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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours

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icon2 to 4 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

The long lines that the Vatican attracts are a testament to its status as one of Europe’s most famous attractions. If you’ve got limited time in Rome, don’t waste a moment waiting with a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Vatican. You are able to explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms independently while still benefiting from priority entry, usually only reserved for visitors taking a guided tour.
  • Save hours of waiting with a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Vatican in Rome
  • A great choice for first-time visitors and travelers that prefer to explore independently
  • Explore one of Europe's top attractions at your own pace
  • Choose from several departure times and upgrade to include a guided tour
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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.
  • At least 4 people are required for the guided tour options 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 "Basic Green Pass" or equivalent to enter the Vatican Museums. The only foreign (extra-EU) certificated accepted are vaccination certificates.
  • 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 a FFP2 mask covering mouth and nose is mandatory during the entirety of your stay inside the museums.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • You must bring your own FFP2 mask. No other kinds of masks will be accepted.
  • It is necessary to maintain an interpersonal distance of over 1 meter.
  • Guests with a certified disability of over 75% are entitled to free entrance to the Vatican and do not require a ticket. For guests who are not self-sufficient, free entry is extended to a companion.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours?
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: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours?
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: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours.
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets or Tours?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Don't hesitate to use this service for skip the line at the Vatican and Sistine Chapel 🙏" See review
  • "This gets you in very quick as the queues are massive first thing on a morning so you skip all that." See review
  • "The line for those who didn't make reservations was over 3 hours long; highly recommend a skip the line reservation!" See review

