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clock-o3 hours (Approx.)
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English


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.
  • Enjoy priority access through a Vatican Partner entrance, and tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • See captivating sites such as the 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
  • Explore St. Peter’s Basilica on a fully guided Vatican walking tour, and see the famous La Pieta sculpture
  • Choose from four different times, or upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 12)
  • Audio headsets are provided to make sure you can hear your guide clearly at all times

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

“Skip the line” with this tour means using a special entrance to bypass even the fast-track line.

Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.

Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante.

Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself. Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and admire The Last Judgement, his colorful mural that adorns a wall.

After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St Peter’s Square.

Keep in mind that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, you'll be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you want to make sure that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date.

If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences:

Small-Group Tour at 8:10am:
Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter. Your tour is limited to 12 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights.

Tour at 7:30pm:
Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the doors close to the general public. A visit to St Peter’s Basilica is not included.


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, Dec 2018

We definitely had a great time touring the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica because of Umbra. She made the tour fun and entertaining with her stories and knowledge, and the 'inside stories'. Definitely worth it!

, Dec 2018

Fantastic!!What an amazing tour!! Stephanie was an amazingly knowledgeable and passionate tour! Well worth it and enjoyed by our whole party of eight which spanned three generations!! Thank you

, Dec 2018

The whole experience was better due to the knowledgeable guide. Even though is English was not the best. But. Made it very interesting all the same

, Dec 2018

Great tour!!!skip the line and meet point with great instructions on the ticket alessandro was a great tour guide with knowledge and fun it’s worth it in my eyes thank you you guys for welcoming us to Rome!!!

, Nov 2018

Arrive early since it is a bit difficult to locate the tour guide to check in. There are stairs and long standing times for those with mobility issues. I wish there was a way to let tour guide know of mobility issues prior to the tour. Myself and one other in the group have issues with standing for long periods of time but can do stairs (slowly). We had to let the guide know prior to start of the tour and she accommodated as best she could. There should have be a way to state this when booking .

, Nov 2018

Our guide PG made this tour. His knowledge, passion conveyed the amazi ng story of this incredible place. Well worth it.

, Nov 2018

We loved this tour, especially Eddy, our tour guide, who was very informative in a friendly and interesting manner. This was certainly a highlight of our visit to Rome. Highly recommended.

, Nov 2018

We had the best tour of our three week Europe trip with Gio. She made us really experience the art and history of the Vatican, the Artists and the Catholic Church. All while keeping us entertained and laughing along the way, and feeling moved at others. Thanks Gio!

, Nov 2018

Francesca was a wonderful tour guide; positive energy, great knowledge and incredible personality. We have made this visit before and she made it much more enjoyable

, Nov 2018

We had an excellent guide, but I don't remember her name. She was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent english, kept the pace up where there was time to view but also time to see as much as possible in 3 hours. Definitely recommend, I would not do it without a guide.

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