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Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group
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Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group

By What a Life Tours
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If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, you can easily spend a day getting lost in the Vatican in Rome—not ideal if you’ve got limited time in Italy. Ensure you only see the best of the Vatican, and save hours waiting in line, on a skip-the-line tour that also includes access to St. Peter’s Basilica. Explore in a small group with an English speaking guide.
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Ages 0-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Only see the best of the Vatican on an express tour
  • A great choice for first-time visitors with limited time
  • Sail past lines often in excess of two hours with a skip-the-line ticket
  • Explore in a small group limited to 12

  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
  • Small group tour
  • English-speaking licensed tour guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Skip-the-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Easy meet up point to our office ( 5 min walk from the Museums)
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Rome
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuites

Your tour begins in central Rome, where you greet your guide and—with skip-the-line ticket in hand—sail past the long lines that often form outside of the Vatican. Once inside, make a beeline for top Vatican attractions, such as the Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms, and the indisputable main attraction: the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo’s frescoes adorn the ceiling. After discovering little-known information about the history of the landmark, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica to admire standout features, such as the gold-painted ceiling and altarpiece. Your tour concludes here, but you’re free to continue exploring independently, if you wish.

Start:
  • What a Life Tours, Via Santamaura, 14B, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    The meeting point is at our office at Via Santamaura 14-b. The closest Metro stop is the Ottaviano Metro stop.
End:
  • St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    The tour ends inside St.Peter's Basilica.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7559P6

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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.
  • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • The ticket is valid only for the day and time reserved.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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How much is Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group?
Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group price starts from AU$119.55. Discover and book Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group on Tripadvisor
What is the Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group cancellation policy?
Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Skip-the-Line Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's | Small Group on Tripadvisor
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7559P6

