Flash Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
A fast and inexpensive Vatican Tour
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.
- 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.
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.
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Best Tour Guide!
Best tour! Our guide, Chiara was outstanding. She was fun, extremely knowledgeable, and full of energy. Out of the several tours we want on all over Italy, she was the best guide by far!!! The Vatican and Sistine Chapel were fantastic, no lines and hardly any people. Highly recommend this tour.
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.
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!
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.
Q: Does this tour always visit every artwork listed?
Often artwork undergoes restorations or is loaned to another museum as an exhibit. Our itinerary will include the stop if it is open to be seen. If not, we will add a substitute.