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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

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.

jujuuvm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was really wonderful to be on as our guide provided so much useful background information and history on the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's work there. He also navigated us through skipping the lines, and going through all of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's, while pointing out some of the most important things to see in each place we visited. The area was very crowded, and I was awed by all of the information and seeing the Sistine Chapel and Pieta in person! You should not leave Rome without this experience!

Nepamuceno J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We did the 3 hr tour. Our guide was great and the size of the group was good too. There was so much to see. If u have kids i would bring snacks and water with you. I felt like three hours was enough to do with kids but if it was just us adults I would love to do the whole day tour.

Kevin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Again an excellent tour with the guide providing lots of facts and answered all questions.

katie.royer09

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Linda did an amazing job. She was personable and very knowledgeable about the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica. She kept the tour interesting and guided us well. Thank you so much!!

Sonia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The best way to get to know the place for the first visit.

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