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Vatican City
Vatican City 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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No Wait Dedicated Access St. Peter's Basilica Self-guided Tour

Enjoy the freedom to explore St Peter's Basilica at your own pace and on your own mobile device with this wifi audio guided tour. Use the access code and the Basilica's wifi to download the audio guide to your phone or tablet.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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No Wait Access to St Peter Basilica and its official audioguide

To dig deep into the history and art of St Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a self-guided audio tour. Explore St Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica, and jump 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.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

The long lines that the Vatican attracts are 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’ll be 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.
  • Duration: 3 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 8 hours
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No-Wait Tickets: Explore the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel at Your Own Pace

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Fastest Access: Vatican Museums Tickets with Sistine Chapel

Want to visit Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel on your own but want the benefits reserved for guided tours like Skip the Line entrance? Book these worry-free, fast Vatican tickets. Choose a departure time, then, on the day of departure, bring your voucher to the meeting point where a helpful local host will meet you. Your host will bring you inside using the fastest available entry and provide an overview to help you make the most of your visit. Use the opportunity to ask questions, your host will be happy to answer.After clearing security and receiving your physical tickets in exchange for your voucher, you are free to explore the museums for as much time as you prefer within normal museum operating hours. Choose among the most popular areas of the Museums such as the Galleries of the Maps, Tapestries and Candelabra, the Round Room, the Belvedere and Pinecone Courtyards, Raphael's Rooms and, of course, Michelangelo's masterpiece: the Sistine Chapel.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Skip the line ticket

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.
  • Duration: 2 to 5 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 5 hours
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VATICAN CITY EXPRESS

Visit to the Vatican State with expert tourguides, privileged entrance to the site in small groups. -
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vatican Museum

This tour is a skip the line. No queue, we enter in the Museum before the general public.On top of the Sistine chapel and the VM, we visit the Galleries of Renaissance, the Pio-Clementine with Laocoons and the Gallery of Maps. On Raphael rooms, the Augustus from Prima Porta or the Cabinet of Masks with the Gallery of Statues.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Papal Audience in Rome

Availability only on Wednesday when Pope is in Vatican City.Find yourself only feet away from the Holy Father on our guided Papal Audience Service, where we secure your pre-booked tickets and ensure that you arrive in time from around the world.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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PAPAL AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE TICKETS WITH EXPERT GUIDE

Participate in the only escorted Papal audience. Attend to comprehensive explanations of the Papal audience. Get a keen introduction from your visit direct about the historical backdrop of the Papacy and the Vatican, and what’s in store amid a Papal Audience specifically. Meet Pope Francis from very close insights as he passes by you, our guide will help you to find a seat in order to help so.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel GROUP Tour (Skip the Line)

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Civitavecchia: Day Trip to Rome with free time at Vatican

The transfer to the city center will take you to the authorized drop-off point/parking for the Vatican City. From there you can reach St. Peter's Square in 5 minutes. The rest of the morning and lunch will be at your leisure within the area ad your assistant will remain at your disposal for additional information.During your approximate 5 hours of free time you can visit the inside of the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the biggest church in the world, climb its Dome, explore the rest of the City using on one the many hop-on-hop-off open buses, or just use the city map you are provided with. Do not miss the chance to enter the Vatican Museum and see one of the richest art collection, the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's world-famous Frescos.With all the beauty of the Eternal City still in your eyes and for ever in your heart, it will then be time to return to the ship and continue your Cruise Vacation.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St.Peter Basilica Private Tour (Skip the line)

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.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
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ROME - PRIVATE VATICAN FOR FAMILIES OR SMALL GROUPS

Private visit with Guide / Architect with a Masters in Urban Planning, as well as an artistic and historical experience and training in Rome, over 20 years. Specializing in guided tours for families and small groups. The visit with a professional like me, makes the tour extremely rich and enticing, for adults and for children.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Exclusive Private Visit - VIP TOUR

After closing time, the Sistine Chapel will reopen only for you. 17,000 visitors, which visit it every day. You will enjoy the after-hours. There will be no noise and anybody around you, there will be just you and your guide. You will feel the spiritual atmosphere of the Sistine Chapel.Vatican Museums: you will enjoy the masterpieces of the most famous artists, such as Raphael and Michelangelo, you will be the only voice of the guide that will help you immerse yourself totally in the splendor of the beauties of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Vatican City Private tour

Join me in discovering the Vatican, the smallest country in the worldThe Vatican Museums hosts one of the most important collections of Greek and Roman art, we will see the Belvedere's Apollo and the Laocoon considered iconic pieces of ancient art. I will tell you about the meaning and insights of Michelangelo's work on the Sistine Chapel, what's more famous in art? And then we will shed some light between the Michelangelo and Raphael, the two genius of the Renaissance.By buspping the busy entrance lines I will guide you through the history of art and history sharing with you. Our tour will reach its apex when we enter St. Peter's Basilica, the largest Church of Christendom.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Private Tour BY NIGHT (Skip the line)

