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Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

1. Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines by following a special route through the museums that gets you to the Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Enter before most of the crowd and spend a peaceful half-hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to the Pinecone Courtyard for large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, head back into the museums for a tour of the most famous artifacts, including the Belvedere Torso, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön Group, and the Raphael Rooms, widely considered to be among the most beautifully-frescoed interiors in the world. Visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms of the museums.

Vatican: Early Access Tour of Museums with Sistine Chapel

2. Vatican: Early Access Tour of Museums with Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a guided tour of Vatican City’s main tourist attractions with early access tickets to the Vatican Museums. Explore sights like the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica before the crowds arrive for the day.  Meet your guide and save time with skip-the-line access into the Vatican Museums. See the Cabinet of Masks and the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms in the Museums.  Continue to the Raphael Rooms which are world-renowned for the frescoes painted by Raphael. Enter the Sistine Chapel to marvel at the ceiling created by Michelangelo.  View the famous “The Creation of Adam” fresco in the chapel. Once finished in the Sistine Chapel, visit the Renaissance-style St.Peter's Basilica with your special access, skip-the-line ticket.

Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

3. Rome: Entire Vatican Tour & St. Peter's Dome Climb

Meet your expert Vatican guide by St. Peter's Square - a quick ascension by elevator later will carry you up to the top of the dome from where you can see all of Rome and far beyond Rome too. The views are absolutely spectacular. Back on terra firma you will tour the entirety of St. Peter's Basilica - this in itself is rare as most other Rome tour operators do not include it in their Vatican tours. Take a break before making the short walk to the comfortable customer center ahead of your second tour to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Genuine skip-the-line access means that you will be fast tracked to the artistic and archaeological masterpieces which make the Vatican Museums absolutely must-sees when in Rome.

Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

4. Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

See Vatican City's top attractions on a sightseeing tour where you don't have to wait in line. Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums with a guide or on your own. Take in the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's incredible artworks. Explore the Vatican Gardens with an audio guide. Meet near the Vatican Museums and enjoy fast-track access to Europe's most renowned art collection. Dive into the art world with an expert guide or explore on your own, depending on the option chosen. Take in the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and more. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures at the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments. Finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Continue to the Gardens of Vatican City and receive your audio guide. Learn about the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Apostolic Palace, and the Governor's Palace. Admire St. Peter's Basilica from a unique perspective and immerse yourself in this peaceful hideaway. Or choose the option that includes the Vatican 360 experiences gives you 360 access to the Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo Starting off at the Vatican Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Europe’s most renowned art collection. Accompanied by an expert guide, enjoy fast track entrance and dive into the history of the Art world. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. And finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Once you’ve had your art fix, it’s time to explore the Vatican Gardens. Stretching an impressive 57 acres. Enjoy the picture-perfect landscapes and uncover the impressive garden architecture that draws influence from both the baroque and renaissance era. After spending the morning at the Vatican City, it’s time to head out of town by train to explore the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo, about an hour north of Rome. Pick up your audio guide at the welcome desk and start your journey through the Apostolic Palace. First up, enjoy the museum and experience the intricate work of the clergy up close as you pass by historical papal gowns and the impressive display of the Pope’s portable throne. Then, it’s up to the Papal apartment. Step into the true home of Christianity as you admire the Pope’s clock parlour, music gallery, the Swiss Hall, and even the Holy Father’s library. The all-access Vatican experience wraps up with a tour of the Barberini gardens. There you’ll not only enjoy stunning panoramic views, but also a complimentary picnic with locally sourced porchetta and wine.

Rome: Full-Day Vatican City, Colosseum, and Roman Forum Tour

5. Rome: Full-Day Vatican City, Colosseum, and Roman Forum Tour

Head off on a Roman adventure filled with history and beautiful locations. Meet up with your guide to check out the iconic Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entry. Marvel at the rooms of the Sistine Chapel, break for lunch, and then visit the Colosseum. End with a stop at the Trevi Fountain. Meet your guide just steps away from the Vatican and enjoy priority entrance as you skip the lines and head straight inside the Vatican Museums. See the major works of art ranging from Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures to Renaissance masterpieces. Much of the tour will be dedicated to the rooms of Raphael and the extraordinary ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. After a break for lunch, regroup at the Colosseum and enjoy fast track entry into the vast arena, the Icon of Rome built in 72 A.D. Once inside, your guide will paint a picture of the Gladiator games that took place in the Roman Empire’s most impressive arena. With the Colosseum behind you, travel even further back in time as you enter the Roman Forum. Learn of the legendary founding of Rome on the Palatine Hill and how a she-wolf rescued and nursed the young twins Romulus and Remus. Change gears and fast forward many centuries as you arrive at the Trevi Fountain, without which no visit to Rome is complete.

