Flash Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour

A fast and inexpensive Vatican Tour

5 / 5 See All 6 Reviews · 1.5h 16 max · Vatican, Italy

If you have a tight schedule or a short attention span, this tour of the Vatican will get you in and out of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, in just an hour and a half. You’ll see all the best works of art in less time.

Itinerary

What you will see on this tour

  • Skip the Line Early Access
  • Candelabra Gallery
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Optional Solo Visit to St. Peter's Basilica

If you want to check the Vatican off your bucket list with special, exclusive access but a more minimal guided experience, this tour is perfect for you. This tour includes:

  • A professional English-speaking guide
  • Skip the line Vatican tickets
  • A maximum group size of 16

Want to skip the line at the Vatican without having a guided tour? Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

Skip the Line Vatican Tickets

Skip the line tickets will allow you to make the most of your time at the Vatican so you don’t waste time waiting in lines. You’ll skip the general admission ticket lines and just wait in a short line for security, leaving you free to explore the best sights inside the museums. 

Main Galleries of the Vatican

You’ll see three of the main galleries on this flash tour, giving you a great look at the Vatican’s magnificent collection. Along with your guide, you’ll explore the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Your guide will explain the most important details of the stunning statues, tapestries, and frescoes within and you’ll hear stories from the history of Renaissance masters.

Sistine Chapel

The final stop on your tour is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, one of the most famous works of art in the world. This is the main reason that many people visit the Vatican Museums. As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, talking inside is not allowed, so your guide will explain the chapel before you enter. 

Please note: The Sistine Chapel is a sacred place, so both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/sweater to wrap around you when necessary.

Solo Visit to St. Peter’s Basilica

Your express Vatican tour does not include a guided visit of St. Peter’s Basilica, however, your guide will happily help you enter the Basilica and skip the line for a self-guided visit of the world’s largest church. You’ll see works like La Pietà by Michaelangelo and Bernini’s Baldacchino, explore the magnificent interior, and even climb St. Peter’s Dome. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Near Caffé Vaticano - Vialle Vaticano 100

What to bring?

Wear comfortable shoes because you'll be on your feet for the length of the tour. Also if you're wearing summer clothes because it's hot in Rome, bring something to wrap around yourself before you enter the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter's Basilica.

Q: Does the tour go inside at 7:30 am without waiting in any lines?

A: As an accredited tour operator, we do not have to wait in the ticket line, but we still have to wait in a security line. For this reason, we leave the meeting point as early as possible and get in the security line reserved for tour operators. The doors open for us at 8:00 am, an hour before the general public.

Q: What are the chances my tour will be cancelled or the Vatican will close something?

A: We run the tour rain or shine all year round. Although it is rare, sometimes part of the Vatican City closes for special religious events. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.

Q: I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?                  

A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a private Vatican tour.

Q: Is there a way to see the Vatican without a guided tour?

A: Of course. Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

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8/29/2019
Ryan
Short Vatican Tour

Great tour of the Vatican! Short and sweet, a great length for me and my mom who is older and wasn't interested in a long walking tour.

8/20/2019
Rose J
Sistine chapel

Planned this trip a year ago and finally saw the one thing we came to see. Sistine Chapel was incredible. Tour guide was so lovely and took our picture outside of the Vatican!

8/19/2019
Tony G
great vatican tour

Had a blast on this Vatican tour with our guide Eleonora! Always dreamed of seeing the Sixtine Chapel. 5/5 for the roman guy :-)

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