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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

Stephen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I would highly recommend this tour. Our guide Dorianna was very knowledgeable and her enthusiasm infectious. Dorianna's commentary is very insightful. This is an ideal way to soak up the beauty of the Vatican and avoid the long,long queues!

Jean B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great organisation and guide GG very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the Vatican. Would highly recommend this tour.

Hugo B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We really enjoyed the tour with our guide being very friendly and of course knowledgeable! I can really recommend the tour and skipping the queue's are invaluable. Even though we were late the crew accommodated us on the next hour which they didn't have to do. Great experience all round.

geraldine.mart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was one of my favorites, it really was an unforgettable experience at the Vatican and our tour guide was great and very informational.

Hank F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

very knowledgable guides, easy to find meeting point. well organized. thank you, great experience.

Karen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Francesca our tour guide was the best guide we've ever had -she was passionate and lively and engaging, which made the trip far more interesting for my teenage children. We were given enough time to understand and enjoy the Vatican City and could not imagine going through this experience without a guide. Thank you Francesca and Viator for a tour of a lifetime!

Anthony W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, I'd recommend the Viator tour and City Wonders to everyone going to Rome.

babs12564

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very nice tour and tour guide well worth seeing and doing. Beautiful! Perfect amount of time too. Skip the line tour is the way to go, organized, knowledgeable guide and none of the madness!

Tom H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was great. The company was also very accommodating when we were late to the first tour. Overall recommend doing the tour with this company. The only thing I would say is a bad is that it WAY to much and way to QUICK to see everything, and you definitely do not see everything in Vatican City/Museums.

MrsHowell522 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was such an amazing experience. We had an amazing tour guide, Francesca, who was very detailed and knew her stuff! She was very patient and took her time explaining everything we saw. Tour ing the Vatican is a must on your visit to Rome regardless of your faith.

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