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, Viale Vaticano, 00165 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 no later than 24 hours, in order to reconfirm your pick-up schedule be ready in the lobby
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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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William Budden

We understood that the lines would not be as long in January as they were when we visited in July...maybe...but booking this tour was not only a real value we also learned a lot. Our guide was just so knowledgeable and she kept the entire group...23 individuals...interested throughout the entire tour. We had sufficient time in the museum but lots of time in the Sistine Chapel and St Peter Basilica. There was a visiting Ambassador which sectioned off a good bit of the Basilica but our guide knew the layout so well that she moved us around and we saw so much. I would definitely book this tour again.

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richard l

Very well organised trip. Picked up on time and everything ran like clockwork. Our guide was Roberta and I have to say was the BEST guide I have ECER had on any trips I have been on. She was warm, friendly, engaging, funny, entertaining and extremely extremely knowledgable . She made the tour fascinating and I learned so much. She referred to us constantly as friends and family and honestly made us feel like that. I cannot praise her or this tour highly enough, if I could give more than 5 stars I would. Thank you

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Janine H

Excellent tour with good english speaking guide. We has the earliest tour and had to meet at 8am. We skipped past the biggest line I have seen in all my 2 month trip to Europe and thanked god that we got this ticket to bypass - and it was only 8.30am. Was advised to get skip the line here and colesseum and they were spot on. We visited mid Sept 2019 and it was still so crazy busy.

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Carol M

Rita was knowledgeable and allowed us time to enjoy the experience. There were several elderly people who she took care that they remained with the group.

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Shayne C

Quick, efficient and professional. The only disappointment was that we were left to our own devices to find our way back to the public transport.

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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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