1. Italy
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  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Skip-the-Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Tour

Product ID: 175128
About this tour
Duration: 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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The Original experience

Highlights
  • Access exclusive access through the Official Vatican Partner entrance
  • Access St. Peter’s Basilica
  • See the Sistine Chapel, Vatican, the Papal collections, the famous Gallery of Maps, and more
  • Hear in-depth stories behind the art from your expert guide
  • Exclusive group of maximum 20 people
Full description
Get more time in the Vatican’s awe-inspiring art with no-wait access to the museums and basilica.

With a group of 20 people or fewer, your expert guide will bring the art and history to life in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and more.

Avoid the long public line and go straight to the front of the Vatican Museums. Learn about the history and people behind the art in the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Candelabra. A headset ensures you can hear the guide clearly.

Next, visit and hear the story of the magnificent Sistine Chapel. See if you can spot Michelangelo’s self-portrait, which hints that he would rather be skinned alive than paint in the Sistine Chapel again. (After you learn what it took to create a fresco, you’ll understand why.)

Then, use another exclusive entrance to head straight into St. Peter’s Basilica. See the incredible altar and Michelangelo’s beautiful sculpture, “La Pietà.”

The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square. Admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion, spot the balcony where the Pope delivers his public addresses, and take photos of the imposing exterior of the basilica.

What you will see:
• Vatican Museum
• Pinacoteca Courtyard - with views of St. Peter’s Basilica
• Pinecone Courtyard
• Chiaramonti Museum
• Gallery of Candelabra - ancient sculptures
• Gallery of Tapestries
• Gallery of Maps
• Sistine Chapel
• St. Peter’s Basilica
• St. Peter’s Square
Includes
  • Entrance tickets to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entry
  • 2.5-hour guided tour
  • Headsets to hear the guide
What’s Not Included
  • Ticket to St. Peter’s Dome
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Tips for the guide
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

• Address: Via Tunisi 4, Rome. Meet your guide at the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the Vatican Museums entrance. The steps are between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani. • Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts • Look for a guide wearing GetYourGuide attire and holding a red GetYourGuide flag

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card for children
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, as the Vatican has a strict dress code. You may be refused entry if not properly dressed.
• Please wear comfortable shoes
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible
• St. Peter’s Basilica has an airport-style security check. No liquids, large bags, or sharp items are allowed.
• St. Peter’s Basilica and Square may be closed in the morning due to the Papal Audience
• Please note that the Vatican can get very crowded all year round. June, July and August are particularly busy as they are high-season months.
• Children will need a valid ID in order to prove their age at the time of the activity:
- Infants: 5 years and under
- Children: 6 to 18 years
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5340 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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This was our 2nd tour booked with this Company and it was fantastic, everything went so smoothly. Our guide, I apologise I have forgotten her name - remembered everybody’s name and where they had travelled from. The information she passed on was fantastic, she didn’t rush- infact our tour went over the 2 hours. Answered all questions that were asked and as the weather was so good advised us to go to the top of St Peter’s Dome. The views are definitely worth climbing the 551 steps!

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March 7, 2020

This was our first visit to Rome and we thought a guided tour would be useful after trying to navigate the Louvre in Paris without one. Georgia was excellent providing non stop commentary and taking questions. The down side to any tour is that you cannot linger in places where you would like to stay longer, but that is far outweighed by having someone knowledgable to guide you, plus you can always go back :) We would highly recommend the tour and then climb up the dome after for a lovely view of Rome. Note that if you take the elevator, you still have 300 steps to climb. If you don't, 500 steps. We paid the extra 2 euro and took the elevator!

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March 6, 2020

We had booked the Vatican Tour and it will be an unforgettable moment of our stay in Rome. Getyourguide met our expectations perfectly. Follow-up of the reservation, reception at the meeting point and most importantly our guide BIANCA archaeologist by training who spoke French perfectly makes us share his passion through his explanations on the Vatican. Recommend without problem.

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March 4, 2020

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Product ID: 175128