5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert French-speaking guide introduce you to its defining highlights. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. If you want to see these sights with just your sole group, upgrade to a private tour and enjoy personalized attention from a private guide.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.


  • Skip-the-line Vatican tour with a French-speaking guide including the Vatican Museums, 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
  • Pass through 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 – considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art
  • Explore St Peter’s Basilica on a Vatican walking tour and see the famous La Pieta sculpture

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line Vatican Museums Walking Tour with French-Speaking Guide: Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica

Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Skip-the-line Vatican tours are so popular, even the priority lines are long! But this tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway, ensuring that you will not wait in any long lines. Head straight inside with your guide and enter the world’s most extensive private collections of art.

Hear the stories and secrets of the intriguing Vatican while following your guide through incredible rooms like the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps, a seemingly never-ending corridor adorned with intricately detailed Italian maps. Pass through the Gallery of Candelabras, seeing ancient sculptures and opulent candelabras from Imperial villas, and wander through Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard to pose for pictures in front of the bronze Pigna statue.

Amble through Raphael’s Rooms, marveling at the interconnecting galleries that showcase the artistic genius of Raphael, and then enter the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel – the crowning glory of any visit to the Vatican. Gaze up at Michelangelo’s famous The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco, see The Last Judgement on the chapel’s back wall and absorb the sacred ambiance of the pope’s private chapel.

Your tour finishes with a visit to St Peter’s Basilica, the home of the Catholic Church, where more artistic masterpieces await. See La Pieta, a stunning Michelangelo sculpture created by the artist when he was just 24, and admire Bernini’s Baldachino – the ornate bronze canopy that sits above St Peter’s high altar. Bid your guide farewell and take a stroll through St Peter’s Square if you wish.

9:30am Private Tour:
Upgrade to the private tour and see the sights of the Vatican Museums (as detailed above) with your very own private guide! If you have a special interest in certain pieces of art, or different historical or religious events, simply let your guide know! Your itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to your interests.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

L'objet de la visite ? Un chef d'oeuvre en soi !
Alors quand, en plus, on a la chance d'avoir un Sebastiano comme guide, c'est la cerise sur le gâteau !!!!! La visite paraitrait presque trop courte tellement toutes ses explications et ses anecdotes nourrissent notre curiosité. Il est intéressé et animé par son sujet. De quoi sublimer un séjour à Rome. Merci à lui.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good excursion and great guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

merci à Francesca notre guide pour cette visite exceptionnelle, croyant ou non, le Vatican est une merveille, un incontournable à Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Everything Was beauté ful the guide was perfect and She spend Many Time with us

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Cette 1ère expérience de visite guidée fût une totale réussite.
Toute l'organisation, dès l'inscription, est impeccable.
Nous étions un petit groupe de 10 personnes. Notre guide Alessia était vivante, enthousiaste, souriante, pleine d'humour et surtout une grande passionnée de culture. Peu avare en explications elle prenait du plaisir à nous transmettre ses connaissances de ces grands moments d'histoire.
Nous avons regretté de ne pas avoir également choisi la visite du Colisée, qui était aussi avec Alessia.
Un immense merci à elle et aussi à Viator sans qui nous n'aurions pas passé un si bon moment instructif.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Took the tour in French. Paola, our guide, was passionate, knowledgable and provided outstanding insights. Everything went very smoothly. I highly recommend a guided tour with Paola for a French tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

Tour guide was excellent, providing many interesting facts and details that we would not have otherwise known. The guide also went at a good pace, giving us time to look at and appreciate the various points of interest.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

Our lovely and very knowledgable guide, Frederica, gave a wonderfully thorough and extremely interesting tour to our group. Her enthusiasm was infectious. I had been on a quicker tour of the Vatican about 7 years ago and much preferred Frederica's version, learning so much! My husband and I laughed along the way - her stories including many enjoyable inside scoops. I felt especially priveleged to gain insight into Raphael's Rooms and to learn much about Michangelo, his artistic genius and his relationship with the Pope as a sculptor and as painter of much of the Sistine Chapel. Thank you, Frederica! Wishing you the best! Laurie and Nick from the Chicago area

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

Excellent! Would highly recommend going on a guided tour with this group. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

Well organized and the guide was fantastic. She seems to know everything. Would recommend it to anyone who wishes to see the Vatican museum and the Sistine .

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