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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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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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Private Transfers

Private Transport from Rome Hotels to the Vatican City

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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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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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Skip-the-Line Tours

EXPRESS VATICAN HIGHLIGHTS

Get a comprehensive overview of the Vatican on this 2-hour express tour. Avoid the crowds with skip-the-line entrance tickets and jump right into the best of the Vatican Museums. Listen to informative commentary from your guide as you visit the Gallery of Maps, the Belvedere Courtyard, the Round Room, and the Sistine Chapel. There is also the option to upgrade your tour to include St. Peter’s Basilica if you’d like.
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  • 2 hours
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Cultural Tours

Skip the Line: Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica Small-Group Tour

When in Rome, don’t miss the awe-inspiring treasures of the Vatican Museum, one of the world’s largest art collections. Beat the long queues with skip-the-line access, and follow an expert guide to highlights of the more than 2,000 galleries. Admire Renaissance masterpieces like the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. For the grand finale, step inside the very heart of Vatican City with a tour of dazzling St Peter’s Basilica. Group size is limited to 12 for a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

Best of Rome at Sunrise or Sunset by Luxury Van

See Rome during dawn’s ‘golden hour’ on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of city’s most iconic sites at first light. Enjoy the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona before the daytime heat and crowds arrive, and capture unforgettable images of the landmarks in the early morning. Continue to the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Square, Circus Maximus, the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum. Explore the city alongside a small-group in a luxurious van, with multimedia presentations and an experienced guide.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Ride & Sail - Bus and Boat 24h hop on hop off

Experience the best of Rome your way with a 24-hour bus and boat ticket.  The Hop-on Hop-off Bus will take you through the city’s highlights. You can enjoy the sights from the comfort of the bus or hop off at any time to explore by foot.  Similarly, the boat takes you to Rome’s five major piers where you can enjoy the journey or alight to attractions such as the Piazza Venezia.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Panoramic Tour of Rome by Bus from Civitavecchia

The UNESCO–listed city of Rome is home to ancient treasures including the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Trevi Fountain—but reaching the far-flung sites on foot takes time. This panoramic bus tour from central Civitavecchia includes a round-trip shared transfer service, allowing you to reach the sites of Rome from coastal Italy in comfort. Enjoy free time to hit the sites at your own pace, with sweeping city views along the way.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Vespa, Scooter & Moped Tours

3-hour Private Vespa Tour of Rome

Experience Rome like a local on the back of a classic Vespa scooter. Take in all the highlights of the Eternal City on this private 2.5-hour tour; see sights such as the Colosseum, Vatican City, Piazza Venezia and Palatine Hill; and stop to enjoy a traditional gelato at one of Rome’s top gelaterias.
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Hidden Vatican: An Introduction to Castel Sant'Angelo & St. Peter's Square

Enjoy a brief but thorough introduction to the immense attraction that is the Vatican. See some of its most important buildings, investigate its history, culture, and lore, and get practical hints and tips for going inside and seeing the museums. This is a fun an accessible intro to the Vatican for anyone planning on enjoying a more in-depth Vatican experience later in their vacation.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Expert Led Evening Vatican Tour with Skip the Line Tickets

Walk through the vast halls of the Vatican Museum in our 3-hour Vatican night tour. Avoiding large crowds in the evening, we’ll start our tour in the Vatican Palace. We’ll discuss how these famous artifacts played an important role in the development of Renaissance art. We’ll visit the Sistine Chapel to take note of Michelangelo’s work, talking about his struggles with the work and symbolism behind it.•Visit the Vatican in the evening•Explore the Vatican Palace and museums•Take in the stunning ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Walking Tours

Vatican night Tour, Rome

See a different side of Rome and Vatican City when you embark on this evening walking tour. Meet your guide once the sun has set, and begin in the heart of Rome. You’ll see many of the Eternal City’s most recognizable landmarks lit up after dark, from the Spanish Steps and Ara Pacis to the Castel Sant'Angelo. Then, continue into Vatican City—one of the world’s smallest countries—to continue exploring.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Be a Roman For a Day - Private Walking Tour With a Local

Feel like you're exploring Rome with a local friend who knows all the best places to go, see and eat on a private half-day walking tour. Get introduced to the layout of the sprawling city and its major sights, plus explore historic bridges, hidden squares, and lively neighborhoods not on the typical tourist path. Learn what it's like to actually live in the ancient capital, and get personalized tips on how to make the most of your Roman holiday.
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  • 4 hours
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Day Trips

