Vatican City Tours

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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.

Location
Address: Vialle Vaticano, Vatican City 00120, Italy
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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Fast Track admission

The Vatican Museums hold enough art—including some of Italy’s most celebrated masterpieces—to keep visitors busy for years. They attract more than 5 million people every year, and have the crowds and lines to match. Make your visit a little smoother with this fast-track admission to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, then see the miles of art on a self-guided tour.
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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 your 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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Fast track Vatican Ticket & Self-Guided Vatican Quest Experience

Visit the Vatican Museums during your time in Rome with priority access by booking this skip-the-line ticket. Choose your preferred time when booking, and then explore the museums independently on a self-guided tour to see the priceless artwork, including the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel.
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Skip-the-line Access to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Streamline your Rome experience with a skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Explore this top attraction at your own pace with an entrance ticket that allows for a full day at the museums. See classical sculptures and Renaissance paintings in the papal art collection, including frescoes by Michelangelo and Raphael, painting galleries, Egyptian mummies, the private apartments of Pope Julius II, and more.
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Vatican Entrance Ticket

As one of the most popular landmarks in Italy, the Vatican’s entrance lines can be hours long. Skip the crowds altogether with a pre-reserved admission ticket to explore at your own pace, or upgrade to include a guide who provides little-known anecdotes about the Vatican’s history and art collection. Options include an early-bird entrance ticket, an afternoon entrance ticket, and a guided night tour.
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Exclusive First Entrance to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

Skip the long longs at the Vatican, and see the Sistine Chapel before the crowds with early morning priority access to the Vatican Museums 1.5 hours before they open to the general public. After your time in the Sistine Chapel, spend the day exploring the Vatican Museums at your own pace, with access until closing time.
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First Entry Tickets to Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums

Stand inside the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before it opens to the general public with this early-access ticket to the chapel and the rest of the Vatican Museums complex. This is an exclusive opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco and his other works in a tranquil, crowd-free atmosphere.
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex almost an hour before it opens to the general public on this 3-hour, early-access tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
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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.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Vatican City with a guide and skip-the-line access, including the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà' sculpture in St Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just 12 people. The Entrance fee (not included) is payable on the day of your tour.Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot).
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Before Hours Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s

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.
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Vatican for Kids Private Tour

Keep your kids engaged during a visit to the Vatican on a 3-hour private tour designed for families. With a kid-loving guide, you’ll tour St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, to learn about the history of the site and see its renowned collection of art by masters like Michelangelo. Walk at a pace that suits your family, and enjoy visual aids from your guide that bring to life the wonders of the Vatican, entertaining and educating your children at the same time. Skip-the-line admission is included!
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Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation

Attend the weekly address of the pope with this papal audience ticket. In Vatican City, your guide will lead you through the mass of people to a prime location, where you’ll watch the pope address the crowd, and hear about the historical tradition of the papal audience. With a personal audio headset, you’ll be sure to hear everything the guide says above the noise of the crowd. While the weekly audience with the pope draws very large numbers, this ticket provides guided commentary in a group limited to 20 people.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Experience Tour

Explore the treasures of one of the world’s greatest art collections with this expertly guided 3-hour tour through the Vatican museums. Skip the long lines to head straight inside the labyrinth of galleries, where your knowledgeable guide will lead 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. Group size is limited to 12 for a more intimate experience.
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Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour

Unlock the mysteries of the Vatican on this popular 3-hour tour. Follow your guide on a carefully selected route through the Vatican Museum’s hundreds of sprawling rooms to see the most important pieces of this world-class art collection. Gaze up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and then head underground to the rarely seen ‘Vatacombs’ — the final resting place of many popes and home to ancient relics. Enjoy priority access to bypass the crowds, including skip-the-line privileges to enter St Peter’s Basilica.
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No-Wait Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour

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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Skip the Line Vatican and Sistine Chapel Small-Group or Private Tour

When in Rome, don’t miss the awe-inspiring treasures of the Vatican. Head straight for the highlights of the immense Vatican Museum collection on a 3-hour tour led by an art historian guide. See masterpieces of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art, including the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. The tour concludes inside the heart of the papacy at the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica. Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access and a small group for easier navigation.
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Papal Audience Ticket at Vatican City