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
The meeting location was...
Amy_K
, May 2022
The meeting location was easy to find and they quickly and easily got us into the Vatican Museums (with no waiting in line). They also gave us some helpful tips which was nice.
star-5
Must do!!!
stefsokolowski
, May 2022
we purchased tge tickets just to see the sistine chapel and figured we'd tag along with the museum portion just to get through -- boy were we blown away! we learned so much and our guide was fanstastic. Lindy provided a nice balance between providing interesting details and overwhelming us with too much information. Since it was a super hot day, she moved us along to shady spots and indoors as quickly as possible. top props to this tour, highly recommend!
star-5
I had trouble finding the...
Kyle_W
, May 2022
I had trouble finding the meeting point, but the local tour operator (eco tour, I think) went out of their way to make sure I could enter!
star-2
Why pay Viator
Randy_N
, May 2022
Why pay Viator €33 when it only costs €17 for,entry. All,they did was meet us at the entrance to,give us our entry tickets
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Randy, Happy to share "why" with you! The only way to pay 17 euro is to wait on the long lines to get in on your own, which is a great option for some people, but not if you don't have the time, which is why we assume most people book skip the line entry, just as you did. In addition, for the extra euro you spend you get 1) limitless changes and free cancellation within 24 hours, neither of which you would get purchasing direct, those tickets are not refundable and can only be moved once 2) we take care of staying up to date with the latest rules, mask and vaccination requirements so you don't have to, and update you with the latest requirements the day before your visit 3) your tickets included a greeter service that not only handles all of the logistics so you don't have to but also offers vital advice for how to spend your time inside before setting you off on your own. In addition to all of this, tickets to the Vatican in high season always sell out months in advance, and are difficult to purchase direct. As an official partner operator of the Museums we have access to availability so that you can still find availability last minute when direct tickets are all sold out, with all of the perks outlined above. We think it is a pretty great deal, and hope that helps you feel better about your investment.
star-4
Right decisions
Helen_H
, May 2022
Meet the guide to get temporary tickets… the guide will get you to start the tour with very little wait time It was a pleasant experience
star-4
Do not miss this
RobertM
, May 2022
A must see when in Rome. Nico guide was very nice. Thus, I believed it would be a guided tour, it has not been.
star-5
Excellent tour
Stephen_L
, May 2022
Brilliant tour and Ed was fantastic. So knowledgeable and friendly .. a memory that will be with us both for a long time
star-5
Brilliant afternoon
susan_a
, May 2022
Eddie was informative and engaging . Had a very friendly attitude which allowed us to be interested and ask questions
star-5
Amazing tour with Eddy
Marilyn_R
, May 2022
Our guide was Eddy and he very knowledgeable, yet respected our time and only gave us the most interesting information so we could visually enjoy as much as possible. He spoke very good English and had a great sense of humor. We were apprehensive of booking a tour but we’re very glad we did.
star-5
Skip the Line tickets are Very Smart!
mark_r
, May 2022
We first met up with the host who ushered in everyone with skip the line tickets. We walked straight in and noticed others waiting to purchase tickets. It was a crowded day so we were glad we had purchased the tickets.
star-5
Great stress free experience
Jack_A
, May 2022
This was an amazing experience, Nico who took us in was very funny and friendly and gave us good tips for going round the museums. It was easy to get through security and we didn’t have to worry about queueing or where to go to show your tickets.
star-5
All round informative experience
Anthony_C
, May 2022
The whole experience was memorable, very informative and enjoyable. Our guide, Eddie, was excellent in putting across his extensive background knowledge as well as his knowledge of individual aspects of the site and collections.
star-5
Nice and simple experience
Oana_B
, May 2022
Niko provided all the practical information in a relaxed and friendly manner. With the help of Cosimo, everything was very well organized and saved us a lot of time.
star-5
Bring history to life
Tracey_E
, May 2022
Mezul was our guide and she was terrific! So knowledgeable and passionate about history and art. Several in our group had been to the Vatican before but everyone learned so much. She brought history to life, telling us not only the basics of the art we were seeing (as expected) but how it was made, the technology and beliefs of the time. She brought it to life by telling us about the personalities of the different artists and how it influenced their work such as the vastly different personalities of Raphael and Michaelangelo. Some skip the line tours you still are in lines, they are just shorter. We truly did skip the lines and walk right in. We were there on a Saturday so it was moderately crowded, and occasionally we had to wait for the group in front of us, but Mezul easily told more stories about whatever was in front of us. There is so much amazing art in history that a one day tour is barely going to scratch the surface of all there is to see. There is a lot of walking and quite a few stairs so expect to get your steps in for the day.
star-5
Good way to see Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Josh_B
, May 2022
This was a good way to skip the line as well as get a little bit of information without a guide. We enjoyed the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel
star-5
Excellent organization - save time!!
Carsten_S
, May 2022
Last Minute booking one day in advance. Excellent handling, clear intructions and Tipps, supported really up to the entgangen. To be honest, I was a little uncertain when booking, but no need. Cosimo and Nico did an eciting Job, clear recommendation. Without this Service, we would have been lost, at least we would have waisted a lot of time. Once you get there, bring them a Coffee along. It's Italy ;-)
star-5
Nico was an excellent host and made the experience so easy and fun
Alistair_S
, May 2022
Sistine chapel was excellent and the Vatican museums were good. Nico was an excellent host and the whole experience was very easy and enjoyable.
star-5
Excellent service, highly recommended
Ahmed_H
, May 2022
Very hood experience and highly recommend. Simply wait for your tour guide in the specified location and let them take care of your visit. Skip all lines and enjoy the actual museum.
star-5
Lindy was an awesome...
Sagar_G
, May 2022
Lindy was an awesome guide. She explained several interesing historical facts, described the details of the sculptures and paintings with patience and wit. She also made sure that no one in the group is left behind. I highly recommend this tour in English. It's worth every penny.
star-1
Charged 28 euro for a 17...
ChrisPatch
, May 2022
Charged 28 euro for a 17 euro entry fee. Seemed like a rip off to me. Might be missing something but next time I'll just buy tickets off the vatican direct.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Chris, Definitely missing quite a few things! A pre-booked entrance to the Vatican costs 21 euro not 17 euro per adult. The only way to pay 17 euro is to wait on the long lines to get in on your own, which is a great option for some people, but not if you don't have the time, which is why we assume most people book skip the line entry. In addition, for the extra euro you spent you get 1) limitless changes and free cancellation within 24 hours, neither of which you would get purchasing direct, those tickets are not refundable and can only be moved once 2) we take care of staying up to date with the latest rules, mask and vaccination requirements so you don't have to, and update you with the latest requirements the day before your visit 3) your tickets included a greeter service that not only handles all of the logistics so you don't have to but also offers vital advice for how to spend your time inside before setting you off on your own. In addition to all of this, tickets to the Vatican in high season always sell out months in advance, and are usually impossible to purchase direct. As an official partner operator of the Museums we have access to availability so that you can still visit when direct tickets are all sold out, with all of the perks outlined above. We think it is a pretty great deal, and wish you had clarified your concerns with us on the spot.

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