Rome Tour : Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Tour

Rome, Italy

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icon3 to 4 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Overview

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Take a 3-hour tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums. This exceptional tour includes, among other galleries of the Vatican corridors, a tour of the Pine Courtyard, Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps, Candelabra Gallery, Pio Clementino's Rooms, the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms and a comprehensive visit of the Sistine Chapel.

✔Benefit from skip-the-ticket-line access to some of the Vatican's top attractions on this guided tour
✔Admire the beautiful Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
✔Feast your eyes on the artwork of old masters like Michelangelo and Raphael
✔Explore the Pio Clementine Museum, Belvedere Courtyard and more

Your expert guide will take you to some of the major attractions, as well as to some lesser-known spots that other tourists often miss. You will receive a broad base for understanding the remarkable history, architecture and politics of the Vatican.

Tour guide
Headsets
Entrance fees
Skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums
Skip-the-ticket-line access to the Sistine Chapel
Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica (entry to St. Peter's Dome not included)
Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point
Bathroom access
Recharging station for your devices
Tickets to Saint Peter's Dome

Departure Point

1: Via Germanico, 8, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2: Via Vespasiano, 46, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna ('Great Chapel'), the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today, it is the site of the papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. During the reign of Sixtus IV, a team of Renaissance painters that included Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli, created a series of frescos depicting the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ, offset by papal portraits above and trompe-l'œil drapery below. These paintings were completed in 1482, and on 15 August 1483 Sixtus IV celebrated the first mass in the Sistine Chapel for the Feast of the Assumption, at which ceremony the chapel was consecrated and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Between 1508 and 1512, under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the chapel's ceiling, a project which changed the course of Western art and is regarded as one of the major artistic accomplishments of human civilization. In a different climate, after the Sack of Rome, he returned and, between 1535 and 1541, painted The Last Judgment for Popes Clement VII and Paul III. The fame of Michelangelo's paintings has drawn multitudes of visitors to the chapel ever since they were revealed five hundred years ago.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or simply St. Peter's Basilica, is a church built in the Renaissance style located in Vatican City, the papal enclave which is within the city of Rome. Discover the full history in details with your expert guide.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • St. Peter's is closed during the following times: Wednesdays: 8:00 AM -12:00 PM, December 24 and 31.
  • During these times the tour will visit other parts of the museums.
  • The Vatican can get very crowded all year round. June, July and August are particularly busy as they are high-season months.
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • On rare occasions, St. Peter's Basilica closes without notice. In this case, the tour will include a 3-hour visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel instead of St. Peter's. The tour operator will not offer refunds.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

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