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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

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great tour. Would highly recommend it to anyone.

tom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Doriella was absolutely amazing as our tour guide and the views of the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica were beyond words. This tour is highly recommended as City Wonders does a great job in making sure you learn everything you can about these areas. Do not miss this tour.

alex.saltzmanl98

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The tour guide was really nice and knowledgable, it made our experience there absolutely amazing.

Dominic W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our tour guide, Fabio was excellent. A real passion for his subject! Nicely paced tour with great insight into the Vatican treasures finishing at the Sistine Chapel. Highly recommended.

Fiona M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

What an amazing place

Tim D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great tour, guide was so knowledgeable and had great info and stories. As a first timer this is exactly what I was looking for and would recommend to first timers for sure.

Theresa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

14.30 tour . 17.02.18 . Fanatstic male Italian guide . Taught us So much . I cannot rate the experience highly enough . You must do it ! I'll never forget it . Thank you .

dawnzawalnicki United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Definately the way to see the Vatican!

Djparpac United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Skip the Line is worth it. If you travel so far to get there you might as well insure you get the best. We were surprised by a viewing of the pope.

Rodger B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was everything it promised - the tour was at an easy pace with our guide, Jo, both very knowledgeable and always helpful.

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