Visited by over 5 million people per year, the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums are top of the “must see” list for most visitors to Rome. With over 9 miles of art spread across 2,000 rooms, seeing the Papal Palace on your own can be a little overwhelming. With our expertise and experience of touring over 1,000,000 visitors through the Vatican, we make it easy and memorable.
You will see the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, masterpieces in Raphael’s Rooms, and more. Before entering the Sistine Chapel, your expert guide will provide insight into Michelangelo’s world-famous ceiling and Last Judgement frescoes, then give you time in the chapel to take it all in. Many visitors the highlight of the tour is a visit to the Sistine Chapel, made even more fascinating when your guide explains the stories and characters hidden in the art by Michelangelo.
With special access, we will skip the long lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. Our guided tour continues here, exploring the monumental altar and Michelangelo’s Pieta among other beautiful works. You can spend additional free time inside St. Peter’s Basilica after the tour.
For a truly spectacular and intimate experience, consider our Semi-Private Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica tour, which includes everything in this group tour (described above) plus special early access before the general public and a group size of not more than 12 people.
St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites are subject to occasional closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access.
It is possible to climb the Dome on your own if you wish, however you will need to purchase a ticket directly on site. Our tours do not include a visit to the Dome. Please note that if you intend to climb the Dome after your tour ends, you should make sure to book a morning tour (not on a Wednesday) as the Dome access is already closed in the afternoon before our afternoon tours reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Basilica is often closed on Wednesday mornings.
No. With our tickets, it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican once you leave as the Vatican tickets are single entry only.
The price is all-inclusive: Skip the Line entrance, entrance ticket, guide and tour. Our tours are classic and very comprehensive. This is a three hour tour and covers many wings of the museums including, but not limited to, ancient Greek\Roman sculpture, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra and the Hall of Tapestries. For many the two highlights of our tours are the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms. From the Sistine Chapel, groups exit the Museums and end the tour at St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square. Please note that most Wednesday mornings and on special religious occasions, Saint Peter’s Basilica might be closed, and therefore not part of the tour. In that event, the tour still lasts three hours and has a more extensive visit inside the world-famous Vatican Museums.
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