Guided tour

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

Activity provider: Crown Tours

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

Activity provider: Crown Tours
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Booked 36 times yesterday

Explore the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica with skip-the-line tickets on a guided walking tour in Rome. Step into the Sistine Chapel and admire the beautiful ceiling painted by Michelangelo.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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German, Spanish, English, French

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the intricate frescoes adorning the Sistine Chapel ceilings
  • Skip the long ticket lines at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Wander through the courtyards of the Vatican complex with your guide
  • See the Raphael Rooms and learn about the School of Athens fresco
  • Explore the interior of St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà
Full description

Discover some of the most popular attractions in Rome on a guided walking tour of Vatican City. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica with your guide, and admire the ornate interiors and the famed artworks housed here.

Meet your guide close to the entrance to the Vatican Museums and follow them as you set out to explore the most interesting galleries within the museum. See the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps.

Take in the ornate ceilings in each room and see the ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries that adorn the walls.

Then, enter the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the intricate fresco that covers the entire ceiling and walls. Painted by Michaelangelo between 1508 and 1512, the Sistine Chapel represents a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art.

From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome.

The artist also expressed his frustration through hidden meanings in his work, which have since been uncovered and deciphered. Listen as your guide lets you in on Michelangelo's private jokes.

Finally, head to St. Peter's Basilica for the final leg of your guided walking tour. The cathedral is one of the most renowned works of Renaissance architecture and holds the title of the biggest church in the world.

Explore the interior of this magnificent structure with your guide and discover the many masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art that fill the cathedral. Admire the famous Pietà by Michelangelo and the elaborate St. Peter's Baldachin by Bernini.

Your tour comes to an end outside the cathedral. From here, feel free to wander around Saint Peter's Square or visit the nearby Castel Sant'Angelo on your own. 

Includes
  • Tour guide
  • Skip-the-line Vatican Museums Entry ticket
  • Skip-the-line to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Gallery of Maps visit
  • Sistine Chapel visit
  • St Peter's Basilica Dome entry ticket
  • Vatican Museums Cabinet of the Masks visit
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

• Meet your guide outside the souvenir shop on Via Tunisi. The shop is located approximately 150 meters north of the entrance to the Vatican Museums (heading down the steps). You will see a purple Crown Tours Flag outside the shop • From Ottaviano Metro Station: walk west on Viale Giulio Cesare 4 blocks and make a left (south) on Via Tunisi. The meeting point will be on the right side of the street

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Entry to the Vatican Museums is based on strictly timed tickets. For this reason, late arrivals cannot be guaranteed access
  • All visitors must have a photo ID for the security check
  • The Vatican Museums imposes a mandatory dress code: knees and shoulders must be covered otherwise you will not be able to enter
  • Due to exceptional religious events, St. Peter's Basilica might be closed without any notice
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 605 reviews

Review summary

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Our tour was absolutely amazing! I would not recommend going to visit Vatican without a tour guide, and this one basically covered all the important aspects. From a brief presentation of the history of Vatican, to then going through the amazing museums, the absolutely mind-blowing Sistine Chapel and finishing with the overwhelming basilica San Pietro, our guide kept us focused, and led us though the history and the creative process, with Michelangelo's figure and genius always at the centre of everything. Having a guided tour is an excellent idea, especially if it's your first time there, but also as a returning visitor who's never had a guided tour. As a piece of advice, it is preferable to choose the morning tour, because you can have the rest of the day to wonder around on your own and even climb the dome, which gives a breath-taking view of Rome. Wear comfortable shoes, have a bottle of water, and expect to be amazed!

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December 4, 2022

No need to show up 30 min early like they request. The tour didn't actually begin until 10 min after the official start time. I'm assuming they ask people to show up early in order to avoid stragglers, but for us it just ended up being an extra 40 min in the cold. Our guide was excellent, very knowledgable. If you're going during the colder months make sure and dress appropriately! Over half of the tour was spent outside.

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December 2, 2022

HAVE BEEN TO THE VATICAN A FEW TIMES BEFORE - NEVER REGRETTED MY REPEAT VISITS - ALWAYS FANTASTIC TO VISIT AND TO SEE -THIS TIME ROUND WAS NOT AN EXCEPTION - THE GUIDE MARZY WAS WELL VERSED IN THE SUBJECT - MADE SURE THAT NONE OF THE GROUP GOT LOST - ENGAGED HER AUDIENCE - AND REPLIED TO QUESTIONS MADE TO HER IN A VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE MANNER - THIS TOUR WAS WELL ORGANISED AND VALUE FOR MONEY - MY FRIEND AND I LEFT VERY SATISFIED WITH THE OUTCOME - MOREOVER THANKS ARE IN ORDER TO THE PEOPLE AT GET YOUR GUIDE FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO CHANGE OUR ORIGINAL BOOKING OF 8.45 AM TO THAT OF 1.15 PM. - WE ARE OBLIGED TO YOU - ray

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November 28, 2022

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