What makes this tour unique?
Visit the main highlights of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms, plus St. Peter's Basilica where you can spend extra free time after the tour.
Faster than Skip the Line, no other tour company can get you in quicker thanks to Dark Rome’s special Official Partner entrance.
Our most popular tour with thousands of excellent reviews. You will have a great experience with an expert English-speaking guide, small group size, and audio headsets.
OFFICIAL VATICAN PARTNERSHIP – VIP Advantages for You
Dark Rome is 1 of only 3 OFFICIAL VATICAN MUSEUMS PARTNERS worldwide. Couple that with our experience of guiding over 1,000,000 guests through the Vatican and a TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence, you can’t get a better tour anywhere else! When you book this tour with Dark Rome you get:
||FASTEST ENTRANCE – because of Dark Rome’s Official Vatican Partnership, we’ll get you into the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums faster than “Skip the Line” tours and much faster than the general public through our special Official Partners entrance. In fact, there is no quicker way to enter than with Dark Rome.
Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums
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.
Skip Long Line for St. Peter's Basilica*
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.
Semi-Private Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica Tour – Even More Special!
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.
*Due to circumstances beyond our control connected with the 2016 Jubilee Holy Year and Vatican urgencies, St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled last minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. We also can't grant access to the Holy Doors as the sites may be very busy, though guests are free to access them after the tour. 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. While we undertake to tell guests ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Please note that 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' access.
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