Flash Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
Our shortest and most affordable Vatican Tour
Are you the type of person who loves the idea of exclusive access and a guide to take you through the sites, but doesn't have the attention span for a long tour? This tour gets you into Sistine Chapel before the Pope drinks his morning coffee.
What you get with this tour
What you will see on this tour
- Skip the Line Early Access
- Candelabra Gallery
- Gallery of Tapestries
- Gallery of Maps
- Sistine Chapel
- Optional Solo Visit to St. Peter's Basilica
This tour is for someone who wants to see the bucket list items and be accompanied by a guide, but with minimal and more anecdotal explanations. This tour includes:
- A professional English-speaking guide
- Skip the line Vatican tickets
- A maximum group size of 16
Skip the Line Vatican Tickets
Travelers can often spend more time waiting in line than they spend actually exploring the Vatican. For you, this won’t be the case. Cruise past the line for general admission to the Vatican and only wait in a very brief security line. After that, you’re ready to explore the Vatican’s main sites with no hassle.
Main Galleries of the Vatican
On this express Vatican tour, you’ll first explore the three main galleries that lead up to the Sistine Chapel. Admire the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of the Candelabra. The combination of these three galleries will allow you to explore countless works of art throughout the course of Roman history, giving you a broad overview of the Vatican Museums’ art collection.
Your guide will highlight the most engaging facts and stories about these galleries’ ancient Roman and Greek statues, large-scale maps of Italy and tapestries made by Raphael’s students.
Your Vatican visit will culminate in none other than a memorable Sistine Chapel experience. After all, the Sistine Chapel is what most people come to the Vatican Museums to see. Before entering the chapel, your guide will provide a meaningful overview of the Chapel’s history and frescoes. As it’s a place of worship, your time inside of the Sistine Chapel will be dedicated to silence and reflection.
Please note: The Sistine Chapel is a sacred place, so both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/sweater to wrap around you when necessary.
Solo Visit to St. Peter’s Basilica
While this tour does not include a guided visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, your guide will be more than happy to escort you to the Basilica for a skip the line, self-guided visit. This is a great opportunity to explore arguably the holiest site in the world. Inside of the Basilica, admire works such as Michelangelo’s La Pietà and Bernini’s Baldacchino. This is also a great opportunity to climb St. Peter’s Dome, as the lines won’t be too long yet. Once the folks from longer Vatican tours come inside, you may have to wait a bit longer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Near Caffé Vaticano - Vialle Vaticano 100
What to bring?
Wear comfortable shoes because you'll be on your feet for the length of the tour. Also if you're wearing summer clothes because it's hot in Rome, bring something to wrap around yourself before you enter the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter's Basilica.
Q: Does the tour go inside at 7:30 am without waiting in any lines?
A: As an accredited tour operator, we do not have to wait in the ticket line, but we still have to wait in a security line. For this reason, we leave the meeting point as early as possible and get in the security line reserved for tour operators. The doors open for us at 8:00 am, an hour before the general public.
Q: What are the chances my tour will be cancelled or the Vatican will close something?
A: We run the tour rain or shine all year round. Although it is rare, sometimes part of the Vatican City closes for special religious events. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.
Q: I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a private Vatican tour.
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seeing all of rome in 1 day
My family and I took this tour at the beginning of our 1 day in Rome. Great way to see the Vatican and have plenty of time to see other parts of the city after.
Easy and great for the kids
Traveling in Rome with my 4 and 10 year olds has not been easy. This tour was a GREAT option for us though. Brief, to the point, in and out, and the guide was great with my daughters!