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Rome: Skip-the-Line Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Dome Tour

Product ID: 297760
Enjoy a private half-day tour that encompasses the most popular attractions of the Vatican City, including Raphael’s Rooms, the Galleries of Tapestries and Maps, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter's Dome.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Skip the line as you enter the Vatican Museums
  • Explore the various luxurious exhibitions and rooms of the Museums
  • Learn about the famous Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's beautiful frescoes
  • Take the lift to the top of the Dome and admire fantastic views of the entire city
Full description
Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums and enjoy skip the line entrance to the first site on the tour. Explore the various luxurious exhibitions and rooms such as the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Pinecone Courtyard. The works of Raphael and Michelangelo are some of the highlights of the vast collection on display here, collected by various Popes throughout the centuries. As you leave the Vatican Museums, enter the glorious Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's famous roof frescoes "The Last Judgment" and "The Creation of Adam."

Next, climb the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica. Included in the visit is a lift ride to the principal level where you get a close perspective of inside the vault with its staggering mosaics and embellishments. Admire the effort and technique that went into making such intricate work.

Climb the 281 steps that will take you to the highest point of the Dome. Once you reach the top, your guide will point out notable points of interest. Take some time to enjoy the best view of the entire city.

Return to ground level for a walk through St. Peter’s Basilica, where you will investigate the various houses of prayer with their shrouded graves. See Michelangelo's Pietà, the only piece of work the famous sculptor ever signed. Discover how Michelangelo triumphed over his peers for the honor to paint St. Peter’s heavenly arch. Enter the underground ecclesiastical tomb, where throughout the centuries, a significant number of Popes have been buried.
  • Local taxes
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance at all sites
  • Private tour
  • Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • Admission to the Sistine Chapel
  • Admission to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Admission to St. Peter's Dome
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Vatican Museums entrance, under the white monumental door topped with statues, on the stairs.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Unaccompanied minors
Know before you go
• Many parts of this tour are not wheelchair accessible
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• 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 be entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
• Subject to favorable weather conditions. If the Dome is closed due to poor weather, you will be given the option for an alternative path inside the Museums, but no refunds are provided if one of the areas is closed
• This is a private tour. Only your group will participate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

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    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
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Our guide Antonella brilliantly guided us through all the queues and responded to all our requests. My heel spurs thank her for saving him the painful standing. Antonella explained a lot to us that we would never have found out on our own. A very special experience. Thank you!

October 8, 2019

Very, very professional

October 25, 2019

very good leadership!

October 19, 2019

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Product ID: 297760