Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums Observing Tour

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Group size up to 10 persons
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Pay a visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums to observe priceless works of art from the wide-renown Papal collections. Wonder about magnum opuses from olden times to Michelangelo's unbelievable frescoes. Access to the Papal Villas and Vatican Gardens is available as an option.
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Angelo
Entrance for the individuals it separate from those who are in groups and those who still need to buy ticket. You surely skip the line with this ticket. This visit is definitley for the whole day so spare your time for it. Once you're in you need to o through many exhibitions in order to get to the Sistine Chapel. So enjoy it and do not rush. There is plenty of time. If you skipped something in the musem you can get back any time. In case you do not stop by each painting or state for minutes, you are definitley able to pass everything throughout the day. Take your time in Sistine Chapel, it is really life time experience. I recommend to learn some info ahead about the paintings so you can really focus on each part. There is very bad signal so you might not be able to google it once you're in there. At the end, we visited the St. Peter's square and the basilic. It is for free. For sure there will be huge line, but it is fast (we were in 40min inside) and it is worth to wait.
Dario
21 days ago
It was confusing to me that we were supposed to find a ""meeting point"" for this self-guided tour. We exchanged our vouchers for tickets at the ticket window and the went into the museum. We couldn't read the map because it wasn't in English, so weren't really sure how to navigate without going through everything. We really were most interested in seeing the Sistine Chapel, so honestly we ended up skipping most of the museum. When we arrived in the chapel, we each had the same reaction...""Is this it?"" It was underwhelming and not at all what we'd expected. Afterwards, we went to see St. Peter's Basilica, but the line was too long. All in all, we were disappointed with this activity, but we're not Catholic, so that may be a big factor.
Massimo
about 1 month ago
Everything was so gorgeous. You had time to look at everything of interest without being urged to not dawdle too long. There was a café in the center square, where you could relax. Elevators for the physically impaired and restrooms at every corner. The only gripe were the badly numbered exhibit pieces. It was often quite difficult to locate the numbers to listen to the audio guide. Only way to find the missing numbers was to put in random ones from the group of numbers you were looking at and going through them until you found the right one.
Andrea
about 1 month ago
Everything happened as expected. There was no queue at the entrance for those having online vouchers. First we passed through the security check, the we went to the Reception to change our voucher into tickets. It pretty straightforward what you have to do once you get there. People have to follow a visiting route (that's pretty well delimited, highlighted) and Sistine Chapel is almost at the end of this path. But overall it was okay, the price difference wasn’t that high.
Bianca
24 days ago
pay atention to the tickets. the credit card is charged but the tickets may not be available; that will be confirmed later, in a second or a third email. if you want to listen all the tracks in the audio guide, more than 6 hours are needed for the museum. go first to thw sixtin chapel and then go to the other rooms, otherwise you will get tired if you take thw rooms one by one; go full of energy to the sixtin chapel.
Giuseppe
14 days ago
Truly amazing how much history the museum holds. The Sistine chapel was breathtaking as well . Would recommend to anyone who likes to take their time and enjoy the art and history. The device provided gives a short summary of the rooms/art/sculpture you are viewing if you press the numbers. I would’ve preferred an earphones over the Walky-talky looking thing. But overall it dint affect my experience.
Bernardi
2 days ago
Very glad we got the skip the line ticket, but the bus tour through the gardens was disappointing. it was difficult to see anything from the bus we were on and the audio did not always match what we were looking at. The driver routinely stopped too far up from the interest points see them, let alone to take pictures. I would recommend a walking tour if you want to really enjoy the gardens
Francesco
16 days ago
Great experience and would recommend, we visited on a Saturday which meant for a very busy tourist experience however still enjoyable! The walk to the Sistine chapel is from the museums and to the exit is a slow walk with hundreds of people, therefore I would recommend going early in the day to avoid the slow trawl of people. This is a good rainy day activity.
Monica R.
28 days ago
Well, it's awesome and if you're thinking of buying those tickets, chances are you are aware of what's coming. Lines within the museum are massive, yet they move fairly well, unlike those that are outside of the museum. Incredible collection, definitely worth the visit from historical and educational point of view. And most of things are beautiful, truly
Tommaso
about 1 month ago
Arrived early and went to st peters square and saw the Pope. What Luck. Walked around the east side wall to get to the Museum entrance and was able to walk past a huge entry line with the skip the line privs. Get the audio guide it worth the $10 to know what you are looking at.
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With skip-the-line access to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican museums, you can experience a moving journey through religious and artistic history. Keep away from the long ticket lines and afterward partake in your visit at your own speed.

Explore the Greek Cross Gallery to view intricately carved sarcophagi that may contain the ashes of some of antiquity's most revered monarchs.

Visit the Cabinet of the Masks or the Sala degli Animali to view a virtual collection of both real and imagined fantastic beasts. Visit the Gallery of Maps and the Upper Galleries to see how cartographers have depicted the world over time.

In the Raphael Rooms, view masterpieces by Renaissance artists, and in the Borgia Apartments, unwind for a while. After that, it's time to marvel at Michelangelo's exquisite Sistine Chapel, the Vatican's crown jewel and possibly even the most valuable piece of art in the world.

