Day trip

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

4.7 / 5

3 reviews

Activity provider: The Tour Guy

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

Activity provider: The Tour Guy

From US$ 115.10 per person

Marvel at the incredible art collections of the Vatican Museum on a guided tour with an art historian including the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy round-trip transportation to Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence, and visit the Vatican's scenic gardens.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 11 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Enjoy early access skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Take a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel with an art historian guide
  • Marvel at the museum collections of the Pope's summer residence
  • Benefit from round-trip train tickets to Castel Gandolfo included in the tour price
  • Savor a sumptuous lunch of locally-sourced meats, cheeses, and pasta
Full description
Start your day bright and early as you meet your tour guide at the Vatican Museums. Skip the line and enter 45 minutes before the general public with your special access ticket. After going through a brief security check, proceed inside to begin your tour starting with the best galleries. Follow your art historian guide along the tour route which includes the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of the Maps.  Then, learn about the history and process Michelangelo used to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel before entering to see it yourself. Continue to the Vatican Gardens, where only special tour groups are allowed to visit. With your exclusive Vatican Gardens tickets, breathe in the tranquil air of this mini paradise. After your Vatican Gardens tour, enter Vatican City’s only train station to board the train to Castel Gandolfo. Once the site of Emperor Domitian’s Villa, the Barberini Gardens boast beautifully-designed hedges situated amidst flowers, fountains and Ancient Roman ruins. Your guide will tell you stories about the history of the gardens and the many points of interest located within. Once you’ve explored the lush scenery of the Barberini Gardens, the tour will break for lunch (included with the tour). Sit down to a sumptuous spread of locally-sourced, organic Italian meats, cheeses, olive oil, tomatoes, and pasta. Then, have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. Now a museum open to the public, enjoy exploring the Palace’s many rooms, art galleries, and collection of cars driven by former popes. Use your round-trip train ticket to return to Vatican City and conclude your memorable experience.
  • Early access, skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Delicious local lunch
  • Round-trip train tickets to Castel Gandolfo
  • English-speaking guide with expertise in art history
  • Tickets to the Pope's summer residence
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Select participants and date



Meeting point

Near the Vatican Museums Entrance, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Open in Google Maps ⟶
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Head covering or kippah

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Tripods

Know before you go

  •  This tour will not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica
  • During state visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may close unexpectedly; if an area normally covered on the tour is closed, the guide will provide explanations of the closed areas from outside and they will show you an extra area inside the Vatican Museums
  •  Often artwork undergoes restorations or is loaned to another museum as an exhibit; the itinerary will include the stop if it is open to be seen or add a substitute
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 3 reviews

Sort by:

Traveler type:

Star rating:

Very nice tour, perfectly organized with trained guides only the Vatican guide prepared but not very kind where we also had a bickering about being late due to queues and more because you started the tour in the explanations went more than necessary and noticed the delay of losing the train to Castel'Gandolfo blamed us Italians even with the firmness of the companion who replies that they were the first to arrive I'm sorry not to do so one has to take responsibility, explain the tour is impossible only to seeing a unique beauty advised everyone to try it to believe I end up with a word Spectacular.

Read more

May 14, 2022

Very nice experience!

May 29, 2022

Product ID: 355960