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Guided tour of the Vatican Museums

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2-hour guided tour and skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican Museums, the third most visited museum in the world.

  • Location:
    Vatican Museums, Vatican Avenue

  • Available language:
    English, Italian, Spanish

  • Duration:
    120 min.

  • Instant ticket delivery:
    Yes

  • Maximum number of people:
    20

  • Ticket on smartphone:
    Available

Vatican Museums: Skip the line tickets and guided tour
Chiaramonti Museum, Vatican Museums. Photo: Andrea Contieri

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Jump in line tickets and guided tour of the Vatican Museums

Choosing a guided tour of the Vatican Museums allows you to fully appreciate the long exhibition path, ranging from Egyptian and Etruscan art to Greek and Roman art, from the Renaissance period to modern art.

This ticket guarantees skip-the-line access to the museums, as well as the possibility to visit the extraordinary Sistine Chapel with its vault frescoed by Michelangelo and Raphael’s rooms.

Vatican Museums

If you visit Rome you can’t miss the Vatican Museums on your list of things to see. The Vatican Museums are divided into 12 collections located in as many structures, organized according to a continuous exhibition path.

The museums are as follows:

  • Vatican Picture Gallery (works by artists from Giotto to Leonardo, from Raphael to Caravaggio)
  • Collection of Modern Religious Art (Francis Bacon, Carlo Carrà, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Gauguin, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse and Vincent van Gogh)
  • Pius Clementine Museum (Greek and Roman sculptures and Renaissance works)
  • Missionary-Ethnological Museum (religious works from all over the world)
  • Gregorian Egyptian Museum (ancient Egyptian artefacts, including papyri and mummies)
  • Gregorian Etruscan Museum (Etruscan artefacts, including vases, sarcophagi and bronzes)
  • Pious Christian Museum (works of early Christian art)
  • Secular Gregorian Museum (works of Roman art)
  • Secular Gregorian Museum (works of Roman art)
  • Carriage Pavilion (vehicles used by the popes in the past)
  • Philatelic and numismatic museum
  • Vatican Apostolic Library Museum
  • Chiaramonti Museum

Also part of the exhibition are several structures that are part of the Vatican Palaces. From the Raphael Rooms to the Sistine Chapel.

The Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s vault

The queen of the exhibition route and one of the most fascinating monuments is undoubtedly the Sistine Chapel.  Built between 1475 and 1481 AD, the Sistine Chapel was commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV and was built on the walls of the Cappella Magna.

The Sistine Chapel is particularly important and appreciated because of the masterpieces it contains. On the side walls are splendid frescoes by Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Michelangelo Buonarroti (Last Judgement), while the vault, frescoed by Michelangelo himself, is considered one of the most important works ever created in the world.

N.B. It is strictly forbidden to take photos or videos in the Sistine Chapel.

Skipping the Line

The ticket offers the possibility to skip the line at the entrance without having to endure long queues. However, it is necessary to go through the security checks at the entrance.

Instructions

  • Present yourself at the Via del Vaticano entrance at the time you chose when booking
  • Come to the “online cashier and groups” after passing the security check
  • Present your digital ticket to the staff

Additional information

For security reasons, it is not permitted to carry bags and suitcases. However, security lockers are available at the entrance.

The ticket may not be changeable after purchase. This is due to the discretion of the Vatican.

Dress code

As in St. Peter’s Basilica, it is compulsory to dress conservatively in the Vatican Museums. Shoulders and knees must be covered.

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