Skip the Line Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome
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  • 3 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Enjoy a local guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping long entrance lines. Take a tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, jumping the lines! No stress to reach the area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums, where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections in the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving at the famous Sistine Chapel and the unforgettable Basilica!

Highlights

  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Skip the line
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Lazio

The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is one of the most renowned artworks of the High Renaissance. Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which The Creation of Adam is the best known, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations. The complex design includes several sets of individual figures, both clothed and nude, which allowed Michelangelo to fully demonstrate his skill in creating a huge variety of poses for the human figure, and have provided an enormously influential pattern book of models for other artists ever since.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Lazio

The Vatican Museums (Italian: Musei Vaticani; Latin: Musea Vaticana) are Christian and art museums located within the city boundaries of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Lazio

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply St. Peter's Basilica (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome.
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. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Vatican City, Vatican City, Lazio

The Vatican City is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state (a type of theocracy) ruled by the pope who is, religiously speaking, the bishop of Rome and head of the Catholic Church. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergy of various national origins. Since the return of the popes from Avignon in 1377, they have generally resided at the Apostolic Palace within what is now Vatican City, although at times residing instead in the Quirinal Palace in Rome or elsewhere.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Vatican City, Lazio

The four Raphael Rooms (Italian: Stanze di Raffaello) form a suite of reception rooms in the palace, the public part of the papal apartments in the Palace of the Vatican. They are famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. Together with Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, they are the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cortile della Pigna, Vatican City, Lazio

The Cortile del Belvedere, (Belvedere Courtyard in English) was a major architectural work of the High Renaissance at the Vatican Palace in Rome. Designed by Donato Bramante from 1506 onward, its concept and details reverberated in courtyard design, formalized piazzas and garden plans throughout Western Europe for centuries.[citation needed] Conceived as a single enclosed space, the long Belvedere court connected the Vatican Palace with the Villa Belvedere in a series of terraces connected by stairs, and was contained on its sides by narrow wings.
Bramante did not see the work completed, and before the end of the sixteenth century it had been irretrievably altered by a building across the court, dividing it into two separate courtyards

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions
  • Exclusive Skip-the-line
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Hotel pickup in central Rome (if option selected)
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - Cortile della Pigna
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Pickup service (if the option is not selected)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship. 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
  • Important: The visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours (8:30 and 11:00 tours) due to the Papal Audience taking place every Wednesday
Departure Point

Your centrally located hotel in Rome, or meeting point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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Janie G

The skip the line tour is the only way to go. We had the best guide in Davide! Knowledgeable and relatable. Thoroughly enjoyed the time spent. Worth every penny!

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gbushel

We had a great time visiting the Vatican and others. Our tour guide Marie navigated 29 of us thru a large crowd and gave us all the information we needed to learn about the history.

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michael s

Our tour was on the 6th March at 0830 English tour, sadly can't remember the young ladies name.
She was however excellent in her organisation of getting us through the crowds and finding space to talk to us. As you would expect she was a mind of of interesting facts and information.
Great tour if honest and well worth it.

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ditti

Fabulous guide..... glided through the tour effortless even though Vatican was so crowded

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Lisa W

Very informative and very calm guide which was needed as it was so busy ...but our guide kept us all together and had so much information to share - a pleasure to be shown around the Vatican with him.

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Inside St. Peter's Basilica

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St. Peter Basilica

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Vatican Museum, ceiling designs.

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St. Peter Basilica, first Michelangelo sculpture The Pietà.

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St Peters Square

View of the square from the steps of St Peter's.

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St Peters Basilica

View of St Peter's Basilica from the square

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Monday Crowd at the Vatican

In line to enter the Vatican...once inside our tour guide secured everyone's ticket for entry.

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