Guided tour

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica: Tour

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica: Tour

From US$ 58.05 per person

Skip the ticket lines to explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. See masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini, before visiting St Peter's Basilica with your guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Duration options: 3 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, Spanish
Small group available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security, during high season the waiting time may be up to 30 minutes.
  • Admire the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s frescoes
  • Skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums
  • Explore the courtyards of the Vatican complex
  • See the Raphael Rooms and learn about the School of Athens
  • Visit St Peter's Basilica, the largest cathedral in the world
Full description

Skip the ticket lines to the main monuments of the Vatican City on this guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.

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 contains ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries.

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 hidden meanings in his work. Today these have been uncovered and understood. Listen as your guide lets you in on Michelangelo’s private jokes.

Finish your tour at the Basilica of St. Peter, the world's most impressive work of Renaissance architecture and the largest cathedral in the world. Admire the famous Pietà by Michelangelo and the elaborate St. Peter's Baldachin by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

  • Access to Vatican Museums
  • Access to Gallery of Maps
  • Access to Sistine Chapel
  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to St Peter's Basilica Dome
  • Access to Vatican Museums Cabinet of the Masks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the Brastours office.

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Brilliant tour. Very well organised but made by our amazing tour guide, Elaine. Informative, interesting with a brilliant sense of humour included which made the tour easier to absorb. Would highly recommend this tour, guide and company. Seems expensive but worth it and definitely go for the skip the queue and early morning options!!

August 9, 2022

Holy Moly! What a tour! This was such a great way to see the Vatican - Elaine was the most amazing guide, so knowledgable and friendly, knew where to go and when, how to avoid the queues, provided the best resources. It was such an informative and enjoyable way to spend the day - could not recommend highly enough!

August 7, 2022

The guide was outstanding and provided so much information that made the tour extremely interesting, but not overwhelming. Her knowledge was unbelievable, and she brought it to life with a unique sense of humor and vast depth of insight to everything we saw and the background stories behind the sites, structures, and people. I would highly recommend this tour.

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August 4, 2022

Product ID: 350651

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