Day trip

Vatican Inside & Out: Sistine Chapel, Papal Train, & Lunch

Activity provider:Walks of Italy
Day trip

Vatican Inside & Out: Sistine Chapel, Papal Train, & Lunch

Activity provider:Walks of Italy

From US$ 125.29 per person

Walk in the footsteps of Popes and tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Gardens before taking a trip to the Pope’s summer residence and dining in tranquil gardens at Castel Gandolfo.

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Duration 10 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • A full-day in-depth tour of the Vatican with a small group
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Tour the Vatican Gardens and take the Pope's private train
  • Skip the line at the Papal Palace in Castel Gandolfo
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at Villa Barberini
Full description
The Vatican is a treasure chest of magnificent art galleries, historical treasures, exquisite gardens, and hidden wonders. With this well-thought-out itinerary, you’ll not only experience the full grandeur of the city-state but go beyond its borders to see the palaces where Popes have traditionally summered. You'll meet your guide at the entrance to the Vatican Museums and skip the long queues. An official Vatican guide will lead you through some of the most impressive works on display. You’ll gain insight into the stories behind the huge art collection as you see the Gallery of Maps, the Octagonal Courtyard, the Raphael Rooms, and many more. The pinnacle of this journey, of course, is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel - a truly sacred artistic experience. Admire the ceiling that took five years to complete - your guide will have prepared you with all the intricate details to look out for. Next, it’s time to take a breath of fresh air in the Vatican Gardens. Entry is strictly limited to those on guided tours (like this one), and it's easy to see why. Hectares of lush forests, medieval monuments, classical sculptures, and landscaped gardens will stretch out before you. Your guide will be on hand to supply anecdotes of the Vatican’s past as history blossoms to life before you. After the Gardens, you’ll arrive at the Vatican Rail Station. This station was only re-opened by Pope Francis in 2015, and there’s only one train per week. You’ll take a trip on the Pope's private train, the scenic hills rolling by as you begin the second part of your day. Before you disembark, you’ll see one of the most beautiful hill towns in Italy appear before you. Castel Gandolfo has long been a retreat for Popes during the summer months. With your expert guide, you’ll enjoy a welcome fit for a Pope in the form of a buffet lunch of local produce and fresh ingredients following a visit to Villa Barberini. Such a special experience needs time to sink in, so we’ve allowed plenty of time after lunch for you to explore the town of Castel Gandolfo yourself. Included in your day is an audio-guided tour of the Papal Palace, where you can visit recently opened rooms including the Pope’s private chapel and bedrooms. Or perhaps you prefer to take a scenic walk, enjoying the views over the lake. Whatever the case, you’ll come away with a unique experience of this charming town.
  • Skip-the-line Vatican Museum tickets
  • Skip-the-line Papal Palace & Garden tickets
  • Journey on the Vatican Train
  • Buffet Lunch of local produce
  • Audio Tour at the Papal Palace
  • Local official Vatican guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Small group of 15 pax
  • Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off
  • Gratuities/Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Please meet your Walks Coordinator at Ristorante Da Paolo, Viale Vaticano, 104, 00165 Roma, at the corner of Via di Santamaura. The restaurant is located across the street from the walls of the Vatican, about 100 meters before the main museum entrance if you are arriving from the center of Rome. Your coordinator will be on the street corner holding a green Walks sign or just inside the doors of the restaurant. Your Walks Coordinator will accompany you into the Vatican Museums to meet your guide.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • All guests (including children) must bring ID on the day of their tour.
  • Unfortunately the group tour is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team to make alternative arrangements.
  • Walks and Devour comply with all local government regulations; please refer to the government website in the country of your tour for the most up-to-date information.
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It was a very nice experience. Our guide was the Best. She loves history. We learned a lot of interesting informations. I liked it very much.

July 16, 2022

Excellent tour. Could not have asked for more. I was admittedly apprehensive about this tour (and the associated cost), but found that this was one of my most memorable experiences that I have ever had within Rome. Highly recommend this!

July 5, 2022

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