Explore the Vatican in all its splendour with a 3-hour skip-the-line tour of the museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

• Get priority access via a Vatican Partner entrance.

• Learn about the artworks from a professional guide.

• Headsets are provided for clear listening throughout.

• E-tickets are sent straight to your mobile device.

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About The Vatican Museums & Basilica Tour:

Spend more time exploring with skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel through an official, Vatican partner entrance. On this English-language tour, you'll experience the best of the Vatican across three hours, including the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's Basilica, and more. Navigate the vast collection artwork with a professional guide, who will bring each masterpiece to life. Choose from several departure times in our booking calendar here.


today Season:

  • Apr 1 - Dec 31, 2019 | Daily, except Sundays.

headset Commentary:

  • Live English-Speaking Guide.

schedule Tour Times:

  • Please arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes before your selected tour departure time.

place Departure Point:

  • Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM.
  • Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2a, 00136 Roma RM.
  • Exact location will be provided on your booking confirmation voucher.

hourglass_empty Duration:

  • Approximately 3 hours.

accessible Accessibility:

  • Unfortunately the areas visited on this tour are not accessible to wheelchair users.

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel:

A visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is a must if want to get the full flavour of Rome's religious and artistic heritage. While queues are fairly long throughout year, especially during peak seasons, this tour will provide priority entry via a Vatican tourism partner entrance.

Experience the intricate beauty of the Hall of Maps, see modernist marvels in the Pinecone Courtyard, and stand in awe of Michelangelo's iconic frescoes. You'll explore the ins and outs of these two incredible landmarks. So what are you waiting for, or should we say, what are you 'not' waiting for.

In the company of an English-speaking guide you'll explore all of the Vatican Museums' highlight areas, including: the Hall of Maps, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra and the breathtaking Raphael Rooms. Keep your eyes peeled for iconic works by Leonardo da Vinci (St. Jerome in Wilderness), Raphael (Adoration of the Magi) and Caravaggio (Entombment).

The high point for many is arguably the Sistine Chapel, whose roof Michelangelo repainted (at great physical and mental cost) between 1508 & 1512 for Pope Julius II. His most notable frescos include the The Creation of Adam, God Dividing The Waters and The Downfall of Adam and Eve.

Michelangelo isn't, however, the only artist to have contributed frescos to this magnificent building. Observe the surrounding walls and you'll see works by Sandro Botticelli (Temptation of Christ) and Cosimo Rosselli's Last Supper.

St. Peter's Basilica:

Witnessing the scale and grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica is a must for any visitor to the Eternal City. Constructed between 1506 and 1626, and with a dome designed by the famous Michelangelo it remains to this day the largest cathedral in the world.

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Helpful ticket usage instructions are listed below.

Important Information & Usage instructions

After completing your booking you will receive a tour pass immediately via email. Please present this to the tour guide at the departure point (Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM) or (Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2a, 00136 Roma RM). The exact location will be provided on your booking confirmation voucher.

Remember to arrive at the departure location at least 15 minutes before the tour starts so you can be checked-in. Additional information regarding the tour operator, such as their emergency contact numbers will be listed on your confirmation voucher.

PLEASE NOTE:

• On Wednesdays it is possible that St. Peter's Basilica and Square will be inaccessible due to the weekly Papal Audience.

• Note that due to ongoing religious functions guided tours will not take place inside St. Peter's Basilica on afternoon departures. In such cases your guide will provide commentary from the Basilica's porch, and you can visit the interior on your own.

• When in the Vatican ensure that you adhere to the dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Low-cut or sleeveless tops and shorts will be not permitted for either men or women. Visitors that do not follow this code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. The local tour provider cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.

• Large purses, bags and backpacks are not permitted on the tour.

• While this tour does provide skip-the-line access you may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

• Full refunds can be provided for cancellation requests notified at least 24 hours in advance of the activity start time.

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