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Enjoy the fullest Vatican experience you can in one day and avoid all the long lines on this skip-the-line tour. During your trip to the Vatican, you’ll take a walking tour of the Vatican Museums to see the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms, plus visit St Peter’s Basilica. Then you’ll leave the walls of Vatican City to visit other official Vatican basilicas around Rome—Santa Maria Maggiore, St John Lateran and St Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A partnership with the Vatican provides exclusive entrance through a reserved door at the Museums so you will skip all the lines, even the priority ones. Tour is limited to 25 people.

Highlights

  • Skip-the-line Vatican day tour
  • See the most important sites of the Vatican City in a single day, including the major basilicas, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy exclusive access through a reserved entranceway, guaranteeing you will not wait in any long lines
  • Take a guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • Visit the Holy Stairs, 28 white steps said to be walked upon by Christ during his Passion
  • Tour limited to 25 people

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I highly recommend this tour to anyone who really wants to get the full Vatican experience. You see all the major museum collections and basilicas with a fabulous guide to make sure you don't miss anything!

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

In the morning, meet your guide and enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved entrance, ensuring you’ll skip all the lines, even the priority ones that are also often long. Once inside, begin your walking tour of this hallowed complex of art galleries and rooms, including the Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture wing, Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries. Then arrive at the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam.

Next, follow your guide to St Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll also skip the main entrance line. As you walk around the world’s largest Catholic church, admire more art masterpieces like Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s large baldachin altar canopy. The first half of your tour ends here, where you have free time to continue exploring on your own or enjoy a rest before rejoining the group for the afternoon portion.

In the afternoon, you’ll travel by coach to three basilicas in Rome that sit outside the walls of Vatican City but are official papal basilicas. Start at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, known for its sculptural decoration and 5th-century mosaics. Bernini’s tomb also lies here.

Next, you have the opportunity to walk up the Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta), a set of 28 marble steps that once led to the Palace of Pontius Pilate and were climbed by Jesus Christ, according to Catholic tradition. Then enjoy your visit to the Lateran Palace and Basilica of St John Lateran, the official Cathedral of Rome and the seat of the Bishop of Rome. Finally, arrive at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage–listed church that’s home to the tomb of St Paul, more ancient mosaics, colorful frescoes and the tabernacle by Arnolfo di Cambio.

Customer Reviews

Eugene Roy E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Christina and Dimitri is a great tour guide..great value for the money..and they really take care of us..I personally recommend you this tour if you want to know more of the Vatican City..

helen m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Brilliant trip - long day but very worthwhile indeed - a must do !

cltruscott

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic tours with very knowledgeable and enjoyable tour guides. Highly recommend both Alessandra and Melanie who were our guides for these tours. We were made to feel very welcome by both guides and were supported to join another tour by the same company City Wonders when we arrived too late for the morning tour. With the tour guides knowledge of art and history we couldn't recommend a better way to see the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and the other 3 Basilicas.

Mangosteen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour guided by an expercienced historian who gave very interesting and lively explanation of some of the important works in the Vatican museum and St Peter's. She was able to guide our group through throngs of people. We have an equally good American historian guide who lived in Italy in the afternoon to take us to the other three basilicas. Wonderful tour

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour and lovely enthusiastic guides

s.jagarlapudi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent guides . Very knowledgeable. . Enjoyed the tour immensely . Loved it all .

C P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Unfortunately I do not know the name of the gentleman who guided us around the Vatican however he was absolutely excellent. Extremely passionate and knowledgeable and took the time to tell so all the interesting facts during the morning. The tour was well planned, we didn't feel rushed at any point and it really was 'Skip the line!' Will always use Viator, they have always excelled and we have never been disappointed. Fantastic! Thank you!

debrabruno36

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Glad we did this in the morning..so so many people, worth doing the tour, so you do not have to wait in line. Got a little lost with directions, but found our way.

Mónica G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent guide! Specially Emanuella. The tour in the Vatican was simply perfect.
Emy made us forget the heat and the crowds with her passion for the history and art at he Vatican.
But in summer is too much to do the Vatican and the Basilicas in the same day. We were exhausted at midday.

Nancy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Exquisite!!!! N

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