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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)

What You Can Expect

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

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

Nauvlet W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great day out

kj_burke

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My family and I did this tour on our first trip to Rome. It was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide Paula was really good and seemed extremely passionate about each of these places. She even showed us things that were not meant to be on the tour. She made it more interesting for us as well as the kids. We would definitely recommend this to anyone think of visiting Rome.

Rebecca I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Amazing pics leading up to the Sistine Chapel. Be ready for crowds, this tour is the most crowded in summer, but still really worth it! Lines for general admission were ridiculous. I am so glad we booked a tour, and the knowledge they provide adds so much value.

rsb.main

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Francesca was thorough, meticulous and wonderful. It would have been difficult to cover such vast subjects without a knowledgeable guide like her.

Kayla E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We were in Rome for 3 days, and wanted to get the most out of our time. So glad we did this tour! You get to skip the (crazy long) line, and have someone really give you the story behind the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Plus our tour included St. Peter’s Cathedral which was amazing. If you want to get the best experience I recommend a tour. Our guide was Sara and we loved her! So kind and excited to talk about Roman history, if you get her you are in luck!

Barbara O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our guides were knowledgeable and interesting and made the experiences great. We saw things we never would have seen without a guided tour

buchnerm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was the best way to do a tour of the Vatican! The knowledge of our guide was so helpful as we got in without the long wait and hit the road with knowledge! We were given as well at the end of th tour what we need to know to stay on and linger at our leisure. I highly recommend this tour for anyone’s visit!

Richard J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Incredible tour. Very knowledgeable guide. History made very real and in person. I’m going back to see more

Ethan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We debated whether or not to spend the money on a tour of the Vatican/St. Peter's and we are so glad we decided to do it. Our tour guide (I forget her name.... Becky maybe?) was wonderful, and very pleasant and insightful. We got to skip most of the lines and thus maximized our time seeing the wonderful art work and architecture on display. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared her knowledge in a way that was accessible to our whole family. We learned a lot! Definitely go, definitely book a tour, and our experience with City Wonders/Viator was excellent.

Sunil K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Excellent tour! Our tour guide Teresa was amazing and her knowledge and warmth made this a truly memorable experience for us. Highly recommend!

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