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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

Lesley T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Real good guided tour,even with the crowds.
Lots of interesting information and plenty of time to take pictures.
Thank you to our guide.

PATRICIA O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was perfect! Just about 8 in the group. Our tour guide was fabulous. I and #39;m sorry I don and #39;t remember her name. Maybe Irene or Elaine

Katerina P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide Sylvia was very informed and had a good knowledge of history. She was funny at times and made our whole experience in the Vatican a very enjoyable one. I came out knowing a lot more than I imagined because we got that bit of knowledge from Sylvia that is not in the hisory books making our tour memorable and inspired me to do some of my own research. Thank you Sylvia you were excellent!

Joanna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour - knowledgeable guide. Good value.

ken.ziegler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very nice tour, well informed guide, interesting history of The Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Thanks.

Jane H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The staff in the office were very helpful - thank you. Highly recommended and well worth missing the queue.

DAIVA D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

very intresting

Adrian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide Laura made the Vatican museum experience unforgettable! The art collections are so rich that a tour with a guide is highly recommended.

Steve B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Despite the fact that our tour was booked for the day after the canonization of Mother Teresa and the crowds were intense, our guide was effective and adapted to the situation very well. She provided novel insights and stories and made a VERY helpful suggestion about how to gain entrance to the Basilica once it open again later in the day it was not open in the morning for our tour. All in all we were very pleased with the tour and found it informative historically and artistically. AND it expedited our entrance very significantly.

Damian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour, and wonderful guide in Pepe. Pepe was terrifically knowledgeable and a delightful person. Got our little group really well organized and knew how to manage us through a crowd. Saw all the wonderful sights. Couldn't possibly get as much out of it without a guide. Thoroughly recommended.

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