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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano) Tours

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Vatican City (Città del Vaticano) may be the smallest sovereign nation-state in the world, but it is a religious and cultural superpower, home to some of the world’s greatest artistic and architectural marvels—namely St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. It is located wholly within the confines of Rome, covers 110 acres (44 hectares), and has an official population of about 800. Having gained recognition of full independence in 1929 and today governed by the pope, Vatican City has its own post office that issues official stamps and a banking system that mints coins (though the euro is used for commerce).

The Basics
Some of Rome’s most visited attractions are set in Vatican City. The Vatican Museums often have long entry lines stretching for blocks along the city walls; to avoid the crowds, consider reserving a small-group Vatican tour with skip-the-line access or a private tour with VIP priority access in the morning or evening. Vatican City private and group tours generally include visits to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pinacoteca, other sights in the Vatican Museums complex, and the Vatican Gardens.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The pope’s weekly address in St. Peter’s Square is wildly popular, so be sure to book official Papal Audience tickets in advance.
  • Vatican City houses some of Italy’s most important artistic masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s “Pietà” in St. Peter’s Basilica and ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, plus the museum complex’s Raphael Rooms.
  • To enter St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, appropriate attire and behavior are required. Wear modest clothing and keep your voice low.
  • Security for entering the museum complex and the basilica includes a metal detector, so don’t bring any banned items—pocketknives, corkscrews, umbrellas, etc.

How to Get There
The most scenic way to enter Vatican City is by foot from the center of Rome, across Ponte Sant'Angelo to Piazza San Pietro. Alternatively, the Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a five-minute walk away.

When to Get There
Vatican City heaves with tourists year-round. Summer is the busiest time of year, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are less crowded during the winter months. At any time of year, Vatican City’s sights are busiest at midday, so plan your Rome tour around a visit in the early morning or late afternoon.

The Swiss Guards
One of the most photographed sights in Vatican City are the brightly costumed Swiss Guards, who stand at attention around St. Peter’s Square. This small force of Swiss soldiers is maintained by the Holy See and provides security for the papal residence and the pope, as it has since 1506.

Address: Vialle Vaticano, Vatican City 00120, Italy
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Danae_U
, Feb 2020
Fantastic. Was absolutely worth paying for the skip the line, even though it was winter it was still absolutely flat out. The tour was excellent, well paced and informative.
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batuhan_T
, Feb 2020
Everything was good we skip the line and swiftly enter. Our tour escort is friendly and helpful and always have smiling faces
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sekozal
, Feb 2020
Very easy to find meeting point, saved us time getting in. Make sure to grab yourself a map before you get too far inside. Oh

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Skip the Line Ticket: Vatican Museums and Sistine ChapelAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line Ticket: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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As one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Vatican attracts lines that are often in excess of three hours. Spend less time waiting and more time gazing at the Sistine Chapel’s ceilings with a skip-the-line admission ticket that proves an obvious choice for time-pressed travelers. This flexible option allows you to choose a time slot to suit your schedule.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum Ticket

The Vatican Museums houses one of the world’s premier collections of art, but the wait to enter can stretch into hours. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to the museums, letting you zip past the crowds and dedicate more time to marveling at the masterpieces inside. Take in the galleries, courtyard, Raphael Rooms, and Michelangelo’s famed frescoes in the Sistine Chapel at your own pace.
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Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter BasilicaHalf-day Tours

Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

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See the highlights of Vatican City ON this skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to the incomparable Vatican Museums—home to one of the most extensive and impressive art collections in the world. Admire the Raphael Rooms and take in the incomparable frescos of the Sistine Chapel. Afterward embark on a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica, a work of art in itself.
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Fast Track Access Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica TourAttraction Tickets

Fast Track Access Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Tour

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Save time, and head straight to the Vatican’s most popular sights and attractions, on this seamless and speedy tour. Pick from morning or afternoon departure times, and meet your guide. With skip-the-line tickets, you’ll beat the crowds and head straight into the Vatican Museums. Discover the Sistine Chapel at your own pace, and follow your guide directly to the museums’ other highlights. Your final stop is at the neighboring St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Faster Than Skip The Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

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Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure and avoid the long lines with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Spend more time admiring the world-famous art as you are escorted inside through a dedicated no-wait Vatican Partner entrance. Once inside, independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo.
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Rome hop-on hop-off tour by open-top bus, and spend time city sightseeing as you travel past attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican City. Relax aboard the double-decker Rome tour bus, listen to the audio commentary and hop on and off at any of the stops. Select a sightseeing ticket that’s valid for 24 or 48 hours, or pick an upgrade option to include entry to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and more.
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Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine ChapelHalf-day Tours

Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

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Begin your exploration of the Vatican Museums before the general public on this tour. With your small group and tour guide, head straight for the Sistine Chapel to marvel at its art and architecture as one of its first daily visitors. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, listening to informative commentary on the history of the church and Vatican City as you walk. Entrance fees, guaranteed skip-the-line entry, and use of individual headsets are included.
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St. Peter's Basilica : Fast Entry Guided Tour with Vatican official guides

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To dig deep into the history and art of St Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a walking tour with a Vatican guide. From St Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica, jumping past the entrance queue with your No Wait Access Ticket. Inside, listen to stories about the popes, pilgrims and Renaissance art masters who have left their marks on this iconic Catholic site, whose Michelangelo-designed dome dominates the Rome skyline.
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Vatican City Express

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If you have limited time in Rome but don’t want to cut the Vatican Museums out of your itinerary, take in the highlights of the galleries, Raphael’s Rooms, and Sistine Chapel in just hours with this guided express tour. Save time with skip-the-line tickets and follow your guide to the main masterpieces in the vast collection, learning about works by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and other greats during your visit.
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Meet Pope Francis at St Peter square Vatican City

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Attend a Papal Audience with Pope Francis I at the Vatican. Tickets may be free but they are extremely hard to come by, so booking in advance is essential. By booking ahead, you're ensuring you won't waste any time trying to get tickets while you're on vacation in the Eternal City. 
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

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The long lines that the Vatican attracts are a testament to its status as one of Europe’s most famous attractions. If you’ve got limited time in Rome, don’t waste a moment waiting with a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Vatican. You are able to explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms independently while still benefiting from priority entry, usually only reserved for visitors taking a guided tour.
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Skip-the-line Vatican Tour — Small-Group of Max 10!

