Guided tour

Vatican City: Small-Group Guided Art Tour

4.8 / 5

52 reviews

Vatican City: Small-Group Guided Art Tour

From US$ 65.64 per person

Discover one of the world’s greatest art collections on a 3-hour, skip-the-ticket-line tour of the Vatican Museums. Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, before going inside St. Peter's Basilica and ending at St. Peter's Square.

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, German, Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Receive skip-the-ticket-line access to one of the world's great art collections at the Vatican
  • Go to the Sistine Chapel to discover Michelangelo's breathtaking frescoes
  • See art and architecture by Bernini, Raphael, and Michelangelo
  • Discover ancient maps, the "Garden of Italy" and the marvelous St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square
Full description

Take a small-group, guided tour of the Vatican City and visit the papal art collection in the Vatican Museums. Discover antique statues and mosaics from ancient Roman villas. Pass by the "Garden of Italy" in the Gallery of the 16th Century and see the maps made by ancient cartographers. Then, enter the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. Learn the meanings of his sacred art and its relationship to concepts of beauty. Enter St. Peter's Basilica to see yet more staggering art by Bernini and Michelangelo.

Finally, admire Bernini’s colonnades on St. Peter's Square. Look at the dome of the church and the famous chimney that emits white smoke upon the papal election. Spot the balcony of the papal benediction at Urbe et Orbi.

  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • Licensed, local guide
  • Headsets to better hear your guide
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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    Meeting point

    Meet at "Caffe Vaticano" (close to the steps). Address: Viale Vaticano 100. A 15-minute walk from St. Peter's Square and metro stop A / Ottaviano. So not on the St. Peter's Square! The guide is recognizable by the sign "GUIDE ROME-LC INCOMING" Mobile: +393382653135

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Student card
    • Passport or ID card for children

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
    • Please dress appropriately for the Vatican with shoulders and knees covered at all times.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 52 reviews

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    Alessandra is a very good and friendly guide. She managed to keep our children attentive without any problem and it was very educational. The only but to the visit is that we were left wanting more and that he explained the Basilica of San Pedro from the inside, but the truth is that we spent the three hours flying.

    July 18, 2021

    We had previously done the tour in the Colosseum with Manuela and were so enthusiastic about her that we wanted her to show us the Vatican too. Everything was super interesting again and in 3 hours you could see and get to know a lot. Without a guide we would have been really lost there. All signs are only in English / Italian.

    June 18, 2021

    Wir hatten eine Führung bei Manuela. Obwohl wir aufgrund von Stau etwas zu spät kamen blieb sie ganz gelassen. Wir waren nur zu zweit - mein Sohn und ich, toll. Manuela hat uns super Geschichten erzählt und konnte so auch einen Jugendlichen begeistern. Ich empfehle diese Tour zu 100%. Danke für den schönen Vormittag.

    November 4, 2021

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