in Vialle Vaticano, Viale Vaticano, Piazza san Pietro, Piazza San Pietro, St Peter’s Square, Viale Vaticano, Rome, Italy

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour


Vialle Vaticano, Viale Vaticano, Piazza san Pietro, Piazza San Pietro, St Peter’s Square, Viale Vaticano, Rome, Italy

57.24 USD

1 - 15

2 hrs 30 mins


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Overview
  • Spend more time inside with no-wait access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel through an official, Vatican partner entrance. On this comprehensive guided tour, you'll experience the best of the Vatican in just three hours, including the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's, and more. Navigate the vast complex of artwork and history with an expert, who will bring this ancient collection to life. Choose from several departure times, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 10 people.

Location
  • Around:
    • Vialle Vaticano
    • Viale Vaticano
    • Piazza san Pietro
    • Piazza San Pietro
    • St Peter’s Square
    • Viale Vaticano
    • Rome, Italy
  • Pickup: Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Categories
  • Cultural Tours
  • Historical & Heritage Tours
  • Walking Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at:
  • Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins

Additional
  • Price per person: $57.24
  • Size: 1 - 15 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide

Inclusion
  • Professional guide.
    Headsets to hear the guide clearly (when group size is 20 people).
    Priority Access to the Vatican.
    Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums.
    Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello.
    Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel.
    Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

Exclusion
  • Gratuities.
    Hotel pickup and drop-off.
    Food and drinks.
    St. Peter's Basilica is not included until further notice

Cancellation
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.

Walkthrough the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante.


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Viale Vaticano, Vatican City Italy

Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy

Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and admire The Last Judgement, his colorful mural that adorns a wall.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St Peter’s Square.

Keep in mind that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, you'll be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms.

If you want to make sure that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date. If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences: Small-Group Tour at 8:10am:

Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter.


Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: St. Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Passing by

Stop At: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

In just three hours, we’ll introduce you to the artistic treasures of the Vatican City and its main attraction Vatican Museums in an enjoyable and hassle-free manner. From the enormous basilica built over the tomb of St. Peter to Michelangelo's ground-breaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, you will see how the Popes used art and culture to spread their message. You’ll leave not just appreciating the Vatican but having understood it too.

Duration: 3 hours

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Please bring your own mask on the tour. The wearing of mask is compulsory in order to comply with health & Safety regulations. Our guide will be wearing mask during the tour as well..
At the meeting point there will be social distancing taking place. Our guide will organize the group upon your arrival, but we kindly ask yourself to be conscience in taking social distance at all the time from others..
Following the new regulations regarding Coronavirus, at the entrance your body temperature will be checked. If a body temperature above 37.5 ° C is registered, you will not be able to enter the site..
Not wheelchair accessible.
Near public transportation.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours..
Guided visits are not allowed inside St. Peter's on afternoon tours due to religious functions. In this case guides provide full commentary from the Basilica's porch, and guests can visit the interior at their own pace without the guide.
Tours departing Wednesday: There is a possibility that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed..
Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival.
Our group size is 10 people or less complying with the venue regulations during this post-Covid-19.

Reviews

5.0 stars, based on 418 reviews
paul
paul

awesome experience the tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate and the tour was amazing.. Well worth doing no queuing great value

19/10/2020
Bridgette K
Bridgette K

An Incredible experience! Our guide Lindee was very knowledgeable and extremely friendly, answered any questions we had with ease. The guided tour really helped us understand our surroundings and historic architecture. I would wholeheartedly recommend this trip, the Vatican museum was like no other I have seen so many Treasures, the Sistine Chapel was truly amazing.

05/10/2020
Alison
Alison

Sylvia was an amazing tour guide, full of knowledge and constantly interacting with all of us. Sylvia gets a full 10 stars from us, thank you. Highly recommend
Alison and Steve from Manchester

30/09/2020
a.j.key
a.j.key

Did small group tour with Salvatore. The Vatican is breath-taking and awe inspiring. No place on Earth like it. Salvatore extremely well organised .Appreciated him sharing his passion for such a wonderful place and the geniuses who built and decorated it. Grazie.

10/09/2020
Adele
Adele

Sal was fantastic, really lovely and explained everything perfectly. Really enjoyed the tour and would definitely book again.

10/09/2020
Marion B
Marion B

Fabulous tour and very informative guide!
Very safe during Covid, masks, temperature taken.
Would recommend this tour!

07/09/2020
Alain C
Alain C

Gigi was fantastic! We could feel his passion for the Vatican and it made our group so excited to learn about everything - we can definitely recommend this to anyone!

13/08/2020
Lucinda D
Lucinda D

Our guide Alessandra, was fantastic and so passionate about the place , We learnt so much from her , things that would have passed us by , her knowledge was astounding

13/08/2020
Matthew D
Matthew D

Our guide was a wealth of information and extremely knowledgeable which helped us enjoy the tour thoroughly.

