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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.
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.
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.
Chinmayee m United States of ...
Best experience ever!
Our small group of 3 had an 8 am tour which was ideal, even though there were already lines, our tour guide Francesco led us through and into key areas he said were often too crowded to see clearly. Felt like we had parts of the museum to ourselves! It was great. Francesco was wonderful, very interactive, and gave us tons of interesting information. It was a pleasure to have a guide who seemingly enjoys their job so much! Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica were wonderful. Our tour included a trip up to the top of the dome, which was amazing. There was a service going on and being able to watch and listen to the beautiful music echoing through the area was very moving. The weather left a little to be desired so we did not spend much time outside the dome or in the Plaza. Also due to the service going on we could not get into the crypts. But the tour was overall a 5 out of 5, we loved it.
The Vatican is certainly a place where you want to take advantage of skipping lines! Highly recommend this tour.
Skipping the line alone was well worth it. Having someone help navigate and point things out, you just can't see the Vatican any other way.
This is an essential tour. I loved the Vatican museum, and of course seeing the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. But for me the highlight was being inside St Peter's Basilica. The guide was fantastic. So much history. Wonderful!
Only way to see the Vatican is to skip the line. Truly amazing - both the sights and our guide's knowledge and passion she has. Well worth it. Don't forget to climb to the roof.
Very knowledgeable tour guide, very organized.
Full morning, went on a Sunday so we got a papal blessing. Even with crowds this was an awesome experience and an exceptional guide.
So worth it !
We stayed about 10 minutes from the Vatican, and saw it everyday. It's one of those things that you simply cannot get enough of, and when we went on this tour and saw the inside of the Sistine Chapel and I located the famous 'Adam and God' painting, sealed it for me. This was awesome.
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