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 priority access through a Vatican Partner entrance, and tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
See captivating sites such as the 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)
Audio headsets are provided to make sure you can hear your guide clearly at all times
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
“Skip the line” with this tour means using a special entrance to bypass even the fast-track line.
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.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Jan 2019
Very easy meeting place, excellent tour. Guide was outstanding. Got exactly what we expected. The Vatican was very crowded the day we went. Using this tour was extremely beneficial, as the lines for entry were two-three hours long.
As one of the must see attractions of Rome this tour is one you can't miss! The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica were awe inspiring! My husband and I loved the tour and strongly recommend it to anyone visiting Rome.
This was a great tour. Well organized and totally flawless logistically. Tour guide Krista was so knowledgeable and well organized. I had a great time and saw everything I wanted to see. You really do skip a number of lines and save a lot of time/headache. This is the way to go!
Our guide was great, spoke very good English and had no problems answering questions from people in the group. Our guide was very informative about each section of the tour but did not stall or tKe too much time in one spot. My wife and I both very much enjoyed our tour of the Vatican, Sisteen Chapel and St. Peter’s bacilaica. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone going to Rome.
I was traveling with young children. They went to look at a sphere. When we got back, they were gone. We got left behind and had to do to the tour on our own, hence, we did not get to go to the St Peters church. Besides from that, it started on time, the team was well organized, and the tour guide was knowledgeable and kind. I understand that it was mainly my mistake, but I was disappointed that I was not waited for for 5 minutes.
Maria Teresa was a very knowledgeable guide and kept our interest throughout the tour. The time flew by and I didn’t even notice the walking or standing. She was very detailed in the explanation of the artwork and knew a lot of history. Loved it and would recommend it to others.
guide was very deep in explanation on the vatican museum. might be more suitable for people whom really wants to know in dept. as for family group we find it too lengthy. will be better if we could get key overview and main points of the history
Knowledgeable tour guide, we saw a lot of the museum with the guide and had a good history of the Sistine Chapel. Would have liked more of a tour and information about St. Peter's. We were left to walk thru most of it on our own. Would recommend again, but just know you will need extra time to do St. Peter's on your own after the tour. Getting into our groups took over 45 minutes of standing around in a very crowded stairway outside the cafe.