Best of Vatican City Complete Full-day Skip-the Line Guided Tour

Rome, Italy

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Maximize time in Vatican City with skip-the-line premium access tickets. Join a guided tour to see museum highlights including the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms. Learn about art and sculpture during a visit to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. See artwork that can be overlooked in basic tours and explore the Borgia Apartments.
  • Discover the art and history of the Vatican Museums
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel, the Gallery of Maps, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Learn about Renaissance art from an English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pick-up is included

Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Local taxes
Private tour
Professional art historian guide
Local guide

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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Departure Time

9:00 AM
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
With over nine miles of galleries it is difficult to gain a real appreciation of all the treasures that the Vatican has to offer.  In the company of a very knowledgeable English-speaking guide we will ensure you see the highlights but also get to see some of the wonderful artwork that is generally overlooked.   One of the stops on this extended tour is however the Borgia Apartments. In the 15th century these rooms were where the Spanish cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI and his family lived. You will be shown some exceptional family portraits and be told something of the history behind the paintings’ religious content. This papal family has become infamous over the centuries; there are many stories and secrets to be told about the Pope and his beautiful daughter Lucretia and son Cesare.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cortile della Pigna
The famous Fountain of the Pine is located in the Courtyard of the Pine. Designed by genius architect Bramante, it is one of the few Ancient Roman fountains that survives to this day.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
The real highlight of any Vatican tour is of course the Sistine Chapel. There is no talking allowed inside so before you enter your guide will give you a comprehensive insight into all you will see once you enter. There are the magnificent ceiling frescoes which took Michelangelo over eight years to paint as well as other wonderful frescoes that adorn the chapel walls painted by Botticelli and other Renaissance artists. You will fall in love with this magnificent chapel
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
.On the next leg of the tour you exit the museums and enter the splendid Basilica of Saint Peter. This is the leading Catholic Church in the world and known the world over for its sheer size and architectural beauty. Built over the tomb of Saint Peter it took 120 years to complete and many of the greatest Renaissance artisans of that period were involved in the construction and decoration. Here you will see another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, his “Pietà”, Bernini spectacular altarpiece and the Chair of Saint Peter, just to nane a few of the many treasures that are to be seen in this marvellous church.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
Your tour will end in Saint Peter's Square next to the taxi rank and bus station.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • READ CAREFULLY: Because of the growing popularity of the current pope Francis and his intense activity in organising mass events in the Vatican some areas might get closed last minute without previous notice. This has already happened this year and can happen again during you Vatican tour: the Sistine chapel and/or the Basilica of Saint Peter might not be accessible. In case of such events our tour guide will provide you with a valuable alternative focusing the tour inside the Vatican museums.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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