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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

rosiepoe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Lines were crazy - this was definitely the way to go!

Lenore H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This was an amazing, but very long, tour. Our tour guide, Allesandro, was incredibly informative! The Frescoes, the Basilica, the Sistene Chapel...there are no words. There were lots of people, and the tour kept moving. We only had to wait a while to get into the Sistene Chapel, because they only let so many people in at a time!

shannonmsparrow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Our guide was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot! I would highly recommend this tour if you are interested in learning more about the Vatican. My husband and I loved it!

Gary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

poala (???) excellent guide with great insights of the Vatican and knowledge of the sights and details of various paintings and rooms

Edward H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

The vastness of the Vatican collection of art is almost beyond comprehension. Our tour guide, Anna, from City Wonders met us across from the Vatican entrance and provided us with our headsets and fans (which came in very handy with the crowds and the heat!) She was very knowledgeable in explaining the history and art of the Vatican as we toured the museum. After the Sistine chapel we entered St. Peter's Basilica and were allowed to enter a private chapel which was very moving. It is definietly a tour worth taking.

tjthelen55

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This was a great tour. Our guide was the best and knew so much about the Vatican museum. We learned so much! This tour is an absolute must. You would miss so much without a guide plus the skip the line was worth so much.

charlene

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Great tour but lots of walking.

keithntrish1992

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This was a great tour and really necessary if it’s yiur first time in Rome. We would have wasted a lot of time trying to figure this all out on our own. Our guide, I think her name was Maria, was excellent, great English, very knowledgeable, and kept the pace. The group was a perfect size. Just wish tall people would realize they are and kind of stand a little behind us shorties instead of right in front of the exhibit, blocking the view.

Ladyt45 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Sarafinas was a great guide. Caring knowledgeable and friendly. Made the experience great. Great guide

Nicholas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This tour was a highlight for us in our first time in Rome. Our guide, Stephanie, was very informative and excellent in explaining the details. WE highly recommend this tour for a good overview of the important places in the Vatican.

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