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Offered in: English

Overview

Discover the Vatican on a 3-hour St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork and history with a guide, who will bring the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo’; and hear little-known tales about sacred St Peter’s Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
  • Enjoy a skip-the-line Vatican tour including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
  • See captivating sites like Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco
  • Explore St Peter’s Basilica on a fully guided Vatican walking tour and see the famous La Pieta sculpture
  • Choose from four different times, or upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 12)

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$74.14 USD

Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.

Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante.

Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself. Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and admire The Last Judgement, his colorful mural that adorns a wall.

After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St Peter’s Square.

Keep in mind that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, you'll be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you want to make sure that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date.

If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences:

Small-Group Tour at 8:10am:
Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter. Your tour is limited to 12 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights.

Tour at 7:30pm:
Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the doors close to the general public. A visit to St Peter’s Basilica is not included.

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c
, Sep 2018

Great tour but lots of walking.

l
, Sep 2018

Our guide was great and it was frightening how knowledgable he was. Unfortunately, we did get unlucky with the crowds. I was expecting it to be busy but it was absolutely ridiculous the volume of people they let in. We were diverted away from the Sistine chapel 3 times due to the crowds and everybody was being diverted through the other parts of the museum which were mostly smaller and couldn't accommodate the numbers that were coming through so unfortunately for me, the tour was more about trying to stay by my husband and the tour group and there were times I felt very uncomfortable and claustrophobic. Even the guide had to take a photo of the crowds because he said he had never seen it this busy before. However, this was no reflection of the tour, he was great and even with the unexpected diversions, he still had an in depth knoweldge of any area we were sent to. My only advise for someone thinking about this tour is depending on the time of year maybe go for the early morning or later tours to avoid the worst of the crowds.

k
, Sep 2018

This was a great tour and really necessary if it’s yiur first time in Rome. We would have wasted a lot of time trying to figure this all out on our own. Our guide, I think her name was Maria, was excellent, great English, very knowledgeable, and kept the pace. The group was a perfect size. Just wish tall people would realize they are and kind of stand a little behind us shorties instead of right in front of the exhibit, blocking the view.

L
, Sep 2018

Sarafinas was a great guide. Caring knowledgeable and friendly. Made the experience great. Great guide

N
, Sep 2018

This tour was a highlight for us in our first time in Rome. Our guide, Stephanie, was very informative and excellent in explaining the details. WE highly recommend this tour for a good overview of the important places in the Vatican.

J
, Sep 2018

We would've been lost, wandering around and having no idea what we were looking at if we didn't have a guide. So happy we chose to do this!

S
, Sep 2018

EXCELLENT!!!

M
, Sep 2018

We were able to see it all at a normal pace and it never felt rushed. Our guide was patient and very sweet! Unfortunately, I dont remember his name. He told us what to expect ahead of time and we were prepared. Sistine chapel was not as crowded as I have heard so we were there for about 15-20 minutes and he waited. I highly recommend this tour especially when you see the lines outside.

N
, Sep 2018

We had Marco as our tour guide and he was so engaging, knowledgeable and made this one of our favorite experiences during our trip to Italy. I highly recommend this to anyone and if possible, request Marco as your guide!

S
, Sep 2018

My tour was packed with information and history. I was very happy to be in the tour rather than navigating it by myself.


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