Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica Skip-the-Line Morning Tour

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Duration 3.5 hours




Avoid long lines with our exclusive skip-the-line access to uncover the history of the Vatican Museum’s world-famous art collections, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica


Explore the treasures of the Vatican including the:

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s The Final Judgement
  • St Peter's Basilica
  • Pigna Courtyard
  • Pius Clementino Museum
  • Candelabra Gallery
  • Tapestry Gallery
  • Raphael’s Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel


  • Exclusive skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
  • Professional guide (English, Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese speaking guides)
  • Wireless audio headsets to always hear your guide
  • Pick-up from centrally located hotels (additional cost)
  • Limited to 30 participants


  • Transportation (unless you have included pick-up)
  • Drop-off
  • Food and beverages

Please Note

Start time: The 11:00 AM tour operates only in English and does not include a pick-up option. Dress code: This tour visits religious sites. Please dress appropriately. No sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, and no hats. Wednesday tours: The tour will not cover the Basilica due to the Papal Audience. Closures: The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for religious events. In this case the visit will be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library. Cloakroom: The following must be left in the cloakroom: Suitcases, backpacks and containers larger than 40 x 35 x 15 centimeters; Umbrellas, including those with spike tips, medium and large size; Walking sticks (except those required by disabled visitors); Tripods for cameras and video cameras; Signage of any kind; Shoulder bags no wider than 15 cm are allowed. Cancellation policy: Free cancellation until 24 hours before your tour date. After that, a 100% penalty fee applies. No refunds for no-shows.

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4.1 / 5   overall customer review rating
Aug 18 2019
There is no standard price on this tour us I understand and that's a little annoying
Aug 13 2019
We bought two tickets with 5% discount through our hotel. The price was worth it. 3 and half hours of sightseeing with the guide constantly updating you with the information.
reviewed by Tan
Aug 10 2019
Exceeded my expectations.
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Aug 10 2019
I have no words to describe what I felt while doing this tour, I define only as inner peace and admiration for the details of each art, sculpture and construction around the Vatican. It is indeed very beautiful and exciting to be faced with amazing works that you admired in educational books.
reviewed by Mr Matheus de Oliveira do Amaral
Jul 30 2019
Fantastic tour of the Vatican. You skip the appallingly long lines and get an knowledgeable guide take on an interesting and informative tour. Highly recommended
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Jul 27 2019
Complimenti alla guida:signora Mara
reviewed by a Gray Line customer

Tour Itinerary

Tour duration: 3.5 hours
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums. These galleries contain some of the most famous works of art in the world, including works by artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael and Giotto.

The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel. Completed around 1483, the Sistine Chapel is arguably the most famous chapel in the world due to its famous frescoes including the ceiling and The Final Judgement by Michelangelo. The chapel is also still used for religious purposes such as the Papal Conclave – the process through which a new Pope is chosen.

St Peter’s Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world. A popular pilgrimage site, it is also a shining example of Renaissance architecture. (Please note: On Wednesdays the tour will not visit the Basilica due to the Papal Audience).

The tour ends in St Peter’s Square.


Pickup points

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Pickup Info

  • Start time: 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM

  • Meeting point: Bar Caffetteria L’Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento (400m from Metro A Line, Ottaviano stop) 30 minutes before the start of your tour (please look for the pink flag with the I Love Rome logo carried by our staff).

  • Tours with pick-up (optional cost): if you have booked a pick-up, please email [email protected] or call 39 06 474 2501 24 hours before your tour starts to confirm your pick-up time. Please be ready in your hotel lobby 10 minutes before the assigned time.

Gray Line - I Love Rome office
via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando 95, opposite the St Regis Hotel
[email protected]
39 06 474 2501 (6:30 AM – 8:00 PM 365 days)


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