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Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums Tour

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2.5 h.
Mon to Sat
9:00, 10:00, 11:00 & 14:30

The Vatican and Sistine Chapel are perfect sites for visitors to Rome. Our guided tour will give you No-Wait Entry with our Reserved Access, a carefully curated plan and passionate guides who breathe life into the Vatican Art collections. Dark Rome is proud to offer you the No. 1 Experience globally.

  • Take the ‘No. 1 Experience globally’ as verified by Trip Advisor in 2019.
  • Enter earlier through our Reserved Access to the Vatican Museums.
  • Explore the sublime Sistine Chapel and the incredible Raphael Rooms.
  • See the specially commissioned Papal artworks such as Raphael’s 'Liberation of Peter' and Michelangelo’s 'Creation of Adam'.
  • Watch the art take on a new shape as you listen to stories from our passionate art historian guides.
  • Small tours of 20 people or less & earpieces so you hear every word.

What to Expect

What's Included

  • Instant Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • All entrance & reservation fee
  • Audio headsets so you'll never miss a word
  • Manageable groups of 20 people or less
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael's Rooms
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries

Waste no Time in Line

With our Reserved Entrance, you can head straight inside without wasting any time. This gives you more time exploring the rooms and hallways where Popes and artists placed the art that made such an impression on them.

Discover More on this Tour

Once inside your guide will show you what very few ever see - St. Peter's Basilica rising above the gardens. From here you'll also see the unassuming building in the distance known as the Sistine Chapel. After photographs, you will move through the statues of antiquity and modern sculptures in the Pinecone Courtyard. As the Sistine Chapel is a place of quiet worship, you will receive an introduction here about what you are about to see inside from your Renaissance art-history expert.

On your way to the Chapel, you will pass through the incredibly accurate Hall of Maps, the tactile Gallery of Tapestries and the Raphael Rooms. Along the way, your guide will point out all the fascinating details to be seen such as Neptune pulling Columbus across the oceans and the depiction of Michelangelo. Inside the Sistine Chapel, you will be able to see every detail that you guide will have discussed with you such as Michelangelo's portrayal of Hell and his image of God which became part of public consciousness. 

Don’t Delay with a Guide to Lead the Way

Over the course of three hours, you’ll explore the treasures of the Vatican with a guide who will ensure that you see the highpoints of this unique collection. You'll see the rooms where the Popes are chosen and the doors where they make their final exit. You'll also see how they used their time to gather the art which reflected their ideas of faith and culture. You'll leave not just having seen the art of the Vatican but having understood the story behind it.

For a truly spectacular experience, consider our Semi-Private version of this tour. Limited to only 10 people or less, this tour makes for a more personalized exploration of the Vatican Museums. 

Important Notes

Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 years old to present valid ID and certification proving that you have either:

  • Been vaccinated with an EMA or AIFA approved vaccine (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna);
  • Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
  • Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;

The certification will only be accepted if issued by an approved issuing body of the following countries: EU, Schengen Zone, Canada, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, and the USA, in either digital or paper format. They must be presented in Italian, English, French, or Spanish. For more information, please refer to the following website:

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A Dark Rome tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With Dark Rome it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make Dark Rome so special