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Vatican Walking Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters – Skip the Line!

US$ 44.82 US$ 38.97 Price per person from View price guide

Highlights

  • Ensure your place at the Vatican for a fantastic low price, then pay your entrance fees on the day
  • Skip the Line: The Vatican allows a limited numbers per day – with this tour you not only get guaranteed entry but a time slot is pre-booked so you will not have to wait
  • The Vatican can be overwhelming – an expert guide will show you the most important features and some lesser known treasures

Overview

This great value tour allows you to make your reservation to the Vatican in advance and pay your entrance fees on the day. You'll not not only get guaranteed entry to the Vatican but also skip the legendary queues. That way you avoid having to spend valuable holiday time waiting in line.

On a fascinating walking tour with an expert guide you'll discover the treasure trove of art and antiquity in the Vatican Museums. View the ancient statues that inspired Renaissance artists. Marvel at walls covered with frescoed maps and the fabulous collection of vibrant Flemish tapestries.

But save your greatest admiration for Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel and the Pietà at St Peter’s Basilica. Stand in awe as you view these powerful and moving works by one of the greatest artists that ever lived.

The Vatican is crammed so full of priceless treasures that it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. Your guide will show you the major attractions, as well as lesser known spots, and give you a broad base for understanding Vatican history, architecture, and politics.

You will learn that the Vatican is not all gold and pomp and stateliness – its history is full of dark tales of deceit and even lust! You will get a taste of it all: the nitty gritty and the high and mighty, the dirty politics and the ethereal beauty of Renaissance art. A world of discovery awaits you. Enjoy this enthralling Vatican walking tour!

Itinerary

This tour package guarantees your reservation to the Vatican and means that you avoid the infamous ticket line. You will however have to pay your entry fee on the day of your visit.

The Vatican Museums are among the finest in the world. They own and display the immense art collection amassed by the Roman Catholic Church over centuries. The collection is so vast that on one visit you can only hope to enjoy a small number of the treasures. Your expert guide will make sure you see all the most important pieces and also show you lesser known gems of the collections.

As well as its beautiful artworks the Vatican has a rich and often dark history. Your guide will hold you spellbound with stories of plots and political intrigue within the hallowed walls of the Holy See.

Highlights of the Vatican Museums include the following:

Pio-Clementino Museum, full of ancient sculptures including the renowned Apollo Belvedere, a beautiful marble statue from classical antiquity rediscovered in the 15th century, and the celebrated Laocoön.

Gallery of the Candelabra, which contains classical Roman sculpture from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD and has glorious painted ceilings.

Gallery of Tapestries, full of beautiful Flemish tapestries made in Brussels from drawings by Raphael’s pupils.

Gallery of Maps, where 40 maps representing papal properties in the 16th century are frescoed on to the walls.

The chief glory of The Vatican is The Sistine Chapel with its masterpieces by Michelangelo embellishing the ceilings and altar wall. Michelangelo was principally a sculptor and the glorious depictions of human bodies in the Sistine Chapel reflect the sculptor’s special skill. You will see many Michelangelo paintings that you recognize from books and posters, for example The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam.

The Sistine Chapel was designed to be, and still is, the Pope's chapel and the site of papal elections.

You will also visit St. Peter’s Basilica. This massive late Renaissance church can hold 60,000 people, and is one of the holiest sites in Christendom. In Catholic tradition, it is the burial site of St. Peter, who was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus and first Bishop of Rome. It is believed that St. Peter's tomb is directly below the altar of the basilica and some historical evidence supports this.

In the first chapel on the right as you enter the Basilica, you will find Michelangelo’s masterpiece La Pietà. This famous sculpture shows the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. Notice how the work balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism.

Your 3-hour walking tour ends at the Vatican and you will need to make your own arrangements for getting to your next destination.

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Reviews

This was a very informative and very well organised tour from check in till the end! Our guide was very knowledgable, kind and clear with instructions. It was very busy with many... Anna Demellis

The guide was very informative and witty... Dipesh Kapadia

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Tour with English speaking guide:
Daily except Sunday
Tour with German speaking guide:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 8:30am
Daily except Sunday: 12:00noon

Duration

3 hours

Start time

Tour with English speaking guide:
9:00am and 1:00pm
Tour with German speaking guide:
8:30am and 12:00noon
Duration: 3 hours

Meeting point

The tour operator’s offices at the Vatican, Via Germanico 8 (on the corner with Via Leone IV).

Ending point

The tour ends at the Vatican

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Inclusions

  • English and German speaking guide (as per the option chosen)
  • Guaranteed entry to the Vatican at a specific time

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Admission fee to the Vatican Museums (Approx. €22 for adults to be paid on the day of the tour).

Do/Dont's

There is a strict dress code for men and women at the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s. Women’s knees and shoulders must be covered and men must wear full-length trousers. Do not carry backpacks, umbrellas or metal objects into the Museums. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes for walking It is possible to carry a small handbag and a camera

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

The tour price does not include the admission fee for Vatican museums. The admission fee approx. €22 for adults and €16 for students under 26 with a valid ISIC card and for people under 18 years old, Free for children under 6 years old. This entrance fee must be paid in CASH at the start of the tour.


While entrance is not included reservations are made and you will skip the line to the Vatican.

Please note that a strict dress code is enforced at the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's: knees and shoulders must be covered and men must wear full-length trousers.

This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

For tours departing on Wednesday morning, there is the possibility that you will be unable to enter St. Peter's Basilica. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience on Wednesday mornings during which access to the basilica might be closed

Backpacks, umbrellas or metal objects must not be brought into the Vatican Museums.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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Cancellation policy

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  • "Great Experience!" This was a very informative and very well organised tour from check in till the end! Our guide was very knowledgable, kind and clear with instructions. It was very busy with many...
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