Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group
Explore the highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in a small group.
Get straight inside with skip-the-line access to see a host of treasures of the Vatican City, all with enlightening storytelling from a passionate guide.
Dive into the Vatican’s must-see attractions with the highlights you absolutely can't leave Rome without. This tour has been specifically designed to get you inside as quickly as possible with skip-the-line entry.
This is hands down the perfect tour for families traveling with small children or teens, people who "don't do" museum tours, or those who have limited time and want to see the Eternal City in less than an eternity.
- Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
- Small group tour
- English-speaking licensed tour guide
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly
- Skip-the-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica
- Easy meet up point to our office ( 5 min walk from the Museums)
- Guaranteed to skip the lines
- Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
- Entry/Admission - Gallery of Maps
- Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
- Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
What to expect
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: What a Life Tours, Via Santamaura, 14B, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
The meeting point is our office, very close to the Museums' entrance, the exact address is Via Santamaura 14B. The closest Metro stop is Ottaviano. Please allow extra time due to traffic during the summer months!
AFTERNOON TOUR - Meeting Point:
Our office is located 2-min away from the Vatican Museums' entrance, the exact address is Via Santamaura 14B.
If you do need assistance with how to reach the meeting point, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Duration: 10 minutes
Pass By: Vatican City, Vatican City, Lazio
We continue our visit entering Vatican City, the smallest country in the world.
Encircled by a 2-mile border with Italy, Vatican City is an independent city-state that covers just over 100 acres, making it one-eighth the size of New York’s Central Park. Vatican City is governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head.
The Vatican mints its own euros, prints its own stamps, issues passports, licenses plates operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem. One government function it lacks: taxation. Museum admission fees, stamp and souvenir sales, and contributions generate the Vatican’s revenue.
Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy
The Vatican Museums feature many works of art that belonged to the different Popes and are full of artistic beauty. Here is a glimpse of some of the most beautiful things to see in the Vatican Museums. Rooms and Galleries of the Vatican Museums, as the Greek Cross Room, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, Raphael Rooms and much more!
These collections have been piled up over the course of centuries through acquisitions, donations, commissions, confiscations, and quite often lucky discoveries from underground Rome and not only.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Gallery of Maps, VA, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
The Gallery of Maps is a stupendous hallway where geography and history are perfectly intertwined. Created at the end of the 16th century, the entire room is dedicated to customized maps, which display the whole of Italy. On one side of the 393-foot long gallery are two representations of the country: one from the Imperial Roman Era and the other from the 1500s. Each map shows political happenings, religious roles, and major battles. The ceiling is no less remarkable, with frescoed scenes displaying episodes and miraculous events of apostles, saints, and martyrs, which are linked to the geographical maps below.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy
Admire the breathtaking Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo! The most famous section of the Sistine Chapel ceiling is Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. This scene is located next to the Creation of Eve, which is the panel at the center of the room, and the Congregation of the Waters, which is closer to the altar.
Not everything was done by Michelangelo and your expert guide will be able to point that out. This proves just how great artists, even little known, left their marks in these magic locations. This is the right time to discover that!
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy
If you thought the size of the Vatican Museums was overwhelmingly spectacular, St. Peter’s Basilica takes the “wow factor” to another level. The sheer capacity of the interiors is enough to leave any visitor searching for words to describe its vastness. At 613 feet long, 85 feet wide and 147 feet high, it took an incredible 120 years to build, starting from 1506. Admire Michelangelo’s unparalleled Pietà masterpiece and stroll towards the center-right nave to observe Bernini’s 30-foot high bronze Baldachin, which sits directly atop the site of St. Peter’s tomb.
Duration: 40 minutes
Pass By: St. Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy
A visit to Vatican City would not be complete without standing in awe of the beauty in St. Peter’s Square, also known as Piazza San Pietro.
This massive square framing St. Peter’s Basilica is the location where the pope holds Wednesday General Audiences and special masses on religious holidays.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
- While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- From June 1st, 2022 all restrictions are lifted. No masks or vaccination cards are required to enter the Vatican Museums.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
The tour company were good at communicating all details of meeting point and times. The guide was excellent he was exceptionally knowledgeable and engaging in the way he imparted this knowledge. I think the tour was value for money and definitely the skipping of very long entry lines. You should ...The tour company were good at communicating all details of meeting point and times. The guide was excellent he was exceptionally knowledgeable and engaging in the way he imparted this knowledge. I think the tour was value for money and definitely the skipping of very long entry lines. You should be prepared for crowds of tourists and some waiting. It can also get very hot. The Guide navigates all the chaotic parts of the tour.
It's a must tour. Our guide was well knowledgeable and gave us ample time to visit. The whole experience was worth itIt's a must tour. Our guide was well knowledgeable and gave us ample time to visit. The whole experience was worth it
Me and my wife loved the Basilica. Elaine our guide was wonderful, and stayed on to show the rest of our small group as much as she knew(even though I'm sure her time was up)Me and my wife loved the Basilica. Elaine our guide was wonderful, and stayed on to show the rest of our small group as much as she knew(even though I'm sure her time was up)
Highly recommended. Our guide, Elaine, was superb! She made the tour entertaining and informative. We would recommend the company and Elaine in particular.Highly recommended. Our guide, Elaine, was superb! She made the tour entertaining and informative. We would recommend the company and Elaine in particular.
Our guide Ribal was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend 2.5 hours of our day with him. Great experience. We would highly recommend the tour with Ribal.Our guide Ribal was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend 2.5 hours of our day with him. Great experience. We would highly recommend the tour with Ribal.
our Guide Eugene was excellent in every way. he was a wealth of historical knowledge which greatly enhanced every aspect of our tourour Guide Eugene was excellent in every way. he was a wealth of historical knowledge which greatly enhanced every aspect of our tour