Guided tour

3-Hour Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

3.9 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome
Guided tour

3-Hour Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome

From US$ 87.16 per person

Discover one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world with skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel. Explore the papal treasures and magnificent art of the Vatican Museums on a 3-hour guided tour.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, German
Pickup included
Pick-up from centrally-located hotels only. Please note that pickup is not available from B&Bs, guesthouses, or apartments.


  • Skip the long lines to view the Papal treasures of the Vatican Museums
  • Marvel at the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's renowned ceiling
  • Go inside St. Peter's Basilica, one of the world's greatest and most important churches (except morning Wednesday tours)
  • Tour the Raphael Rooms (only for morning departures)
  • See masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo, Caravaggio and more
Full description
Tour one of the holiest sites in Christendom on a guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums including a comprehensive visit to the Sistine Chapel and the masterpieces of St. Peter’s Basilica. With exclusive skip-the-line access, saving you long waits in the lines that usually form outside one of the world’s most popular attractions. Considered one of the most important places in the history of human civilization, start your tour at the museum to see the important collections of art that various popes have acquired throughout the centuries. Look out for renowned sculptures and masterpieces of Renaissance art. Feel the weight of history and get a sense of the sacred as you spy paintings by Raphael, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Michelangelo, including his masterwork in the Sistine Chapel. Admire Bernini’s colonnade in St. Peter’s Square and go inside the Basilica. Built over the centuries by famous architects including Michelangelo, its iconic dome is one of the glittering symbols of Rome. There are morning and afternoon tours. Morning tours (3,5 hours) include the Galleria dei Candelabri, the Galleria degli Arazzi (Raphael Cartoons), the Galleria delle Carte geografiche, the Sala Sobieski, the Sala dell'Immacolata Concezione, the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments leading to the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square. On Wendesdays the Basilica is not visited inside due to the Papal Audience, therefore after the Sistine Chapel you will access the Vatican Apostolic Library instead (St. Peter's will be explained from the outside before ending the tour). Afternoon tours (3 hours) include the Galleria dei Candelabri, the Galleria degli Arazzi (Raphael Cartoons), the Galleria delle Carte geografiche, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square.
  • Entrance tickets (skip the line)
  • St Peter's Basilica (no guided tour, just entrance)
  • Guided tour
  • Headsets to better hear your guide
  • Pick-up from selected centrally located hotels
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Transfers from hotels not included on the pick-up list
  • St. Peter's Basilica for Wednesday morning departures
  • Raphael's rooms for afternoon departures
  • Drop off at hotel
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • This tour visits religious sites, and there is a dress code to be observed. Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts and no hats are allowed
  • Please also dress appropriately for extensive walking
  • No umbrellas, trolleys, baby strollers, large bags and tripods will be allowed into the Museums
  • Tours in French could be carried out along with the Portuguese language and vice versa, but note that you will hear your language through the headset which will automatically go on mute when the other language is spoken
  • Important: The visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours (8:30 and 11:00 tours) due to the Papal Audience taking place every Wednesday
  • Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 19 reviews

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March 8, 2023

March 4, 2023

O tour pelo Vaticano foi surpreendente. Nossa guia Carolina foi ótima. Já tínhamos feito o tour do Coliseu, Monte Palatino e Foro Roma com ela e foi uma grata surpresa revê-la e saber que ela nos guaria novamente. O Vaticano estava lotado e a visita foi um pouco acelerada. Infelizmente não fomos às Salas de Rafael, porque o grupo não quis. Nossa guia consultou a todos sobre isso. Minha sugestão é que essa consulta não seja feita, pois isso acaba por constranger quem quer visitar. Na minha opinião foi uma pena. Eu já conhecia, mas gostaria de ter visto novamente. É verdade que ela deixou claro claro que se alguém quisesse ir ela nos levaria, mas acaba sendo constrangedor quando apenas um quer ir. NO mais, infelizmente não conseguimos fazer a visita à Basílica, por conta do falecimento do Papa Bento. Enfim, poderia ter tido mais sorte, mas no geral foi muito bom especialmente pela aula dada pela Carolina sobre os fatos históricos relacionados à Igreja Católica.

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January 9, 2023


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