Skip-the-line Vatican City Tour with Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica

Rome, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Overview

Home to priceless treasures collected over many centuries, the Vatican takes days to explore. This skip-the-line-tour slots it into just half a day as your guide curates the vast collection down to essential highlights, including classical sculptures, Raphael’s Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, home to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Numbers are capped at just 10 travelers, while a choice of morning or afternoon tours lets you plan your day.
  • Small-group tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Learn about the life and work of artists such as Michelangelo and Raphael
  • No time wasted queuing: Skip-the-line tickets let you straight in on arrival
  • Guide attention guaranteed, with no more than 10 travelers on this tour

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
This is one of the most comprehensive tours of the Vatican highlights and we ensure you won’t miss any of the “must-see” treasures that make this such a special place. You meet with your guide at the entrance to the Museums and with privileged access by-pass the queues and head inside. You can leave your belongings in the cloakroom and take a comfort break before starting the tour. The visit begins in the rooms that hold ancient Roman and Greek artworks collected from excavations in the city of Rome. When the Popes ruled Central Italy the Vatican had the rights to all finds. Your guide will take you to see the most interesting of these including the Belvedere Apollo, the Torso, the busts of Claudius and Hadrian and the sarcophagi of Helen and Constance, the mother and daughter of Emperor Constantine. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra where you walk over rare Roman mosaics and come face-to-face with the magnificent statues of Diana of Ephesus, the Muses and many Greek philosophers. You then proceed to the Gallery of Tapestries, the Sobieski Hall and Raphael’s Rooms. The latter were the private apartments of Pope Julius II and were painted by Raphael and his disciples. Here you will see two of the painter’s most famous masterpieces, the Parnassus and The School of Athens. The highlight of any tour is of course the famous Sistine Chapel, Italy’s most visited site. Your guide will tell you all about Michelangelo’s frescoes, The Last Judgment, the Creation of Adam and the Genesis as well as details of the Stories of Moses and Jesus painted by Botticelli, Perugino and other famous Renaissance masters. Still in use today, the Sistine Chapel is where the conclave takes place to elect a new Pope. Listen to anecdotes and some well-kept secrets about this amazing place. The tour ends with a visit to the greatest Catholic Church in the world, Saint Peter’s Basilica. Here is another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, La Pietà. Your guide will tell you about the architecture of this magnificent edifice and something of the rituals that take place here. You will also visit the tombs of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Your guide will then take you to Saint Peter’s Square to see Bernini’s famous statues and the balcony where you see the white smoke that tells of a newly elected Pope. A final few curious facts and anecdotes and your guide will leave you to take a stroll around this magnificent square. A perfect end to a tour of the Vatican!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
This is one of the most comprehensive tours of the Vatican highlights and we ensure you won’t miss any of the “must-see” treasures that make this such a special place. You meet with your guide at the entrance to the Museums and with privileged access by-pass the queues and head inside. You can leave your belongings in the cloakroom and take a comfort break before starting the tour. The visit begins in the rooms that hold ancient Roman and Greek artworks collected from excavations in the city of Rome. When the Popes ruled Central Italy the Vatican had the rights to all finds. Your guide will take you to see the most interesting of these including the Belvedere Apollo, the Torso, the busts of Claudius and Hadrian and the sarcophagi of Helen and Constance, the mother and daughter of Emperor Constantine. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra where you walk over rare Roman mosaics and come face-to-face with the magnificent statues of Diana of Ephesus, the Muses and many Greek philosophers. You then proceed to the Gallery of Tapestries, the Sobieski Hall and Raphael’s Rooms. The latter were the private apartments of Pope Julius II and were painted by Raphael and his disciples. Here you will see two of the painter’s most famous masterpieces, the Parnassus and The School of Athens. The highlight of any tour is of course the famous Sistine Chapel, Italy’s most visited site. Your guide will tell you all about Michelangelo’s frescoes, The Last Judgment, the Creation of Adam and the Genesis as well as details of the Stories of Moses and Jesus painted by Botticelli, Perugino and other famous Renaissance masters. Still in use today, the Sistine Chapel is where the conclave takes place to elect a new Pope. Listen to anecdotes and some well-kept secrets about this amazing place. The tour ends with a visit to the greatest Catholic Church in the world, Saint Peter’s Basilica. Here is another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, La Pietà. Your guide will tell you about the architecture of this magnificent edifice and something of the rituals that take place here. You will also visit the tombs of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Your guide will then take you to Saint Peter’s Square to see Bernini’s famous statues and the balcony where you see the white smoke that tells of a newly elected Pope. A final few curious facts and anecdotes and your guide will leave you to take a stroll around this magnificent square. A perfect end to a tour of the Vatican!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
This is one of the most comprehensive tours of the Vatican highlights and we ensure you won’t miss any of the “must-see” treasures that make this such a special place. You meet with your guide at the entrance to the Museums and with privileged access by-pass the queues and head inside. You can leave your belongings in the cloakroom and take a comfort break before starting the tour. The visit begins in the rooms that hold ancient Roman and Greek artworks collected from excavations in the city of Rome. When the Popes ruled Central Italy the Vatican had the rights to all finds. Your guide will take you to see the most interesting of these including the Belvedere Apollo, the Torso, the busts of Claudius and Hadrian and the sarcophagi of Helen and Constance, the mother and daughter of Emperor Constantine. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra where you walk over rare Roman mosaics and come face-to-face with the magnificent statues of Diana of Ephesus, the Muses and many Greek philosophers. You then proceed to the Gallery of Tapestries, the Sobieski Hall and Raphael’s Rooms. The latter were the private apartments of Pope Julius II and were painted by Raphael and his disciples. Here you will see two of the painter’s most famous masterpieces, the Parnassus and The School of Athens. The highlight of any tour is of course the famous Sistine Chapel, Italy’s most visited site. Your guide will tell you all about Michelangelo’s frescoes, The Last Judgment, the Creation of Adam and the Genesis as well as details of the Stories of Moses and Jesus painted by Botticelli, Perugino and other famous Renaissance masters. Still in use today, the Sistine Chapel is where the conclave takes place to elect a new Pope. Listen to anecdotes and some well-kept secrets about this amazing place. The tour ends with a visit to the greatest Catholic Church in the world, Saint Peter’s Basilica. Here is another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, La Pietà. Your guide will tell you about the architecture of this magnificent edifice and something of the rituals that take place here. You will also visit the tombs of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Your guide will then take you to Saint Peter’s Square to see Bernini’s famous statues and the balcony where you see the white smoke that tells of a newly elected Pope. A final few curious facts and anecdotes and your guide will leave you to take a stroll around this magnificent square. A perfect end to a tour of the Vatican!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

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