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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

sandyyvetteau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The queue is mad when we arrived. Good thing that we have booked this tour and the guides are pretty good to guide us around the Vatican. This is a must-booked tour.

varungoenka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our Guide Michella was out standing.
The crowd was unusual.

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour of the Vatican and several of the surrounding churches. Having an air conditioned bus was wonderful as we visited on a very hot, summer day. The guide was knowledgable and friendly.

Kyle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We were so glad we picked this tour. Even though most Tours say Skip the line, there is still an amount of waiting you will have to do. This tour Skipped Skip the line, so our wait was only a few minutes while our tour guide went and collected the tickets.

Our guide was Lucia and she was fantastic! We all had earphones and could hear her clearly for most of the tour. unless we fell too far behind, most of the wireless systems there struggle to get through the thick vatican walls!
Lucia showed us all the highlights, told us all the important parts of the history behind them, and gave us ample time to take photos where appropriate. She'll tell you herself: she talks at the speed of a train - but she is very knowledgeable and will also take the time to answer any questions you may have along the way. She is a very intelligent and energetic guide, never letting you get bored or miss anything crucial.

Rosemary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Lots of information and really cool place to see!

Branko S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Both Francesca and Laura did a great job of making the day in the Vatican really special. Skipping the line was very beneficial.

Katherine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour! Rebecca was my tour guide for the afternoon and she was very passionate and engaging. The morning portion at the Vatican was extremely informative.

Brad M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Simon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour guides and a phenomenal experience where a lot of learning was experienced, truly brilliant.

johnco1737 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The morning tour of Vatican was great, this tour is a true skip the line. Marina brought everything to life with great history and stories. The afternoon tour was outside the wall. This tour was excellent, with pieces of history that we wee not familiar with. Ricardo was a great tour guide, he also helped with instructions and tips for us to get back to our Accommodation. Highly recommended.

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