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 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
Recent Photos of This Tour
- Interior do VaticanoPhoto by: Marcus
- Sphere Within SpherePhoto by: Felipe R
- IMG_2099Photo by: William G
United Kingdom, 10 2010
- Our tour guidePhoto by: Christopher F
- vatican1Photo by: Bernadett M
United Kingdom, 08 2010
- Gallery of MapsPhoto by: SAMANTHA A
USA, 07 2010
- Inside the Vatican MuseumsPhoto by: Harpreet T
United Kingdom, 07 2010
What You Can Expect
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.
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.
Ms. Aurelia Di Simone was cordial and she is very competent. I sent my congratulations and thanks. The tour was very informative
Very good. Guide prepared and knowledgeable of the subject. I recommend
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 !
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.
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.
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.
We had a great guide for this tour. He was humorous but informative, and he was very attentive to the group.
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.
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.
the tour was very well organised
the earphone and transmitters provided were
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