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No-line Vatican Experience (Group Max 10): Sistine Chapel, Museums & St Peter's

Roma, Italy
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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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 will lead 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.
  • Small-group tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the long lines with priority entry
  • Hear the stories and scandals behind some of the world's greatest masterpieces
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • See the Raphael Rooms, Belvedere Courtyard, Hall of Maps and more highlights
  • Gain direct entry into St Peter's Basilica

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Mix main Vatican sights with lesser-known gems like the red sarcophagus of Constantia.

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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Jul 2019
Great leader Very thorough, warm and attentive. The best tour I've ever been on. Thank you very much.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear thwit, Thank you very much for your flattering review! You are very welcome! Great to read you enoyed our Vatican Experience Small group tour. We hope to have the honour of showing you around more of Italy's hidden gems in the future and would like to thank you for having taken the time to share your opinion with us.
Wonderful experience
, Jul 2019
I have to start by saying that it's a pity I don't remember the name of our guide (her name started with B). She was very friendly and knowledgeable. She explained the history behind the key paintings and places which made the tour very enjoyable. The tour is for a small group which makes it easy to follow the guide. We had lost a couple from our group along the way, but the guide made every effort to find them. Unfortunately we could never find them (the place is really crowded!). It will be better if the guides carry some kind of a sign/ mark with them so that people can see them from a distance.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear 123om123, Great to see you enjoyed our Vatican Experience Tour visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica! In the summer month it can get busy in the Vatican State and we maintain small group sizes for exactly that reason. It enables the guides to manouvre through the museums more easily and ofcourse provide a tour in which there is space for questions people might have. Thank you for your suggestion regarding a sign/mark some of our guides prefer to work with for example an stick with a feature that is easily recognizeable and others choose not to. Perhaps in the busy months we can strongly recommend our guides to do so. Thank you very much for sharing your opinion on our Vatican Experience, we hope you are looking back on a memorable stay in Italy.
Trip to the Vatican City
, Jul 2019
We had lovely morning at the Vatican with a very knowledgeable tour guide. This was a very good experience and can highly recommend this.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear FayT48 Amazing to read you would highly recommend our Vatican Experience Small group tour of the Sistine Chapel, Museums & St. Peter's. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, we hope you left Italy with beautiful memories of your time in the Eternal City.
Excellent way to see Vatican City
, Jun 2019
Very thorough and enlightening. Our guide was kind and knowledgeable. We were happy we went on the first tour in the morning as it got very hot towards the end. We walked past huge lines and went right on in. Great experience and a must see at least once while in Rome.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear winedoenecke, Your review made our day a little brighter (even in July!). Joining the morning Vatican Experience tour makes sure to enable an early entrance skipping the queues and wandering the halls of the Museums before the sun starts to get powerful. Great to hear you have enjoyed your tour and found our guide to be knowledgeable and kind. We look forward to your return to our beautiful country!
, Jun 2019
Wonderful tour. Very informative. Moved at a good pace. Plenty of time. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear nashvillan2002, Brilliant to read you would highly recommend our Vatican Experience with max. 10 people and an English speaking guide! Maintaning a good pace, kindness and sufficient knowledge are all key aspects that contibute to the required quality of a good guide, and we are glad to see you discovered those qualities in ours! Thank you for sharing your opinion, your feedback is much appreciated!
Skip the line Vatican Experience: Small Group of Max 10
, Jun 2019
Guide was knowledgeable but you simply could not hear what she was saying. It helped when at times she bought the microphone up to her mouth, helpful, but having it half way down her shirt whilst negating the people, simply did not work. We were in a group of 6 and the two other couples did not see the tour through to the end, as they simply got fed up with being unable to hear....
Response from Host , Jul 2019
We are suprised to read your feedback on our Vatican Experience, and are sorry the high standards we set for our professional guides seem to not have been met. I would like to further investigate what happend and which guide provided your tour as guides are always supposed to report back to us if people decide to leave the tour in advance. Would you perhaps be able to contact me directly with your name and the date of your tour and we make sure to get back to you, as it seems we did not provide the quality tour we strive for.
Great tour of the Vatican City.
, May 2019
Very much enjoyed our tour of The Vatican City. Our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. She took great care of us. Highly recommend this tour. Also highly recommend doing this tour as a small group tour. Our group only had 8 people and made it very enjoyable and manageable to stay together.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Discovering the Vatican surely is being easier when traveling in a smaller group of maximum 12 people! We are pleased to read you had a 5 star experience with our guide, and felt she looked out for you. Thank you for the time to share you opinion, we look forward to showing you more of Rome's beauty upon return.
Dr Frederico is great
, May 2019
Lots of knowledge, enthusiasm, passion for his topic, craft and the group. Made sure everyone was together & engaged. Can’t say enough about this guy! He made the trip. Without his guidance & knowledge this would have been a ho-hum visit. He’s the greatest
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Going around with a guide always gives the opportunity to have a more in-depth experience, and we are glad to read Federico was able to add just that. The Vatican by itself is a magical place, but it can be challenging to find the hidden gems in the immense halways. At Roma experience we carefully select the guides we collaborate with as we know this can make or break a tour, and we take pride in knowing you found him to be passionate and interesting. Thank you for sharing your experience, and feel free to contact us if in need of advise for future visits!
Early Access, Small Group, Skip the Line Vatican tour
, Apr 2019
Our visit to the Vatican was fabulous! Our group tour was early, and there were only two of us. Paolo was excellent, very friendly, extremely knowledgeable, professional, and I felt he truly wanted us to love Vatican City as much as he does. Made many lifetime memories in a few short hours. It was very crowded the day we visited (the Saturday before Palm Sunday) but Paolo made sure we saw everything and then some.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Trek19009508980, The Saturday before Palm Sunday surely was not the most quiet time to visit the Vatican! But we are glad to read that Paolo made sure every important sight what adressed, and regardless of the crowds managed to deliver a splendid tour. We would like to thank you for having taken the time to share your kind commentary with us on our Vatican Experience Small group tour, and will be sure to pass on your review to Paolo himself.
Great tour
, Mar 2019
We ended up being the only ones in the tour so Julie tailored it just for us. She connected with our 7 year old and became fast friends. Thanks for a great tour
Response from Host , Apr 2019
A tailored private tour! Sounds like luck was on your side! Sometimes in low season it can happen that eventhough our small group tours have a maximum of 10 people less people attend. We lovely reading that our guide and your child soon created a bond and hope you will consider us again in the future!

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