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Vatican Museums: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

    1. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

    Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Tiptoe through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens! Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk 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, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

    Nice tour despite the amusement park-like herding of people through the museum. Guards were a bit rude to visitors. Didn't like that if you missed seeing something the guards wouldn't let you retreat to look again. The tour itself was beautiful!

  • Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour

    2. Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour

    Take a guided tour of the extensive papal collection of statues, artifacts, and paintings by some of the world’s most distinguished artists in the endless corridors of the Vatican Museums.

    Get access to the pope's private apartments in the Raphael Rooms (available only during the 8.30 AM tour), see work by historic cartographers in the Gallery of the Maps, admire the Gallery of the Candelabras and more.

    Enter the Sistine Chapel and contemplate the glory of Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece. Then, experience the magnificent interior of St. Peter’s Basilica at your own pace without a guide, where highlights include Bernini's high altar and the stunning "La Pieta" by Michelangelo.

    A must do tour when visiting Rome. With a good guide like the one we have you get so much more. The information give you a much better understanding of all great things you see.

  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Ticket with Host

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

  • Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Tour and Sistine Chapel

    8. Skip-the-Ticket-Line Vatican Tour and Sistine Chapel

    Step inside the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel with skip-the-line entry. Experience all the wonders and history the Vatican has to offer on this guided tour.

    Skip the queues and be whisked straight into the Vatican. Once inside, your expert guide will show you the best of the Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries, and the highlights of the Papal art collection in the Raphael Rooms.

    Marvel at Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, and hear the history from your guide. Continue to St Peter’s Basilica, which is larger than the Statue of Liberty. Gaze up into its massive dome and see its iconic sculptures, mosaics, and hidden details.

    Finish your tour at St. Peter’s Square, where the faithful gather to listen when the Pope appears. Come away with an understanding of the Vatican's history and see how it has impacted the...

    Great guide. He really knows his information on the various different parts of the Vatican Museum. No problems getting into the museum, and nice small headsets were not distracting.

  • Skip-The-Line Vatican, Sistine & St. Peter with Small Group

    9. Skip-The-Line Vatican, Sistine & St. Peter with Small Group

    Accompanied by a knowledgeable and passionate guide, the tour begins at the Vatican Museums with its immense collection built, by the Popes throughout the centuries. The itinerary includes the Pio Clementino Hall, the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, the Maps Gallery, the Candelabra Gallery, the Tapestries Gallery and  the Sistine Chapel to admire the breathtaking frescoes by Michelangelo, one of the most celebrated masterpieces in the world. From the  Museum you will exit directly into St. Peter’s Basilica, the most important Christian church in the world,  where you will admire, among others, Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Pietà, and the impressive Baldachin Altar by Bernini. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square, dominated by Michelangelo’s imposing Cupola and surrounded by the famous Bernini’s double Colonnade.  

    We had a great guide and an overall great experience! You don’t get that much time to look around in the basilica and at the vatican museums, but in the sistine chapel we got 10 minutes, which was more than enough for us! We would certainly recommend this tour!

  • Hosted Fast-Track Ticket Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

    10. Hosted Fast-Track Ticket Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

    Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without waiting in the often long public lines. Take a journey through the awe-inspiring museums where you’ll 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. See if you can spot Michelangelo’s self-portrait, which hints that he would rather be skinned alive than paint in the Sistine Chapel again. This is truly an unparalleled collection of art pieces acquired throughout the years. You will be able to discover all this and much, much more, all with skip-the-ticket-line access to prevent wasted time waiting in line.

    The office to exchange the voucher took quite a bit to find but staff were great when we found it.

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What people are saying about Vatican Museums

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 491 reviews

Firstly, booking changed by an out of the blue phone call while in Rome which ended up costing ''me'' approx $25 for just recieving it. i was offered a different tour at different time, and was even asked if i could change my morning boooking i had booked to fit in with their sheduled tour which i couldn't, and was then offered a partial refund! we ended up agreeing to a lesser tour in the afternoon just so we didnt miss out of seeing the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basillica. This tour was booked as we wanted to see the pope mobile collection and appreciated our guide allowing us to separate from group for a quick 5 min visit while we were close by looking at something else. The Meeting point was set up and towards to the back end of the Basillica building, and using the Maps app it was easy to find. we were split into two large groups, we went with a wonderful guide who was very informative, sorry don't remember his name. it was a long 3 hour tour but we thouroughly enjoyed it.

First of all I would like to thank Ricardo and Juliano for the beautiful day, I enjoyed every moment both were very knowledgeable and even when asked about things outside the tour they would answer. I enjoyed Juliano’s tour cause he told us stories about artists and their history, Such a nice people, nice tour I made some friends and I will definitely bring my family next time. Love you

Exceptional Tour!

I booked this because I wanted to see the Pope's vintage/antique car and carriage collection and it did not disappoint! Our guide, Chiara, was exceptional. I felt so fortunate to have her as my guide as I would have been lost in the Museums without her. Her insight made the tour for me. Thank you, Chiara!

Great fun. The tour was awesome

It was such a great tour. I learned so much And skip the line without pb. And everything went smoothly. Everything : the booking, the customer service, the representativ paolo and the guide (i don t remember the name sorry :( ) were so nice. Thanks, I recommend !

Very informative , covered more than you would see without a guide..loved it