Museums

Essential Vatican guided tour: Museums, St Peter's and Sistine Chapel with skip-the-line access

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Availability: Every day except Sunday
Duration: 3 hours
Language: English , French , Spanish , German , Portuguese
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Visit must-see locations such as the Courtyards of the Vatican City, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Admire the beauty of the Vatican without missing any information thanks to audio headsets you'll be given at the start of the tour
  • Get a more personalized experience by upgrading to a tour for smaller groups
What to expect

Get the most out of your visit and discover all the treasures of the Vatican! Skip the long lines and learn about the fascinating collections from a professional guide.

This experience will allow you to go inside the Vatican Museums and admire renowned artworks of Michelangelo and Raffaello. Visit the famous Courtyards of the Vatican City, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Seize the opportunity to marvel at the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's undisputed masterpiece.

Then continue on your tour visiting, with skip-the-line access, St. Peter’s Basilica. Here, you will see another one of Michelangelo's masterpieces, La Pietà. Finally, as you exit out into St. Peter’s Square, you will also see Bernini’s optical illusion of the columns.

For a more personalized experience, choose the small group option during booking (maximum 12 people).

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What's included
  • Skip-the-line access to St Peter's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line access and reservation fee to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Headsets (if necessary)
  • Expert tour guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Reduced price
  • Children (0-5 years): free
  • Youth (6-18 years): reduced
Where

There are different meeting points depending on the language of your tour

Meeting point:

Make sure to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure of the tour. Coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition.

Tour in English: Please meet at the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi, between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano. The guide will be waiting at the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The closest metro stop is Ottaviano-Musei Vaticani (red line A).

Tour in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian: Meet your guide at the corner of Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie and Via Candia, at the bottom of the steps that join Via Candia to Viale Vaticano. The closest metro stop is Cipro (line A).

What to remember
  • Choose the option that best suits you between group tours (maximum 20 people) and small group tours (maximum 12 people)
  • The Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. If this occurs, we are happy to offer customers a longer tour of the Vatican Museums in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour
  • In case of unexpected closures of some of the areas inside the Museums, the guide may have to slightly modify the itinerary. For example, if some of the internal connecting areas are closed for safety reasons, Raphael's Rooms may be replaced with the Pio Clementino Museum, where Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere statues can be found
  • On Wednesdays, access to St Peter's Basilica and square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the Papal Audience. During the afternoon visits, the guide will talk to you about St. Peter's Basilica from St. Peter's Square before you enter
  • Please note that the time and date of the tour cannot be modified after purchase
  • Guests with wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this tour
  • Strollers or baby carriages are not allowed on this tour
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs
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When
  • This tour is available on various days and times of the year based on the language selected
  • The hour and date cannot be modified after final selection
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to a day before the activity begins.
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