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Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica

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Roma, Italy

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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

See the best of Vatican City on this small-group tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Skip the long lines at the Vatican and go straight to the remarkable art and architecture, including galleries, the Julius II apartments, the Raphael Rooms, and Sistine Chapel. This intimate Vatican tour is limited to six people for a personal experience and individual service from the guide, and includes all entrance fees.
  • Visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • See galleries, courtyards, and papal apartments
  • Take in the Sistine Chapel
  • Interior access to St. Peter's Basilica
  • All entrance fees included
  • Skip the line
  • Small group limited to six people
Meet a guide at a central location near the Vatican at the pre-arranged time, then skip the line to get into the Vatican Museums to see the highlights of the vast collection. Exploring the museums with a small group, you are able to maneuver the crowded galleries at a comfortable pace, with plenty of time to ask questions.

Pass through a series of gardens and terraces, where you find early Renaissance architecture and an exquisite modern art piece, then see the collection of Roman and Greek artifacts in the Octagonal Courtyard.

Visit the Muses Room, the Round Room, and the Greek Cross Room, then take in the maps and tapestries in the galleries on your way to the Julius II apartments and the Raphael Rooms, part of the papal apartments.

Enter the Sistine Chapel through a tiny door, with time to take in the brilliant frescoes that the ceiling and walls. From the Sistine Chapel, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica through an interior passageway—this allows you to skip the exterior line—and finish the tour in the enormous Catholic shrine, which contains masterpieces of design, sculpture, and artwork.
Itinerary
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Vatican Museums
Meet your guide in front of the Cafè Vaticano directly across from the Vatican Museums for your small-group tour. Discover some of the most famous paintings and sculptures from western civilization and listen to amusing anecdotes about the former popes and artists represented in the museums. With a small-group tour of maximum of six people, easily maneuver through the crowded museums at a comfortable pace. With the personalized attention of your guide, ask all the questions you like. Skip-the-line to access the Vatican Museums and begin your small-group tour promptly. After a view of the terrace over the Vatican gardens, make your way across the beautiful early Renaissance courtyard to admire Hadrian's Pinecone, and then to the modern art piece of Arnaldo Pomodoro. As your knowledgeable guide presents interesting facts and stories, you will then head to the magnificent Octagonal Courtyard which is one of the most remarkable collections of Roman and Greek artifacts. Admire the famous Belvedere Torso, learn about the mystery of the Laocoon Priest of Troy, and visit the Muses Room. After a short stop for wonderful pictures, continue through the Round Room and the Greek Cross Room. Walk up the stairs and through the beautiful galleries to admire an abundance of candelabra, tapestries, and maps. Then head to the Julius II apartments and see the grandeur and the magnificent details of the Raphael Rooms. Next, learn of Michelangelo's masterpiece from your guide before you enter through a tiny door to admire the majestic Sistine Chapel. Take in its grandeur in contemplative silence. The tour will end with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica where you will access the church directly through a VIP passage to skip the long line. Enjoy the awe-inspiring visit and be amazed at the size of the beautifully adorned Basilica.  ABOUT OUR 6 PEOPLE SMALL GROUP POLICY When you book a small group tour, you are guaranteed one tour guide per group of 6 people. Please bear in mind though that in order to accommodate traveling families and friends, we do on rare occasion make the exception of adding an additional one to two guests in order not to split groups who are traveling together. On that same note, you may find yourself on tour with less than six people. As we accept bookings in multiples of six, math doesn’t always work in our favor to help accommodate individual travelers and their families when on the same tour, so we hope you understand and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included

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  • "Skip the line tours are 100 the best option in Italy as the lines are long to get in AND you have someone to explain what you're looking at." See review
  • "Unless you are already an expert in religious and art history, I would definitely recommend taking the tour of the Vatican with a guide - they really bring the history of the Vatican and the artworks it contains alive." See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour and would suggest that without a guide you would need a whole day to try to navigate through this massive facility." See review

