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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. A visit to St Peter’s Basilica is not included.

Customer Reviews

Lauge B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Perfect tour. Friendly and professional guide.

Elena G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We absolutely loved this experience. Our tour guide was clever, well informed and the grounds were amazing. We wish we had been able to spend more time walking the grounds.

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Guide was excellent, the knowledge shared was impressive and not something you would know.

Unbelievable experience

Melvin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Awesome Experience!! Highly Recommend it!

Melvin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Awesome Experience!! Highly Recommend it!

Karen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Loved this tour. I found it far more interesting than I thought I would have. its was a very busy day but Francesca gave a great tour.

Karen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Loved this tour. I found it far more interesting than I thought I would have. its was a very busy day but Francesca gave a great tour.

Gaylene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our tour guide met as at the designated spot and we indeed skipped the line and got in quickly. Our tour guide was very passionate about his City and the Vatican. I would highly recommend this tour for history and art enthusiasts.

Tristan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Good tour and tour guide, well planned, with a lot of good info.

Pauline R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We would highly recommend this tour. Our guide Emauelle was excellent and kept our interest the whole of the tour. We were pleased we had booked the tour when we saw the queue outside which was apparently taking two hours to get in. The tour covered all areas you would want to see and ended up in St Peters without any hassle. Our thirteen year old daughter was on the tour with us and although she was not interested the whole way round it would have been unbearable without out! We would definitely recommend.

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