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Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

4.4 / 5

33619 Reviews

Explore the Vatican City later in the day on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, accompanied by an expert guide. Skip the ticket line to enter the infamous monuments and let your guide fill you in on the ins and outs of the highlights, such as Michelangelo’s wondrous frescoes, Roman sculptures dating back to ancient times, or Renaissance masterpieces by Raphael. Marvel at Micheangelo’s ‘Last Judgment’ in person, as well as the Pinacoteca Vaticana that includes works by the likes of da Vinci and Caravaggio.

About this activity

Duration: 2 - 3.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Audio guide/headphones

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  • Benefit from skip-the-ticket-line access to some of the Vatican's top attractions on this guided tour
  • Admire the beautiful Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Feast your eyes on the artwork of old masters like Michelangelo and Raphael
  • Explore the Pio Clementine Museum, Belvedere Courtyard and more
Full description
Take a 3-hour tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums. This exceptional tour includes, among other galleries of the Vatican corridors, a tour of the Pine Courtyard, Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps, Candelabra Gallery, Pio Clementino's Rooms, the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms (only during the early morning tours) and a comprehensive visit of the Sistine Chapel. Your expert guide will take you to some of the major attractions, as well as to some lesser-known spots that other tourists often miss. You will receive a broad base for understanding the remarkable history, architecture and politics of the Vatican.
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Via Germanico 8, 00192 Rome. Please arrive 25 minutes before the tour departure time.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • St. Peter's is closed during the following times: Wednesdays: 8:00 AM -12:00 PM, December 24 and 31.
  • During these times the tour will visit other parts of the museums.
  • The Vatican can get very crowded all year round. June, July and August are particularly busy as they are high-season months.
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • On rare occasions, St. Peter's Basilica closes without notice. In this case, the tour will include a 3-hour visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel instead of St. Peter's. The tour operator will not offer refunds.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 33619 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.0 / 5
  • Safety
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Vatican Museum and the galleries were full of art, which you have seen in the books and pictures before. It was really exciting to see them in real. The Sistine Chapel was so amazing. It must have been a real pain to draw all those colourful pictures to the walls and ceiling. Still, I admired most the Gallery of maps, as there were the entirety of the Italian peninsula in large-scale frescoes, each depicting a region. They were so accurate! St. Peter's Basilica was of course overwhelming and that's why it felt me empty. It just felt like a huge museum, not a wholy place.

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February 17, 2020

Great experience overall. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable and provided context to many of the works of art on display throughout the tour. My only criticism was that we only got to see some of the artwork on display in the Vatican Museum, missing notable works by Raphael. Would still recommend it.

February 16, 2020

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