Guided tour

3-Hour Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome

3-Hour Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome

From US$ 78.48 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
English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German
Pickup included
Pickup from centrally-located hotels only. Please note, 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)
  • 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
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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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

4 /5

based on 12 reviews

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A compulsory visit to Rome, the guide was very good and available to answer questions from the group.

June 22, 2018

not worth the price

The guide was bad and spent her time checking that the group was there rather than teaching us things about what we see. We got out of stress and without having learned anything.

May 1, 2018


Terrible customer service, the people who are in charge of hospitality at your, I love rome locations have zero personal skills. Never going back again

September 30, 2017

Product ID: 31294