Important information:

  • When you arrive at the Vatican, please follow the signs to the separate Partners' Entrance.
  • All visitors must go through security that is similar to what you would find at an airport. During peak season the wait might be up to 30 minutes
  • St. Peter's Basilica and the Square may be closed in the morning due to the Papal Audience
  • The opening hours of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica are subject to change due to special events
  • Children under the age of six are admitted free of charge with a valid ID
  • People with disabilities and a caregiver or companion are admitted free of charge with a certificate of disability, which must be presented at the Special Permits and/or the Reception desk in the museum's hall
  • The minibus tour isn't available for children aged 6 or younger
  • The Vatican is very crowded during the whole year, the high-season months of June, July, and August are particularly busy.
  • Open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:00 p.m.)
Tour program

the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, the Greek Cross Gallery

What is included in activity

• Skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
• Use of the dedicated entrance
• Access to Vatican Gardens
• Audio guide in Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (if option selected)
• Booking fee and handling fee
• 20% discount at Vatican Museums online shop

What is not included

• Guided tour
• Ticket to St.Peter's Basilica (free of charge, but access is not guaranteed. It may vary due to crowd control)
• Access to St. Peter's Basilica's dome

Activity book period
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Languages in what activity is performed
English
Directions to meet your guide

Vatican Museums, 00120 Città del Vaticano

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Bernardi
Very glad we got the skip the line ticket, but the bus tour through the gardens was disappointing. it was difficult to see anything from the bus we were on and the audio did not always match what we were looking at. The driver routinely stopped too far up from the interest points see them, let alone to take pictures. I would recommend a walking tour if you want to really enjoy the gardens
2 days ago
Giuseppe
Truly amazing how much history the museum holds. The Sistine chapel was breathtaking as well . Would recommend to anyone who likes to take their time and enjoy the art and history. The device provided gives a short summary of the rooms/art/sculpture you are viewing if you press the numbers. I would’ve preferred an earphones over the Walky-talky looking thing. But overall it dint affect my experience.
14 days ago
Angelo
Entrance for the individuals it separate from those who are in groups and those who still need to buy ticket. You surely skip the line with this ticket. This visit is definitley for the whole day so spare your time for it. Once you're in you need to o through many exhibitions in order to get to the Sistine Chapel. So enjoy it and do not rush. There is plenty of time. If you skipped something in the musem you can get back any time. In case you do not stop by each painting or state for minutes, you are definitley able to pass everything throughout the day. Take your time in Sistine Chapel, it is really life time experience. I recommend to learn some info ahead about the paintings so you can really focus on each part. There is very bad signal so you might not be able to google it once you're in there. At the end, we visited the St. Peter's square and the basilic. It is for free. For sure there will be huge line, but it is fast (we were in 40min inside) and it is worth to wait.
16 days ago
Francesco
Great experience and would recommend, we visited on a Saturday which meant for a very busy tourist experience however still enjoyable! The walk to the Sistine chapel is from the museums and to the exit is a slow walk with hundreds of people, therefore I would recommend going early in the day to avoid the slow trawl of people. This is a good rainy day activity.
16 days ago
Dario
It was confusing to me that we were supposed to find a ""meeting point"" for this self-guided tour. We exchanged our vouchers for tickets at the ticket window and the went into the museum. We couldn't read the map because it wasn't in English, so weren't really sure how to navigate without going through everything. We really were most interested in seeing the Sistine Chapel, so honestly we ended up skipping most of the museum. When we arrived in the chapel, we each had the same reaction...""Is this it?"" It was underwhelming and not at all what we'd expected. Afterwards, we went to see St. Peter's Basilica, but the line was too long. All in all, we were disappointed with this activity, but we're not Catholic, so that may be a big factor.
21 days ago
Bianca
pay atention to the tickets. the credit card is charged but the tickets may not be available; that will be confirmed later, in a second or a third email. if you want to listen all the tracks in the audio guide, more than 6 hours are needed for the museum. go first to thw sixtin chapel and then go to the other rooms, otherwise you will get tired if you take thw rooms one by one; go full of energy to the sixtin chapel.
24 days ago
Monica R.
Well, it's awesome and if you're thinking of buying those tickets, chances are you are aware of what's coming. Lines within the museum are massive, yet they move fairly well, unlike those that are outside of the museum. Incredible collection, definitely worth the visit from historical and educational point of view. And most of things are beautiful, truly
28 days ago
Massimo
Everything was so gorgeous. You had time to look at everything of interest without being urged to not dawdle too long. There was a café in the center square, where you could relax. Elevators for the physically impaired and restrooms at every corner. The only gripe were the badly numbered exhibit pieces. It was often quite difficult to locate the numbers to listen to the audio guide. Only way to find the missing numbers was to put in random ones from the group of numbers you were looking at and going through them until you found the right one.
about 1 month ago
Tommaso
Arrived early and went to st peters square and saw the Pope. What Luck. Walked around the east side wall to get to the Museum entrance and was able to walk past a huge entry line with the skip the line privs. Get the audio guide it worth the $10 to know what you are looking at.
about 1 month ago
Andrea
Everything happened as expected. There was no queue at the entrance for those having online vouchers. First we passed through the security check, the we went to the Reception to change our voucher into tickets. It pretty straightforward what you have to do once you get there. People have to follow a visiting route (that's pretty well delimited, highlighted) and Sistine Chapel is almost at the end of this path. But overall it was okay, the price difference wasn’t that high.
about 1 month ago
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