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Priority Access: The Official Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

  • 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
Priority Access: The Official Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
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2.5 hours Vatican Tour in English
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2.5 hours Vatican Tour in Spanish

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. Plus, a small group limited to 12 means you’ll receive personalized attention.

What to Expect

Your tour begins in central Rome, where you’ll 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, you’ll 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, you’ll 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.

Reviews (80)
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
LOVED the Sistine Chapel tour

I did the Sistine chapel tour today and loved it! It was super convenient getting to skip all the lines. Our guide, Grant, was informative, engaging, and funny, and made the experience much more memorable. Thank you, Grant! I would definitely recommend this to everyone...More

1  Thank T L
Reviewed yesterday
One of the Best Tours I have ever taken!

We recently took What a Life Tours, VIP Vatican tour, and cannot recommend it highly enough! Frederica was our guide, and was instrumental in making sure we received the best experience during the tour. Not only is she super knowledgeable about the Vatican, she was...More

1  Thank Scenic721132
Reviewed 3 days ago
Amazing tours!

We booked 2 different tours with this company. The first one was the Colosseum Underground tour with palatine hill and roman forum. Mario was our tour guide and he made the tour so much fun! He is extremely knowledgable and passionate about the history of...More

2  Thank Smash92
Laura_12F, Front Office Manager at What a Life Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

What Luck! Fancy getting Mario for both your Vatican and Underground Colosseum tours, he is the perfect Roman companion. He has an amazing gift for getting the laughs going and knows all the best routes around. He also LOVES St. Peter's Basilica and tells us...More

Reviewed 4 days ago
Simply the best way to visit when busy

I was so pleased that we decided to use this tour to see the Vatican. It was very busy, we were only a small group of six and were able to enter without waiting and see all of the most important points of interest. Grant...More

1  Thank Dave V
Laura_12F, Front Office Manager at What a Life Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

You hit jackpot when we only had 6 people on our Best of the Best tour, quite like a private experience and you get so much more personal time with your guide, and many guests make life-long friends with their fellow travellers too! Grant is...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Grant was awesome. He is a wealth of facts and information sprinkled with wit and humor! He made sure we enjoyed the tour and learned a lot! ( He was even considerate of the toddler we had in a stroller with us!) I would highly...More

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April 5, 2018|
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Response from Laura_12F | Property representative |
Hi Jdina, the English speaking tour starts at 9:00 am and the Spanish one at 8:15 am.