This is a very worthwhile tour. There is time to view the highlights and you have about 30 minutes inside the sistine chapel. Glad I did it! One note. .don't take a large backpack. I had to check my bag....and the tour ends on the other side of the square. So, be prepared for a hike back to the entrance if you do bring a large bag.
- See the Papal treasures of the Vatican Museums
- Marvel at the Sistine Chapel
- Go inside St. Peter's Basilica on the morning tour (except on Wednesday)
- See the Raphael Rooms, part of the Papal Apartments
- Skip the line for fast entry to the Vatican's most famous sights
Meeting pointMeet your tour guide at Piazza del Risorgimento, at the corner of Via Ottaviano (except hotel pick-up option).
Considered among the most important places in the history of human civilization, start your tour at the museum to see the important collections of art that various popes have acquired throughout the centuries.
Look out for renowned sculptures and masterpieces of Renaissance art. Feel the weight of history and get a sense of the sacred as you spy paintings by Raphael, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Michelangelo, including his masterwork in the Sistine Chapel.
Only in the morning
Admire Bernini’s colonnade in St. Peter’s Square and go inside the Basilica. Built over the centuries by famous architects including Michelangelo, its iconic dome is one of the glittering symbols of Rome.
- Guided tour
- Entrance tickets
- Professional tour guide
- Skip-the-line entrance
What's Not Included
- Pick-up – applies to all tours except the German tour with pick-up
- Drop off
- Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica – applies to all afternoon tours
Good to Know
- Tours run every day except Sundays and religious holidays.
- Tour ends close to St. Peter's Square.
- Strict dress code: no skirts above the knee, no shorts, no bare shoulders (tank tops or sleeveless blouses), and you must wear shoes. You will not be permitted inside the basilica unless you are dressed appropriately. Since this tour goes into the Basilica through the Sistine Chapel, it is important that you respect the dress code.
- If there are children with you, please do not take the tour with your baby buggy. Vatican Museums allows you to take baby buggies into the Museum, but not inside the Basilica, therefore it is strongly recommended that you do not carry the buggy with you before entering the Museums, otherwise you will risk losing the group at the Sistine Chapel.
- Please note that on Wednesdays the tour will not enter the Basilica due to the Papal audience
- Spanish, French (in low season, requires a minimum of 4 people) and German tours may be led in multiple languages
Because it was the Popes birthday the organisation was not as smooth as normal, however this was not the fault of the guide. Except for this we found the tour informative & interesting.
Great tour guide with fantastic knowledge and excellent english
Our guide Stefano was extremely knowledgeable . He made the tour very enjoyable and informative with his friendly and humorous style. The lines are much shorter in the afternoon.
The good: Our tour guide was nice, accommodating, and spoke decent English. The bad: It seemed that although we were given a good bit of information, there was a lot of "dead air" when we were waiting for people to catch up, take 2 bathroom breaks, and when our guide was (on multiple occasions) helping out another affiliate with tech difficulties, taking precious time away from our 3 hour tour. We then had to move very quickly through the Vatican museum galleries and because there were so many of us, our guide was usually a gallery or two ahead of us in her descriptions. The sound would cut in and out making it extremely frustrating to follow along. Overall: I found that, after moving past the very, very long lines the tour was worth while just in skipping the line, but if you want to see the galleries at your own pace, take photos, and not have the frustration of moving through small spaces with a large crowd, just buy the skip the line tickets.