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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.

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

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

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

shqipesela

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

amazing tour

eds

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

jessmelch229

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Bucket. List. Tour! AMAZING. Wish I had a whole weekend to just stay in this area!

michaela_briggs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

i went with my boyfriend and we had Linda as our tour guide and she was absolutely amazing!! she gave us so much information and then some more!!!!! She was thorough and insightful and we enjoyed it. We would definitely love to have her again for more tours if possible!

phyl.cas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is a fabulous way to see the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Our guide was very knowledgable and enhanced the experience with stories and information.

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide was a trained archeologist who told meaningful stories to breath incite into this amazing 3 hour tour billed as a half day tour. As with any group tour you can only cover the highlights of this enormous place and as it finished outside the Vatican museum it was unfortunate that we could not re-enter to cover it in more detail. The tour finished in the Bascilica so were were able to continue our exploration there.

Rpatts

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great!!

Michelle S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was awesome! We started with walking through the Vatican Museum. My only negative note is that the tour only goes through part of the museum and afterwards you can't go back to explore more without buying another ticket. Our tour guide gave us the option of staying, but that would have meant missing the rest of the tour. After seeing the amazing works of art in the museum, we went to look at Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. We were there about 15 minutes which was nice as it gave time to really soak it in. The tour finished in St. Peter's Basilica. After the guided tour ends, you can remain in the basilica as long as you want and continue to explore.
Overall, I recommend this tour.

brianandrewosborne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Suetying C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is my second time visiting the Vatican Museums but my first time joining this Skip the Line tour. Joining this Skip the Line or not is really subject to 2 factors: 1 the time of the year you go and 2 you need someone to explain the artwork.
First time I went it was summer time and I pre-booked the ticket directly from Vatican Museum website so I didn't have to wait in line to enter the museum. I did see a very long line outside of the museum. This time I went on Dec 22 at 9am and there was no line outside of the museum at all.
Since I pre-booked my own ticket the first time I went no one guided me through the museum and no one explained to me what the artworks mean. I didn't know what to look for especially when I was looking at the ceiling and wall paintings at the Sistine Chapel. This time I booked this tour and we had a guide walked and talked you through a lot of things in the museum and the paintings in the Sistine Chapel, the experience is very different and I felt educated.
If you plan to visit the inside of St. Peter's Basilica and if you want to Skip the Line you will have to join one of these Skip the Line tours since there are 2 exits from the Sistine Chapel. Sistine Chapel is the last stop of the Vatican Museum , once you are done seeing the Sistine Chapel you need to exit and there are 2 exits. Independent visitors exit through one door and visitors on the group tours exit through another door which takes you to St. Peter's Basilica directly without going through any lines security line.
Again, depending on when you go there. The lines to get into St. Peter's was super long during summer time but it was fairly short during winter Dec 22 was the day I went.
I would recommend this tour.

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