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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

desireecmentor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was very informative, the tour guide, Stephanie was great. She was friendly, helpful, answered all our questions and very knowledgeable about tour and history thereof.
We enjoyed the tour tremendously and will recommend it.

lesliemiddleton1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Beyond wonderful! Thank you to our experianced, wise guide who made our trip to the Vatican more than we could have ever expected. I am so greatful for the comment sections on Viator because they give you an idea of what to expect in terms of legistics so you never get hung-up on what might be perceived as a problem. You will have to wait a very short bit outside The Vatican wall and you will have to go through the ticketing process - it's nothing and because you are a part of this group everything is expidited. I can't begin to tell you how beautiful The Vatican is. I wanted to let you know that the museum is breathtaking! I was expecting relics in glass but this tour moves and fast which is great because you get to experiance the grandure of the place while the guide explains each room and provides facinating details and explanations dispite the fact you are in a virtual sea of people. You will never get bored on a Viator tour from our experiance in Rome, Italy and Pompii and we have two boys ages 17 and 20 who couldn't get enough of everything we saw. Be prepared to be surrounded by people but know that your guides voice through the headset makes that easy because you can tune the people out and take in an understanding of the things around you which will leave you speechless in their grandure. Wisely, our guide stopped at a plexiglas covered poster outside the buildings to give a brief explanation of the Sistine Chapel which is the one place where the guide cannot give any explanations even over the headset as there is no talking allowed. If I had known this I might have studied-up a little bit but no complaints. When we moved into St. Peter's Basilica there was so much space and so much to learn about. The actual mummified bodies of several popes are there - including Pope John Paul the ll and St. Peter's is so massive with so many different areas in the church itself it would be impossible to explore it without a large guide book or a fabulous guide like ours. When we exited the Basilica the sheer size of the structure begins to boggle your mind and the feeling you have, being so small amid such size a beauty is somewhat life changing. If you can't afford these guide tours I would say don't worry but prepare! Make use of all guide materials you can find and throughout Rome and all of Italy check in advance to findout if they offer self-guide tours with recorded commentary and earphones and make sure to put a set of extra earbuds in your pocket just in case you get a bad set on our of your tours. I so appreciate the person who recommend that when I was reading comments on Viator and was glad I had extras in Florence when mine got scratchy during another fabulous tour. If you can, the tours make the trip in our experiance and we spent so many wonderful evening with our sons talking about the things we had seen each day and sharing ideas and thoughts along with lots of laughs over delicious pasta and pizza.

ketan s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing tour ..
will recommend to every one.

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.

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