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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

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great tour and highly worth the cost. Just skipping the lines was great, but our tour guide was fantastic and made the visit high quality. Highly recommend!

Siovhan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Had a fabulous experience. So glad we booked the tour, saved us having to queue and the guide was very knowledgable, with a great sense of humour. Would definitely recommend the guided tour, helps explain all the major exhibits and you don't need to worry about where to go. The ear phones are fantastic as you can easily hear the information that the guide is providing. Highly recommended.

Diane H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

felixoscarbianca

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We greatly enjoyed our skip the line tour of the Vatican. Our tour was facilitated by the tour group Enjoy Rome. The meeting place was at their office near the Vatican museum entrance. Our group size was around 12 people. Our guide was great, she spoke very good English and was very informative. The skip the line aspect of the tour was very worthwhile. The line to get into the Vatican museum is incredibly long. The museum was crowded, but it wasn't overwhelming and we were able to get in with ease. The pacing of the tour was good.

Robert A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great guided tour highly recommended. Our guide Lenda really made this tour a great sucess being so well informed and knowledgeableknowledgeable.

Ronnie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour

Burt P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Perfect, very enjoyable.professional

Monique B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Good tour. Recommend!!

JULIAN H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Good experience, guide had a good knowledge of the Vatican.

Natalya S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The skip the line was the best part of this tour. There are sooo many people waiting for entry to the Vatican. The places we visited were fantastic of course, and the commentary was pretty good too.

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