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  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Ticket with Host

    1. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Ticket with Host

    Go on a journey through art and religious history with your ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Skip the long ticket lines, inform yourself before entering with the help of a host, and enjoy your visit at your own pace. Find a treasure trove of Roman statues, Renaissance paintings, and Italian artworks. Discover works by Caravaggio and Titian, as well as more recent artists such as Picasso and Rodin. Keep an eye out for Michelangelo’s self-portrait. Walk through the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, the pope's private apartments.  Then, enter the Sistine Chapel and contemplate the intricate details of Michelangelo’s renowned masterpiece.

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    2. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. First your local guide will show you around the Rotunda, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Maps. Marvel at the ornate ceilings, ancient statues, and intricate tapestries found throughout the Vatican Museums. A highlight will be an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the Renaissance genius Michelangelo Buonarotti. Visit the world-famous Sistine Chapel, and see the Creation of Adam in real life. Listen as your guide tells  you about Michelangelo’s private jokes and secret messages that were hidden amongst the painted frescoes on the ceiling of the chapel

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Private Tour

    3. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Private Tour

    Beat the crowds with a private tour of the Vatican Museums. Explore the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel with your personal and highly professional tour guide, who will tailor the experience to fit your needs and requirements. Learn about the fascinating history of the Vatican, from its creation to its modern status as the world’s smallest state. You'll explore the second largest museum in the world, home to the Raphael Rooms, Pinacoteca and Gallery of the Geographical Maps. The Vatican Museum has more than 1400 galleries, and hosts one of the largest art collections in the world, with a variety of excellent Roman and Etruscan artworks. There are pieces by master painters like Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli, Signorelli, della Gatta and, of course, Michelangelo. See the Sistine Chapel through the eyes of an experienced tour guide, officially licensed by the Vati...

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour at Night

    4. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour at Night

    See the immense art collection at the Vatican Museums that has been built up over the centuries. Enjoy this 3-hour evening walking tour as your expert guide’s commentary brings the architecture and the art to life. Admire the stunning statues and sculptures from ancient Rome, and see mosaics and crafts from imperial times. You’ll be guided past the ticket line at the entrance and escorted inside the Vatican Museums, where you’ll visit the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the famous Raphael Rooms. Step inside the Sistine Chapel to see The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, 2 of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. The guided tour ends in the Sistine Chapel.

  • Tour of Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica

    5. Tour of Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica

    Start your day of sightseeing by meeting your tour guide and your driver at the pre-arranged meeting point. First, enjoy the luxury of skip-the-ticket-line access. Enter the Vatican and start your tour with a visit to the Vatican Museum, a true spectacle for everyone who visits.

    Your tour itinerary through the museum is specialized to focus on the most important parts of the site. The museum is full of art masterpieces, created by Europe's most famous artists throughout the centuries. Your guide will explain every detail of this place. Next, visit the Sistine Chapel. Once inside, marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling depicting the last judgment. Finish your tour at the Basilica of St. Peter. Admire the Pietà by Michelangelo and the St. Peter's Baldachin by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

    The depth and breath of history art and culture was overwhelming. Fortunately our guide was able to put it into digestible form. I didn't want the tour to end.

  • Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

    6. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

    Skip the ticket line and gain fast access to both the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Once inside, meet your guide who will conduct your tour and reveal the intriguing story behind the seminal design. Enter the Pio Clementino Museum and get up close to the astonishing classical Roman and Greek sculptures, before walking through to the Gallery of the Candelabras which is populated with majestic marble structures throughout.

    Continue on to see the 40 maps frescoed on the walls of the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the hanging renaissance artworks at Gallery of the Tapestries, and the four Raphael Rooms. Finally, marvel at Michelangelo's fresco "The Creation of Adam" in the Sistine Chapel.

    Sistine Chapel alone worth it. Jaw-dropping! The whole tour was superb. Highly recommend!

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    7. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Tour

    Discover one of the greatest art collections in the world on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.  Your local guide will take you to the most interesting galleries within the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contains ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries. Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti. From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome. He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work. Today these have...

