Guided tour

Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Guided Tour

4.7 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
Guided tour

Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Guided Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

From US$ 80.77 per person

Skip the ticket lines and enjoy a 3-hour, early morning privileged tour of the Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Marvel at masterpieces of art and sculpture by Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini and more, away from the crowds.

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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 ticket lines to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Take a pre-designed route through 9 miles of galleries to see the highlights
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's fresoces in the Sistine Chapel
  • See art and sculptures by Bernini, Raphael, Michelangelo and more
  • Explore the Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps before the crowds arrive
Full description

Avoid the rush and spend the morning exploring the Vatican City before the crowds arrive! With exclusive skip-the-ticket-line access, you'll go inside the Sistine Chapel and Upper Galleries of the Vatican Museums with your group. With over 2,000 rooms, it’s impossible to see the entire collection of the Vatican. But your tour will take a carefully planned route to see the highlights of the 9 miles of galleries. Marvel at the Pinecone Courtyard and Hall of Maps, before going into the Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabras. Your guide will bring the art to life, pointing out things you never would have noticed on your own. A highlight of the tour comes when you go to the Sistine Chapel. Guided tours are not permitted within the chapel so, with the aid of photographs, your guide will fill you in on details before. Admire Michelangelo’s boneless self-portrait, in which he expressed to the world that he would rather be skinned alive than paint the Sistine Chapel again! Exit by a special access door that leads straight into St. Peter’s Basilica. See the incredible altar and Michelangelo’s beautiful La Pietà, before ending outside on St. Peter’s Square.

  • Art historian guide
  • Reserved Entrance Access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Guided visit of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • All tickets and reservation fees
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the bottom of the steps across from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The steps are located next to Caffè Vaticano in the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Please be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour departure time. The nearest Metro station is Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani (Line A). Exit the turnstiles and walk straight to the back end of the station. Take the left side exit door of the station.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, you can avail of an extended tour of the Vatican Museums
  • On Wednesdays, due to the Papal Audiences, access to St Peter's Basilica is not possible until 1:00 PM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 12 reviews

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Brilliant tour, perfect amount of time to take it all in. Definitely worth the early start to enter before the crowds. Couldn't have asked for a better guide - extremely knowledgeable and super friendly - thank you Sal! (Salvador).

March 4, 2023

Excellent, informative. Guise was among the best if any tour we’ve had. Fully recommended.

October 16, 2022

Great guide who had a lot of knowledge.

July 16, 2022

Product ID: 21288