Rome: Vatican by Night

6. Rome: Vatican by Night

The Vatican is especially beautiful at night, as you will see throughout this tour. You will discover why thousands of people wait in the queues every day to admire this magnificent structure from the inside and much more whilst exploring. Following that, you'll continue in the direction of the Vatican Museums. Once there, your focus will be on the small and mostly unknown subtleties which will help you to really understand the big picture. You'll learn about Michelangelo and his contribution to the Sistine Chapel, taking a closer look at this unique chapel and marveling at its architecture and art.

Private Vatican Tour: Museums & Sistine Chapel

7. Private Vatican Tour: Museums & Sistine Chapel

Enjoy a private tour of the Vatican Museums, and see Michelangelo’s fabulous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel on a private tour. After meeting your guide, make your way to the Vatican Museums entrance. Before you enter the galleries, view part of the lovely Vatican Gardens from the Belvedere Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramante. The long Belvedere Court connects the Vatican Palace with the Villa Belvedere in a series of terraces connected by stairs. Enter the museums and wander through the Gallery of Maps to the Raffaello Rooms. The largest of the 4 rooms is the Hall of Constantine, the last stop on your museums tour. You will also see the Room of Heliodorus, Room of the Signatura, and Room of the Fire in the Borgo. Continue to the Sistine Chapel to admire the legendary frescoes by Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. The ceiling, and especially “The Last Judgment,” is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement.

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

8. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Discover the stunning Sistine Chapel and the iconic Vatican Museums on this guided small-group tour. Learn about the art you see from your local guide and beat the crowds with a skip-the-line ticket. Begin with a visit to the elegant Belvedere Courtyard, or Pinecone Courtyard, with a vast bronze bump fountain dating from the 1st or 2nd century A.D. Marvel at "Laocoon and His Sons," one of the largest sculptures in the world. Continue to the Gallery of Geographic Maps, the world's largest geographical museum. Next, visit Raphael's stunning rooms, painted by himself and his students. Visit the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's masterpiece. Look up to see the painted ceiling decorated with the creation of Adam and the Last Judgment. On the sides, marvel at the frescoes depicting the life of Moses and Christ. Throughout your tour, learn the fascinating story of the state of the Holy See, discover where the conclave is held to elect a new pope and find the meaning of the name of the head of the Vatican.

Rome: Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St.Peter

9. Rome: Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St.Peter

Navigate through a vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a licensed guide on this walking tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. Start your walking tour in front of the Vatican museums. Admire collections like the Maps Room and the Tapestries Hall. Appreciate masterpieces like Raphael’s 'Transfiguration' and 'The School of Athens.' Listen as your guide tells you tales of Vatican intrigue as you pass through spaces like the Courtyard of Pigna, the Octagonal Courtyard, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Animals, and the Gallery of Muses. Spend time contemplating the statues in the Candelabra Gallery or the masterpieces in the Raphael Rooms. Make your way to the frescos that decorate the Sistine Chapel ceiling and take a stop at The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Hear about the history of this chapel before heading to St Peter's Basilica. Marvel at this renowned work of Renaissance architecture by masters like Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Finish your tour with a stroll inside St. Peter's Basilica.

Rome: Guided 2-Day Private Tour

10. Rome: Guided 2-Day Private Tour

This private tour of Rome is the perfect entry point to providing you with a better understanding of the "Eternal City". Your tour will begin as you explore Circus Maximus, Capitoline Hill, Palatine Hill, Colosseum, the Pantheon, Aventine Hill, the Key Hole, Appian Way, and the Catacombs. From there you will move on to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, the Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. Next on your experience you will explore People Square, Navona Square, Janiculum, Piazza Venezia and more. This tour will allow you to travel all around Rome, discovering the most beautiful attractions located in this incredible city. Consisting of a well-paced program over the course of 2 days, you will be free to travel without any stress or queues and with a professional tour guide who will accompany you to all the attractions.

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Davide was our guide and he was wonderful, extremely knowledgeable and responded to a variety of interesting questions by the group. Would definitely recommend this tour to avoid the large crowds after official opening. He was also accommodating to my 2 friends who ran a bit late.

Very well organised. Communication was great. Exactly as described. Our guide was fantastic and she made sure everyone was accommodated and she was always checked everyone was close by and with her group at all times.

Our guide was absolutely fantastic. Delivery history in an unscripted way. Interactive , patient, funny , super knowledgeable and passionate about sharing the history .

Claudia was outstanding, spoke very clearly and described the art and basilica in a way that maintained your interest

A lot to see, need to be prepared to walk a lot! But worth it, however guide would be helpful next time