Tours and Tickets by City Lights Rome - Day Tours
Skip the line & tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms
Experience some of Rome’s most important artistic and spiritual attractions with a 3-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Beat the crowds with priority access and see highlights of the Vatican Museum’s immense collection while your guide shares the legends behind the masterpieces. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s famed frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and skip the long lines to enter the heart of the papacy at St Peter’s Basilica.
2 hours 30 minutes
Vatican Skip-the-Line Tour Packages: Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Museums from Rome
Visitors to Rome have their hands full choosing among dozens of Vatican tours, but this skip-the-line package makes it a little easier. Choose between three tours, each designed for a particular kind of traveler. See as little as just the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, or spend hours on a comprehensive tour of the museums, chapel, and St. Peter’s.
Early Tour: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel & St Peter Basilica
Be mesmerized by the artistic treasures of the Vatican in silence and peace before the throngs of daytime visitors arrive. After starting the day with a traditional Italian breakfast (if option selected), enter the Vatican Museums 1 hour before they open to the public. Admire world-famous attractions including the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel while your guide shares the stories behind the art. You’ll also skip the long line to step inside the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica. Tour size is limited for a more personalized experience.
St Peter's Basilica and Cupola guided tour
Explore St. Peter’s Basilica from top to bottom on this 3-hour tour with a local guide. Climb the stairs to the top of the dome where you can savor expansive views of Rome. Next, tour the main level. Finally, walk through the papal tombs below the building and view the burial crypts of former popes, including St. Peter.
2 hours 15 minutes
Colosseum and Roman Forum group tour
The Colosseum and the Forum rank among UNESCO–listed Rome’s top attractions, with 2,000 years of hidden history lying behind those ancient walls and ruins. During this small-group tour— limited to 13 people—explore the sites as your guide brings the days of the Roman Empire to life. Beat the queues with skip-the-line entry, and learn of the bold emperors, gladiators, and traders who built Rome from the ground up.
2 hours 30 minutes
Time of year
Kerry G wrote a review Mar 2020
Mannum, Australia20 contributions
Review of: Colosseum and Roman Forum group tour
Jessica Coppola was our tour guide for the colosseum and everything surrounding it. She was wonderful , highly recommend , she loved her job and it showed in her knowledge and enthusiasm. Great tour
Date of experience: March 2020
Kristin D wrote a review Feb 2020
Denver, Colorado72 contributions14 helpful votes
We have done tours of the Vatican a few times...this time was especially nice! We went at the end of November and the museum was nice and quiet which allowed our tour guide to show us more than usual. We were able to stroll through the museum and admire the art without the crowds pushing in on us which made the visit so much nicer. I suggest you travel off season so you can enjoy all the beautiful sites without the chaos!…
The Mindful Cyclist wrote a review Feb 2020
Lawson, Australia10 contributions
Having looked at the queue of people going into Vatican City, we were immediately relieved that we had booked a tour that was 'skip the line'. We were able to get in easily with no fuss, as opposed to others waiting for an hour or two (and this was the off season). We had good, fast access to every aspect of the tour which gave us great value for money. Dina was our guide for the morning. She was an exceptional guide and was a wealth of knowledge. She has been doing these tours for 20 years and so she not only knows what she is talking about, but seems to be well known by staff and other tour guides which helped with the smooth nature of the tour. Dina was flexible to the needs of our small group and was friendly and clearly enjoys her job. I would recommend City Lights Tours and would highly recommend Dina as a guide. …
angelap69 wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
Very good tour, yes, you do skip the line as it says. Our tour guide Dina was very helpful and informative. Groups are kept quite small so easier to get around and listen to everything. We had no problem in finding the office and collecting our tickets (we did though do our homework the previous day and knew exactly where to go). The offices are on a side street close to the Vatican where no cars are allowed so plan ahead as you would have to walk there. Highly recommend this tour.…
Date of experience: December 2019
Myka S wrote a review Dec 2019
Boca Raton, Florida95 contributions23 helpful votes
impossible to find location sad waiting space they had a fridge with one bottle of water - just for them, couldn't even offer their guest. A lot of waiting to get started then the lady tore off walking fast, I was exhausted from 13-days in Europe and didn't feel like being rushed about in the dead of heat without even an offer of water. I walked off. See ya! Waste of time.…
Date of experience: July 2019