An unforgettable private tour of the Vatican Museums at night. Our private guide will accompany you most important Museum in the world will explain and show you the areas of the Vatican Museums of greatest interest.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Civitavecchia: Day Trip to Rome with Vatican Museums tickets

Take advantage of the Cruise stop in Civitavecchia Pier to reach Rome and visit the Vatican City.This Shore Excursion includes pick-up at the Pier from Cruise Welcome Centre - LARGO DELLA PACE - reachable from your Ship using the Free Port Shuttle Bus dedicated to the Independent Shore Guests.The transfer to the city center will take you to the authorized drop off point/Parking for the Vatican City, from which in 5 min you will safely reach St. Peter's Square. Our assistance will remain at your full disposal for an information or directions needed.During your approx 3 hours of free time you can visit inside the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica.Included in this Shore Excursion you will receive a Fast Track Admission ticket to Vatican Museums at 13:30 with which you will enter the museum using a fast Priority Line.You cannot miss the chance to enter the Vatican Museums and see, among one of the richest art collection, the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's world famous Frescos.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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semi-private Vatican tour, Sistine chapel, St. Peter's basilica

this is and semi-private tour up to 10 people, you will avoid big noisy groups!skip the line entrance and you will have time for questions and pictures .. i'm a professional guide very passionate about my job and i would like to make this experience unforgettable.With this tour you'll see the marvelous frescoes inside the sistine chapel, the galleries with a huge collection of statues and finally i'll provide informations about St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip The Line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour, St. Peters Basilca

Skip The Line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel Tour, St. Peters BasilcaWe Promote & Provide our Clients The Best Guides and Tours in Rome (Italy)What you will see:• Vatican Museum• Courtyard of the Pigna • Pinecone Courtyard• Cortile Ottagono• Hall of the Muses• Gallery of Candelabra - ancient sculptures• Gallery of Tapestries• Gallery of Maps• Sistine Chapel• St. Peter’s Basilica• St. Peter’s SquareADULT: 57€REDUCED: 42€
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

See the highlights of Vatican City with 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. Peruse the Gallery of Tapestries, admire the incredible sculptures with the Museo Pio Clementino 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a VIP experience at the Vatican with this morning tour that includes breakfast on site. You’ll explore the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public so you can admire famous sights like the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms in a more intimate atmosphere before finishing with skip-the-line access to St Peter’s Basilica through a reserved entrance. When booking, select from two options: breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard with a Vatican tour limited to 16 people or breakfast in the Vatican cafeteria with a Vatican tour plus a coach tour of surrounding Vatican City and the Vatican gardens, limited to 25 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open

Not many people can say they've spent time in the Sistine Chapel alone—until now. This first-ever experience, only available through Viator and TripAdvisor, grants you entry into the Vatican Museums with the clavigero (key keeper), a staff member with the privilege of opening the doors to the Vatican Museums and its galleries, at least an hour before standard early access tours. You and your small group get to see the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms as the lights are switched on—something never before witnessed by the public—and enjoy a rare guided visit inside the Sistine Chapel. Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard is an added bonus.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

This isn’t just any private tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel — on this Viator VIP tour, you’ll have permission to visit rooms of the Vatican Museums that are typically closed to the public, plus you’ll go inside the Sistine Chapel after hours, when it’s only open for your small group limited to 15 people. This unprecedented opportunity to gaze at Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco without the usual crowds is the ultimate way to experience this iconic site. In addition to secret sites like the Room of Gold, you’ll also visit public galleries like Raphael’s Rooms.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

Begin your exploration of the Vatican Museums an hour before the general public with this 3-hour 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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All Rome In 1 Day - WOW TOUR - Luxury Car, Guide, Entrance Tickets, Lunch incl.

Only 1 day in Rome? There is still time to visit many of the city’s most iconic attractions. The itinerary focuses on the best Rome has to offer: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine, Vatican. Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon. Just book! We will take care of everything: tickets, pick up, drop off, intermediate transfers and lunch! Experienced and friendly guides with stay with you for the whole tour!- Pick up at 8:30- Cars and drivers might change at every transfer: remember to bring all your belongings with you - Big bags big backpacks and big umbrellas are not allowed inside the sites - Cover knees and shoulders inside the Sistine and the Basilica- Guides cannot avoid metal detectors check- Avoid Wednesday, when the Basilica re-opens after the Pope's audience- St. Peter might close without previous noticeLast minute, we are unable to organize the tour in a different way. We will explain the Basilica from St. Peter's Square
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Early Access Vatican Tour

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 3-hour 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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