Skip-the-line Vatican tour with Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s

Rome, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Overview

Maximize time spent in Rome with this Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica tour, complete with skip-the-line access. Choose between several start times and learn about the Vatican Museum’s history and art from an English-speaking guide. Wander through the Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel before continuing on to see the opulent St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Skip the line at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Convenient choice between multiple start times
  • Learn about the history and art of the Vatican from a local guide
  • Admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel

Professional and passionate local guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Small-group tour size to guarantee a great experience
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Explore the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and our personal favorite, the Gallery of the Maps. Based on painted topographical maps of Italy by Ignazio Danti, a Dominican Italian friar, the Gallery of Maps is both beautiful and informative. The painted frescoes reveal the Renaissance Italian view of the geography of the land during the time period. Predating a unified Italy by almost 300 years, the Gallery of Maps shows the length and breadth of the Italian peninsula around 1580. Try to spot the sea monster in one of the maps.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Once you are inside, it is clear why the Sistine Chapel is one of the most celebrated works of art in Western civilization. Michelangelo painted over 600 figures in all, making the sheer magnitude of this endeavor mindblowing. Since the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, visitors are not permitted to speak inside. As your guide cannot explain the frescoes once inside - we will provide you with a map/handout for reference before entering.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The last stop on this Vatican tour is St. Peter’s Basilica. This massive church is the size of two American football fields and is filled with works created by some of history’s most celebrated artists. You will enter through a special door, skipping the lines to visit the most opulent church in the world. Once inside, you’ll admire masterpieces such as the Baldacchino, La Pieta, the statue of St. Peter and more. Even if you’re not familiar with art history, the interior of this church will make you stand in awe.
Duration: 45 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
  • The Vatican generally quiets down again in the late afternoon, but there is a chance the museums may still be crowded while you are inside
  • You are advised to be ready at the meeting point up to 15 minutes ahead of the start time to ensure a prompt start. After leaving the meeting point, your guide will bring you inside the Vatican Museums. Since we have a strict entrance time, in case of delays and late arrivals, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to add you to the group. Depending on the size of your group, headphones may be used for some tours. In that case, headphones will be provided. However you may use your own earbuds if you wish
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

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