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  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Small Group: The Complete Vatican Tour

Product ID: 49095
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Explore the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, and get a unique understanding of the history and world-class art collection of the Vatican. Enjoy priority access to St. Peter's Basilica as well.
About this activity
Duration 3.15 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Gape at Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Raphael Rooms
  • Skip the ticket line at St. Peter's Basilica using a special entrance
  • Enjoy a specially designed route that shows you all the works you know you wanted to see and a few surprises you won’t expect
Full description
Start your tour by skipping the (always long) ticket lines to get into the museum and diving right into the galleries holding some of the most famous works of art in the world. This specially-designed route encompasses all the can’t-miss pieces while also including some of the lesser known works that will really dazzle you.

Your expert, English-speaking guide will give you eye-opening insight and context (along with some great stories) as you explore the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere courtyard with ‘Apollo Belvedere’ & the Laocoön group, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of the Maps, and the Gallery of the Tapestries.

The piéce-de-resistance is, of course, the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will prep you for your time here by telling you the stories behind the creation of the iconic frescoes as well as what they mean. When you enter, you will then be able to appreciate the full majesty of the room, spotting little details like Michelangelo’s self-portrait and the rather painful revenge he plotted for the Pope’s aide (he wasn’t his biggest fan…)

Skip the ticket line at a special entrance to St. Peter's Basilica. Your guide will point out the most important features of the interior, including Michelangelo's Pieta, Bernini's Baldachin Altar, the magnificent dome, and more.

The Vatican is more than just a museum. It's home to the Pope and Catholicism and is one of the world's smallest yet powerful states. On this intimate tour, your guide will ensure that you get an overview of it all – from papal scandal to Renaissance masters and the day-to-day operation of Vatican City.
Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry and reservation fees for the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Headsets
  • English-speaking expert tour guides
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento. We meet just outside the green bar in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento Square. This is the only bar/cafe located on the square. The bar is on the side of the square towards via Crescensio - close to Tram stop number 19.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes. Please leave liquids and sharp items at home.
• Please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.
• Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for reduced child fees.
• Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas must be left at the cloakroom. It is the responsibility of the guest to return to the Vatican Museums entrance to collect these after the tour.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 30 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.8/5
Organization
4.8/5
Value for money
4.3/5
Safety
4.9/5

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Product ID: 49095