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MariaCecilia_R
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour . Convenient. Thank you. Highly recommended . Appreciate the promptness xxxxxxxxzzxxx.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Maria We're so glad that you enjoyed the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour and we thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review and give us a great rating. Thank you, once again Angelo and Kristin
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Exceptional Tour and Guide
Richard_T
, Feb 2020
We were so fortunate have Massimo as our tour guide! He was so friendly and knowledgeable, navigating us through all the exhibits and pointing out details we never would have seen. We had the unique opportunity to see all the tapestries on display in the Sistine Chapel-it was beautiful. Massimo even took the time to take great family pictures of us! I highly recommend booking the small group tour and using him for a tour guide.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Richard Many many thanks for your lovely review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour you took with Massimo. Massimo is a fabulous guide and we'll be sure to let him know how much you enjoyed his tour. A big thank you from all 3 of us Angelo and Kristin
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Great experience
bebfu
, Feb 2020
Great experience specially entering the premises which we all know how crazy that can be. Our guide ( Louise) explained everything and help us with anything .only 7 persons group.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We're so happy that you enjoyed the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Louise and we'll be sure to let her know your praise and compliments. Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. Angelo and Kristin
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Excellent
bebfu
, Feb 2020
It was the best experience ever. The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and nice. I can’t imagine going through that endless line for hours to get there. We really recommend this tour without hesitation. We were only 7 people, very easy to move through the large groups. 10/10
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Many thanks for your great review and 10/10 rating of our Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. It's good to know that you really appreciated the opportunity to skip the line and that our small group policy made your whole experience that much better. Thank you for writing Angelo and Kristin
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Great Tour
judy
, Feb 2020
I’ve been to Rome many times and toured the Vatican at least four times. This was the best ever. Our guide spoke excellent English and was a trained archeologist. She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Judy A great review of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour from you, a seasoned traveler and visitor multiple times to the Vatican complex, means the world to us! Thank you Angelo and Kristin
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Massimo 5 🌟
karenball07
, Jan 2020
Massimo was an absolutely amazing guide, his passion and experience for all the history and beauty of the art, were translated in a simple and engaging style!! Bravo!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Karen We will be sure to let Massimo know about your great 5 star review of his Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour and we thank you for taking the time to write about it. All best wishes Angelo and Kristin
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Amazing!
hattrickadams
, Jan 2020
Massimo was a wonderful guide that showed my fiance and I. He was the perfect blend of tour personalization and keeping the tour load manageable. There were many hidden aspects of the museums that the other tour guides were not even aware of that were expertly guided. Thanks again Massimo!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We're so glad you enjoyed the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with Massimo. He'll be very pleased to read your nice review. Thank you Angelo and Kristin
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Excellent
claire_lunney
, Jan 2020
We went straight to the front of an endless line and through security in less than 5 minutes. The Vatican was busy as it was closing early for new year but our guide efficiently took us to all the relevant areas giving us a interesting and knowledgeable commentary. Saint Peter’s Basillica was the highlight. I highly recommend this tour and would suggest that without a guide you would need a whole day to try to navigate through this massive facility.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Claire We thank you for your lovely review of the Vatican complex tour and greatly appreciate your recommendation of this tour and our guides. Thank you once again Angelo and Kristin
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Fantastic, very, very good.
WMarcolin
, Dec 2019
Fantastic, very, very good. Our guide score 11 of 10, Massimo knows all about the Vatican, gives details that make the visit wonderful and holds our attention on details that surely without him we would never know, of course, recommend and I will return again with the rest of the family for this tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
How lovely of you to give Massimo, your guide for the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour, an 11 out of 10 rating!! He'll be so pleased when we tell him. Thank you Angelo and Kristin
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The great Vatican experience
iriszohar79
, Dec 2019
Our tour guy was Alex and he was fantastic! From the moment he welcomed us outside he was warm, friendly knowledgeable and went out of his way to ensure that we got the best out of this tour. We ended up being a real small group that consist of me and my husband and a mom and son. Being such a small made it felt like we are getting a personal tour through the Vatican. From the art work, to the Sistine Chapel to St, Peters Basilica & Vatican City it was just breathtaking! By far one of our favorite and fun memories of our time in Italy! Highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We're thrilled to hear that the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour you took with Alex was one of your most favorite memories of your trip to Italy. Yours is a fabulous compliment. Thank you! Angelo and Kristin

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