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Skip the lengthy lines and enjoy VIP access to the Vatican Museum’s many works of art on this guided, 3-hour small-group tour. Hear the stories that bring the art to life from an expert Vatican guide. Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous Creation of Adam painting; Raphael's Rooms, with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael; the famous Italian Renaissance church St. Peters Basilica and more.


  • 3-hour guided Vatican tour, including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • This tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway and we guarantee you will not wait in any long lines
  • See the best of the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowds!
  • See esteemed Renaissance artwork, such as Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam
  • Explore Raphael's Rooms and see masterpieces by Raphael
  • Small-group Vatican tour, with a maximum of 12, provides a unique experience with your expert guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Being in a small group of no more than 12 people means there's more opportunity for questions and taking photos.Touring the Vatican Museums in the morning and entering through a reserved entranceway ensures you'll beat the crowds so you can make the most of your time at this majestic and holy place.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Statues inside the Vatican Museums

Meet and greet the tour guide outside the Vatican Museums, a collection of galleries of classical and Renaissance art masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Walk inside through a special reserved door without any waiting. This access is even faster than the priority lines.

Once inside, there are more than 2,000 rooms and nine miles of art, so follow along with the guide who will point out the highlights and explain the story behind each work of art. A headset is included to hear the guide clearly.

Visit Raphael’s Rooms, four interconnected rooms with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael. Then see the stunning Sistine Chapel, considered to be the Pope’s home chapel, with Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and the Last Judgment.

Finally, the last part of the tour visits St. Peter’s Basilica, the beautiful domed church that houses Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s earlier sculptures depicting the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. It is said that this is where St. Peter the Apostle was crucified and buried. Learn why this is one of the holiest places in all of Christendom.

The tour ends at St. Peter’s Square.

Customer Reviews

Gautam M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent - the tour guide, Dario, was both well informed and very engaging

Sita K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour!

Debbie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Laura was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and glad to answer any questions we had. The Vatican and Sistine Chapel are spectacular and a must see for any traveller to Rome. If you have the choice book the early morning tour as you get to go in before the general public so you get to see more.

Barbara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent logistics and personal service! The tour guide, Olivia, was very kind and informative. She made the tour very effortless for me and others in the group. I highly recommend this small group tour as the way to see the Vatican.

Christine N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had the most caring, knowledgeable, accessible and interesting guide, Patricia. We did get to the front of the line as promised and there was no waiting. The Sistine Chapel was crowded but oh so beautiful and St. Peter's is splendid and Michelangelo's Pieta just breathtaking. I would recommend this tour without hesitation

Cheryl C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A fabulous tour with a great host. St Peter's Basilica was an amazing building, I was totally overwhelmed by the tapestries, art work and the actual construction. To think this was built thousands of years ago without the tools we have today and it is still standing and in immaculate condition.

Jill G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Laura was a great tour guide. This tour is a must!

Robert F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic way to see the Vatican. Very knowledgable guide Patrizia, took us slowly to accomodate all on the tour.

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide Sara was great!

Roberta S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a great tour. I highly recommend this event and especially to book an early morning tour before the crush of the crowds. Our guide, Stefania, was very informative and shared historical events , and kept the timeline very clear for us. Beautiful site Not to be missed.

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