Guided tour

Vatican City: Vatican Museums with Cabinet of Masks

Vatican City: Vatican Museums with Cabinet of Masks

From US$ 52.39 per person

Visit the Vatican Museums’ galleries and avoid the crowds with skip-the-line tickets on a guided tour. Benefit from access to the restricted Cabinet of the Masks with an art historian guide.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Spanish, English, Italian, French, German

Experience

Highlights
  • See the Cabinet of Masks, a restricted room that many people miss
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican Museums with an art historian guide
  • Admire the statue of Laocoön and His Sons and walk around Nero’s Bath
  • View fascinating art in the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gaze up in awe at Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
Full description

Discover the richly decorated halls of the Vatican Museums on a guided tour. Explore this immense collection of the world’s most renowned Roman sculptures and Renaissance art, seeing the Cabinet of Masks, the Gallery of Maps, the gallery of Tapestries, and the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel.

Wander through the exhibits and see the statue of Laocoön and His Sons, one of the most famous ancient sculptures depicting the fall of Troy from Virgil’s book, The Aeneid. 

Admire Nero’s Bath, before moving into the Cabinet of Masks with your art historian guide. Take your time to study the masks in this room, usually a restricted area to visitors. Learn about these pieces of art inspired by ancient Greek history, starring the goddess Aphrodite.

Follow your tour guide through the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries, gazing in awe at the works of Dante and admiring tapestries made of silk, wool, and gold and silver thread.

Save the best for last, ending your tour in the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Soak in the atmosphere of Renaissance genius, looking upon the ceiling painted by Michelangelo himself. View the world-famous fresco of The Creation of Adam.

Includes
  • Tour guide and headsets
  • Entry ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Entry ticket to the Cabinet of Masks
  • Food and drink
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the entrance of the Hotel Vespasiano in Rome.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
Customer reviews

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4.2 /5

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You definitely skip the line, which is great. The tour guide was funny and very knowledgeable. However, although the tour says 3h, you want to account for at least 4h, because they are likely to run over time and they cannot explain the sistine chapel inside - they explain it outside and then you go in and see it on your own time. plus with extra time you can explore a bit more of the museums (e.g. Raphael rooms, Egyptian area)

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April 19, 2022

A lot of time wasted in the process of entering the city and therefore a visit at no load, when it was announced for three hours of time, in fact only one hour truly effective. In addition, the mask cabinet was not included in the visit and I paid more for this option, but I still don't see the refund coming that the guide promised me.

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April 24, 2022

April 16, 2022

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