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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Roma, Italy
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Overview

Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. Explore intriguing sites like Raphael’s Rooms and then visit the Sistine Chapel to see incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Choose the start time that better suites your needs.
  • Half-day Vatican Museums guided tour with fast-track access
  • Learn about the incredible Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam'

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This experience offers upgrades for early morning or after-hours tours of the Vatican.
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Headsets to hear your guide better (Tours over 10 persons)
Free Wi-Fi & Recharging station at the meeting point
Welcoming staff at comfortable office
Fast track entrance tickets
Gratuities/Tips
Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Via Germanico, 8 , Via Germanico, 8, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting Point English language Tours – Via Germanico 8 Other languages – Via Vespasiano 46b

  • Via Vespasiano, 46b , Via Vespasiano, 46b, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting Point English language Tours – Via Germanico 8 Other languages – Via Vespasiano 46b

  • Vatican Museums , 00120, Vatican City
    Meet your local guide at the tour office to enter the Vatican Museums. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, step inside to start your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Follow your guide, listening to tales of saintliness and scandal, and learn about the Vatican’s place as one of the holiest sites in Christendom.

    Italian art flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and the Vatican popes put together one of the world’s largest collections of private art with frescos, paintings, sculptures, and treasure. See the highlights as you walk through galleries such as Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the 'School of Athens'—a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself.

    Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—'The Last Judgement' and 'The Creation of Adam.'
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Vatican Museums
    Visit the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.isit to the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Sistine Chapel
    In the Sistine Chapel you will have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s astonishing work, the entire ceiling and the Last Judgment, and then again in St Peter’s Basilica where his beautiful Pietà is kept
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Stanze di Raffaello
    Visit the Raphael Rooms inside the Vatican Museums, home to many of Raphael’s celebrated frescoes. Admire the genius of his work as your guide highlights the intricacies of his work, such as the appearance of Michelangelo and da Vinci in ‘The School of Athens’. Appreciate the skill and beauty of one of the Renaissance’s greatest artists.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
    • Luggage storage NOT available
    • We are sorry to inform you that this tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
    • All students should have their student identity card in order to get the discount for the admission fee.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Please note that all participants over 12 years old must present; Vaccination Certificate , proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Nicom Tours
    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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    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 Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    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
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .

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    • "Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk pretty much non stop." See review
    • "Skip the line is the only way to go, but still had an hour to 1.5 hour wait." See review
    • "Must use tour or you'll spend your vacation standing in line." See review

    Reviews

    4.0
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    7,882 Reviews

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    star-5
    Great experience!
    Steven_D
    , Jul 2022
    Your guide was wonderful. Knowledge and passion for his job. We asked many questions and he kept it light for the kids. The heat was brutal and it’s important to plan for that. We were inside in minutes so skipping the line was key
    star-1
    Save time/pain and disappointment and buy the book
    Bryan_D
    , Jul 2022
    If you really want to be treated like sheep, then take a tour currently offered. Not a fault of the tour guide but the Vatican Museum and Tour company. Unfortunately you will not have time to enjoy anything as you are rushed through the whole thing without giving time to enjoy these wonderful things. Having been there in the past I can tell you to skip misery and save your money. From what I can tell this is only a money grab tour.
    star-3
    Due to the taxi strike we...
    Kristin_T
    , Jul 2022
    Due to the taxi strike we could not get there in time and they only gave us the tickets with no refund for the guide
    star-5
    Great
    Patricia_B
    , Jul 2022
    The tour guide was very informative. I enjoyed this tour. It was crowded and hot but that’s what I get for coming in the summer during peak travel. But it was worth it to see the Sistine chapel.
    star-2
    Could not hear your guide
    Michael_B
    , Jul 2022
    Headsets were very poor and the tour guide spoke fast and could not understand him. Tour guide was passionate
    star-3
    Fair acceptable experience.
    Steven_S
    , Jul 2022
    Access to the guide tour is easy, although the guide was complaining about things in the place or complaining about the people for the whole tour to the sixtine chapel. The talk from the guide is shared with headphones that let you listen to the guide even if the place is crowded however like 15 minutes before our visit end the guide had her headphones discharged and we lost 15 minutes not being able to hear her. Never said good bye, I felt let she was bored on what she was doing. I would like to have had a more friendly guide.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-1
    not what we expected
    Sue_R
    , Jul 2022
    Guide talked about himself more than the tour after 1 hour, he had not stared tour. talking to his friends we broke off and finished tour on our own Maybe another guide would have been better
    star-3
    Beware of Tour Check In
    Tara_M
    , Jul 2022
    The tour check in office leads you to believe you must purchase a cover up for exposed arms and or legs to meet dress code. The truth is that St Peter’s Basilica offers free disposable covers for exposed arms /legs. Maggie our tour guide was REMARKABLE. Everything else about the experience was wonderful. If I were only rating Maggie and the tour it would be a solid 5 stars!
    star-5
    Impressive art work
    Linda_M
    , Jul 2022
    Everything we saw was impressive. From the wall size art to Michaelangelo’s work in the Cistine Chapel. Our tour guide, Julia, was very well versed in the art and history and enjoyed sharing it with us. My only regret was that my headphone was not the greatest so I missed bits and pieces. There must be better options for the listening device.?
    star-5
    Lovely tour with Monica!...
    Summer_L
    , Jul 2022
    Lovely tour with Monica! She was very knowledgeable and patient with the kids. Overall a wonderful experience! Thank you Monica!
    star-5
    The guide was really...
    Bruno_P
    , Jul 2022
    The guide was really good, explained everything very well! The skip the line ticket is worth it, there is just so much people.
    star-3
    Average
    Lisa_C
    , Jul 2022
    Sistine chapel was good but tour guide spent a lot of time giving directions about how to navigate the areas vs history
    star-2
    Chaotic tour
    Donald_H
    , Jul 2022
    20 minutes starting out. Problems with headcount by tour guide whose voice was so quiet, couldn't hear anything. Radio earphone system packed up and had to be changed halfway through, so more delay. Not a great experience.
    star-4
    Excellent Tour guide
    Luai_N
    , Jul 2022
    Tour guide talked for about 3hrs nine stop. She was equipped with many posters to explain the museum as it was difficult to explain inside. As we have gone through, she highlighted the topics that was covered earlier. This made it very clear when going through the tour. She has an exceptional knowledge
    star-2
    Not worth it
    Sandra_A
    , Jul 2022
    It wasn’t a pleasant tour. María Antonieta, The tour guide was the worst I’ve had. She was visibly annoyed when people asked her questions, contemptuous and irritable.
    star-5
    Good tour
    Gina_X
    , Jul 2022
    The tour was great! Our guide Noamy was very informative. We were able to skip the long line. I would recommend this tour to my friends and family.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    It was a nice experience....
    Monica_M
    , Jul 2022
    It was a nice experience. The guide was knowledgeable. There were more than 25 people trying to stay together among many tours. That was a bit difficult.
    star-4
    Good Tour well planned
    David_E
    , Jul 2022
    Good tour well planned and guide was informative. Being honest, i don't think a guide is needed and would go direct to get best experience. Guides wast a lot of time talking and there is a lot to see at the vatigan. .so if you like the back story really worth it, if going just to get the experience, go direct without a guide a save money.
    star-5
    Wonderful tour and guide!...
    Kathy_N
    , Jun 2022
    Wonderful tour and guide! We were able to see everything. I would highly recommend this tour! We missed the crowds
    star-4
    Good visit to Vatican
    Laurie_P
    , Jun 2022
    Our guide was very informative. The museum was extremely crowded, having a guide was helpful. Skip the line was well worth it!

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