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    What a Life Tours
    Via Santamaura, 14B, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    The meeting point is at our office at Via Santamaura 14-b. The closest Metro stop is the Ottaviano Metro stop.
    See address & details
  • 1
    What a Life Tours
    Stop: 10 minutes
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    Pass by
    Vatican City
  • 2
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Gallery of Maps
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 25 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    St. Peter's Square
  • You'll end at
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    The tour ends inside St.Peter's Basilica.
    See address & details
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  • What a Life Tours
    7,650
    Italy
    Joined in February 2011
  • TedW749
    0 contributions
    A must have if you want to visit the Vatican
    An absolutely amazing tour! Our wonderful guide Mario lead us through the the vatican museums, sistine chapel and st. peters, and was just an incredible well of in depth knowledge, wonderful humor and passion for the subject matter. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone thinking about spending 3:30h in the Vatican, and afterwards going into the crypt and/or going to the dome, as the tour ends right inside St. Peters. I would have been completely lost without the guide, and wouldn't have been able to really appreciate the artwork and history at display here. For me, a must have if you want to visit the Vatican and get the most out of your time. And in case his Mom is really reading these: Hi Marios Mum! Your son is awesome!
    Written 26 February 2024
  • tatianamedunesp
    0 contributions
    Amazing morning in Vaticano with Alessia
    The tour was amazing. Alessia was a great guide, she knew history and arts very well and gave us a great lesson about those wonders that we were able to see while walking around those corridors. She was great! I loved it! As well as the size of the group! I really don’t like those big sized ones. And arriving before it opens to the general public was incredible! Totally recommended! Thank you for everything! It was an unforgettable experience!
    Written 24 February 2024
  • W4445YOjm
    0 contributions
    Fantastic Tour and Guide!
    Bonjourno, Our tour guide, Rosa, was a wealth of knowledge about the history of Rome and the Vatican. Although there is too much to see in one visit, Rosa was helpful in pointing out the key historical points about cultural and artistic aspects of Rome and the Vatican. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Grazie Rosa!
    Written 23 February 2024
  • Paul B
    0 contributions
    Fantastic tour
    Fantastic tour guide with early access and very little queuing. The guide had a great sense of humour. There is so much to see in the museum it would be impossible to talk about everything, the guide skipped over certain bits and gave information on others. She seemed to have a great knowledge of the vatican and was not flustered by any questions. Had a slight issue with the tour provider but it was very quickly resolved with absolutely no fuss.
    Written 23 February 2024
  • GozoDreaming
    0 contributions
    Early access, very small group, very knowledgeable guide. 5 stars.
    Five stars experience - just like the many other reviews. We did the early morning small group tour. Silvio the guide was very knowledgeable. Note: BONUS - There is a nice little cafe right next door to the meeting point / tour company office … so you can check in (done in 2 minutes) and then have a coffee and eat breakfast while waiting for the tour group to leave.
    Written 22 February 2024
  • Al M
    0 contributions
    Great to have a charming guide to help pick your way through the myriad of art treasures. And skip the queues!
    Fantastic tour of this most amazing museum complex, brimming with art treasures from both Ancient and Renaissance Rome. It was great to be able to skip the long queues - (even early morning on a Tuesday in February!) Our guide Lucia was charming, interesting, informative and entertaining. With such a bewildering array of artworks it was great to have someone knowledgeable to pick out which pieces most deserved our attention. The Sistine Chapel is just … wow! And St Peter’s too. It was an intense, joyful, exhausting morning - we loved it.
    Written 21 February 2024
  • charlotted593
    0 contributions
    Better than expected
    Fernando was so full of knowledge! The guy is an actual archeologist who studied and excavated part of the forum! A true professional with a passion for the site!
    Written 20 February 2024
  • Road22366103625
    0 contributions
    Great tour- fun and knowledgeable
    Lucia was a wonderful tour guide. She was very knowledgeable. Being on vacation, we appreciated her fun, lighthearted, and interesting way of sharing the facts and highlighting notable areas. She also provided time to look at certain areas on our own and to take pictures. The early morning tour was a great experience. Definitely recommend booking skip the line tickets.
    Written 20 February 2024
  • just3087
    0 contributions
    Great Tour!
    Great experience, “must do” in Rome. It is worth it to start the trip so early. Mario is an excellent guide with lot of knowledge.
    Written 17 February 2024
  • davidvanauken
    0 contributions
    Awesome guide, but What a Life needs to step their game up to match her vibe!
    Host was knowledgeable and informative, actually quite amazing! Tour was supposed to be with breakfast provided, but provider sent email the day before stating that breakfast would not be provided. Coffee machines in shop yet representative claimed not to know how to work machines. C'mon lol. It's a coffee machine, you claimed breakfast would be provided, and then revoked that, at least you could have provided coffee. Not a big deal, but would have been the good thing to do to enhance customer service and make up for no breakfast as promised. As far as the guide, she was awesome. The company should match her energy!
    Written 16 February 2024
  • 648claudinem
    0 contributions
    Best ancient Rome - Colosseum
    The views were amazing, the sights is a must see! Our guide, John, was awesome! The knowledge and effort put in for our tour to the coloseum, arena, circus maximus, roman forum and palentine hill was heartfelt and enormous! Best company for the job!
    Written 16 February 2024
  • 648claudinem
    0 contributions
    Awesome tour
    Amazing tour, so insightful. Tourguides very professional and definitly goes the extra mile! What a life tours is a must in Rome!!
    Written 16 February 2024
  • andrearE1916HT