Luggage Deposit Rome

If you're in Rome during a layover or arriving before you can get into your accommodation, enjoy the freedom to explore the city without carrying around your bags. You can store your luggage conveniently at a location near Piazza Navona and pick it up when you're ready.
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  • 10 hours
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

from Civitavecchia St Peter Basilica Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel one of the most beautiful museums of the world are waiting for you. It also considered one of the most important places in the history of the human civilization. This tour start from Civitavecchia Harbour and is just taylored to enjoy you an infinite number of masterpieces like Michelangelo’s “Pietà” , gorgeous works by Bernini, Raphael, Botticelli and other treasures. Meet your guide and you will reach the usually packed museum entrance, where, skipping the check-in line, you will enter the museums through a panoramic terrace. You will enter in the Sistine Chapel whose impact in history, religion and visual arts has no equal in the world! All of this in a intimate group of maximum 10 people since we don’t want to make our clients feel uncomfortable in big groups.At last, you will reach the largest Catholic church in the world: Saint Peter’s Basilica. At the end you have few time to stay in Piazza San Pietro and come back to Civitavecchia
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  • 8 to 15 minutes
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Walking Tours

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Angels and Demons Tour

Relive the historic center of Rome in a new and fun way by retracing the steps of the movie "Angels and Demons". The walking itinerary retraces the symbolic sites of the film directed by Ron Howard, based on the best-selling book by Dan Brown.
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Photography Tours

Photo Walking Tour of Rome

Learn a new skill (or refresh old ones) while having fun on this photo walking tour of Rome. It’s suitable for travelers with a range of photographic experience, from beginner to more experienced. Visit some of the city’s most beautiful sights and practice various types of photography. An ideal trip for both repeat visitors to Rome and first-timers, as there are always new things to discover through your camera.
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  • 3 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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GOOD MORNING VATICAN- Early Entry of the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peters

Providing outstanding services for over 10 years, our professional tour guides are equipped with solid historical knowledge and a spirit to entertain. Your tour will be a crescendo through art from ancient Greece to ancient Rome, completed with stories the Renaissance and the Baroque period. ..And the best part? Skip the lines and enjoy this experience with a small group, accompanied by the best tour guide / story teller! With over 6 million visitors per year, the Vatican Museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations- so expect a line!! We take care of all the fuss, so you can enter early and bask in the wonders of the Vatican!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

Small Group Vatican Tour

General admission entrance queues at the Vatican are notoriously long. With a VIP admission ticket and early departure time, beat the crowds and head straight in before the Vatican is open to the general public. In addition to pointing out works of art often missed by visitors, your guide provides little-known facts, anecdotes, and background information. Personal headsets and a small group size ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

Cultural Tours

Skip the Line: Small-Group Vatican Museums Breakfast Tour including the Sistine Chapel

Skip-the-line with priority access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, and enjoy a hassle-free morning exploring one of the world’s most legendary art collections. Kick off your 3.5-hour tour with a delicious Italian-style breakfast as you enjoy a special sit-down presentation of the Sistine Chapel. Then, head inside to marvel over Renaissance masterpieces by artists like Botticelli, Perugino and Raphael, and admire Michelangelo’s magnificent Sistine Chapel. Best of all, this small-group tour is limited to 8 people, ensuring an intimate, headset-free experience with one-to-one attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Early-Access Vatican Tour: Better Than Skip-the-line (Small Group Max 12)

Discover the city-state of Vatican City on an early morning small-group tour. Beat the crowds and start exploring the Vatican a full hour before the general public with special early access tickets. Follow your guide through the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and listen to informative commentary about the history of each place.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Private Transfers

Private Transfer from Fiumicino Airport to Civitavecchia Port - Tour Option Available

Avoid the hassles and headaches of traveling from one place to another by booking this easy and reliable transfer from Rome's Fiumocino Airport to the port at Civitavecchia. Meet your friendly English-speaking driver at the airport, hop in the comfortable car and then get whisked off to your ship. It's that easy!
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

Vatican Highlights Group Tour for Families with Kids

Visit the Vatican Museums on a tour designed for kids, providing a more engaging experience for you and your children. See the iconic Sistine Chapel and other historical artwork as you participate in a scavenger hunt and listen to stories that bring the history to life.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Cultural Tours

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Vatican, Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Lunch

See three of Rome’s top destinations in one day on a private full-day tour that saves time with skip-the-line admission to these popular attractions. Explore both the Colosseum and Vatican with your guide for several hours each, and have about two hours to go into the Catacombs of Callixtus, located on the Appian Way. Lunch and hotel pickup are included for your convenience.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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