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3 hours (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 7 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. The Entrance fee (not included) is payable on the day of your tour.

Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot).
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This experience offers upgrades for early morning or after-hours tours of the Vatican.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Fully narrated tour
  • Expert tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point
  • Bathroom access
  • Recharging station for your devices

Exclusions

  • Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Via Vespasiano 46a (near Ottaviano metro station( Line A).
Please note that starting from  01st of April 2019, the meeting point for English – Language Vatican tours will be at Via Germanico 8, 00192 Rome
Once at the meeting point, please go inside the office where you will be welcomed by our friendly staff.

Departure Time

Meeting time: 20 minutes before your departure time

Return Details

Concludes in St Peter's Square

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • Evening tours do not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Tours departing Wednesday: St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please DO NOT select Wednesday as your travel date
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you'll spend a full 3 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We will list any affected dates as they become available. The tour guides aim to notify guests if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed upon commencement of the tour. It is beyond our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
  • Our tours end at the front of St Peter's Basilica, which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St Peter's Basilica, continue to the grottos below St Peter's, or climb to the dome. Your tour guide will be happy to point you in the right direction!
  • We cannot predict when individual museums will be crowded. In general long lines are common at major attractions in summer, on most weekends, and during peak travel periods throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, local holidays). Our skip-the-line tickets (not included in the price) enable you to skip the line if indeed there is one. 
  • Please note: Raphael Rooms are available only for the first morning tour.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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j
, 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.

R
, 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!

E
, Oct 2018

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

R
, Oct 2018

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

L
, Oct 2018

Vatican was overloaded with people just pushed along like cattle our guide spoke half Italian English on a English guided tour difficult to understand and hard to see things let alone take photos

B
, Oct 2018

Easy instructions of where to meet and was the rules were. Our guide was very nice and kept things running quickly and smoothly. Always immensley impressed with the amount of information these guides know! Our guide had a great sense of humor too and kept things lighthearted and fun.

J
, Oct 2018

Was greatful I booked this package before we live US. Fees is a factor. Although I should have book an accommodation w/in the vicinity to maximize our wake up time. This 3 major sites were the most compelling goose bump experience me and my family had. Added to it was the greatness and a well verse of our tour guide FRANCESCA from NICOM TOURS 10AM batch 10-22-18 she is a HISTORY major by profession and knows all the inner most sensible details of the museum/sistine/basilica. A 3 hour tour was not enough but it seems like she covered the most significant details of the high lights. Even the most significant sites that a must see. The body of the first pope who died and amazingly preserve, I met someone after who was in a different tour and ask if they have seen it and told me their tour guide did not show it. NICOM TOUR should treasure this lady FRANCESCA she is a great asset to your business deserves a pay raise. Im a very happy more than satisfied customer w/ this tour except for the crowd. Tough but FRANCESCA has her system very organize

A
, Oct 2018

Booking skip the line was easy but service went down hill from there. Pandemonium in the office and shocked to find entrance to the Vatican was actually another €24 each! Nearly half of the headphones weren’t working and the ones which were crackled frequently making it difficult to hear. The guide was awesome though funny, expressive and very informative. She saved the rest of the day so you should hold on to her and sort out your information and office

K
, Oct 2018

We had to wait in line over an hour to tour the Vatican. I don't know how long people had to stand in line if they didn't have tickets.

A
, Oct 2018

Skipping the Line is the only way to go. You are still herded like cattle through the museum and the Sistine Chapel but then have all the time you want in St. Peter's Basilica. Guide was very informative and moved us along at a good pace.


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