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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.)
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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star-5
Our tour guide was so...
Nadia_T
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was so nice and great experience!! He made the tour unforgettable. It was hot outside but we managed.
star-5
A Memorable Tour
Marguerite_H
, Jul 2022
We arrived a bit late to our tour, but Paola and Serena went to extreme lengths to connect us with the tour group. We then had a very through and professionally facilitated tour with Rosalia, who kept the group going and pointed out all the significant paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and more. She shared historical context before our entry to the Sistine Chapel that gave us focus and perspective on the works there. At the end she assisted us in moving on to St. Peter’s Basilica without having to wait on line. Overall, our experience was very memorable and I would definitely recommend this tour to others.
star-5
Nicoletta was great!
Jack_C
, Jul 2022
We had a guide tour of the Vatican led by Nicoletta, who was very knowledgeable and kind. She did a great job at explaining the significance of the Vatican while keeping her entire tour group engaged. Thank you!
star-5
Best way to see Rome!
Jeremy_F
, Jul 2022
Marina did a fabulous job. She was very knowledgeable and kind. Really went above and beyond. She even helped us get into the Basilica.
star-1
BEWARE LATE CANCELATIONS
corinne_o
, Jul 2022
Cancelled the night before via email for a tour the next morning. Hugely disappointing and unreliable.
star-5
A must do!
Suzann_B
, Jul 2022
Everything was as described and on time. Eddy was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Overall a great first time introduction to the Vatican
star-5
Absolutely amazing!
Tim_J
, Jul 2022
My wife and I had a rough trip getting to Rome and were exhausted for the tour but our guide Mickey took great care of us and made it an amazing experience. I wasn’t expecting our guide to be a professor of history as Mickey is - he made it! The Vatican Museums are some of the most amazing and beautiful I’ve ever seen and the history perspective Mickey gave was exceptional. The beauty of the Sistine Chapel left me speechless. This tour is highly recommended.
star-5
Short & Sweet
Shelby_D
, Jul 2022
This was a great experience visiting the Vatican and Sistine Chapel for the first time. From booking the tickets, finding the meet up location and going through the museum, it was a wonderful time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly!
star-4
Great guide Giulia who highlighted the best bits in this vast museum collection
Caroline_F
, Jul 2022
It was great to “skip the line” in the heat of Rome and we met outside in a shaded area. Our tour guide Giulia was so lovely and welcoming. There was a bit of a wait inside to get started with the radio- microphones but at least we were all inside and a bit cooler. Guilia, our guide, pitched it perfectly for all members of the group old and young. She had a lovely and humorous way of highlighting the important exhibits in this vast museum full of countless amazing artefacts. The tour was 2 and a half hours and was definitely value for money.
star-1
Only book once you get to area
Hollie_K
, Jul 2022
In this day and age, don’t book ahead of time. Chances that travel is delayed, etc., note that this tour is not flexible.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Hollie, we are sorry to hear you were not able to join our tour for reasons beyond our control. However, as you can clearly see on your booking voucher we can not accept cancellation inside the 24 hour period because we need to buy tickets for our clients the day before and they are time sensitive. You probably informed us inside the 24 hour period and this is why that seemed "not flexible" to you. If we have known in advance, we would have done our best to reschedule you for another day, of course. Best regards, the EcoArt Team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Definitely recommend!!!
Amy_D
, Jul 2022
Thank you Cosimo and Giulia for a very well-organized check-in process and valuable information for our visit!!
star-4
Very Good Experience
Robert_G
, Jul 2022
Very good tour. Tour was informative and well organized. Guide was well spoken. Vatican was very crowded, but was to be expected.
