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Vatican Museums Semi Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily except Sunday

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Start time

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday., Friday and Saturday: 9:30am, 1pm and 2pm

    Wednesday: 1pm & 2pm

  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to the flower stand on the corner of Viale Giulio Cesare and Via Leone IV at Viale Giulio Cesare, 237

  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at St Peter's Basilica

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica
  • See one of the greatest art collections in the world
  • Admire Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment fresco at the Sistine Chapel
  • Admire Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s spectacular baldachin at St Peter’s Basilica, the very heart of the Christian faith
  • Explore the Raphael Rooms and School of Athens
  • Admire ancient Sculptures including Laocoon and Belvedere Torso
  • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!

Overview

Make the best of your limited time in Rome with a carefully crafted Essential Sistine Chapel and Vatican tour. The Vatican Museums can be a daunting place to explore, with the most timeless and invaluable art in the world under one roof. This specially optimized itinerary showcases the best of the museum in a limited timeframe, including the remarkable Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica amongst other highlights. Enjoy live commentary by knowledgeable guides with skip the lines access to all the sites, meaning you’ll spend your precious time in the company of Michelangelo and Raphael rather than wasting time in the queues outside!

Admire one of the greatest art collections in the world at the Vatican Museums. Admire works by the likes of Caravaggio, Raphael and Giotto, explore the Gallery of the Maps, admire the Pinecone Courtyard, and visit the Belvedere Courtyard. Although it’s impossible to see the entire collection in a few hours, our ensures that you get the most out of your visit, taking you to see a series of unmissable highlights.

Step inside the Sistine Chapel to witness Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoes for yourself. After learning all about the chapel’s rich renaissance history, finish your tour with a trip to St. Peter’s Basilica. Bypass the long lines as your guide provides an overview of this magnificent church.

Inclusions

  • Essential Vatican Museums experience
  • Sistine Chapel tour
  • Skip the lines access
  • Expert, fluent English-speaking guide
  • Headsets for groups of six or more

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel transfers

Please note

Voucher Information: Show your voucher on your smartphone or another device (if you'd rather print a copy - that's fine too!)

Please arrive at the pickup point 10 minutes prior to the departure time to avoid any last-minute rush. 

Group Size: 10 people

Please bring a valid ID for children. Due to safety reasons, children under the age of 6 are not allowed this visit.

Please note that the Museum hours and closures may change due to Religious events.

All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.

Dress Code: Both men and women MUST have their knees and shoulders covered. Failure to comply may result in denied entry.

The Raphael Rooms are part of this 3-hour itinerary but on days due to crowding, timing, and direction flows of crowd traffic dictated by the Vatican Museum staff on the day, we may not be able to make this stop within the designated time frame.

The Basilica of St. Peter's may be subject to unscheduled closings and late openings for religious ceremonies. We do not provide refunds for last-minute closures of St. Peter's Basilica while your guide will still give you an introduction to the Basilica, should you wish to return in your own time during your visit to Rome.

Please note that to obtain a student discount, a valid student ID must be shown on the day of your tour. If a student does not have a valid student ID, he/she may be charged a new full ticket price by the Museums, which must be paid by you on the day of the tour.

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