    0 contributions
    Excellent tour!
    This tour was excellent... worth every penny. We feel like we saw so much. Our tour guide, Lucia, was energetic and full of great knowledge. We're very happy with the 3 1/2 tour. Thank you.
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Z9281GVamyb
    0 contributions
    Elaine is a rock star guide!
    Elaine was an amazing guide! Knowledgeable and funny, she gave us context and backstory to help us “link the dots” of history. Truly topnotch!
    Written 1 February 2024
  • 932lisam
    0 contributions
    Fantastic
    Incredible tour. No queuing, made the visit seamless and easy. Elaine the tour guide was knowledgeable beyond belief, giving so much information in a respectful and tasteful way. Such a fantastic tour, I feel very lucky to have done this and would highly recommend to get the most out of the Vatican
    Written 1 February 2024
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TaniaS
San Jose, CA1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Family
The museum was packed. More than usual because of the New Years eve schedule with early closing, but our guide Matteo was prepared and very excited about sharing all his knowledge about Vatican City and Michelangelo and all the artist's work. Learned so much in short time! And skip the line and being in a small group of 12 was totally worth it !
Written 8 January 2020
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Ciao from Rome and thank you so much for your awesome feedback! We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour with our wonderful guide Mario despite the business of the day. Mario is amazing at sharing information about the Vatican in a way that is both fun and captivating. Since he is an expert, he of course also knows the best ways to navigate the museums and show you all of the highlights even with minimal time. Our small group sizes and friendly staff are what sets us apart here at What a Life Tours so thank you so much for choosing us! We hope to see you again soon for another tour in one of our beautiful destinations across Italy! :)
Written 16 January 2020
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pvendi
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
Sept 2022
I took this tour September 6th, the tour was supposed to start at 9am so we can get ahead of the crowds in the morning, I was notified the day before that the tour was being delayed one hour to 10am, in my mind it defeated the purpose of booking an early morning tour to beat the crowds. The tour guide did a good job of explaining what we were looking at but missed many of the key items that I overheard other guides explaining to their groups. The museum tour of the Sistine chapel, maps, and tapestries was at capacity with spectators, we were shoulder to shoulder in the crowd, with way too many people to really enjoy what you are looking at. Tour rushed through many of the rooms, too quick to really appreciate what you are looking at. All in all, I would recommend coming in the off months and booking an earlier time or later afternoon time to avoid the crowds so you can really enjoy the beauty of the various museums.
Written 9 September 2022
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Erick
Jacksonville, FL2 contributions
Feb 2022
We had a long holiday weekend in Rome and booked primarily to expedite the lines but the tour far surpassed our expectations and I would highly recommend anyone traveling here for the first time use an experienced guide. Elaine was brilliant and her knowledge and passion for the city's art and history was genuine and enthusiastic. In the three days we've been here we've fallen in love with Rome and Elaine helped us appreciate the richness of it's history and why it's a city I will want to revisit again and again.
Written 20 February 2022
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Dear Erick, thank you very much for posting a 5-star review, I love the title!😉 Enjoy the rest of your holidays in the Eternal City! Kind regards, Maria
Written 22 February 2022
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Hannah Louise S
Wirral, UK1 contribution
The places we visited on the tour were amazing to look at and we would definitely recommend visiting all three (vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica), but we felt the tour was very rushed. Our tour guide (Laura) rushed ahead a lot and spoke very quickly, so it was hard to understand all the history behind everything, which was a bit disappointing.
Be prepared for ques and very big crowds, you don't get much chance to view things.
Written 26 August 2022
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Amanda
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Family
We were absolutely thrilled with our tour with Carlotta. Her knowledge was exceptional and she shared the story of each part with passion and enthusiasm which was infectious.
My teenage children were completely engaged throughout and there was time to take photographs.
I thoroughly recommend this company but in particular the guide Carlotta.
Written 7 January 2020
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Ciao from Rome! Wow, it sounds like you and your family really enjoyed your tour of the Vatican with our wonderful guide Carlotta. She is a great when it comes to explaining the vast history of the Vatican in a way that is both enriching and interesting for everyone, no matter their age! Thank you so much for choosing our small, family-owned business for your tour, we greatly appreciate it and this perfect 5-star review. We would love to have your family back again for another tour, whether that be exploring more of Rome's treasures or foods, or somewhere else in Italy like Florence and the rolling hills and villages of Tuscany, the ruined city of Pompeii, or even coastal town of Positano!
Written 8 January 2020
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HL K
New Taipei, Taiwan1 contribution
I visited in the mid of Jan 2023 and I’d strongly recommend to join this private tour. I had not much history background before joining but no worries this tour will take you thru all the way from the ground up. You can get to know the history behind those gorgeous collections. With the explanations, we could see and understand the details of the highlighted arts and antiques. If I were joining by myself, I’d just go around (probably get lost) and feel super tired since there are so many collections without guidance. What’s more, Vatican museum had so many arts collections and with the tour lady we had chances to get into private spot to observe the Roman marble statue (normal people can’t access.) Our tour lady is also taking many questions from us with passion which is very helpful to us!

