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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

Debra F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We did the morning tour and got in before the crowds and the heat. It was wonderful. Our tour guide Sylvia was incredible. There were only 6 of us in the group and she gave us so much information without it feeling like class.

Sonia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful tour! The guide was very knowledgeable and the use of the ear buds really helped to hear her speaking as we all could pay more attention to what we were watching. So good to skip the lines!!

griffosg20a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Totally blown away. Immediate access, great knowledgable guide, amazing sights.

Nisrine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent experience! Our tour guide was so knowledgable, and really took her time to explain everything we were seeing. Hands down the best tour we have ever been on. Thanks!

Nancy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was very good but the only trouble was with her accent - the guide - we could not understand much of the info she was talking about. She did a great job of keeping us together and getting us around. It is not a complaint of her - it is a comment regarding the use of headsets and language differences. Loved Rome!

RACHAEL S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Early start is recommended for this tour as it was getting really busy when we finished it at lunchtime. Very informative and the guide was lovely. Glad we did this tour.

Paola P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A must see if visting Rome. So much history and art is there that you can't go to Rome without seeing it. Our tour guide, Giuseppe, was perfect for this. A lot of walking, so make sure to wear your comfortable shoes!.

Dave S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour, VERY knowledgeable guide, wonder full not a typo, experience.

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour. Knowledgeable guide

Eva R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide was very good. He explained a lot of things that you may not notice by your own. We did not have to make the loooong lines for the Vatican. The only thing is that the guide goes quickly through everything which is totally understandable because there are many things to do. If you want to spend more time you can do it at the end. I had a very good experience!

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