1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. St. Peter's Basilica

Rome: Small Group Tour Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

Product ID: 133509
On this 3-hour small group tour with skip-the-line entrance, visit one of the largest and most famous museums in the world, avoiding queues and crowded groups.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Admire the major representatives of Italian art such as Leonardo, Perugino, Beato Angelico and many more
  • Visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece "The Last Judgement"
Full description
Met your guide at the meeting point and start your experience discovering the Vatican. Thanks to this skip-the-line option, you will avoid any queue. Moreover, this small group tour will give you the chance to enjoy at best your visit, avoiding the stressful crowded groups, so you can start exploring the vast collections right away. 

You will be taken into the museum by a spectacular big spiral staircase. Inside, you will find many masterpieces from different periods of time, from classical Greek art to Renaissance masterpieces of Michelangelo. For example, admire the statue of Laocoön and his sons that is one of the most famous ancient sculptures. Admire the major representatives of Italian art such as Leonardo, Perugino, Beato Angelico and many more. Enjoy a view over the Vatican Gardens. You will be guided through the history and secrets of the Catholic church and you will hear about the rivalry between the Renaissance artists. Towards the end of this tour, you will visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel

At the end of the tour, your guide will escort you to have a privileged entrance for St. Peter's Basilica. You will visit the basilica at your leisure without the guide. Inside, admire some Baroque masterpieces and the breathtaking Pietà by Michelangelo. You can also enjoy a moment of reflection in the Vatican caves where many popes are buried, including Pope John Paul II. Tour highlights will include the following: introduction of the Vatican City and Vatican history, Chandelier Gallery, Tapestry Gallery, Maps Gallery, apartment of San Pio V, Sistine Chapel and many more along the way.
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Small group guaranteed
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation to/ from attractions
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Inside the local partner's office at Via Leone IV 6. The meeting time is 30 mins prior to the tour departure time.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Walking frames
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
• A moderate amount of walking will be involved, comfortable walking shoes recommended
• Infants under 6 years old join this tour free of charge
• Not wheelchair accessible due to some difficulties in the Sistine Chapel (if you need an accessible tour, please check the special tour: "Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel special guided private tour wheelchair accessible")
• Note: tour will not operate on religious holidays. It will not be possible to visit the basilica during religious holidays and ceremonies (audiences, beatifications, masses of the pope). The basilica is often subject to sudden closures. In these cases, it will not be possible to guarantee access to the basilica
• Maximum group size of 25 people
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We enjoyed seeing the Museum and the Sistine Chapel and all the history there. It was a must-see for our trip and we are glad that we did it. It was very busy there the day that we went and we overheard other guides stating that it was busy than normal. Because it was so busy it made it hard to move through the crowds and our guide was very impatient and we lost her a couple of times. At one point four people got lost and I am sure that if I knew Italian what she was saying was not very good.

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September 30, 2019

Simone was outstanding!

March 7, 2019

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