The Vatican Museums are one of the largest repositories of art in the world, and its vast scale and crowds can make visiting overwhelming. With this private tour, avoid delays with skip-the-line tickets and make the most of your time inside by concentrating on the highlights with a guide. Learn about works by Raphael and Michelangelo with expert commentary, and see the main galleries and the Sistine Chapel in just hours.
See the highlights of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with a guide
Save time at the entrance with skip-the-line tickets
A private tour for individual attention and a flexible pace
Choice of morning or afternoon start times to fit your schedule
Professional Licensed Expert Tour Guide for the entire tour duration in a small group
Skip-The-Line Fast Access Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Skip-The-Line fast Access to St. Peter Basilica (when open)
Hotel pickup and dropoff, Food and drinks
Tipping is not included in our service fees, It is never mandatory although it is always appreciated
Departure & Return
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
What To Expect
You will meet your tour guide, with a sign with our company's name "ItalyBestExcursions" on the top: In front the Vatican Museums Entrance Close by the BAR "Caffè Vaticano" on "Viale Vaticano" road.
• Please meet the guide approx. 15 minutes in advance, entrance is strictly limited.
Discover the Vatican on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with an Expert Tour Guide in a small group. Enjoy priority access entrance, and tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Follow your tour guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums. Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue.
Vatican Museums will include: • Courtyard of Pigna • Octagonal Courtyard • Pio Clementino Museum • Gallery of Animals • Gallery of Muses • Rotonda Gallery • Candelabra Gallery • Tapestry Museum • Gallery of the Maps • Rooms of Raffaello
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the pope, in Vatican City.Tthe chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV. 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
Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world.
St.Peter's Basilica could be subject to last-minute closures during special celebrations/festivities and on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. In this case, you will spend more time inside Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, It is over our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued.
St. Peter's Square is one of the largest and most beautiful squares in the world. The most impressive part of the square, besides its size, are its 284 columns and 88 pilasters that flank the square in a colonnade of four rows. Above the columns there are 140 statues of saints created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini.
Your tour guide will leave to you here at the end of this tour.
Please meet the guide approximately at least 15 minutes in advance. Entrance is strictly limited so you must arrive early. If you will arrive late cannot be accommodated, so no refunds or discounts will be issued
A dress code is required to enter places of worship and select 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
St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. In this case you'll spend a full 3 hours touring to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. It is over our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued. If you want to make sure that St. Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date.
On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you'll spend a full 3 hours touring to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. The tour guides will notify to you if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed upon commencement of the tour. It is over our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued.
Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
Near public transportation
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.
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