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Small-Group Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica with Skip-the-Line Access

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Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica on a 3.5-hour tour in Rome. Save time with skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, touring its must-sees such as the Picture Gallery, Maps Gallery, Belvedere Courtyard, and more. Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and then explore St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square. Limited to a maximum of 15 to 20 travelers, with entrance fees included.
  • 3.5-hour Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica tour in Rome
  • Skip the main lines with fast-track access
  • Tour the Vatican Museums, including the Picture Gallery, Map Gallery, Raphael Rooms, and more
  • Admire Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Tour St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square, with its colonnades by Bernini
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group of up to 15 to 20 people, with entrance fees and audio headsets included
Headsets to hear your guide clearly
Professional guide
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

VIP IN ITALY 

Return Details

Concludes at St. Peter's Square
Book your required departure time and then meet your guide and group of up to 15 to 20 near the Vatican Museums.

Pass the main lines and head inside the museums, home to artworks collected by popes through the centuries. Tour the highlights with your guide, starting with masterpieces by Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Giotti in the Picture Gallery.

Admire works such as Raphael’s ‘Transfiguration,’ and Giotto’s ‘Stefaneschi Triptych,’ and pass by the Hall of Animals into the Belvedere and Pine Courtyards. See the Round Hall and celebrated Belvedere Torso marble in the Muses’ Hall, and then visit the Greek Room, the Galleries of the Maps, Tapestries, and Candelabra, and more.

View the Raphael Rooms and lastly, visit the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling and wall frescoes painted between 1508 and 1512.

Next, tour St. Peter’s Basilica, seeing its Porta Sancta door and glorious interior. Learn how the church’s construction began in 1506, and view treasures including Michelangelo’s ‘La Pieta’ and Bernini’s altar canopy.

Finally, step outside to view St. Peter's Square, framed by Bernini’s famous colonnades. Admire highlights including St. Peter's Michelangelo-designed dome and the papal balcony.

Your tour then ends here when your guide departs.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Admission Ticket Included
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VipinItaly
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Access to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens and Saint Peter's Basilica is permitted only to visitors dressed appropriately (no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, no hats allowed)
  • It is not permitted to enter the Museums with trolleys, large suitcases and backpacks, umbrellas with a spike tip, glass bottles, knives, scissors, any tools that could be harmful to other people or damage works of art
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide: English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Passengers under age of 18 must bring a valid ID
  • Students under 24 must bring their student card
  • Wheelchairs are permitted in the museums
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SKIPTICKETSTOUR.COM

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica with Skip-the-Line Access?
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This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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we were unhappy with VIPINITALY one of...
sds_md
, Nov. 2017
we were unhappy with VIPINITALY one of the agencies of VIATOR. We booked for four in an english language tour, but was surprised to be transferred to GRAYLINE vatican tour big group about 30 people . The VIPITALY personnel accompanied us to get GRAYLINE tickets that morning about 930am without explaining to us where to go....only to find out that he bought cheaper tickets for us to join the big group. Paying online the amount of US248.57 was useless.
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We were expecting to have a group of 10...
George M
, Oct. 2017
We were expecting to have a group of 10 to 12 and were pleasantly surprised that our group consisted of another couple and our tour guide. Our tour guide, Marina, was the most fantastic tour guide that my wife and I have ever experienced. Although Italian, her English was better than perfect, both in grammar and vocabulary. The best part was that she was so sincerely passionate about all of the facts and features of the tour. When asked questions, she knew every answer. She could quote dates, years, individuals and details about anything that came up during the tour. You could see it in her eyes that she loved everything about what she did and it was contagious. My wife and I and the other couple soon realized that there was so much that we would have missed about the history and significance of what we were seeing had we not chosen to take the tour, and we were especially fortunate that our guide was Marina.
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The tour was great and with only 6 of...
jscioletti
, Oct. 2017
The tour was great and with only 6 of us, it was a personal tour and the afternoon wasnt too crowded either. Our guide was fabulous! We would use Viator again.
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I really have to say this Tour was...
Idrissmartinez K
, Oct. 2017
I really have to say this Tour was perfectly organized, the group was REALLY a small group, the guide was amazing, with a very good English, friendly and professional, we skipped all the lines and very fastly entered into the Museum. The Tour then was well conceived and complete. The guide took us also inside S.Peter's Church and explained it for more than half an hour. I can only say thanks to Vip in Italy and how nicely they take care about their customers.
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The Vatican was extremely busy due to a...
Jason Mark R
, Aug. 2017
The Vatican was extremely busy due to a pending 2 day closure. This made the tour difficult. We were somewhat disappointed that the tour guide did not accompany us into St. Peter's and concluded the tour after the Sistine Chapel.

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