VIP Vatican in a Day Tour: Experience Art and History as Never Before

Rome, Italy

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Make the most of your time in Vatican City with this 5.5-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, the incomparable Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. See parts of the Vatican Museums collection that are often overlooked on shorter tours, including the Pinacoteca, and see masterpieces by Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo.
  • 5.5-hour tour of Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums with an art historian guide
  • Visit lesser-known wings of the museum, including the Pinacoteca
  • Admire the Michelangelo frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • See the masterpieces inside the enormous St. Peter's Basilica

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Departure Point

Via Leone IV, Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
See the top sights in Vatican City with the insights of your art historian guide to help put the art and architecture into historical perspective.

Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums to begin your tour, giving you more time to see what's inside the museum rather than waiting in line outside. Learn about some of the famous pieces that started the collection, such as the classic Roman statue of the Apollo Belvedere and the Laocoon. See lesser-known wings of the museum, including the Pinacoteca or 'Picture Gallery,' as well as must-see sights like the Raphael Rooms.

Make your way from the Vatican Museums to admire Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Then walk to the extraordinary St. Peter's Basilica next door. The vast interior of the church holds a number of famous pieces of art, including architectural elements designed by Bernini as well as Michelangelo's moving statue of the Virgin Mary holding the body of Christ, the 'Pietà.'

After your visit to St. Peter's Basilica, venture back outside to take in the massive church from St. Peter's Square. Hear stories about the history of the Catholic Church and the lives of the popes, many of whom had a huge, long-lasting impact on both the political and artistic history of Italy. Learn how papal history has influenced religious and European history over the centuries.

Take advantage of the small-group nature of the tour to ask questions of your guide at any point along the way.
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
The rooms of the apartment of Pope Julius II, beautifully painted by Raphael and his students.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
La Pieta
Inside St Peter's Basilica
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Cortile della Pigna
Inside the Vatican museums
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini
View from inside the Basilica of Saint Peter
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

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