The Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica are perfect sites for visitors to Rome. Our guided tour will give you Faster-Than Skip-the-Line 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 Booked Tour in the World.
We are the only Official Vatican Partner with the highest partnership status. As a result, we can offer you our exclusive Partner Entrance which allows you to access the Museums instantly. This gives you more time exploring the rooms and hallways where Popes and artists placed the art that made such an impression on them.
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.
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This tour enters St. Peter's Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel so unlike other tours, you will not have to wait in line again. This will give you more time to see the interior of the Basilica, the many unusual doors and one of Michelangelo's earliest sculptures, the Pietá. The size of the Basilica alone will give you a new perspective on the first Pope who is buried beneath it. Finally, walk out into the open arms of St Peters Square, where he was martyred and where the faithful wait for a glimpse of their current Pope above the Bernini designed collonade.
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 12 people or less, this tour makes for a more personalized exploration of the Vatican Museums.
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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