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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: Tour of the Sistine Chapel with Basilica Entrance

2. Vatican: Tour of the Sistine Chapel with Basilica Entrance

Take a comprehensive tour of the Vatican City and benefit from the expertise of an art historian guide. See stunning works of art in the papal collections by Michelangelo, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Girlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli and Signorelli. Get insights from your guide and learn information that isn't readily available in tour books. Learn the Vatican’s historic secrets and feel inspired to learn even more! Travel throughout the various areas of the Vatican in a small group for a more personalized experience. Navigate the miles of galleries at the Vatican Museums to see highlights such as the Octagonal Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Enter the Sistine Chapel and be mesmerized by the frescoes by Michelangelo. Areas you will visit: • The Art Gallery (Pinacoteca) • The Octagonal Courtyard  • The Gallery of Tapestries • The Gallery of Maps • The Round Room (Sala Rotonda) • The Greek Cross Room (Pio-Clementine Museum) • The Raphael Rooms (when possible) • The Gallery of the Muses • The Sistine Chapel (Michelangelo’s frescoes) • St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican: St.Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums Guided Tour

3. Vatican: St.Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums Guided Tour

Experience the highlights of Vatican City with this walking tour. Discover the treasures at the Vatican Museums with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Gaze up as the masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. View the tombs and relics in St. Peter’s Basilica. Meet your guide and make your way to St. Peter’s Basilica which is thought to be located above the burial spot of St. Peter. Appreciate the architectural and artistic merit of this iconic church with the help of your informative guide. Continue to the Vatican Museum to see a massive collection of art spread throughout 54 galleries. Let your guide help you navigate through 7 kilometers of artistic treasures, including the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries. Finish with the Sistine Chapel which is home to Michelangelo’s incredible frescoes. See first-hand the artwork that earned Michelangelo his global legacy. Find out more about Michelangelo's life and work from your guide.

Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

4. Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

Pre-book your entry tickets to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums and enjoy skip-the-line entry privileges. Explore the wonders of St. Peter's Basilica alone at your own pace, then join a guided tour at the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Your morning begins with a skip-the-line tour of St. Peter's Basilica, including a trip in the dome elevator, from where you can climb further to take in the true majesty of the site from up close. Explore the naves, apse, and chapels of the Renaissance church on your own, and marvel at staggering art and architecture by Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Next, you'll skip the line at the Vatican Museums, providing you with more time to explore one of the world’s greatest art collections. A guide will accompany you through the museums, telling stories that bring the statues, frescoes, and maps to life. Boasting many galleries, it can be hard to know where to start, but your guide will take you on a carefully planned route perfected over the years. Discover the bigger picture of power and politics in Vatican City and how it interacts with art. Go to the rooms of former popes in the Raphael Rooms, and wander down the extraordinary Gallery of Maps to see how ancient cartographers mapped the world through history. End in the Sistine Chapel just before closing time. Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s miraculous frescoes, including his depiction of the “Last Judgment” on the ceiling.

Vatican Museums: Exclusive Opening the Sistine Chapel Tour

5. Vatican Museums: Exclusive Opening the Sistine Chapel Tour

Tour Vatican City's Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before dawn with the Vatican’s Museum Key Master. Enjoy two hours of exploration time in the Museums without anyone else but your small group around, an experience usually reserved for the Key Master and the Pope. Follow behind as the Key Master unlocks the doors and lights up the long, empty galleries for you to explore. The highlight of your tour will be opening the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll enter completely alone and watch Michelangelo’s frescoes flicker to life. Accompanied by an official Vatican tour guide, get up close with some of the finest artworks in the world appreciating every detail. See the Raphael Rooms, home to a collection of frescoes revered by art historians. Enjoy the ample space free of crowds as you walk along historic galleries like the Gallery of the Maps and the Gallery of the Tapestries. At the end of the tour, choose to stay inside the museums to explore more on your own or head out, passing the crowds who are only now getting inside the doors.

Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

6. Vatican City: Papal Audience, Sistine Chapel, & Museum Tour

Once you arrive at the agency, you will start the tour right away. You will participate in Pope Francis' audience which takes place every Wednesday either in St. Peter's Square or Nervi Hall, inside the Vatican State. You will then venture through the walls of the smallest sovereign state in the world, your guide will explain to you the history of the magnificent St. Peter's Square and the reason why it is so important for catholic people all over the world. With your skip-the-line tickets, the guide will take you directly inside the Vatican Museums, a place enriched by rare and unique treasures. You will be able to see the masterpieces of famous Renaissance artists such as Raphael, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. The marvelous Renaissance paintings and frescoes are not the only works you'll see, your guide will lead you to the Pigna's gardens and the octagonal courtyards, where you will admire the stunning ancient Roman sculpture of the Laocoon. At the end of the tour, you will enter the well-known Sistine Chapel, hold on tight — the extreme beauty of the celestial is something very unique and special. Pope Giulio II gave carte blanche to Michelangelo who developed this original and colossal fresco work. At the very end, you can choose either to spend more time in the Museums or to exit along with your guide.

Vatican City: Night Tour at the Sistine Chapel

7. Vatican City: Night Tour at the Sistine Chapel

The Night at the Museum Tour will show you true collectibles. See a real gem of a tour available thanks to the prestige of your guide and The Vatican. Enjoy the Vatican Museums in the cool air of a Roman evening. You will begin your Vatican City Evening tour entering from the north side near Cipro Metro Station. Pass through the famous Pinecone Courtyard in the shade of St Peter’s Basilica. Next, cross the threshold into the museums among thinner crowds and a relaxing ambiance. Once inside the museums, the Vatican Tour takes you to the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, the Galleries of the Candelabra, Maps, and Tapestries, the Round Room, the Chariot Room, and the Hall of the Muses.

Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

8. Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

Beat the rush and get exclusive VIP access through the museum doors before they open to the public with this early-access Vatican VIP Tour. A privilege extended by the Vatican Museums to only the most prestigious, longstanding, and reputable tour companies in the city, your group will be granted access before the other 35,000 daily guests to this, the largest and most mysterious museum in the world! You will have time to visit certain parts of the museum that you otherwise wouldn’t have had, including the Pope’s collection of vehicles in the Carriage Pavilion, the Greek Cross Hall, and the idyllic Pine Cone Courtyard garden.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Early Entry Tour

9. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Early Entry Tour

Be led behind the doors of Catholicism in the holy Vatican City on an early entry walking tour. Avoid crowds and lines and experience the Vatican with the comfort of a very small group. Go on a journey made of mesmerizing history, breath-taking masterpieces, and mysticism led by an expert in art and religion. Begin your tour with a special organized VIP breakfast at Corte dei Papi, surrounded by the enchanting Cortile della Pigna, before your early access to the Vatican Museum. Then, visit the Vatican Museum, a chest of countless masterpieces including the astonishing gallery of statues, the interesting gallery of maps, the gallery of tapestries, and the Raphaels rooms. Learn about the great artists who helped to intricately embellish one of the most fascinating sovereign states in the world. Enter the Sistine Chapel and lift your head up to one of the most admired ceilings in the world. Immerse yourself in The Last Judgment, the seemingly never-ending fresco magnificently adorned by Michelangelo’s life-like, potent figures of Adam, God, and many saints. Try to spot the artist’s self-portrait on the torso of Saint Peter. Explore the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica. Marvel at the incredible mosaics, Michelangelo’s Pietà, and Bernini’s Baldachin in all their glory.

Vatican: Highlights and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

10. Vatican: Highlights and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Take advantage of skip-the-line entry tickets to both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on this guided tour. Walk through the Vatican galleries and explore one of the largest art collections in the world. Once inside the Vatican Museums, follow your guide to the Pio Clementino Museum. See Nero's bathtub, the Apollo of Belvedere and the Laocoon. Continue to the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and the Belvedere Courtyard. The last stop will be the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll get to admire the frescoes of Michelangelo, such as the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement. Learn about Michelangelo and Raphael working at the same time for Pope Julius II.

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4.4 / 5

based on 604 reviews

Great tour. Able to beat most of the crowd. Have been to the vatican during off season and now peak season. In peak soon would 100% recommend doing it as a guided tour. The crowds were chaotic enough. Could not imagine doing it without a guide. Made the experience much better.

Sabrina was fantastic very excited and smiles all the time. she definitely made the experience memorable. I would really recommend this tour and especially lovely Sabrina

Very friendly guide and attentive to the questions and the comfort of the participants! Very well !

Great visit with Pascual, a very friendly guide. A must do if you are visiting Rome…

Beautiful tour, the guide Irene very knowledgeable, nice and helpful.