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Skip the Line: Small Group Stories of the Vatican Tour with the Sistine Chapel

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Overview

Experience an insider’s view of the Vatican Museums on this 3.5-hour, small-group tour. First, skip the line at the Vatican Museums’ entrance, and head in to explore its main exhibits. Your guide tells you little-known facts along the way that many other tour guide don’t know. Visit the Hall of Maps, the Belvedere Courtyard, and the Sistine Chapel. Plus afterward, skip the lines at St. Peter’s Basilica, too.
  • 3.5-hour Vatican Museums tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people provides an intimate experience
  • Skip the long entrance lines at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • See Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace
  • Catch site of the modes of transportation of past and present popes in the Pavilion of Carriages
  • Visit the Pinecone Courtyard, Hall of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Room of Muses
  • Hear lesser-known insider stories about the Vatican that aren’t told on other tours
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Skip the Line access to the Vatican Museums
Vatican Insider Guide
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Transportation
Via Tunisi, 4 , Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Plan on arriving to our meeting point at least 15 minutes in advance of your selected departure time. Meet our representative on the steps at Via Tunisi, located at the corner with Via Sebastiano Veniero. They will be holding a sign with the green EcoArt logo.

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet for this 3.5-hour tour of the Vatican Museums at about 2:30p.m. in front of the entrance. Check in with your guide, and then when everyone from your group has checked in, skip the long lines at the entrance to avoid the heavy crowds.

Because your group will have 10 people in it at the most, it makes it easier to hear your guide while you follow him or her through the museum. Listen to interesting insider information about past popes, the Vatican itself, and mysteries that still go unsolved today.

Visit many of the exhibits and areas of the museum, including the Hall of Maps, the Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Room of Muses, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Round Room, and the Candelabra Gallery. Your last stop in the museums is at the very famous Sistine Chapel.

After the Sistine Chapel, make your way to St. Peter’s Basilica. Taking the direct entrance from the chapel allows you to also skip the long lines here. Your guide leaves you at about 6p.m., and you’re free to explore all you want until closing time.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
A typical itinerary inside the Vatican Museums includes the Pavilion of the Carriages, home to everything from centuries old horse-drawn carriages to vintage and modern cars really used by Popes past and present. You'll visit the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of the Maps (the "Oval Office" of the Pope centuries ago), the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Pinacoteca, Belvedere Courtyard, Room of the Muses, the Round Room and Candelabra Gallery.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cortile della Pigna
This courtyard gets its name from the enormous bronze Pinecone sculpture that dominates it.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Sphere within a Sphere
The Vatican Museums contains some modern art as well, including this famous sculpture: Sphere within a Sphere. Variations of this sculpture can be found in many settings around the world.
Stop At:  
Museo Pio Clementino
The most famous wing of the Vatican Museums, the Pio Clementino museum contains much of the Museum's most important highlights. Your guide will take you through the Room of the Animals, where you can spot the life-like statues of fauna from around the world. Head to the Octagonal Courtyard where a small fountain trickles in the background of famous statues like the Laocoonte and Apollo Belvedere. Don't forget to look at the Candelabra Gallery -- master painters decorated these ceilings to create the illusion of a 3D effect centuries ago!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gallery Of The Maps
Head with your guide to the Gallery of the Maps -- and get a perspective of the world how it was five centuries ago. These exquisitely detailed, hand-painted giant maps are a favorite of the Vatican Museums. See if you can find the Italian cities you have visited, or spot the nod to Christopher Columbus' journey to the Americas.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
Raphael painted these rooms with incredible frescoes, originally meant for the private rooms of Pope Julius II.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
No guides are able to speak inside the Sistine Chapel. However, your guide will prepare you in advance for your free time inside so you'll know what to look for.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Museos Vaticanos
Your visit ends close to where it began, after the spiral staircase at the entrance to the Vatican Museums.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican City
Visit to Vatican Museums - Vatican City
Duration: 3 hours 
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children 5 and under are entitled to free access to the Vatican Museums (with proof of age)
  • Children aged 6-18 are entitled to a reduced entry fee (see tour and ticket pricing) and must provide proof of age.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • Near public transportation
  • Maximum group size is 20 people. (Guided tour option only)
  • At least 4 people are required for the guided tour option to take place.
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked start time. Tickets are time sensitive and we cannot accomodate late arrivals.
  • Entrance into St. Peter's Basilica is separate from the Vatican Museums and is not included in your ticket. Entrance to the Basilica is free and does not require a ticket.
  • You must show a "Reinforced Green Pass" or equivalent to enter the Vatican Museums, attesting a completed vaccination cycle or recovery from COVID.
  • If you have a body temperature above 37.5° C (= 99.5° F) you will be prohibited from entering. Your temperature will be taken at the entrance by Vatican staff.
  • The use of an FFP2 mask covering mouth and nose is mandatory during the entirety of your stay inside the museums.
  • You must bring your own FFP2 mask. No other types of mask are permitted.
  • It is necessary to maintain an interpersonal distance of over 1 meter.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY EcoArt Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Small Group Stories of the Vatican Tour with the Sistine Chapel?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Small Group Stories of the Vatican Tour with the Sistine Chapel.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Small Group Stories of the Vatican Tour with the Sistine Chapel?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Small Group Stories of the Vatican Tour with the Sistine Chapel.
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Small Group Stories of the Vatican Tour with the Sistine Chapel?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Small Group Stories of the Vatican Tour with the Sistine Chapel.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Small Group Stories of the Vatican Tour with the Sistine Chapel?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Total VIP treatment here! Small...
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Total VIP treatment here! Small group really means small group - it was just our family of four. We got to ask our really friendly, informative and professional tour guide any question, and could by-pass or move to areas of our own particular interest. A great tour, which opens your eyes to all things Vatican City! Paying for skipping the line really does save you hours in queueing, meaning you can save yourself at least half a day, which on precious holiday time is well worth the money! : Lisa, Australia

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