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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano) Tours and Activities

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Vatican City (Città del Vaticano) 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, Lazio 00120, Italy
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Skip the Line Ticket: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Skip the Line Ticket: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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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.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum Ticket

Skip the Line: Vatican Museum Ticket

The Vatican Museums houses one of the world’s premier collections of art, but the wait to enter can stretch into hours. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to the museums, letting you zip past the crowds and dedicate more time to marveling at the masterpieces inside. Take in the galleries, courtyard, Raphael Rooms, and Michelangelo’s famed frescoes in the Sistine Chapel at your own pace.
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Fast Track Access Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Tour

Fast Track Access Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Tour

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Save time, and head straight to the Vatican’s most popular sights and attractions, on this seamless and speedy tour. Pick from morning or afternoon departure times, and meet your guide. With skip-the-line tickets, you’ll beat the crowds and head straight into the Vatican Museums. Discover the Sistine Chapel at your own pace, and follow your guide directly to the museums’ other highlights. Your final stop is at the neighboring St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Discover the Vatican on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. 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 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 (when the option is selected). Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 10 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

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Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

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Begin your exploration of the Vatican Museums before the general public on this 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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Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

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See the highlights of Vatican City ON 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. Admire the Raphael Rooms 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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Faster Than Skip The Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

Faster Than Skip The Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

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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.
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Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets

Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets

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Explore the treasures of one of the world’s greatest art collections with this expertly guided small-group tour through the Vatican museums. Skip the long lines to head straight inside the labyrinth of galleries, where your knowledgeable guide leads 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.
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

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The long lines that the Vatican attracts are a 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 are 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.
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Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Skip-the-Line Group Tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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Make the most of your valuable vacation time by skipping the line at the Vatican Museums. You save hours waiting by booking a group tour, and get engaging commentary from your guide as you explore. Admission is included to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica; follow your guide on a carefully-crafted itinerary to ensure you don't miss a thing.
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  • 3 hours
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St. Peter's Basilica : Fast Entry Guided Tour with Vatican official guides

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St. Peter's Basilica : Fast Entry Guided Tour with Vatican official guides

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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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Early Access Vatican Tour

Early Access Vatican Tour

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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 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.
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Private Transport from Rome Hotels to the Vatican City

Private Transport from Rome Hotels to the Vatican City

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Getting from your Rome hotel to the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Simply arrange this private transfer service and travel with ease to these world-famous museums, the home of a huge array of art amassed and commissioned by Popes through the centuries, including the sublime Sistine Chapel. Just meet your driver at your hotel when it suits your schedule, and be whisked to the museums in comfort, so you arrive relaxed and ready for your sightseeing.
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