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.
Enjoy priority access through a Vatican Partner entrance, and tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
See captivating sites such as the 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)
Audio headsets are provided to make sure you can hear your guide clearly at all times
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
“Skip the line” with this tour means using a special entrance to bypass even the fast-track line.
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.
Our guide was great and having a small group was a must! I should have realized that this would be an express tour of the Vatican museums but I assumed St. Peter’s would be shortened. We spent about an hour in the museum before the Sistine Chapel which felt a little rushed. If you are looking for something short to get in and out and see the museum, this tour is for you. Otherwise if you want a longer time to see the museum I recommend you don’t do this combo.
With less than 24 hours in Rome, we had to be sure that our time was optimized. The meetup point was easy to reach from the closest train station (used Google Maps app) and the guides were quick and organized. We were shuffled into a group and took off within 15 minutes, skipping the incredibly long line that wrapped against the outer wall. Our guide Gigi was charismatic and informative, making sure that we had enough time to appreciate all the wonders while moving forward at a good pace. Despite there being a tremendous amount to take in, we were able to finish under three hours with the remainder of the time up to us to utilize as we pleased. Great experience!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Our guide Barbara was lovely and knowledgeable throughout the entire tour! She kept us engaged the entire time! definitely recommend City Wonders! Thanks again for the tour, Barbara! :)