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Vatican City
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.

Address: Vialle Vaticano, Vatican City 00120, Italy
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Cultural Tours

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Rome Highlights Private Tour from Rome

The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to the Eternal City, this full-day, private tour covers the highlights of Rome in a single day of sightseeing. Travel between locations in a comfortable, WIFI-equipped private vehicle, covering more attractions than you would by public transportation. Tours include stops at the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Pantheon, and the Vatican Museums, with skip-the-line admission tickets included.
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Cultural Tours

Vatican City Walking Tour in Rome

Avoid the lines and wait times when visiting Vatican City on this guided walking tour. It includes must-see attractions like the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s work, and St. Peter's Basilica. (Please note that the Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica maintain a strict dress code year round.) Participants receive headphones to hear the guide clearly and enjoy fast-track entry into the sites.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Private 3-Hour Vatican Tour with private official tour guide (skip the line)

Enjoy this completely personalized private tour of Vatican City and enjoy discovering it together with a private official tour guide. Skip the line entrance to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is included in the price of this tour. Don’t miss monuments and sights like Piazza San Pietro, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and much more!
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Cultural Tours

Exclusive Half-Day Vatican City Tour with Breakfast and Gardens

With a population of about 1000, Vatican City is the smallest nation on the planet. Yet it boasts such extreme priceless artifacts and riches, it's impossible to imagine tackling it without an expert at your side. Which is why this exclusive half-day guided tour is the best way to get the most out of your Vatican experience. Begin by feasting in a hearty American-style breakfast and then cruise around the diminutive nation in a covered open-air bus, traveling down streets that have been hitherto off limits to the public. Later skip the line at the Vatican Museums with the guide, stopping at various masterpieces, including Rafael's famed cherubs and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, to learn the story behind the works of art.
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Segway Tours

Segway Grand City Tour at Night

Discover the enchantment of Rome at night on an evening Segway tour of the city’s artistic and ancient attractions. Escape the daytime crowds and appreciate the beauty of illuminated monuments as you glide on an easy-to-ride Segway through romantic piazzas and winding streets. Cover much more distance than walking to admire Eternal City highlights including Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Private Tour

Experience the Vatican’s treasure trove of artistic masterpieces and sacred relics on a private 3-hour tour. With so much to see, the Vatican can be overwhelming, but your private guide will whisk you to the front of the long lines and directly to the most important and awe-inspiring pieces in the immense collection. See highlights including the Raphael Rooms, the Octagonal Courtyard and the magnificent Sistine Chapel while learning the legends behind the art. You’ll also get direct, skip-the-line access to the interior of St Peter’s Basilica.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica

Entrance queues to the Vatican’s top attractions are notoriously long. Enjoy priority access with skip–the–line admission tickets and a private tour guide who tailors the experience to your interests. In addition to navigating through the museums for you, your guide provides round–trip transport to the doorstep of your Rome accommodations.
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Private Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia to the Vatican & Best of Rome by Car

Head into Rome with private transportation from the Civitavecchia port on this shore excursion. You'll be driven into the Eternal City to see some of its top sights, including the Vatican Museums. Enjoy a tour of the museums to admire its artwork and the Sistine Chapel, and then take a drive past Rome's squares and fountains before going back to port. Booking this tour allows you to skip the stress of figuring out how to get yourself to and around Rome.
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Port Transfers

Splendors of Rome Tour: From/To Civitavecchia Port

When you arrive in port at Civitavecchia, take a private tour into Rome for personalized city sightseeing, designed for first-time visitors. With your own driver-guide, you’ll see the Eternal City’s top attractions, such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum. Learn about the sights from your knowledgeable private guide, and enjoy comfortable transportation to and from the port. Just tell your guide if you have any specific sights you want to see or visit (entrance fees are not included).
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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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Cultural Tours

Vatican Small Group Tour with Early Entrance

Enter the Vatican Museums before they officially open to the public with this small group walking tour. Maximize time in the extensive galleries with a guide leading the way to museum highlights, including the Sistine Chapel. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica without the crowds and learn about its the art and architecture.
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Day Trips

Independent Rome Day Trip from Florence by High-Speed Train

Discover the Eternal City at your own pace on this day trip from Florence to Rome. Climb aboard the high-speed train from Florence and arrive in the Italian capital to enjoy a 12-hour sightseeing pass on a hop-on hop-off bus. Pass the Vatican, the Colosseum and other top attractions, hopping off to further explore your points of interest. At the end of the day you'll return to Florence on the high-speed train.
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise and Optional Bus Tour

