Rome: Afternoon Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel

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Discover the best of the Vatican Museums on a skip-the-line, small-group, guided tour without the typical crowds. See highlights of the museum's art and marvel at Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.


  • Skip the line at the Vatican Museums to save time
  • See the Vatican Museums without the typical crowds
  • Enjoy expert commentary from your guide
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel just before closing time
  • Small groups of 15 or less for an intimate experience


Your tour begins with skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, taking the stress out of the long lines, and providing you with more time to explore one of the world’s greatest art collections. An expert guide will accompany you through the museums, telling stories that bring the statues, frescoes, and maps to life. With entry three hours before closing time, you’ll wander empty halls and take advantage of this quieter time to visit after most tourists have already departed. Boasting many galleries, it can be hard to know where to start, but your guide will take you on a carefully planned route perfected over the years. Discover the bigger picture of power and politics in Vatican City and how it interacts with art. Go to the rooms of former popes in the Raphael Rooms, and wander down the extraordinary Gallery of Maps to see how ancient cartographers mapped the world through history. End in the Sistine Chapel (just before closing time) after the daytime crowds have left. Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s miraculous frescoes, including his depiction of the “Last Judgment” on the ceiling. By the end of your tour, you'll have experienced the Sistine Chapel and the highlights of Vatican Museums the way few can claim: in peace and without the crowds.


Skip the line access tickets to the Vatican Museums Local English-speaking guide Small groups of 15 people or fewer Headsets

Important Information

  • Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact our Guest Experience team to make alternative arrangements.
  • The Vatican policy insists that guests cover their shoulders and knees inside the Museums and Basilica at all times • This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.
  • Walks / Devour complies with all local government regulations. Please refer to local government guidelines for the most up-to-date information. • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair and stroller access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.

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