Guided tour

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica Tour

4.6 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Rome Group Tours

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica Tour

Activity provider: Rome Group Tours

From US$ 48.20 per person

Enjoy a skip-the-line tour to the amazing Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with an expert English-speaking guide. Enjoy your own personal tour guide for your group of any size.

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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Skip the line through express security check
Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • This tour of the Vatican gives you an easygoing, yet entertaining glimpse into the world's most fascinating array of historical treasures
  • During your Vatican excursion, you'll get to admire the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's frescoes.
  • Avoid the infamous Vatican lines with skip the line access at the Vatican Museums
  • Learn the amazing history behind the construction of St Peter's Basilica
Full description
When you visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with us, you will have your very own local art historian and expert Vatican guide to make sure you don’t miss a thing.  In this Vatican tour you will have access to skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, an expert guide who speaks fluent English and headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing a thing. Vatican Museums Tour When you join us for a tour of the Vatican museum, you can rest assured that you're getting the very best in local art and history knowledge. The last thing you want is to travel all the way to Rome, only to miss an important masterpiece! Your guide will talk you through the masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art as well as the important sculptures of ancient Rome. Helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues and artefacts in these expansive rooms, your tour guide will explain each item’s place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history. Not only are they beautiful to look at, each masterpiece has its own story to tell – your guide will tell you the story behind the paintings, the meanings behind them and why they’re so renowned across the globe. Raphael Rooms These four rooms were part of the Papal palace, painted by Michelangelo’s contemporary and greatest rival, Raphael Sanzio. Art lovers cannot afford to miss this short detour from the museums to stand in front of entire walls frescoed by the hands of this Renaissance genius! You can almost feel the rivalry and competition seeping from the walls themselves. Sistine Chapel Tour The Sistine Chapel is a vision of beauty and history. One of the many highlights of your Vatican tour will be its gorgeous architecture and mind-blowing decorations. Your expert tour guide will tell you all about the paintings of Michelangelo and his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, including the difficulties encountered between the patron, Pope Julius II and Michelangelo. St Peter's Basilica Tour Last, but certainly not least in your Vatican city small group tour is a visit to St Peter's Basilica. No Vatican City tour would be complete without visiting the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. Michelangelo’s great dome is something that you have to see in real life. Pictures cannot do it justice or portray the sheer magnitude of it. Your tour guide will explain to you the fascinating history of its conception, location on the Vatican Hill, design, architecture and symbolism. The Basilica features several chapels and contains numerous statues and mosaic works of importance. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.
Includes
  • Skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Professional Guide
  • Headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing any interesting anecdotes or facts
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to the meeting point
  • Food or drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Outside the Vatican Museums Exit Arch. Your guide will meet you outside the exit arch of the Vatican Museums, on Viale Vaticano, holding a sign for Rome Group Tours.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • Knees and shoulders must be covered for entry to the Vatican
  • Knees and shoulders must be covered for entry to the Vatican
  • Large bags, backpacks, and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and there is no cloakroom to store them in
  • Knives and other dangerous materials will be confiscated
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.4/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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Our guide Maria was exceptional!!

September 30, 2021

the guide is well informed and funny

July 27, 2019

Guide excellent, showed us best bits, well organised

October 21, 2018

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