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.
Enjoy a more personal and intimate Vatican experience with group size of 12 people or less. This is the semi-private version of our most popular Vatican tour.
Early access means you’ll enter the Vatican Museums before the general public.
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.
Early Access, Smaller Crowds
Experience the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica in the peace and quiet that was intended on our semi-private small group tour. With 12 people or less per group, your visit will be intimate and you will enjoy a more personal interaction with your guide. Early-morning access, thanks to our Official Partnership, means you will enter the Museums before they open to the general public so you’ll stay ahead of the large crowds.
Important Sights of the Vatican Museums
Once inside, we visit the most important works of art in the Vatican Museums, from Apollo Belvedere and the Gallery of Tapestries to the Raphael Rooms. With insight from your expert, English-speaking guide you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the incredible masterpieces held within this 9-mile collection – something you will appreciate even more when you get to the Sistine Chapel. Admire Michelangelo’s beautiful frescoes and discover the hidden meanings and stories shared by your guide.
Bypass the Long St. Peter's Basilica Line*
From the Sistine Chapel we use a special entrance to access St. Peter’s Basilica directly, bypassing another long line. Our guided tour continues inside where we visit Michelangelo’s Pietà and see the colossal Basilica dome, even more impressive when you understand just how long it took to build. Enjoy free time inside St. Peter’s after your tour.
*St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. While we undertake to tell guests beforehand 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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