1. Italy
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  4. Vatican City

Small Group: The Complete Vatican Tour

Product ID: 49095
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
Starting times 9:45 AM, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM
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 31 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Amazing Guide and Wonderful Tour

Mario was a perfect guide for this tour. A very good-humoured guy from the Netherlands with a jokle on his lips for every occassion. The entrance of the Vatican Museums was crowded but as a pre-booked group the entrance and security control was easy and fast. Mario showed us main parts of the museum on the way to the highlight of this tour - the Sistine Chapel. He was full of information and told it to us in a very funny and interesting way. We also had enough time to enjoy the Sistine Chapel and his explanations in advance were great (inside the chapel speaking is forbidden). After the chapel the tour was continued in St. Peter's basilica, which we did not attend as we had another tour in the evening and we were out of time. But we had another tour in the morning were we visited it. But I am sure the tour with Mario inside the basilica was as great as in the Vatican Museums. REMARKABLE AND ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDABLE

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October 15, 2018

Really good!!!

Our tour guide was John and he is really good! He is very informative and speaks with a good soft voice. He knows everything into detail so we learned a lot. We really enjoyed this 3 hour tour which did not felt like 3 long hours. Also the group was small around 14 ppl, which is nice. I would really recommend this tour. Better than other tours with big groups up to 35 ppl.

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August 17, 2018

Would highly recommend

Our guide John presented an incredibly informative and entertaining tour of the museums, chapel and Basillica. His style of delivery appealed to both the adults and younger members of the tour group and enabled us to gain a greater appreciation of the phenomenal exhibits and history. Despite the tour being on an incredibly hot and busy day, John's experience in navigating the crowds and finding cooler areas meant we were able to move around as comfortably as possible (this was also helped by the small numbers on the tour). Had we opted to skip the line and explore by ourselves we would certainly not have fully appreciated the highlights of the tour and I would highly recommend for anyone considering booking.

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August 16, 2018

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Product ID: 49095