31/07/2020
Kristofer M
Kristofer M

Very nice visit to the Vatican with a good guide. I can recommed this tour of the Vatican. It was a good experience

27/07/2020
Donald
Donald

Our guide was well versed and very professional. She answered all our questions and even gave us information not included elsewhere.

16/07/2020
smalik997
smalik997

The tour was pretty much perfect in every kind of way. The meeting point was easy to navigate and find, and the staff were very professional on arrival. Our guide was friendly, clear and had a lot of knowledge which she shared with the group very well.

The Vatican museums are absolutely huge, and I feel that without a tour, you would end up needing an entire day to have a look round. The tour was good in this sense as it focused on the highlights, but didn't feel too rushed at any point. If you are someone who wants to really take their time in the museums, and look around at everything, a tour isn't for you. The tour lasted 3 hours and concluded in St Peter's Basilica, where you will have a quick tour and then be allowed to free roam. It's possible to visit St Peter's square very easily after the tour finishes.

My only slight complaint is that they should invest in better headsets. If you were too far away from the guide, it would either become very muffled or cut off entirely.

06/04/2020
xdamientt
xdamientt

Excellent guide and very informative tour of The Vatican. I'm not a big fan of organised religion but it's fascinating to see the wealth the Catholic church has amassed over the centuries and how Sheeple continue to blindly follow despite the scandals and corruption.

09/03/2020
Ayesha Umme-Jihad
Ayesha Umme-Jihad

Partner and I visited in late February and our tour guide was Lorena. She's an archaeologist and super passionate about everything she taught us - the buildings, history, the artists. Everything was so gorgeous but the only issue is that the Vatican and Raphael's Rooms are packed to the brim with hundreds of people and everyone is being herded through. You can't really stop to examine (and art is everywhere, floor and walls and ceilings). That part was frustrating but not Lorena's fault at all ofc. I would recommend doing this tour and learning a lot in 3 hours and then coming back on your own one day to walk through everywhere slowly.

05/03/2020
Yve.Field
Yve.Field

Fabulous guide...so knowledgeable. Made it an exciting and informative visit. Would definitely recommend it. Well done!

05/03/2020
AMY D
AMY D

The tour was worth every single penny. Very informative. And our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and her English was excellent. I don’t think we would have learnt as much self guided so I recommend a tour every time. You hear so many more stories and extra details with a tour.

04/03/2020
Jamal M
Jamal M

The tour guy was amazing👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾. He had taken his time to listen to everyone questions.He was well knowable, kind and polite.

02/03/2020
Karen N
Karen N

Oscar was very interesting n knowledgeable . It was quite long n too large of a group. Very interesting was the story of the x pope living in the gardens

02/03/2020
Martin H
Martin H

Anolisa was our guide and she was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable and has a great understanding of all things Vatican. She was so funny and made us all feel welcome and relaxed.

27/02/2020
Allan J
Allan J

Brilliant tour with a very knowledgeable guide. If you only do one tour in Rome, this is it. Very happy we did it in February as I think it must be too hot in the summer.

27/02/2020
Earl K
Earl K

The guide was great and very informative. The trip was enjoyable with time given to rest, use restroom or grab a snack! Great experience

26/02/2020
Matthew B
Matthew B

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide who coordinated everything. Would highly recommend this tour company.

26/02/2020
ANTHONY L
ANTHONY L

Super informed guide who had a lovely manner and very attentive to questions. Thoroughly enjoy the morning.

26/02/2020
Jorge R
Jorge R

Tour was professionally organize. Our guide Francesca O. was energetic, well informed and down to earth. Just enough tutorial to learn but to keep the experience genuine. Felt group was perfect size on the Semi-private tour. Pace was good, very thankful to have additional time thru Sistine Chapel and inside Saint Peter's Basilica. Thank you, Jorge

25/02/2020
Min S
Min S

Fast track and no waiting... stunning paintings in Sistine Chapel and magnificent St Peter’s Basilica...a must when in Rome.

24/02/2020
Iain G
Iain G

Excellent tour guide in a smallish group of 20. Very knowledgable and friendly. Meeting point was easy to find too.

24/02/2020
Eudaldo G
Eudaldo G

Guide was very knowledgeable about the Vatican history and willing to answer all our questions. Super pleasant!

20/02/2020
Geraldine O
Geraldine O

Incredible tour, our guide Palou was so interesting and helpful. She was very enthusiastic about her work.

20/02/2020
Grant R
Grant R

Excellent tour in 3 hours. Main things covered. Great guide with a fountain of knowledge. Felt very safe and in good hands.

20/02/2020
Lance V
Lance V

Our guide, Renatta, was very knowledgeable about the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. She provided significant details about the many amazing works of art and history which made the tour one of the highlights of our trip to Rome. We booked our tickets online and found the directions of where to meet easy to find. I would highly recommend booking a tour with this company.

19/02/2020
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