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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

vark41

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Amazing tour, wish we had more time to explore the Vatican Museums. Sistine Chapel ceiling is amazing, the guide was very knowledgeable.

Patricia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Worked well ... nothing special

Traveler2018 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our guide Massimo was amazing. His knowledge of the artwork, sculptures, gardens and property really made this worth the money and time. Not only was he polite and knowledgable but he was helpful to those touring the location on their own. If you get a chance and are lucky enough to get Massimo you will have a superb tour.

Marie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This is a fantastic tour. They did a great job explaining different things about the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. I was a bit taken back by the additional charge of the tickets when we arrived at the tour, it seems like a bit much, but I would not hesitate to buy this tour again. Our tour guide was fantastic and I feel like learned a lot. The Vatican is extremely crowded, this allows you to maneuver a bit easier.

Rod L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I highly recommend using Nicom tours for this excursion. Our guide (Alma) did an excellent job. Her English was very good and knowledge of the exhibits and history was very informative. This was the least expensive tour we found and well worth it (Ask for Alma to be your guide). They took us promptly to the front of the line passing by many guests waiting in line outside. It was supposed to last 3 hours but we went for at 3-1/2 hours and could return to the museums if we wanted to. We booked this tour separaetly and only required transportation to and from the Vatican.

Charles B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Fillipo was extremely knowledgeable but also managed to bring in humor with his presentation. We loved every minute and would highly recommend this trip . There were long queues and doing it this way is definitely the way to go !

LaDonna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a good tour even thought the Vatican was very crowded our guide did her best to show us the main attractions there.

Ronaldo O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Skipping the line, the tour, and overall experience was great, just as expected. We saw everything that we could since it was so crowded and the tour was very punctual.

fannia l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

What can I say? All the history, art, architecture, sculptures, etc. It is beyond imaginable. I really recommend this tour, it is a most if you go to Rome, but be prepare, it can be a really overwhelming experience with all the crowd! Our tour guide was really knowledgeable and make our visit really interesting with all the stories and descriptions.

Diane D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was exactly what we were looking for. Pasquale did a wonderful job explaining and giving us much needed history lesson as we toured the Museum. Great Job!

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