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Vatican & Sistine Chapel: Skip the line + guidebook

Skip the line to the Vatican in Rome and spend as long as you'd like in the museums! On this self-guided tour, you can explore the art and architecture of the Vatican at your own. A downloadable electronic resource, The Vatican Quest, is included to help guide you through the many hidden details of the Vatican!


- Skip the line to the Vatican Museums
- Get access to the Vatican museums all day
- Explore the Vatican at your own pace
- See the Sistine Chapel
- Receive a PDF guidebook (The Vatican Quest) to enhance your self-guided tour

What can I expect?

Looking to maximize your trip to the Vatican? Choosing a ticket that lets you skip the lines—which can be hours long—is a no-brainer. But it can be frustrating to skip the lines only to realize you have no idea how to spend your time inside, or to find yourself on a tour that skips pieces of information that interest you!

Enter The Vatican Quest. This primer on the Vatican is written by the best-known Vatican guide in recent history,. It will help you decipher hidden messages in the paintings and find fascinating signs in other artworks. You'll receive the Vatican Quest before your trip, so you can even prep in advance if you wish! You can either print it out or simply read it from your phone. 

Because the Vatican Quest is a self-guided tour, you're never stuck in one room for a specific amount of time; you can linger when you want to linger and rush through when you want to rush. You can spend all day in the Vatican if you'd like. The guide will let you truly customize your visit, so that you can devote your time to exploring the art and architecture that most appeals to you.

How does it work?

Your e-ticket will be emailed directly to you shortly after your booking is complete. Bring a printed copy with you to the Vatican, or present the ticket via your mobile phone.

How long does the tour last?
The tour length is up to you. Because this is a self-guided tour, you are in control of how much time you spend in the Vatican.

When do the Vatican Museums close?
The Vatican Museums close at 6 PM.

How do I get the PDF of The Vatican Quest? 
The Vatican Quest PDF will be sent to you via email after your booking is confirmed.

Important information

- A dress code is required: No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for all individuals. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
- Due to uneven surfaces, this attraction is not recommended for guests who are wheelchair users or otherwise have limited mobility.

Ticket categories

Adult (18+)
Child (6-17)
Infant (0-5): Free of charge

What’s not included?

- Hotel pickup and drop-off.
- Food and drinks.

From $ 41.20

Wed, 1 Dec 2021

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Mobile voucher accepted

Save time – Skip the line

What’s included?

- Skip the line-ticket to the Vatican.
- Access to the Vatican all day.
- "The Vatican Quest," a PDF file for the self-guided tour.

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When in Rome Tours Agency

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