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Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover the Vatican on a group tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums with an expert guide. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo and finish your tour visiting St. Peter's Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to a small-group tour.
  • Enjoy the Vatican highlights including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Choose from several different departure times, or upgrade to a small-group tour
  • Audio headsets are provided to make sure you can hear your guide clearly
  • Avoid long queues with skip-the-line entrance tickets

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

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

What's Included

  • Reserved Priority Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Guided visit of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Tunisi, 4
    Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting point: At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani).

End point

  • St. Peter's Basilica
    Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

What To Expect

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 Donato Bramante.

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, enjoy 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 in the morning: Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter. Your tour is limited to 10 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights.

Tour in the evening: 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.

Vatican Museums

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. Walkthrough 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.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

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.

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips


Arrive early since it is a bit difficult to locate the tour guide to check in.
Bring water with you as you won’t find any inside.
Don’t go on a Wednesday because the Pope will be doing mass and it supposedly gets really crowded.
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Ok tour
Christina_S, Jan 2023
All the buildings sculptures and other art was beautiful and amazing. However our guide was not great— I just feel like it was a lot of here is this here is this but not a lot of details or history
Best tour in Rome
Anna_L, Jan 2023
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Rome. Assunta (apologies for spelling) was an incredible guide. You could tell she was really passionate about all things relating to Vatican City. She was extremely friendly and welcoming and made sure everyone got the most out of their tour experience. Thank you so much!
You must do this tour!!
Whitney_F, Jan 2023
What an amazing experience!! And I couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide in Amil!! I booked several tours to complete in only a couple of short days in Rome and she was hands down the best tour guide I’ve ever had, including tours in other countries!! It is obvious that she loves the history of these amazing sites but she is so knowledgeable and presents the information in such an amazing way that you don’t want to miss a thing she says! Along with a fabulous tour guide, visiting these sites was an absolutely amazing experience! The artwork is incredible and being in the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica makes you feel so close to God, even for a Protestant like myself. It was a truly profound experience! I can’t not wait to go back and hope to spend a much greater amount of time exploring all the museums of the Vatican and getting to experience again the emotions provoked by the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica! You must do this tour while in Rome and, if possible, make sure it is with Amil!
Amazing tour
Chan_P, Jan 2023
We had an excellent time. Fabio was great! Such a fun and knowing tour guide with wit! I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends. Thank you Fabio!
Magnificent!
Neppie_S, Jan 2023
Oscar was a terrific guide! As an art historian, he was very knowledgeable and shared many interesting stories as we toured. The only glitch was the Basilica was closed since we went on a Wednesday morning . But we were able to enter later in the afternoon. Worth the wait in line!
A great 3 hour introduction to the Vatican, with personal add on time.
Lance_S, Jan 2023
Amil was a wonderful tour guide. Added very colorful explanations to many of the various historical artifacts that we were seeing. Very knowledgeable regarding the history of the ancient city. Since the tour ended in St. Peter’s, we were able to stay longer and tour the lower crypts and could attend a mass or climb the dome as well if we chose to do so. A nice add on even though these “extras” weren’t a part of the actual tour.
Luciana is the best guide...
Sean_B, Jan 2023
Luciana is the best guide we have ever had. Her intelligence is beyond measure. She was very professional and passionate about her work.
So much to see, best way to see it.
Reuben_B, Jan 2023
Top level guide. VIP service at all lines: tickets, headsets, S.Chapel, St.Peters, etc. Informative tour touching all hot spots in a concise manner. Regret not seeing parts of the museums with modern art, but did see a lot.
Excellent tour by...
Colleen_C, Jan 2023
Excellent tour by Elizabeth…knowledgeable & interesting! Perhaps the tour was geared to the Catholic religion…
Amazing tour
Elizabeth_M, Jan 2023
Our tour guide was Amil she was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. You could tell she enjoyed her job because she brought the place to life. I have always wanted to see the Vatican City and with Amil I was not disappointed. What a lovely girl!
Great tour
Mary_M, Jan 2023
We really enjoyed our tour guide Amil. She was very informative and added the right touch of humor. We were able to touch on the highlights in the time allowed for this tour.
Our tour guide was...
Christine_B, Jan 2023
Our tour guide was fantastic. What blemished our experience was this one family who acted like they were on a private tour. Otherwise, highly recommend, very informational.
Learn about bees, beards, and the basilica with this 3 hour small group tour of the Vatican City.
Terence_D, Jan 2023
Tour flowed perfectly through the massive amount of things to see and learning more than what was noted on the description cards. Our tour guide made sure we had good reception on the headsets and that we all saw the items she was referring to while never rushing us. January turned out to be a great time to visit as we actually could appreciate the intricacies of the floor designs likely not seen at the height of Rome tourist season.
Excellent guide
Bar_a, Jan 2023
Tour was amazing. It’s a Miracle place indeed. But I have to give big credit to our guide she was excellent.
Bad customer service
aalvar9, Jan 2023
We arrived at the meet up point two minutes late, due to our Uber driver being lost. We tried contacting customer service letting them know that we were on the way but they said they couldn’t wait. I understand that they operate under a tight schedule but surprised at how customer service was unwilling to work with us. They told us that they couldn’t book us on another tour and our money was lost.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello aalvar9, We are extremely saddened to hear that you were unable to join your tour group for your visit to the Vatican. - We know how difficult it can be to find your way in a foreign city so to help our guests we always provide our contact numbers and we’re happy to offer further assistance when needed. We ask our customers to check in for their tours 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Unfortunately, however, we cannot wait for late comers as this will result in delaying the whole group. Whenever possible, we allow for our guests to be rescheduled on another tour for an additional 50% cost of booking. However in your case, due to limited availability, we simply could not arrange that. Kind regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
1 traveler found this review helpful
Exceptional place brought to life by an exceptional tour guide.
Jonathan_H, Jan 2023
Cannot recommend this tour highly enough. Our tour guide, Maria Laura, was exceptional. Her expert knowledge and fabulous manner made this an experience of a lifetime.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us an amazing review. Everyone at City Wonders is delighted to hear that you loved your tour with us. It was our pleasure having you with us for this memorable experience. We hope to see you again on some of our other uniquely crafted tours in the future. On behalf of our entire team, thank you for choosing City Wonders. Feel free to follow us on our social media pages such as Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to keep up with our exclusive content and future promotions. Instagram: citywonderstours Twitter: @City_Wonders Facebook: City Wonders Kind regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
Amazing Tour with Christian
William_R, Jan 2023
Fantastic tour, Christian Munro Sabina was very informative had great energy. He made the tour extremely enjoyable, would highly recommend.
Amazing tour of Vatican City with the BEST guide!
Lucinda_C, Jan 2023
We had a superb Vatican tour. Our guide was so enthusiastic and proud, with endless knowledge, he made the tour so much better than any other we've done. He offered to take photos, answered all our many questions, filled every step with history and anecdotes...it was the best morning and we cannot recommend it enough.
Interesting tour
Michele_R, Jan 2023
Christian was knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. He knew where to go and how to get us to the best spots.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very poor
Laura_C, Jan 2023
The chapels were extremely busy andTour guide rushed around the tour, not waiting or caring if her group was with her. Very hard to her hear as she was speaking too fast. We had no time to stop and look at points of interest, if you stopped your guide would be gone
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello Laura_C, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your honest review on Viator. We are disappointed to read your comments as At City Wonders customers are our main priority and we work closely with our guides to ensure high levels of satisfaction. It’s disappointing for us to hear that the tour did not meet your expectations. It would be great if you could contact us directly with your booking number and we will work to resolve this issue. Kind regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
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