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Skip the Line Tickets - Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Mobile Tickets Skip the Line Audio Guide

Swift access priority pass to the Vatican's historical monuments

  • Optional audioguide in a choice of 10 languages that offers insightful commentary and guidance
  • Begin your tour at the Vatican Museum and explore the incredible collection of paintings and sculptures at your own pace (that’s about 9 miles of historical masterpieces from the Renaissance era)
  • Next up, head to the glorious Sistine Chapel to admire world-famous frescoes and artworks that have been dubbed “the cornerstone of western art”
  • Don’t forget to check out the renowned painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and The Last Judgement, two of Michelangelo’s most revered works of art
  • Compulsory Vatican dress code - visitors must cover knees, arms and back
  • Ages 5yrs and below go free. Ages 6-17yrs and college students up to 25yrs of age enjoy reduced pricing (carry an ID to avail)
  • Tickets cannot be cancelled.
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Explore Vatican City


Why Visit Vatican City

Located within the boundaries of Rome, Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and the seat of Roman Catholicism. The Vatican sits not just at the center of Roman Catholicism, but is also home to one of the most impressive collection of art in the world. Be it Caravaggio’s paintings, the frescoes of Michelangelo or sculptures by Bernini, some of the greatest works of Renaissance art can be found in the the Vatican.

Apart from a pilgrimage center, the Vatican is also one of the most important tourist destinations in Europe. The main attractions in Vatican City are St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

St. Peter’s Basilica, along with St. Peter’s Square, sits in the heart of the Vatican. It is a renowned work of Renaissance architecture and was designed by the likes of Bramante, Michelangelo, Giacomo della Porta, Maderno and Bernini. On the other hand, the Vatican Museums and its collections are considered to be of the highest historical, scientific and cultural importance. The greatest of all though are the frescoes which adorn the Sistine Chapel, a chapel in the Apostolic Palace and a part of the Vatican Museums.

Visitor Tips & Hacks

  • Make your plans ahead in time. If you don’t and find yourself at the waiting lines of the Vatican, then you very well may end up queuing for 3-4 hours. Make your plans ahead and purchase your tickets online in advance. On the day of your visit, you will be able to bypass the long ticket line and head inside without having to wait.
  • Go for a guided tour of the Vatican. The Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica have a lot of history and art stored within their walls. On a guided tour, you will be able to to learn much more than you would if you went alone. A guided tour is definitely a fulfilling way of experiencing the Vatican.
  • Give it enough time. The Vatican may be the smallest country in the world but it holds some of the largest collections of historical, cultural and artistic exhibitions in the world. There is so much to see that a couple of hours may not be enough. During the course of the day, remember to fuel yourself as well as all that walking can be tiring.
  • Know that entry to the St. Peter’s Basilica is free, however queueing outside the Basilica for mere entry can take upto 2 hours. The wiser option would be to purchase Guided Tour tickets to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel which allow you entry to St. Peter’s Basilica from a secret entrance in the Chapel. This way you can tour all 3 Vatican gems with zero hassle.
  • Follow the rules. The Vatican is the holiest of all Christian sites in the world. Given its stature, there are rules that every visitor to the Vatican must follow. Many sections of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums are no-photography zones. Certain sections like the Vatican Grottoes require one to maintain silence in order to maintain the sanctity of the place. Do keep these in mind so that you don’t face any issues at the Vatican.
  • Follow the dress code. It is extremely important to be dressed appropriately before you enter the Vatican. Sleeveless blouses, mini skirts, shorts and hats are not permitted. Large bags or backpacks cannot be carried inside. There are however cloak rooms that allow you to store your bags if you’re carrying any.
  • To get a free visit, go on the last Sunday of the month when the Vatican Museum does not charge an entrance fee.

FAQ's

Q. Do I need tickets to enter the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica?
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Entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel require you to purchase tickets. On the other hand, entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free. However, if you wish to skip the long lines at St. Peter’s Basilica, it is advised that you purchase a skip the line ticket as the queue can easily be upto 60 minutes long.

Q. Can I skip the long lines with these tickets?
A. Yes, you will be able to skip the long ticket queues with these tickets. Since the Vatican is one of the most visited attractions in Rome, the waiting line to get tickets to the museums can be anywhere between 30 minutes - 90 minutes long.

Q. What are my ticket options for visiting the Vatican?
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There are basic entry tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel that allow you to skip the long ticket queue. You also have guided tour options with official Vatican guides available in multiple languages that cover not just the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel but also St Peter’s Basilica. We also offer offbeat experiences of the Vatican such as exclusive early entry to the Vatican Museums before it opens to the general public for the day.

Q. Are there skip the line guided tours of the Vatican?
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Yes, with these guided tours of the Vatican, you will also be able to skip the long entry line.

Q. Can I cancel my Vatican tickets if I have a change in plans?
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Yes, some of our Vatican tickets can be cancelled up to 48 hours before the date of experience. Please refer to the experience’s cancellation policy for more details.

Q. How long in advance can I purchase my tickets?
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You can purchase tickets to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica up to 3 months in advance.

Q. What languages are the audioguides available in?
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Audioguides are available in 10 languages - Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese. Guided tours are also available in multiple languages, namely English, Italian, French, Spanish and German.

Q. What are the Vatican open hours and timings?
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The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are open from Monday to Saturday - 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM. Sundays are closed, except for the last Sunday of every month. Open hours for every last Sunday of the month is from 9.00 AM to 2.00 PM.

Q. Is the Vatican wheelchair accessible?
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Yes, the Vatican Museums are wheelchair accessible. In fact, the Vatican offers free entry to all disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%.