See the highlights of Rome from the water with a hop-on hop-off cruise on the Tiber River. This cruise lets you see some of the major attractions in Rome, including the Colosseum and Vatican City, with educational commentary along the way. Enjoy wonderful views of the city from the boat, and get on and off as you like. Upgrade your experience to include a hop-on hop-off bus tour for even greater access to explore The Eternal City. Your ticket is good for a full 24 hours, giving you time to see the main sights of this unforgettable city at your leisure.
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Exclusive VIP Private Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Tour

VIP experience with this skip the Vatican lines priority entrance official private tour which includes the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, the Basilica of St. Peter - Join this 3-hour guided tour to see the magnificent highlights of the Vatican City. With your expert private guide, explore the Museum one of the most extraordinary collections of art in the world. Pause in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's masterpiece, and from there visit St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Holy Caves where many popes are buried.. Tour suitable for families with kids, couples and small groups!
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Civitavecchia shore excursion : Rome highlights And Vatican City

Discover the best that Rome has to offer on this full-day private shore excursion from Civitavecchia. Visit all the main attractions including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Vatican Museums. Learn about the city’s ancient history as you stroll through the winding streets and busy alleyways with your tour guide. This tour is ideal for visitors who are short on time and what to experience the highlights of Rome. 
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Vespa, Scooter & Moped Tours

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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PAPAL AUDIENCE TICKETS WITH GUIDED TOUR TO VATICAN MUSEUMS & SISTINE CHAPEL

Participate in the only escorted Papal audience. Attend to comprehensive explanations of the Papal audience. Get a keen introduction from your visit direct about the historical backdrop of the Papacy and the Vatican, and what’s in store amid a Papal Audience specifically. Meet Pope Francis from very close insights as he passes by you, our guide will help you to find a seat in order to help so.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Official Small Group Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

Save time in the smallest country in the world with priority access tickets to the Official Vatican City Tour, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. This hassle-free tour take you to some of the Vatican's must-see sights. Rather than get lost in the enormous churches and museums, your guide picks the best sights for you to see.
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Night Cruises

Rome Tiber River Cruise with Aperitivo

Cruise down Rome’s Tiber River with a glass of wine and nibbles in hand, and enjoy an evening sightseeing experience with a difference. The perfect way to combine aperitivo time with views of Rome from the water, the 1.5-hour cruise takes in sights of beautiful age-old bridges, St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican and more.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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Private Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel, Fast-Access Tickets & Hotel Pickup

This is a private 3-hour tour with the services of your own local, expert guide.  With skip-the-line access you visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica amongst other famous sites.  Your guide will recount the history of these amazing places and tell you stories about some of the many treasures to be found in the Vatican. Hotel pick up is included for a no stress experience.
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Cultural Tours

Skip The Line: Vatican Private Tour

Get personalized attention and a tour tailored just for you during this 3.5-hour private tour of the Vatican in Rome. Take advantage of skip-the-line access to make the most of your time at one of Rome's most important landmarks, where you'll get a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican's impressive art collection.
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Best of Rome

Visit the most iconic sites of Rome at your own pace with a private driver at your disposal!This is the best service for first time visitors but also for experienced lovers of the Eternal City, as it is highly customizable.We will arrange pickup and drop-off at your desired location and customize the service in order to meet your preferences.We have designed this tour in order for you to see and learn as much as possible in one day: you will visit the main spots of the area such as* The Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica* The Colosseum* The Roman Forum* Trevi Fountain* Piazza Navona and the Spanish steps.Should you wish instead to discover a lesser known side of the town, our local drivers will be more than happy to arrange a custom service for you and guide you to the hidden gems of the Capital.At the end of this full day experience your driver will take you back to your accommodation.We reserve the right to change the order in which we visit the sites.
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Rome best private walking tour with a local expert

Experience the highlights of Rome on a private 4-hour walking tour. Choose a start time between 9am and 3pm and meet your guide at your hotel. The comprehensive itinerary takes you to the Spanish Steps, Jewish Ghetto, inside the Pantheon, and beyond.  Your guide creates a truly immersive environment, in which you can ask as many questions as you like. Afterwards, conclude at your hotel or a specific point of interest.
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Multi-day Tours

9-Day Flexi Italy Tour: Rome Naples Pompei Amalfi Florence Pisa Venice

Enjoy the freedom of an independent tour without having to arrange the logistics yourself—and see a number of Italy’s most in-demand cities and tourist destinations—on this flexible, nine-day tour. Stay overnight in Rome, Naples, Florence, and Venice, and enjoy hotel breakfasts each day. Select the option of private car transfers, or join group excursions to Pompeii, the Vatican, the Amalfi Coast, and much more. From ancient landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage sites to glittering coastlines and bustling cities, get acquainted with the best that Italy has to offer.
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