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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

Andrew H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We walked around the museum with our guide Vasco. He was very interesting and funny and showed us lots of pieces of art including amazing tapestries and rooms painted by Raphael. Prior to the tour starting we were informed about the paintings in the Sistine Chapel, as no-one is allowed to talk in the chapel. It was a wow moment entering the chapel. The chapel paintings and ceiling were amazing and we knew what we were looking at, thanks to the talk. Vasco then took us to St. Pater's, another Wow. He pointed out some important items in St. Peter's and then the tour ended and we could look around St. Peter's at our own pace.

Tanya F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent guide, well worth the money, especially given the lengthy queues!

Felix O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Must see when you visit Rome. Was only there for 3 days and this tour was awesome. The guide was brilliant and knows her stuff. Good sense of humour too and makes the tour worthwhile.

Carmelo R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had basically just arrived in Rome and within the hour we were on this tour. It was very well organised and the tour was absolutely amazing! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was an absolute delight. This tour is a must if in Rome and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is great tour by a very knowledgeable guide. We saw more on this trip than our last guided visit.

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Exhaustive but wirth every minute

Michelle F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

When visiting the Vatican, there are no words as the history and the art combine to leave you speechless. Our guide, Laura was amazing and I believe a local Art Historian able to tell us the background on any painting or sculpture we pointed to. She kept the dialogue fresh and always had an interesting fun fact to share e.g., who hid whose face where. Group size was perfect, the whole experience was professionally coordinated from start to finish. Would definitely do it again as there is simply so much to see.

David J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent tour and wonderful explanation of all the sights and background.

Mutaz F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wonderful tour, very informative guide, I arrived on time, the team was very helpful in guiding me to the right meeting point over the phone as I was a bit late, the museum itself is just amazing, when you see the arts, you can't say anything, just wonderful, you feel like the art is talking to you, such a great artists, its quite nice when see the arts after the briefing from the guide, you really understand what the artist meant with his work.
Thanks city wonders!

Holly W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was the highlight of our stay in Rome. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable. Apart from th tour, I would recommend giving yourself enough time to find the meeting point, as we had a little difficulty finding it from the metro station. We made it just in time, but it was a stressful situation that could have been avoided by allowing for some extra time before the tour departure. All the rooms we visited were very interesting, especially the hall of maps. Raphael's rooms were amazing and our tour guide did a very entertaining job of explaining to us the relationships of the artists of the time. The Sistine Chapel was amazing, as was St. Peter's Basilica. After the tour ended, we were able to continue touring around until we were finished. We highly recommend this tour to help navigate through the museums and for an enjoyable experience in the basilica.

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