Guided tour

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica Tour

4.6 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Rome Group Tours

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica Tour

Activity provider: Rome Group Tours

From US$ 202.76 per person

Enjoy a skip-the-line tour to the best of the Vatican! This all-inclusive in-depth tour takes you to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, with an expert English-speaking guide.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Skip the line through express security check
Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • This tour of the Vatican gives you an easygoing, yet entertaining glimpse into the world's most fascinating array of historical treasures
  • During your Vatican excursion, you'll get to admire the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's frescoes.
  • Avoid the infamous Vatican lines with skip the line access at the Vatican Museums
  • Learn the amazing history behind the construction of St Peter's Basilica
Full description
In the Vatican Museum, your guide will take you on a highlights tour of the most interesting artifacts, sculptures and artwork that have great stories and scandals behind them. During the Vatican Museums portion of the tour, you’ll get to visit the picturesque Vatican garden, Cortile della Pigna. Your local guide will take you to the most interesting galleries within the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contain ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes and tapestries. Your guide will point out a few tricks used by the artists,which will enhance your appreciation of their works of art, as well as their sense of humor. Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti. 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. He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work, which only he would understand – today these have been uncovered and understood and your guide will explain these to you so you too can share in Michelangelo’s private jokes. This tour is perfectly suited to those who want to see the best highlights of the Vatican without too much walking or too many in-depth art discussions.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Professional Guide
  • Headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing any interesting anecdotes or facts
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to the meeting point
  • Food or drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Outside the Vatican Museums Exit Arch. Your guide will meet you outside the exit arch of the Vatican Museums, on Viale Vaticano, holding a sign for Rome Group Tours.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • Knees and shoulders must be covered for entry to the Vatican
  • Knees and shoulders must be covered for entry to the Vatican
  • Large bags, backpacks, and suitcases are not permitted in the Vatican City
  • Knives and other dangerous materials will be confiscated
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.4/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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Our guide Maria was exceptional!!

September 30, 2021

the guide is well informed and funny

July 27, 2019

Guide excellent, showed us best bits, well organised

October 21, 2018

Product ID: 159434