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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

Stella T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour overall.

Helder S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This a great way to get ahead of the line. The guide was excellent. 5*

Bianca.Panariello

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour guide Linda was amazing! Very knowledgeable and provided lots of great information. This tour is one of the best!

Kat C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Saw more on this tour than I have on another tour of the Vatican I took a year ago. Our guide Marketa was great just wish she would have used the usual stick with a flag on it so we could see where she was better.

Priyanka G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing tour. I was there for just a weekend and this tour helped me cover the three key attractions in Rome very efficiently.

eva g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Once again our tour guide was the BEST!!!! so happy we went with Viator

tracy.stokes77

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great customer service....highly recommended! Tons of information, great level of english, really enjoyed the amount of knowledge our guide had. Tour was awesome!

tccastillo1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

great tour, didn't feel rushed. quite a bit of walking, of course.

Mary Jane C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great guide, very informational. Thought the pace of the tour was just right. Even with the crowds, Julio, our tour guide was able to provide info and get us to the key spots of the tour.
We went on Wednesday after the Papal audience, crowds were massive because many people stay on that day.

carmencruz01

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a must do. Tour guide was knowledgeable.

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