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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

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Roma, Italy
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Offered in: English and 9 more

Overview

Discover Vatican City with a guide and skip-the-line access, including the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà' sculpture in St Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just 12 people.
  • Half-day Vatican Museums tour including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, led by an expert guide
  • Skip the line for fast-track entry to the world-famous Vatican museum complex
  • Learn about the incredible Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam
  • Explore St Peter’s Basilica and rub the statue of St Peter for a blessing

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This experience offers upgrades for early morning or after-hours tours of the Vatican.
Meet your local guide and pay your fee to enter the Vatican Museums. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, step inside to start your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Follow your guide, listening to tales of saintliness and scandal, and learn about the Vatican’s place as one of the holiest sites in Christendom.
Italian art flourished in the Renaissance and baroque periods, and the Vatican popes put together one of the world’s largest collections of private art with frescos, paintings, sculptures and treasure. See the highlights as you walk through galleries such as Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the School of Athens — a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself.
Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes — The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam.
Continue to St Peter’s Basilica, which is said to be built on the ground where St Peter is buried. Admire La Pietà, an early Michelangelo sculpture, and pause to rub the foot of a statue of St Peter, said to bring good luck. Your Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica tour then finishes outside the church.
Morning Tour:
Skip the line and the crowds when you upgrade to this morning tour, with a maximum group size of 12 people. At this early time, your group enters the Vatican Museums before the doors open to the general public.
Evening Tour:
Upgrade to tour the Vatican Museums after the doors close to the public. This evening option is only available for limited period, on Friday evenings from May 6 to July 26, and September 6 to October 25. Numbers are restricted to 20 people, and the tour does not include entry to St Peter’s Basilica.

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ravivarmarao
, May 2019

Guide needs to be more fluent in English! Otherwise fairly done well.
We loved the explanation of Raphael rooms.

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sherries
, May 2019

Eileen, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable, did an amazing job of sheparding our group through the massive crowds, was very punctual, had a great sense of humor, and made the experience everything we hoped for. Definitely recommend the group for its organization. Thank you!

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csmallberg
, May 2019

We had an excellent and very knowledgeable, funny guide and really enjoyed the tour. Will definitely recommend it.

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Mercedes D
, May 2019

In the voucher wasn't clear the meeting.point and it.was not viator the company to look for so to.find it.among.thousand of companys.offering the same Service was a nightmare.we started.1hour delay.and.was si crowded.that.couldnt enjoy.also you pay for the tour and then you have To pay the entrance.tickets do for a family.of.5.members was almost.300 eur!!

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tesskaz50
, May 2019

Thw tour guide was very knowledgeable but she was rushing us through. Half the time we could not hear her through the awful audio and her group marker was very hard to spot and not very distinct. Maybe something with a company logo would have been better. Many a time we lost her in the maasive crowd that was at the Vatican that day. I think the group was too large. It was very hard to keep up with the tour guide and the group. We did not have enough time to take in everything in most places.

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chrisdgonzalez
, Apr 2019

This tour was falsely advertised and everyone who is seeking to purchase it must be aware of the process and catch to this. The tour is tilted skip the line small group tour, but it only skips one of the lines (which is the main one to purchase the initial tickets into the Vatican) and contained more than 35 + people, leading to more time in lines and waiting for people throughout the different stops in the tour. After this initial line comes another line with more than 1 hour wait in order to go through security. In addition to this, when you arrive at the tour office you are required to pay 24 Euros per person for the ticket, which we later found out costs only 17 Euros. This is not properly labeled on the tour and we have pictures to prove the booking is improperly advertised. Once inside the tour operator went so fast that we only had five minutes in the Sistine Chapel before we had to make it into the Basilica before the gates closed at 5:30 PM. I do not understand why they would sell a 2:00 PM tour, that didn't leave until 3:00 PM after briefing, organization, etc. then a 1 hour + security line to only have such a short window flying through the museum, chapel and basilica. The tour should not be made available after 12PM because of the time required for all of these details above. You need ample time to explore these three areas! In short, I do not recommend this tour as this was falsely advertised and misleading to tourists, paying for something that was not what it was intended to be and requiring many unnecessary middlemen along the way. Please be aware!

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janeyounger538
, Nov 2018

Had a bad experience in Venice with Viator tours, was running a little due due to complications. A square with many groups one Viator group which we approaches was not willing to help us, I'm sure it had to be the group we were scheduled with because they were the only Viator group at St Marks Basilica and Doge Palace. Due to not getting any consideration from the Viator agent we lost our tour and our money for a party of 3. The Vatican your was a little complicated we went to the right location but the travel company on our instructions had one name and the door on the travel company had another name on it so we start looking for the right one, asked people and were sent to different locations. A man with another agency came and f und us and brought us back to where we started. Everything we saw was beautiful but we could not understand the tour guide. The crowd a started getting large and was having to hurry to keep from getting lost. Would not do it again, would just buy a fast pass to by pass the lines, take my time and enjoy and take pictures without having to hurry. Much cheaper, less stressful and you don't have to be looking for anyone.

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Rhonda F
, Oct 2018

I took the tour with Viator's partner in Rome last Sunday. It was a wonderful tour led by Francesca Dresda. Francesca was highly professional, knowledgeable and kind. She took great care of our diverse group with differing mobility needs. In the three hours with Francesca, we gained insight into the history of the Vatican and some of the most important works of art. At the Vatican, we also got to see a visiting Bishop procession (Bishop of Copenhagen!), and a wedding in one of the side chapels in the basilica, serendipity it was, no doubt - but so cool nevertheless. This tour was totally worth the time and money. If you go, ask for Francesca. She is fantastico!

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Edie M
, Oct 2018

Laura.. our tour guide was wonderful... very knowledgeable.... enjoyable tour... nice to skip the lines!

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Rocio T
, Oct 2018

The tour guide, Sylvia was great. She was very knowledgeable, funny, attentive, and full of excitement when giving us our tour.


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