Guided tour

Entire Vatican & Vatacombs: Treasures of the Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: ItaliaTours

Entire Vatican & Vatacombs: Treasures of the Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: ItaliaTours

From US$ 75 per person

Our flagship Vatican City experience, the original comprehensive Vatican journey including fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and the Papal Crypts-Book well in advance to guarantee availability!

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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  • Our Flagship experience - the most comprehensive guided Vatican Tour!
  • Stand just feet away from Michelangelo’s remarkable frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the lines with priority tour operator access
  • Visit the “Vatacombs,” the eerie resting place of former Popes beneath St. Peter’s Basilica
Full description
Enjoy skip-the-line entry to what is arguably the most important and largest art collection in the world. For over five hundred years, Popes commissioned works of art from the most talented painters and sculptors to enjoy at the Vatican amongst an elite circle of clerics, nobles, and scholars. Each new Pope sought to leave a legacy greater than the last, commissioning chapels, frescoes, and sculptures until the Collection grew to more than 70,000 works of art.Walk in the footsteps of Popes and Renaissance Masters as you take in the Rooms of Raphael and of course the Sistine Chapel from its commissioning to the finishing touches by none other than Michelangelo Buonarroti. With an expert guide, learn to discern between myth, fact, and popular Hollywood fiction regarding this epic work of art.Gain fast-track access to St. Peter's Basilica to view masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini among others before descending to the Papal crypts below.  We conclude on the portico with an overview of Bernini’s magnificent piazza (St. Peter’s Square), the central obelisk, and of course the Swiss Guard.
  • Priority entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Immersive experience inside Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
  • The remarkable frescoed Rooms of Raphael
  • Expert licensed english speaking tour guide
  • Fast-track entry and guided visit of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Via Sebastiano Veniero 19. Across the street from the Vatican Museums entrance you will see a staircase which leads down to Via Sebastiano Veniero. At the bottom of the stairs, turn right. Number 19 is a few steps ahead where an ItaliaTours representative will be waiting for you. Google maps link:

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • There is a strict dress code at the Vatican. Shoulders and knees must be covered for both men and women
  • This tour departs on schedule. It is not possible to join the tour in the event of late arrival.
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water are highly recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 532 reviews

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Well worth the price, for skipping the line alone! Saved us 3 hours and all the stories behind the place and art works were a bonus! Louigi our guide was a very passionate, Christian Italian man! Couldn’t have had a better guide, he navigated our way through the crowds with confidence and politeness! Took us to important spots and gave us detailed information!

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October 30, 2019

A great trip

Paola was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable on all parts of the Vatican. The tour itself takes you to the important rooms in order to see as much as possible, the only downside is there is little time to view things at your own pace but this does keep the tour fluid Overall I say it’s excellent

October 18, 2019

Fabulous tour

Very pleasantly surprised and happy we booked this tour. Our guide was Andre and he was organized, thorough and friendly. Our group was small and he weaved us successfully through the crowds. (Although we did book early morning so the crowds were very manageable.) He was great at answering all questions and telling us information we may have never heard before. I highly recommend this tour!

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September 12, 2019

Product ID: 9153