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St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel & Vatican Gardens Tour

Product ID: 64133
Join the first walking tour inside the Vatican City, and discover the smallest state in the world on a 3-hour guided tour. Skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums, take a special entrance to the Sistine Chapel, and step inside St Peter's Basilica.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the beautiful Vatican Gardens
  • Go inside the Sistine Chapel and see miraculous frescoes by Michelangelo
  • Enter the largest church in the world at the Basilica of St. Peter's
  • Walk behind the scenes at the Vatican
Full description
Enjoy a unique walk behind the scenes of the Vatican: you will see the Pope Emerito House, the Vatican Radio Station, the Academy of Science, the Pope’s former Summer Residence, the Vatican Government Palace, a piece of the original Berlin Wall and the “Fontana dell’Aquilone “, a lovely fountain with nice water games. This is an exclusive visit, since it is possible to enter Vatican City only by special permission. In the afternoon, when it is completely forbidden to enter, the Pope typically walks around to stroll and pray. 

See St. Peter’s Basilica from behind and admire the Cupola from a very singular perspective! Take some photos in the beautiful Vatican gardens and discover one of the most prestigious museums in the world, with 6 million visitors per year and 4.5-miles worth of masterpieces. 

Visit the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and Candelabras and the Chapel of Pio V before entering the Sistine Chapel and admiring one of the greatest masterpieces in the world. Michelangelo’s frescoes are magnificent works that changed the course of art forever: open your eyes and experience this spectacular view.

After taking in all of the Sistine Chapel’s beauty, your Vatican guide will escort you with special access to St Peter’s Basilica, which will allow you to avoid long ticket lines and save on time. Discover the largest church in the world, stroll through the striking aisles and admire Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit.
  • Welcome and assistance at the meeting point
  • Vatican City walking tour
  • Vatican gardens visit
  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel guided tour
  • Basilica of St. Peter's guided tour
  • Headset
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Redeem your voucher at the Touristation desk located in Viale Vaticano, 97 near the Vatican Museum Entrance. Please arrive 15 minutes before the starting time.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
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.
• This tour involves long periods of standing with a lot of walking, and is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
• Late arrivals will not be accommodated and missed tickets cannot be refunded.
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From US$ 83.27 US$ 66.61 per person

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 72 reviews

Review summary

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    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.1 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
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Valentina was a really excellent and knowledgeable guide, showing us through some fascinating parts of the Vatican. I just loved the garden (we were the only tourists there). I really appreciated being able to skip the massive queues for the other parts of the tour too (we still had to queue in places, but not nearly as long as everyone else). The headsets were a great way of being able to hear our guide while we walked along - I'm sure we got more information that way). Thank you for a memorable tour :)

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June 3, 2019

Great tour and explanation of the history of the Vatican.

Overall, I was very satisfied with my tour. The few things that were inconvenient were unavoidable, but frustrating nonetheless. The earpiece was only moderately effective (too many guides and too much background noise). The crowd was so overwhelming (I mean you had to move and keep moving with the throng) in the Museum and Sistine Chapel that it totally detracted from the experience. The gardens were beautiful and that was a good opportunity to learn a little history. FYI anyone doing this tour should prepare to not have nearly enough time to really enjoy. I have to return to just spend a full day at the museum alone. The guide was polite, friendly and professional. They ONLY allow a PAPER TICKET or they will charge you to print one.

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May 29, 2017

Une super visite, Alexandra était passionnante, les jardins sont de toute beauté, beaucoup d'infos sur la chapelle Sixtine et la basilique st Pierre qui permettent de mieux observer ces oeuvres! Le passage au musée est juste terriblement frustrant tellement il y a de monde, pas le temps de s'arrêter, il faut avancer pour ne pas être bousculé dans les galeries avant la chapelle Sixtine (ceci n'est pas la faute de la guide !). Le fait d'être avec un guide permet d'éviter de longues files d'attente pour accéder d'un point à un autre prévoir plus que 3h le temps de passer du point d'information au musée, récupérer son audioguide, ...! Encore merci pour tout Alexandra !

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October 8, 2019

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