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 to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

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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Small Group Vatican Revealed: Guided Highlights

Maximize your time in Vatican City with a guided 2-hour tour that takes you straight to the highlights of the enormous Vatican Museum collection. Beat the crowds by starting early, and enjoy priority access so you can spend more time admiring the artistic treasures of the Sistine Chapel, Belvedere Courtyard, Classical Antiquities galleries and more. Learn the history and legends behind the masterful frescoes, sculptures, maps and relics from your highly knowledgeable guide as you stroll through room upon room of world-class art.
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Exclusive Evening Vatican Tour with Secret Room

Experience one of the most visited sites in the world with fewer tourists and the beautiful evening light on this small group tour. With your expert guide, you will take advantage of the quiet hallways and avoid the intense summer heat to embark on a journey through the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Square. See some of the most famous artwork by Michelangelo, Raphael and more. Gain exclusive access to a secret room not opened to the public - the Cabinet of the Masks. Enjoy the beauty of Michelangelo's masterpiece - the Sistine Chapel without the hustle and bustle of other tourists, and end in St Peter's Square which will be adorned with beautiful lights at this hour. Our small group tours are limited to a maximum of 6 people per tour for a more intimate experience and friendly environment to interact with your guide.
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No Wait Dedicated Access: St Peter's Basilica including Vatican Mosaic Studio

This unique Vatican experiences combines a guided walking tour of St Peter’s Basilica with a visit to the 16th-century Mosaic Studio, which is typically closed to the public. With No Wait Dedicated Access, go straight inside the Renaissance church to see its artistic highlights like the tomb of St Peter and the mosaics of the Michelangelo-designed dome. Then head to the studio (Studio del Mosaico) to meet artists who work on the restoration of the historical mosaic pieces. Select a departure time when booking.
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3-hour Private Vespa Tour of Rome

Experience Rome like a local on the back of a classic Vespa scooter. Take in all the highlights of the Eternal City on this private 2.5-hour tour; see sights such as the Colosseum, Vatican City, Piazza Venezia and Palatine Hill; and stop to enjoy a traditional gelato at one of Rome’s top gelaterias.
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Vatican Revealed & Underground Mausoleum of Hadrian

See the Vatican on a skip-the-line tour, then visit the museum of Castel Sant’Angelo, aka Hadrian’s Mausoleum. After exploring the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica with a guide, you’ll then stroll across the streets of Vatican City to the former papal fortress of Castel Sant’Angelo, one of Rome’s history-rich, yet lesser-known, monuments. Through the half-day experience, you’ll hear tales of the Vatican artwork, the popes, the emperors, and of the city of Rome itself.
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2-Hour Rome by Night Bike Tour with Pizza

Soak up the atmosphere of Rome after dark on a 2-hour evening bike tour. Cycle around the sights, stopping to admire the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Vatican City, then re-fuel with a slice of delicious Italian pizza and a refreshing beer as you look out over the illuminated Colosseum.
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Private Limousine Tour: Best of Rome

See the sights of Rome like a VIP on a 4-hour private city tour with your own chauffer, who provides personalized attention and interesting commentary. Travel by luxury car, such as a Mercedes or BMW, through the Eternal City to check out its top attractions, from the Colosseum and Roman Forum to the Borghese Gallery. Discover neighborhoods like Trastevere or the Jewish Ghetto, or visit iconic landmarks like St Peter’s Basilica, if you wish.
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Rome by Ape Calessino Auto Rickshaw

Explore Rome by auto rickshaw, known locally by the name Ape Calessino, during this 4-hour private tour. Your experienced driver will pick you up at your hotel and whisk you around Rome in the backseat, which can accommodate up to 3 people. Round-trip hotel transportation and stop for coffee and gelato included.
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Discover the Vatican on a 3-hour St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums 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 Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo’; and hear little-known tales about sacred St Peter’s Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
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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.
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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.
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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Saver Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome

Combine a trip to two of Rome’s greatest sites in one day. Take advantage of special no-wait entry at the Vatican and skip-the-line access to the Colosseum during this full-day tour. While others wait in line, you’ll experience the majesty of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by the ancient glory of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum, all with an expert guide.
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