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Explore the treasures of one of the world’s greatest art collections with this expertly guided small-group tour through the Vatican museums. Skip the long lines to head straight inside the labyrinth of galleries, where your knowledgeable guide leads you to ancient and Renaissance highlights including the Raphael Rooms, Belvedere Courtyard, Laocoön sculpture and, of course, the magnificent Sistine Chapel. Learn the stories behind the masterpieces, and then get direct entry into the stunning interior of St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Early Access Vatican TourHalf-day Tours

Early Access Vatican Tour

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Get an early start to your sightseeing at the Vatican Museums with admission before opening hours. Follow an expert guide through the complex before the general public and avoid the crowds during your tour. Marvel at Michelangelo's world-renowned works at the Sistine Chapel and enjoy privileged, skip-the-line access to the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica.
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Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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Make the most of your valuable vacation time by skipping the line at the Vatican Museums. You save hours waiting by booking a group tour, and get engaging commentary from your guide as you explore. Admission is included to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica; follow your guide on a carefully-crafted itinerary to ensure you don't miss a thing.
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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with LunchDay Trips

Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

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Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included.
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Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged EntranceHalf-day Tours

Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance

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See the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public with this comprehensive tour of the Vatican Museums. Learn about the stories behind works of  art by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and more from an English-speaking guide. This half-day tour includes the Gallery of Maps, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Papal Tombs. This intimate tour is limited to 12 people.
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Papal Audience in RomeHalf-day Tours

Papal Audience in Rome

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Availability ONLY on Wednesday when Pope is in Vatican City. Find yourself only from the Holy Father's Guide to Papal Audience Service, where we will get your tickets ready for you, greeting followers and priests from around the world.
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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

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The Vatican Museums are among the most visited museums in the world and they often have lines to match. This small-group express tour offers early access to the Vatican before the crowds arrive, so you can take in highlights such as the Hall of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps; marvel at the Sistine Chapel; and enjoy skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica (except Wednesdays, when the Basilica is closed to the public.)
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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St.Peter Basilica Private Tour (Skip the line)

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Vatican City, also known as the Holy City. It is considered to be the smallest independent state of the world, the home of Pope, and the center of Catholicism. This area is full of attractions, points of interest, artworks, and history. Saint Peter's basilica and square. Cardinals choose a new Pope. This is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. Michelangelo is the author of the famous frescoes that depict stories from the Old Testament, and the Last Judgment. If you are a person, you will be impressed by the breathtaking beauty of these frescoes.
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Vatican museum and sistine Chapel guided tour with breakfast or lunch include

Its a complete tour of vatican and on top you are having a lunch or breakfast menu included nearby restaurant of this holy place.Our tours give you surety of skip the line. Our guiding stuffs are directly from vatican listed guides. You will also visit vatican museum and sistine Chapel with your guide. Without knowing information behind these historical monuments it can be a silent movie watching. So we will strongly suggest visitors to book this tour to have all they need together. dont think its a time going food menu we provide a proper authentic Italian lunch or breakfast for you. Outside menu ordering is possible but on top of deal order you will pay yours.
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Vatican night Tour, RomeWalking Tours

Vatican night Tour, Rome

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See a different side of Rome and Vatican City when you embark on this evening walking tour. Meet your guide once the sun has set, and begin in the heart of Rome. You’ll see many of the Eternal City’s most recognizable landmarks lit up after dark, from the Spanish Steps and Ara Pacis to the Castel Sant'Angelo. Then, continue into Vatican City—one of the world’s smallest countries—to continue exploring.
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Premium Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour Skip the line

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Lay eyes on some of the world’s greatest art on a private, 3-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. With a private guide and flexible itinerary tailored to your interests, admire the beauty and treasures of St Peter’s, including Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà.’ Explore the art-filled Vatican Museums to see highlights such as the Gallery of Maps and masterworks by Da Vinci, Raphael and other greats as your guide recounts their stories and secrets. Finish at the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s glorious, 16th-century frescoes.
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Skip the Line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

Discover the Vatican on a 2-hour Skip the Line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica Guided 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 step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo’; and hear little-known tales about sacred St Peter’s Basilica.
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Vatican Small Group Tour with Early Entrance

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Enter the Vatican Museums before they officially open to the public with this small group walking tour. Maximize time in the extensive galleries with a guide leading the way to museum highlights, including the Sistine Chapel. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica without the crowds and learn about its the art and architecture.
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Best of Rome in Two Days Private Guided Tour and Chauffeur Service -VIP Entrance

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Discover Rome in two days with your own private guide, and check off the capital’s must-see sights alongside some lesser-known gems. During two full-day tours for a group of up to seven people, explore Rome’s historical center, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, the Appian Way catacombs, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Skip-the-line tickets plus hotel pickups and drop-offs are included.
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Skip The Line: Vatican Private TourHalf-day Tours

Skip The Line: Vatican Private Tour

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Get personalized attention and a tour tailored just for you during this 3.5-hour private tour of the Vatican in Rome. Take advantage of skip-the-line access to make the most of your time at one of Rome's most important landmarks, where you'll get a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican's impressive art collection.
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