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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Azita A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was a rainy day and traffic was really bad in Rome. To add to the trouble, our taxi drive dropped us off in a random street near Vatican city so we were late and lost our tour. However, my husband contacted Viator and Joshua at customer services kindly, with ultimate understanding of the situation, replaced our tour with an available one for the next day. We cannot thank you enough for your excellent customer service, completed by our superb guide tour, Francesca. Amazing experience... thanks again! Azita and Johnny

Vetta E S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My husband and I took the 3-hour tour, including the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide Tiffany was awesome. She was very informative, but also had some great anecdotes regarding the history of the Vatican. The art and treasures that have been collected by the Vatican for many centuries is awe inspiring and a must see!

Ann M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

City Wonders was fantastic. She was knowledgeable and factual and fun also. Wish I
remembered her nameas I would give her kudos. It was pouring rain in Rome that morning
and the Vatican was packed! She was great at pulling us out of the swarm of people and talking
about what we were seeing. Wonderful experience.

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Crowds were horrendous but had a wonderful guide Rosie who was passionate and very knowledgeable about the art and history of the Vatican .

Rita Ann L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent guide. Very enthusiastic. She made it really come alive. I'm not really an art fan but I did enjoy the museums tour. The Hall of Maps was quite spectacular. Recommend a 9.00 am tour as later in the day it really was heaving with queues. Leave plenty of time to get the tour start of the tour as the entrance to the museums is at the back of the Basilica which is quite a walk once you have gone through security to get into the square.

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was fantastic...but the sound from the ear pieces was terrible rate o stars...get new head sets !!

bules99

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was great and I would recommend it to anyone. Make sure you book the early time slot, because it gets CROWDED. We had the 9am slot and there were already a ton of people there. Our guide was an art restorer, so she was great and gave us a lot of insight into the art inside the museum.

heatherrayner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an excellent tour with a good guide.

It would have been cheaper to book in Rome.

John F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

More personable, great tour and tour guide!!

Kathleen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

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