Guided tour

Rome: Vatican City Complete Semi-Private Tour

4.8 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: What a Life Tours

Rome: Vatican City Complete Semi-Private Tour

Activity provider: What a Life Tours
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From US$ 79 per person

See masterpieces of art from the papal collections on a 3-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Skip the long lines to the popular monuments to get a complete Vatican City experience.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Skip the long lines to the main monuments of the Vatican City
  • Marvel at masterpieces of art from Ancient Greece and the Renaissance
  • Explore the Vatican Museums with your tour guide
  • Learn about different artistic techniques and the rivalry between artists
  • See mosaics, golden ceilings, and memorable statues at St. Peter's Basilica
Full description

Save precious time with skip-the-line access to the popular monuments of the Vatican City, and explore on a guided tour for only your party for a more personalized experience. Follow a meticulously designed itinerary to see the best of the city-state and admire priceless treasures such as the massive bronze statue in the Pinecone Courtyard and the historic maps in the dedicated Gallery of Maps. Look at the enigmatic sculpture of Laocoön and His Sons, and discuss techniques used by different artists with your expert guide. Marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and get inside details about the 4 years of back-breaking labor it took to complete. Conclude your tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica. Witness the incomparable grandeur of its mosaics, golden ceilings, gigantic statues, and the spectacular dome.

  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • All entrance and reservation fees
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets
  • Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Optional gratuities
  • Access to the dome at St. Peter's Basilica

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking. Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended
  • All visitors must cover their knees and shoulders to enter the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  •  Bags measuring more than 40 x 35 x 15 centimeters, tripods, large umbrellas and objects that could be harmful to other visitors or damage the works of art are not allowed into the Vatican Museums and must be stored in the cloakroom
  • The cloakroom is a 20-minute walk from the end point of the tour
  •  St. Peter’s Basilica is an active parish church and subject to unforeseen closure for spiritual celebrations. In the event this happens, the local tour operator will contact you in advance with an alternative tour time or itinerary
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 26 reviews

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The organization was good, meeting point easy to find. The group was very small with 11 people and progressed quickly. The tour was carried out by a young and dedicated tour guide with a lot of energy despite the great heat, but the content was very superficial. Time allowed only a very brief presentation of the main attractions, which did not go beyond the contents of the commercially available guidebooks in book format. There is just too much to discover there. After the end of the tour, we were allowed to marvel at St. Peter's Basilica again at our own pace.

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July 2, 2022

The tour of the Vatican with Anna was an unforgettable experience. She enthusiastically shared her wealth of knowledge, responded to our individual questions and needs and was very approachable and cordial. You really got the feeling that she cares about bringing art and the Vatican closer to us. I would book the tour again and can recommend it 100%.

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June 24, 2022

Without doubt : one of my favourite tour ever! Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by our guide, Elaine. We felt welcomed and with such a friendly atmosphere we had a fantastic start! Elaine was extremely kind, energetic, funny, flexible and gifted with an impressive knowledge! We truly enjoyed walking by her side, discovering the Vatican City. This tour clearly added up to our entire experience in Roma. All respect for Elaine who does a great job there; a true sample of excellent tour guide! Thanks again!

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March 7, 2022

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