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, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

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: 10 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

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: 2 hours

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

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: 30 minutes

Stop At: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

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: 10 minutes

Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Viale Vaticano, Vatican City Italy

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: 10 minutes

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Near public transportation
  • If you choose pick-up option, contact us 24 hours in advance, in order to reconfirm your pick-up schedule be ready in the lobby
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for religious events. In this case the visit will be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Departure Point

Piazza del Risorgimento, Roma RM, Italy

Traveler pickup is offered
Your centrally located hotel in Rome


Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Terri Price

Our guide was really great! He took time to explain many things along the way and he was very patient and informative. He managed to keep the group together and organized in the midst of large crowds.

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Gary H

The tour scene around the Vatican is like organized chaos. The normal entry line on October 31 was very long already by 11 am, so must be really crazy in summer. The skip-the-line was definitely worth it as was having a guide to lead you through the maze of entry points, metal detectors and finally the entry point. Our guide Giuliano did a great job of explaining things at various stops and especially outside before we went into the Sistine Chapel.

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Ccab3

Vatican tour museum tour was great. Our tour guide was excellent. I would have wished to have been left at St Peter’s Basilica instead of at the tour office store as a stopping point.

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vivwiredu

Did the 8.30am tour with hotel pickup. Giuliano our tour guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and even gave us insights on good restaurants to try. Really enjoyed the whole experience.

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Julie

Mara, our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. We even got an extra thrown in to see the catacombs .

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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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