star-1
Don’t even conceded eco
Bahram_A
, Jul 2022
Very rude and not accommodating at all. The entire skip line is a lie, we missed meeting point with our tour guide because of unclear directions, and they didn’t let us to join our group even when we got inside on our own
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Good evening we awaited your review and we are happy to reply to your opinion. you had a tour booked with us! The address of the meeting point is evident on the booking voucher, and it would be advisable to inquire in time about the meeting place, which in any case is right in front of the meeting of the Vatican museums (gigantic entrance, and the Vatican museums is the second most important museum in the world, for this reason quite famous). in any case, the day before reaching us, we send all customers an email with all the information for the meeting place, and we send a google maps link on how to reach us, all extremely simple. in the email we ask you to reach the meeting place 15 minutes before, to have the opportunity to present and describe what your tour will be. Well. your tour started at 2.15 pm and we already called you from 2.10 pm to ask you where you were, you had no idea, and while we were working, we kept 16 people waiting for you with the tour guide. We also sent you the location of our position. at 2.25pm ​​we started the tour without you. But on the phone, yet another call, we reassured you by telling you that we had saved the tickets and you would still be able to access the Vatican museums. Which not all agencies do, indeed very few, At 2.40 pm you still hadn't arrived at the meeting point and our staff was all there waiting for you! . At 2.50 pm a call from the Vatican museums arrives at our office, and they tell us that you went inside alone, ignoring any of our instructions. Our manager entered the museums exclusively for you on an exceptional basis. He found you inside the museums and was accompanying you, and also offered to give you detailed information about your tickets and what you might see inside the Vatican museums, but you unkindly kept insisting on joining the group with the guide that it was obvious to be unreachable because you left almost an hour before your arrival. Then you have to claim that you want to be added to the next tour, but you were informed that it was not possible because we were fully booked. As you continued unreasonable requests, despite everything you received tickets, information, and even a map, and you were able to visit the Vatican museums, in spite of everything.
star-4
An enjoyable trip with fantastic guide Eddie!
fallonsue
, Jul 2022
Great way to visit The Vatican. Eddie our guide was fun, knowledgeable and ensured all members of the group felt welcomed and included. The meeting place was straightforward, we entered the museum and got the tour started quickly. I would recommend this trip
star-5
The best tour we took in Rome
Debbie_W
, Jul 2022
This was a great tour and the guide was excellent. He clearly loves the Vatican and was helpful in answering questions we had about the area and Catholic Church. I have mobility issues and he was very accommodating with find a place to sit and to recommend parts of the tour that might be too much. I was very grateful for his kind assistance and was able to skip part of the tour with lots of stairs and wait for the group in the Sistine Chapel where he went out of his way to make sure I was located and rejoined the tour. When the tour concluded he walked us out through a short cut so that we didn't have to walk completely around St. Peter's Square to get a taxi. Take this tour. It was fabulous.
star-5
Worth every penny
Kandis_S
, Jul 2022
Our guide was just wonderful - she made the journey come alive and connected all the dots. Small groups is a perfect thing to do
star-5
Interesting guide
Maren_H
, Jul 2022
Our guide Eddie was amazing. He took us trough the Vatican Museum with excitement and interest. He has a lot of knowlegde and knows how to engage people. We are very happy to have learnt more about the Vatican trough this skip the line guide.
star-1
WAs not able to find the...
Debbie_S
, Jun 2022
WAs not able to find the meeting point for the tour. They do it give directions s to the ticket office which was a make shift set up on the step of an office building. Po
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Debbie, sorry but we are a little bit confused because we cannot understand how you are able to describe our meeting point if you did not reach it. As you said, we always send a reminder with all the information about your reservation the day before the tour. Moreover, on your voucher is clearly written that our meeting point is an outdoor location and not an office and our coordinators are always there wearing bright green shirts with the "EcoArt" logo. Best regards, the EcoArt team
star-5
Vatican Museums
gabe_s
, Jun 2022
Sistine Chapel was amazing! All the beautiful art from Michelangelo and to think how long it took him to paint it.
star-5
As Described, Quick and Easy
Kurt_L
, Jun 2022
Simply to skip the line and get in quickly with a nice intro and overview of top recommendations. It was exactly what it says, a method to be brought into the vatican while skipping the line. Nothing more, nothing less. Expectations were met.
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