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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Vatican Gardens

Vatican, Sistine Chapel & Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour

Product ID: 159434
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Enjoy a private, small group, or shared skip-the-line tour to the amazing Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with an expert English-speaking guide and all entrance fees included. Finish with a guided tour of the amazing St Peter’s Basilica.
About this activity
Duration 3 - 3.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Finnish, French, German, Russian
Audio guide/headphones
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Get an easygoing, yet entertaining glimpse into the world’s most fascinating array of historical treasures
  • Admire the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s frescoes
  • Be stunned by Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s Baldachin at the largest church in the world
  • Avoid the infamous Vatican lines with skip the line access at both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a small-group tour (max. 10 participants)
Full description
In the Vatican Museum, your guide will take you on a highlights tour of the most interesting artifacts, sculptures and artwork that have great stories and scandals behind them. Choose a private, small group, or shared tour to suit your preferences. 

During the Vatican Museums portion of the tour, you’ll get to visit the picturesque Vatican garden, Cortile della Pigna. Your local guide will take you to the most interesting galleries within the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contain ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes and tapestries. Your guide will point out a few tricks used by the artists,which will enhance your appreciation of their works of art, as well as their sense of humor.

Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti. From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome. He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work, which only he would understand – today these have been uncovered and understood and your guide will explain these to you so you too can share in Michelangelo’s private jokes.

You will end your tour in the Basilica of St Peter. Known as the greatest architectural masterpiece in Rome, St Peter’s took over a century to complete. Your guide will tell you the story of the nine master architects who each carried the project forward until their deaths; including how that genius Michelangelo – again! – would be the one to finally complete the design for the most challenging aspect of the ambitious design – the great dome which is one of the most iconic images of Rome today.

This tour is perfectly suited to those who want to see the best highlights of the Vatican without too much walking or too many in-depth art discussions.
Includes
  • Skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert guide who speaks fluent English
  • Headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing any interesting anecdotes or facts
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to the meeting point
  • Food or drink
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Taverna Antiche Mura. The nearest metro stop is Ottaviano.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Unfortunately, due to unavoidable steep stairways in the Vatican Museums, the supplier cannot accommodate guests with mobility impairments or strollers on this tour. Please send an email and they will work with you to find a suitable alternative
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible
• All guests must carry an ID or Passport for entry. Photocopies or photographs displayed on a phone or tablet are also acceptable. The identification must detail the date of birth and full name
• Teenagers and children must be accompanied by an adult
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• Check-in closes 15-minutes prior to the departure time of the tour. Departures are on time and there are no refunds or exchanges if you arrive after the departure time
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From US$ 112.61 US$ 90.09 per person

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based on 7 reviews
Review summary
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Product ID: 159434