Rome Vatican City in One Day: Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St.Peter’s

Rome, Italy

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Overview

Our Extended Vatican Tour gives you a great true appreciation of all that the Vatican City has to offer; from the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms to a vast number of incredible statues, many of which are renowned and some which are almost unheard of. The tour itinerary has been planned to ensure that you don’t miss the most famous sites and sights which you will want to visit and also make sure that you get to see some things you never knew existed.
You will head through the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of the Candelabra and view the renowned sculpture of Lacoon and his sons; plus, a real highlight of the Vatican Museums - the beautiful Raphael Rooms. Your guide will also give you detailed information on Michelangelo’s famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel so that once inside you will have time to fully appreciate the splendor of this historical chapel.

Lunch
Private transportation
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Professional art historian guide
Private tour
Gratuities
Drop off to the Hotel

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please leave your hotel name and address and we will pick you up there.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
A standout stop on this tour is the Borgia Apartments. In the 15th century these rooms were home to the infamous former cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (then Pope Alexander VI). You’ll see some of the family portraits and hear from your guide some of the secrets of one of the most renowned and most controversial papal families. There is a lot of history hidden within the paintings’ religious content. You will also have a peek into the scandalous life of the Pope’s beautiful daughter Lucretia and also his son Cesare.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
You will then head into Michelangelo’s world-famous Sistine Chapel. Before entering, you’ll hear the stories behind the frescoes from your guide, their meaning and their significance. Michelangelo spent eight years of his life painting these wonderful frescoes – an incredible undertaking!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Next, the tour will move on to St. Peter’s Basilica which is built over the tomb of St. Peter and is one of the most important sites of the Christian world. It is the world’s largest Basilica and the sheer scale and architectural beauty will leave you in awe. It took over 120 years to complete and was contributed to by many of the most skilled and respected craftsmen and artists from the Renaissance Period. Inside there is Michelangelo’s “La Pietà”, Bernini’s famous altar and the chair of St. Peter, amongst many other spectacular treasures.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
Finally, it is out into St. Peter’s Square to visit Bernini’s magnificent statues that surround this wonderful square.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • READ CAREFULLY: Because of the growing popularity of the current pope Francis and his intense activity in organizing 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.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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