5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 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 Portuguese-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.

Highlights

  • Skip-the-line Vatican tour with a Portuguese-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 Portuguese-Speaking Guide: Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica

See incredible sculptures inside the Vatican Museum

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.

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 January 2014

The guide (Giulia) was very helpful pointing the main things in the museum as it is impossible to focus on everything. We skiped the lines ! The Capella Sistinna is the highest point of the trip. I highly recommend going with a GUIDE otherwise you will loose many important information to understand the museum attractions. Thanks Viator !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

A really informative tour where Dara, our guide, brought the Vatican to life through the stories behind the art and exhibits. It helped to make sense of what we seeing and gave the human element. He was both humourous and informative. We both agreed it was money well spent as it both saved time and gave us the historical input we needed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Excellent, if tiring, tour. The joining instructions were easy to follow and the tour started promptly. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and pointed out many items during the tour that would have escaped us. The audio system worked well, despite the backgrond hubbub. For the tour guide herdelf, she combined humour with challenging questions for us, making sure that we got the very most out of the 3 hours, despite the crowds of similarly minded tourists who all wanted to see what we wanted to see. I certainly recommend using this tour operator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Excellent guide with much knowledge of the Vatican and used humor as well it make this a truly enjoyable tour. We were so happy not to stand in the long lines to see the Vatican and all the individual pieces. Our guide was from California and it was apparent to us that he truly enjoys his job. Very happy we took this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

We had a great guide for this tour. He was humorous but informative, and he was very attentive to the group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Our guide was Nicholas, who is a local and speaks excellent english. We were fortunate to be in a small group and the pace of the tour is good, despite it being very crowded. This was our first time to the Vatican and the three hours went quickly as there is just so much to see. I don't think we would have seen anywhere near as much without the tour. We had our 15 and 12 year old girls with us and whilst it was not a highlight of their trip there were no major complaints about the length. Nicholas also gave us some interesting insights into Rome and Italy. We don't normally take tours, but I would highly recommend this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Abosultely wonderful tour. There was a wait time to enter the Vatican of 3 to 4 hours. We skipped the line and didn't have to wait at all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

the tour was very well organised
the earphone and transmitters provided were
excellent
the tour guide was wonderful so friendly so pleasant and her knowledge was endless and so interesting she is a credit to your company i will upload a photo of our tour guide

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

very organized, and good guide.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2012

Our tour guide spoke very good English and gave us a very informative and detailed history.
He made us feel safe by making sure our group was intact throughout the visit.
Keep up the good work and pls extend my thanks to our tour guide.

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