Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tickets

Skip the line and gain quicker access to the Vatican so you can explore at your leisure

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Want to explore the Vatican without a guide, but worried about wasting precious vacation time waiting in line? With our skip-the-line tickets, you’ll bypass general admission and gain access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel much faster, potentially saving hours of waiting around in the Rome heat. These tickets don’t include a guided tour, but they’ll give you plenty of time to explore these amazing museums at your own pace.

  • Entry Ticket
  • Collect your ticket outside Caffé Vaticano
  • Vatican Museums
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Pio-Clementino Museum
  • Hall of the Maps
  • Raphaels Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel
  • End your visit inside the Vatican Museums

Avoiding the famously long lines at the Vatican couldn’t be simpler thanks to our skip-the-line ticket service. You’ll meet our friendly representative at a designated spot near to the Vatican entrance, and from here you’re in safe hands! You’ll be guided past the general admission line and straight through to the group entrance of the Vatican, after which you’ll be handed your tickets and can set off to explore the Vatican at your own pace.

Skip-the-Line Vatican Ticket Details

Your skip-the-line Vatican tickets include:

  • Entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel 

  • Reserved entrance time

  • General admission line bypass (security check still required) 

  • Assistance from our onsite representative 

Meet Our Representative Outside the Vatican Museums

Finding your way into the Vatican Museums can be confusing, so our friendly representative will be there to show you the correct entrance and help you navigate past the general admission line. You’ll be handed your skip-the-line Vatican tickets, and once inside you’ll be free to explore at your own leisure.

Sistine Chapel

See Michelangelo's masterpiece in all its glory. Fully completed in 1541, the ceiling is painted in stunning frescoes depicting scenes from throughout the Bible.

This is one of the world's most famous works of art, but it is also a functioning chapel. For this reason, speaking and photography in the chapel are prohibited, but you can purchase renderings from the gift shop as keepsakes.

Please note: As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, everyone who enters must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to this part of the Vatican. A great option is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Vatican Museums

Over the centuries, the Vatican has developed one of Europe's most impressive art and history collections. In addition to Michelangelo, Raphael’s art has a strong presence too. See his great works including the School of Athens—the painting you’ll see on your Vatican tickets.

You’ll also be able to take in the Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Gallery of the Candelabras. These galleries are absolutely worth visiting in detail, so we’d recommend taking your time.

What you get with this tour
Skip-the-Line Vatican entry
Sistine Chapel access
Self-guided
Reserved entry time
Gallery of Maps
Gallery of Tapestries
Raphael Rooms
Pio-Clementino Museum
Borgia Apartments
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19 May 2024
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Celia Walker

Super easy to find the staff, got my ticket and was able to go inside. Ticket is entry only, got an audio guide once inside and was able to explore at my own pace for as long as I wanted. Skipping the line was fully worth the price even without a guided tour- would absolutely recommend getting a skip the line pass even if you're cheap like me and don't want to pay for a whole tour. Also good to note that I decided 12hrs beforehand that I wanted to go to the Vatican and was able to get this pass at 9:30pm for a 9:30am entry at a very reasonable price. Thank you!

23 March 2024
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

We recommend bringing a water bottle and wearing some comfortable shoes for walking around. You’ll also need to cover your knees and shoulders whilst in the Vatican, so please bring a shawl/scarf to wear. Camera tripods and large backpacks aren’t allowed in the museums, so please leave them at your hotel.

What to bring?

We recommend bringing a water bottle and wearing some comfortable shoes for walking around. You’ll also need to cover your knees and shoulders whilst in the Vatican, so please bring a shawl/scarf to wear. Camera tripods and large backpacks aren’t allowed in the museums, so please leave them at your hotel.

Can I bring food into the Vatican?

Food is allowed in the outdoor areas of the Vatican City, but it cannot be eaten in the Vatican Museums or St. Peter’s Basilica. There are no restaurants or food shops in the city, but there are plenty of options nearby.

How will I find my way around the Vatican?

There are maps available onsite and also audio tours (for an additional small fee). Alternatively, you can join a guided Vatican touror book a private Vatican tour—this way you’ll have an expert local guide to tell you more about the history and beautiful artwork you’ll be seeing today.

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