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Tour code: 3731VATICAN
Discover the Vatican on a 3-hour St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork and history with a guide, who will bring the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo’; and hear little-known tales about sacred St Peter’s Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a skip-the-line Vatican tour including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
  • See captivating sites like Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco
  • Explore St Peter’s Basilica on a fully guided Vatican walking tour and see the famous La Pieta sculpture
  • Choose from four different times, or upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 12)

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums with St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel and Small-Group Upgrade

See incredible ceiling frescoes inside the Vatican Museums!

Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.

Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante.

Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself. Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and admire The Last Judgement, his colorful mural that adorns a wall.

After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St Peter’s Square.

If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences:

Small-Group Tour at 8:10am:
Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter. Your tour is limited to 12 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights.

Tour at 7:30pm:
Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the doors close to the general public. This experience is only available until October 30, 2016, and the group size is limited to 20. A visit to St Peter’s Basilica is not included.

Customer Reviews

Donella M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Dave M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The vatican museum, St Peters and the sistine chapel are amazing and are required viewing for anyone visiting Rome. The tour started on time and our guide did a great job in navigating us through the hoards of people. Along the way she stopped at the most important pieces of art and architecture all while explaining thoroughly the history and importance of the pieces. Thank so much for the great time.

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour. Guide was awesome. Took special care of my aunt who has some difficulty with stairs.

Leann K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was our first trip to Rome and the 'Skip the Line' tour was recommended to us, and now we know why! It was very well organized and the guide was very knowledgeable. There is a lot to see on this tour, and having the guide ensured that we didn't miss any of the highlights! It was very busy, but everything went smoothly.

Sean S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. The tour was short but sweet. All the highlights were seen.

Malvika S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Francesca was our guide and she made it a fantastic tour - she and #39;s very well informed and her English is fluent and very easy to follow! The monuments and everything they include is incredibke. It was a great experience and definitely worth the price.

Padraic F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The guide was excellent and very informative.

barbshaw32

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour guide was a wealth of information, was very personable, and very good at keeping track of our small group amidst thousands of people visiting that day

jrf63

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Magdalena was a great tour guide...she was very informative and knowledgeable.

Crystal P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We got so caught up in the surrounding area that we were late to out tour gathering. So we missed out however the guide company let us go in with next group which was 15 mins later. Great trip an exhausting day though, sooo much to look at. Beautiful!!!

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