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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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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums with St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel and Small-Group Upgrade

See incredible ceiling frescoes inside the Vatican Museums!

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.

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. This experience is only available until October 30, 2016, and the group size is limited to 20. A visit to St Peter’s Basilica is not included.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

by itlsef the vatican is impressive, a huge well preserved art collection I don't think ive seen a more vast art collection in such a great shape buildings are by itself mere pices of art, so highly recommed to visit the place while in Rome, getting this tour is a huge plus since they explain what is behind every hall and painting, also point at the artists that decorated each room and if you are not an art history savvy you get to understand the style of each different painter and their backgrounds. highly recommeded

Gautam P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The tour was very planned. Our guide was very informative, truly enjoyed the tour. Highly recommended if visiting Rome.

Kevin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Francesca was the best guide we had of the 3 tours we took in Rome. She was funny and nice and also extremely knowledgeable about the Vatican and it's artwork. She spoke excellent English which wasn't always the case in our experiences. I can't recommend her and her company enough.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Totally worthwhile. Guides are very smart and knowledgeable, making the experience unique. Incredible art work and history.

Pelagie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The tour guide was exceptional, she was extremely knowledgeable, passionate, experienced, kind, caring and interesting. We got to know so much more that expected. Just fabulous. Christina was truly fantastic.

Andrew F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

After having to wait over a week before getting a link to post about my experience with Viator I spent some time writing a glowing review but this stupid website just deleted it when I tried to post. And it arbitrarily rotates perfectly decent photos. Not impressed.

Gabriel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This is a Must! Marina, our guide was spectacular. Great tour, clear audio through the headphones, she made it very interesting and answered all of our questions.

David V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour guide Igordon't be confused by the name, he is Italian was amazing!

Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Interesting tour through City Wonders. Guide Santiago was very knowledgeable and fun to learn from. Tour was well organized

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