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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica

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Roma, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Discover Vatican City including the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà' sculpture in St. Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just 12 people.
  • Half-day Vatican Museums guided tour with fast-track access
  • Learn about the incredible Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam'
  • Explore St. Peter’s Basilica and rub the statue of St. Peter for a blessing

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This experience offers upgrades for early morning or after-hours tours of the Vatican.
Meet your local guide at the tour office to enter the Vatican Museums. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, step inside to start your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Follow your guide, listening to tales of saintliness and scandal, and learn about the Vatican’s place as one of the holiest sites in Christendom.

Italian art flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and the Vatican popes put together one of the world’s largest collections of private art with frescos, paintings, sculptures, and treasure. See the highlights as you walk through galleries such as Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the 'School of Athens'—a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself.

Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—'The Last Judgement' and 'The Creation of Adam.'

Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, which is said to be built on the ground where St. Peter is buried. Admire 'La Pietà,' an early Michelangelo sculpture, and pause to rub the foot of a statue of St. Peter, said to bring good luck. Your Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica tour then finishes outside the church.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Visit the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.isit to the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
In the Sistine Chapel you will have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s astonishing work, the entire ceiling and the Last Judgment, and then again in St Peter’s Basilica where his beautiful Pietà is kept
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Continue your Vatican discovery with priority-access to St. Peter’s Basilica. This spectacular church is said to be built above the remains of St. Peter himself, giving it unique religious significance in the Catholic world. Stand in the centre of the holy church and take in the stunning architecture, statues, mosaics and displays that fill this incredible destination.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
St. Peter's Square
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Traveler Tips


  • "Don't go on Mondays, so crowded and they said it's so busy because its closed on Sunday." See review
  • "Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk pretty much non stop." See review
  • "It is recommended that an early tour be taken to try to avoid the crowds." See review

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Vatican
Kristina_W
, Jun 2020
The meeting point was very good. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered our questions. We would highly recommend this tour.
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Post-COVID Tour
James_E
, Jun 2020
Tour guide was thorough and well-versed in the relevant historical context. He was engaging, entertained questions, clear, and catered well to the younger members of our tour group (which was only 9 people -- an added bonus). Locating the meeting spot was easy, and it was close to the Vatican entry point. The only snag (which was COVID-19 related) had to do with the tour itself -- though specifically mentioned in the description, St. Peter's Basilica was not included because the passageway that connects it to the Sistine Chapel was closed. So we had to individually go around and enter the Basilica on our own (entry was free, and the line wasn't long). The Museum and Sistine Chapel were, of course, magnificent. Be aware that visitors are not allowed to take pictures inside the Sistine Chapel (you can snap away everywhere else), and discussion must be kept to a minimum -- yes, they'll yell at you and, if necessary, remove you for not observing the rules. If you plan to tour the Vatican during the second half of 2020, expect to wear a mask throughout the entire tour (approximately 3 hours).
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Rushed
Carla_B
, Feb 2020
I have been on tours before and this was too rushed, rooms were missed, he talked and walked, so no time to take pictures. I brought a friend that had not ever been to Rome, so when the Raphael Rooms were not even addressed, I was very unhappy. It seemed we were behind from the beginning, but we literally only got 2.5 hours to run through the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Basilica. I was just so disappointed for my friend.
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Cerys
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour with Lorenzo on the afternoon of Tuesday 18th feb. Lorenzo was an excellent guide who helped us to understand all of the architecture, history and art in the Vatican museums!
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Being able to walk around without the guide once we had done the museum.
charmainejones7
, Feb 2020
Fabulous guide Maggie did a great job. We are not a fan of guided tours but she was very good and we learned a lot.
star-5
It was great having a guide that hit the highlights. The tour was well planned.
loisbrisben
, Feb 2020
The tour was fantastic. Very informative. The tour guide was very thoughtful and made sure everyone was comfortable.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear loisbrisben, Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed such an enriching tour at the Vatican. We hope to see you again in the future! Best regards, Customer Services
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Fast Track - Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Tour on 12/24/2019, 8:30am
Coastal762096
, Jan 2020
The tour guide dose not seem to know much about what is in Vatican Museum, and St Peter;s Basilica. nor has passion about the tour. He talked fast, walked fast, and was really rush to finish the tour. When asked him questions, he just say let me get back to you later. The tour lasted less than 2 hours and we dont get anything from the tour, except walking fast. We ddin not have time to see and to view.
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jamesjohnson32
, Jan 2020
The tour was very good, enlightening, and the tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. Flaws were that the short distance headphone guide allowing you to listen to the guide is too short and you need to be close to the guide to hear what was being said. However, as these were handed out by the Vatican this isn't a criticism of the guide at all. The guide though the museums could have done with being longer as there were areas we didn't see, that said with some many people and considering the full tour this is would have made it better but we would still go again knowing what we do now. This is really a must do.
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Great visit
Fearless192856
, Dec 2019
So much artwork history just amazing from start to finish. I only had a three hour visit but I’m sure you could spend days visiting the place. Such a lovely experience
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Fearless192856, Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted that you had such a fantastic time discovering the Vatican. We hope to see you again in the future! Best regards, Customer Services
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Wonderful Tour
Escape627460
, Dec 2019
Our tour guide was wonderful and provided a ton of information in the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. I would recommend spending the extra 10 Euros and going up in the Dome. The views are amazing.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Escape627460, Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you had such a fantastic time discovering the Vatican with our guide. We hope to see you on another tour in the future! Best regards, Customer Services

Product code: 3058VATICAN

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