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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

Duration: 3 hours – 3.5 hours
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Discover one of the most beautiful sites in the world on this fantastic 3.5-hour tour of the Vatican with skip-the-line access. Explore the Vatican…

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Top 5 things to see at the Vatican museum

When in Rome, don’t miss out on the Vatican’s world-famous Vatican Museums. Over the centuries, popes have built up a truly astounding collection of artistic masterpieces. There are countless things to see, but make sure not to miss these 5 highlights.

The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel alone would be worth a trip to the Vatican Museums. Painted by the greatest Renaissance painters, the chapel’s famous frescoes are quite simply sublime.

Raphael Rooms

The 4 dazzling Raphael Rooms form the public part of the pope’s apartments. Raphael’s magnificent frescoes decorating the walls give those of the Sistine Chapel a run for their money.

The Belvedere Torso

This stunning sculpture of a muscly male torso was highly influential for Renaissance artists like Michelangelo (note Christ’s similar pose in the Sistine Chapel’s Last Judgement).

Leonardo Da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness

Despite being unfinished, this gorgeous painting is a glorious demonstration of Leonardo’s painterly prowess. Unbelievably, it was once cut up and used to cover a barber’s stool.

Sala Rotonda (Round Room)

A masterpiece of neo-classical architecture, this majestic room is shaped like a miniature pantheon, with lavish mosaics covering the floors and ancient statues lining the walls.

Vatican Museums: Our Tips

Best time of year to visit

Although the Vatican Museums are extremely popular with tourists all year around, if you’re looking for a quieter visit, your best bet is during the low season between November and February.

Save money

On the last Sunday of every month, entrance to the Vatican Museums is free during opening hours, from 9am until 12:30pm. This is a great way of saving money, but be warned: these free days are also the most popular. If you’d rather avoid the large crowds, you’re better off going on a regular day.

Pick the right time of day

The ticket office opens at 9am. If you want to see as much as possible, then you should arrive early, as the Vatican Museums are huge (over 9 miles!) and long lines can start forming at the entrance even before opening time. However, if you’re more interested in avoiding the queues, come around 1pm. Most people will be headed for lunch at that time and it’s often possible to walk straight in without wait.

Don’t leave it too late

Even if you’re intending to avoid the queues, don’t come too late. The ticket office closes at 4pm and the Vatican Museums close at 6pm. If you want to have time to see the Sistine Chapel, you should arrive at the Vatican Museums by 3pm at the latest.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    365 days a year!
  • What is the price?
    Free to look at from the outside. Admission tickets vary.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Not compulsory, but highly recommended
  • How to get there
    Taxi, bus, Metro, tram or by foot from Rome. Look here for more detailed directions.
  • Additional tips
    • Large bags are not allowed in the museums, so pack light!
    • There is often no air conditioning in the museums so make sure to dress accordingly and bring a bottle of water.

What People Are Saying About Vatican Museums

Very good experience, definitely value for money

The girl (I didn't get the name unfortunately) who was in charge of our group was just amazing.. amazing command of several languages! The entrance was fast and swift just as promised...

Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Escorted Entrance Reviewed by Telmo, 02/21/2017

Informative and entertaining, the guide enhanced our experience

The trip was easy to book, the tickets were e mailed promptly and the tour guide was excellent.

Excellent tour, informative and value for money

Very informative guide, saw everything we wanted and not rushed in any way. Brilliant value and worthwhile to skip huge queues and this was a quieter time of year. The only downside was the radio kept losing sound but assumed this was down the walls and being inside but didn't impact on the actual tour in any way.

Informative tour and great guide with lovely sense of humour.

Brought our kids along, aged 10 and 12. They were captivated every minute of the 3 hour tour.

Very friendly guide, very clear explanations, no waiting!

It was a very interesting tour and we would never have done it, if we had to wait in line for hours even before entering the Vatican! This way it went smoothly. Our guide, Claudia, was very friendly, explained everything very clearly and was very patient with everyone. Although it was tiring, especially due to the enormous crowds everywhere, it was very impressive. We were very happy with Claudia as a guide.

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