  • Rome: Best of Rome All-Access Pass

    8. Rome: Best of Rome All-Access Pass

    Discover the "Eternal City" at your own pace with an all-access pass to the main monuments of Rome. Redeem your voucher at the office at your selected booking time and the staff will help you reserve all of your attractions. Visit St Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the largest church in the world, admire Michelangelo's "Pieta", and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit. Take the stress out of your visit with accompanied entrance to each attraction. Encounter masterpieces of art in the corridors, courtyards, and galleries of the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and pay your respects to former popes at the site of their tombs. Journey back to the days of the Roman Empire with a ticket to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Follow in the footsteps of Roman citizens at the Via Sacra and discover where the city was found...

    Our guide Elena was amazing, she was very flexible and helpful, she found solutions for every request/issue we had!

  • Rome: Skip-The-Line Vatican and Sistine Chapel Entrance

    9. Rome: Skip-The-Line Vatican and Sistine Chapel Entrance

    Avoid the notoriously long lines at the Vatican Museums and enjoy skip-the-line access to the world's most important collection of Roman sculptures and Renaissance masterpieces. People often queue for up to 4 hours to enter the museums during peak season, which can be extremely frustrating especially if you are limited on time. Thankfully, there is a solution. Benefit from a fast-track ticket and bypass the general admissions line for speedy access. Your ticket also gives you access to Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Simply book your ticket and have everything else taken care of for you. Just show up at the local partner's office at the correct time and you will be escorted straight inside the museums, where you will receive your ticket.

  • Fast-Track: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

    10. Fast-Track: Vatican and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

    The lines at the Vatican will blow you away—when you see them, you’ll have no doubt in your mind that a guided tour is the way to go. This skip-the-line 2.5-hour guided tour ensures that you won’t spend all day waiting in line to see the glories that await you. Join a passionate guide who will take you on an insightful journey from the Vatican Museums to the Sistine Chapel, and finally down into St. Peter’s Basilica. Throughout the tour, your guide will be open to all questions so you can fully appreciate and enjoy your experience.   In the Vatican Museums, your English-speaking guide will share their knowledge of the Vatican’s 4000-year-old history, share secrets and stories of days gone by, while taking you round the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and the Gallery of Candelabras. You’ll be in awe at the ancient sculptures and extravagant candelabras from the imperial villa...

    Amazing! It ended up only being four of us in the tour and they didn’t cancel! Laura was incredible and so full of knowledge! We would have been extremely lost in the Vatican City without this tour! We had a great time!!!

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 8,061 reviews

Highly recommend - Barbera is the best! Wow! This was even better than I could have hoped for, thanks to our unforgettable guide Barbera. Barbera was a FANTASTIC, ENGAGING, and SUPER FUN guide... truly, I don't think it gets better (and I am a former tour guide myself.) She led the tour with the perfect balance of teaching us important facts but also making it a memorable experience, filled with laughter. I like the fact that she is a native Roman and so it really felt like he was teaching us about her own history. We felt very looked after by her and she was so great at truly connecting with everyone in our group, and answering all our questions. We were smiling the entire time. So grateful for the experience and I thought it was worth every penny. Bravo!

The tour with Chiara absolutely amazing. We had a small group. No lines at the Basilica or Museum with the 8am tour. Definitely wear good walking shoes. Our guide Chiara (when in Rome Tours) was such a great guide. Very interacting and so very knowledgeable, funny and great energy. Personalized our tour so we could get to the most important stops in an efficient manner. Made sure everyone’s needs were met along the way. She offered to take photos of each person/couple at the best spots! She was interested in each person/couple. Asked where we were going next so she could recommend activities/restaurants. Guiseppi and Maria from Florida

What an amazing tour! This was my second time at the Vatican Museum and it was breathtaking. Maria, our guide was informative, fun and engaging. The small group allowed her to give us a lot of attention and interact with each other. Three hours felt like such a short time and at the end of the tour I wandered by myself in awe of this magical place. If you want to savour the experience, this is the right way to do it.

Very informative and competent tour through the Vatican museums and of course with a special focus on the explanations about the Sistine Chapel. Very good travel guide with in-depth knowledge and interesting background stories.

Sistine Chapel alone worth it. Jaw-dropping! The whole tour was superb. Highly recommend!