Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica

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

Overview

This 3-hour, small-group tour is limited to six people and takes an incredible journey through the highlights of the Vatican Museums. With your local guide, skip-the-line and be amazed while admiring the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. See unique sculptures, courtyards, hallways, tapestries and much more. Finish your experience with VIP entry and tour of Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Highlights

  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small-group tour

Meet your guide in front of the Cafè Vaticano directly across from the Vatican Museums for your small-group tour. Discover some of the most famous paintings and sculptures from western civilization and listen to amusing anecdotes about the former popes and artists represented in the museums. With a small-group tour of maximum of six people, easily maneuver through the crowded museums at a comfortable pace. With the personalized attention of your guide, ask all the questions you like.

Skip-the-line to access the Vatican Museums and begin your small-group tour promptly. After a view of the terrace over the Vatican gardens, make your way across the beautiful early Renaissance courtyard to admire Hadrian's Pinecone, and then to the modern art piece of Arnaldo Pomodoro. As your knowledgeable guide presents interesting facts and stories, you will then head to the magnificent Octagonal Courtyard which is one of the most remarkable collections of Roman and Greek artifacts. Admire the famous Belvedere Torso, learn about the mystery of the Laocoon Priest of Troy, and visit the Muses Room. After a short stop for wonderful pictures, continue through the Round Room and the Greek Cross Room.

Walk up the stairs and through the beautiful galleries to admire an abundance of candelabra, tapestries, and maps. Then head to the Julius II apartments and see the grandeur and the magnificent details of the Raphael Rooms.

Next, learn of Michelangelo's masterpiece from your guide before you enter through a tiny door to admire the majestic Sistine Chapel. Take in its grandeur in contemplative silence. The tour will end with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica where you will access the church directly through a VIP passage to skip the long line. Enjoy the awe-inspiring visit and be amazed at the size of the beautifully adorned Basilica. 

ABOUT OUR 6 PEOPLE SMALL GROUP POLICY

When you book a small group tour, you are guaranteed one tour guide per group of 6 people. Please bear in mind though that in order to accommodate traveling families and friends, we do on rare occasion make the exception of adding an additional one to two guests in order not to split groups who are traveling together. On that same note, you may find yourself on tour with less than six people. As we accept bookings in multiples of six, math doesn’t always work in our favor to help accommodate individual travelers and their families when on the same tour, so we hope you understand and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour
  • Please note that tours selected on Wednesday mornings at 10 am can be periodically effected by the closure of St Peter's Basilica due to last minute decisions by the Vatican. Please be insured the lost time will be compensated with other areas of the museums.
Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

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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billpeterson

Alessia, our guide from Livitaly as the tour operator, was superb as a tour guide. Knowledgeable, friendly, and exceptional in every way. The small group tour (there were only two of us) was a real plus. We wish Alessia could have been our guide for our entire trip

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Geme G

We actually ended up being the only two people with a guide, the rest did not showed up. Our guide Tania was knowledgeable, eloquent and very accommodating. We saw all we wanted to see with riveting commentary.

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Anthony Michael A

This tour was beautuful and our tour guide Vallentina was amazing. She showed us the most important things and really catered to the 4 of us on this tour. I highly recommend this tour!

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Kathleen S

Our guide Debra was excellent. Very knowledgeable and made sure we saw the highlights. Small group of six people was perfect.

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William H

Davide was a charming guide whose lively and humorous presentation engaged us and our teenage son while showing off some of the treasures of the museum and helping to put them in context. The small group format was very intimate and personalized. We appreciated his making time for the highlights of the Raphael rooms. As an architect, I would have liked a bit more of a presentation on the architecture of St. Peter's, but that's not really a criticism of the tour. Overall, it was great!

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