The worstest experience in my life. Very expensive visit to Vatican. Not worth.
    star-1
    I would like to get a refund please
    Daniel_P
    , May 2022
    We did not do the excursion because we could no locate the tour guide he was no where to be found and no one knew of him. I was very upset flew from USA to Rome and my first day really bad experience
    star-5
    Fantastic tour!
    Katrina_W
    , May 2022
    Our guide was very knowledgeable about the many works of art. She was very personable. She was respectful of the space, but made sure we all knew the background info.
    star-4
    Mesmerizing and fun at...
    Vida_T
    , May 2022
    Mesmerizing and fun at the same time. A little too much theory but overall enjoyable. I would recommend it.
    star-4
    Great tour guide
    Anna_O
    , May 2022
    The guide Anthony was amazing, very knowledgeable and a great communicator!! We did not get to see the Raphael part but still a good tour.
    star-3
    Took too long to get started
    Denise_E
    , May 2022
    The pick up point was chaotic and disorganised. Was disappointed that we paid for a small group and yet a larger 'skip the queue' joined us for a short while. It took a good 25 minutes before we actually started the tour. Our tour guide Antonio was knowledgable but had repeated problems with battery/radio. Your lasted 2.5 hours, think I would have preferred to go at my own pace without guide.
    star-5
    Leader of our tour was...
    Primo_S
    , May 2022
    Leader of our tour was very teachable and fully informed about Vatican. We also received so much amazing stories and the tour was really perfect.
    star-5
    Antonio is the best guide! Great experience.
    JONATHANJ_E
    , May 2022
    Our tour guide was Antonio and he was excellent. Truly passionate about art and history with a fun, caring and entertaining personality. Would love to take More tours with him.

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