In short, this tour is worth of the price and would strongly recommend to people who first time visited the Vatican City:)
Written 24 January 2023
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Roya M
2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Our visit to the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica was a truly magical and unique experience. We are so happy we got a tour and even happier that Carlotta was our guide. From the beginning of the tour, she was a delight with a great sense of humor. She is also extremely knowledgeable and confident in the information she provides. Without her guidance, we would’ve been lost since there is so much to see. She guided us through the rooms and seamlessly related the pieces together and wove an engaging story. She also did a great job presenting the history of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel so that by the time we arrived at the Sistine Chapel, we had the background to appreciate Michelangelo’s huge accomplishment.
You can tell she is really passionate about what she teaches and we are thankful for her expertise. I really recommend that if you are visiting the Vatican, you book a tour to help guide you through all the rooms and explain the historical context of everything.
Written 20 October 2022
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Stephanie L
New York City, NY1 contribution
Jan 2020
Elaine was a fantastic guide for this tour. She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, fun, and very engaging. Having the small group was great and we were able to see many pieces of the Vatican Museums practically by ourselves (only 4 people in the Raphael rooms? Unheard of!)

Elaine was obviously very passionate about the pieces, and was knowledgeable even about particular statutes and things that weren't necessarily on her 'highlights' plan - when asked, she still always knew the answer and had an insightful bit of history to share. Would definitely recommend her to anyone.
Written 20 January 2020
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Hi there, it sounds like you had an amazing time exploring the Vatican's treasures with Elaine! She is one of the best when it comes to showing people around the museums in a way that is both fun and informational. Our small group sizes are designed to give you that one on one interaction with your guide so that they are able to personalize each tour, just like Elaine did for you. We are so glad you had the museums practically to yourselves because you're right, that is pretty uncommon (but skipping the lines sure does help!) :) Thanks for giving us this perfect review, we hope to see you soon for another tour whether that be in Rome or one of our other gorgeous Italian destinations!
Written 23 January 2020
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Gerardo3420
4 contributions
I booked the small group tour so that my wife and I would have a more intimate tour with less people. It cost us $164.04 USD for the both of us. We were paired with our tour guide Elaine. She was wonderful. She definitely had a lot of knowledge to share with us. Where our tour went bad was right after finishing the Sistine Chapel. We walked a bit to the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica. There was a fountain where we could fill our water bottles to which Elaine indicated we could fill up. We waited in line to fill up and when my wife and I were finished, we looked around, and couldn't find our group. We looked around the area, and couldn't find them. We decided to search even further so one of us stayed back in the hopes that Elaine would come back and find us. Our search came up short. Our last effort was to message the company to let them know. I had two different ways to contact them, but we didn't receive a response until 40 minutes later. We waited at the water fountain for a total of 30 minutes before deciding to call it quits. We walked to the Company's office to let them know what happened. The gentleman there offered me a $20 refund. I was a bit disappointed because we had paid quite a bit for the tour. He then proceeds to tell me that Elaine had been looking for us even though we stayed at the place she lost us. The gentleman then gives me a $50 refund which is better than $20, but I intimately would've preferred to have had my tour. I don't understand how someone gets forgotten in a "Small Group Tour."
Written 7 September 2022
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Trevor M
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Couples
Truly truly I do not want to go to a museum without Eugenes insightful commentary and expertise. His eye and knowledge of history and the arts meant that he knew exactly where to draw the eye, and what the most fascinating pieces in the room were. He also had an iPad with some imagery to build the backstory behind some art pieces that I would have walked past without a thought. None of my husbands questions could stump him, and he also had a very charming wit about him that made the pacing of the tour feel relaxed but full. (No rushed feeling or no feeling like someone was reading an encyclopedia to us) I am so glad we chose to do this tour, a lot of tours will end at the Vatican basilica, but this ended in the museum so that we could admire the Sistine chapel as long as we liked, and revisit some of our favorite museum art pieces.
Written 20 October 2021
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Dear Trevor, great feedback! Thank you so much, Eugene is indeed an amazing storyteller! He will be thrilled to read your review! Kind regards, Maria
Written 22 October 2021
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