Guided tour

Entire Vatican & Vatacombs: Treasures of the Sistine Chapel

Entire Vatican & Vatacombs: Treasures of the Sistine Chapel

From $81 per person

Skip the ticket lines at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. See all the highlights of Vatican City on this popular guided tour and benefit from special access to the Papal Tombs underneath St. Peter’s Basilica.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums
  • Marvel at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • See the tombs of former popes underneath St. Peter's Basilica
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and admire the dome designed by Michelangelo
Full description
Enjoy priority admission on this 3-hour tour and experience all the major highlights of Vatican City! This popular tour includes the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Papal Tombs and St. Peter's Basilica. See one of the most important collections of art in the world at the Vatican Museums, which comprise more than 1,200 rooms. Highlights include the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel and the ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard. The Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of the galleries and your guide will ensure that you get there quickly, while seeing the most important masterpieces along the way. From the Sistine Chapel, you’ll have direct access to St. Peter's Basilica, a privilege available on official guided tours only. (Covid-19 restrictions may affect this; please see the Know before you go section for more details.) Your guide will also lead you to the underground level, a rarely seen area of the Vatican where the tombs of the former popes are located. You’ll then head up into the main area of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest basilica in the world. On this part of the tour see Michelangelo’s Pietà and the famous dome he designed for the Basilica. Note the massive bronze baldacchino or canopy by Bernini, Raphael’s Transfiguration and other monuments of artistic importance. Outside the magnificent Basilica your guide will tell you about the history of the Vatican State, the Swiss Guard and how St. Peter's Square was designed.
Includes
  • Vatican tour
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entrance ticket
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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    Meeting point

    Meeting point is Via Sebastiano Veniero 19. It is located on the right-hand side at the bottom of the staircase on Via Tunisi, which is in front of the Vatican Museums entrance.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • Covid-19 restrictions may affect this tour and the ability to pass from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter's Basilica directly. If this is the case, your guide will provide you with an explanation of the major works of art inside St. Peter's at the conclusion of your Vatican Museum tour, and you will then be able to walk to the main Basilica entrance and explore the church on your own.
    • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 527 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.4/5
    • Value for money
      4.2/5
    • Service
      4.5/5
    • Organization
      4.5/5

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    Well worth the price, for skipping the line alone! Saved us 3 hours and all the stories behind the place and art works were a bonus! Louigi our guide was a very passionate, Christian Italian man! Couldn’t have had a better guide, he navigated our way through the crowds with confidence and politeness! Took us to important spots and gave us detailed information!

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    October 30, 2019

    A great trip

    Paola was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable on all parts of the Vatican. The tour itself takes you to the important rooms in order to see as much as possible, the only downside is there is little time to view things at your own pace but this does keep the tour fluid Overall I say it’s excellent

    October 18, 2019

    Fabulous tour

    Very pleasantly surprised and happy we booked this tour. Our guide was Andre and he was organized, thorough and friendly. Our group was small and he weaved us successfully through the crowds. (Although we did book early morning so the crowds were very manageable.) He was great at answering all questions and telling us information we may have never heard before. I highly recommend this tour!

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    September 12, 2019

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