Join a small-group walking tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, and enjoy skip-the-line admission, giving you more time inside to experience the art and architectural treasures. Marvel at the spectacular frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
What to Expect
The Vatican Museums comprise 2,000 rooms housing the most extensive collection of art in the world. An expert guide will take you through the history of this outstanding site on a 3-hour skip-the-line tour.
Marvel at Michelangelo’s artistry in the Sistine Chapel, one of the most visited sites in the world. Take in other outstanding works in the Museums, including the Pio-Clementino halls with the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, and the Candelabra, Tapestries, and Maps galleries.
Leaving the Vatican Museums you’ll enter imposing St. Peter’s Basilica. Admire the dome of the Basilica, designed by Michelangelo who in fact was responsible for the overall plan of the Renaissance church. Experience the beauty of his iconic sculpture, the Pietà.
In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini both inside and outside the Basilica. See his impressive Baldachin altar (in gold and bronze), and later admire his splendid Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square.
The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square, and you’re free to stay in Vatican city for the rest of the day if you like.
- Professional local guide
- Skip-the-line admission tickets
Viale Bastioni di Michelangelo, 21 (100 meters from the main entrance to the Vatican Museums)
Know Before You Go
• There is a dress code for entering places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered (both men and women). You risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
• On Wednesday mornings, when the Papal Audience is held, there is the chance that St. Peter's Basilica will be closed to the public. In this case an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums is offered