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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. The entrance fee (not included) is payable on the day of your tour.

Highlights

  • 3-hour 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

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What You Can Expect

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

Visit the Vatican in Rome!

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.

Customer Reviews

Bethany G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Convenient!

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Super tour with an excellent guide. The explanations were very good and the trip to the Sistine chapel was well researched and extremely interesting.

dhthomas68

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

WOW! Our guide was AMAZING! We loved every second highly recommend going with this tour company and remember to as for Alfredo!

Kevin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Good Tour

Neil S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

'Alfredo', you are a star, and we loved it! Bags of facts and interesting stories particularly the artwork and history of the Vatican and all done with passion and a sense of humour. Yes, we really did skip huge great queues for entrance to the museums and Basilica. I would definitely recommend also the 'early' tour 9am as it seems to get extra busy in the afternoon.

Evgenia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour was great, very informative, and saved a lot of time getting into the Vatican

shenghwa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing tour - the Vatican is a must-see for Rome. Being able to skip the line is also a big perk. We visited during low season and early in the morning, and there was still a very long line of visitors who had not booked tickets in advance. Our tour guide, Stefania, was very knowledgeable and helpful. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting Rome.

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I was at the Vatican in 1996 and at that time there were not as many people so we walked through by ourselves. Seeing the Vatican again this time with a guide and skipping the line was the only way to see this magnificent place. Our guide was awesome

foo.pat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

highly recommended and informative. great host and a group of about 20 pepole. enough time and we and #39;ll paced

margaret s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

great experience, able to learn so much from the guide

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