The Complete Vatican Tour With Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

4924 reviews

3.5 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Highlights

  • Skip the line at the Vatican Museums with pre-reserved group entrance tickets, saving hours of waiting
  • Visit the three most essential areas of Vatican City - the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Enjoy a specially designed route highlighting all the works you wanted to see and a few surprises you won’t expect
  • Stand in utter awe under Michelangelo’s celing in the Sistine Chapel and learn the incredible stories behind its frescos
  • Skip the line into St. Peter’s Basilica for a full guided tour including Bernini’s incomparable altar and Michelangelo’s "Pietà"
  • With only 20 people (or fewer), a comfortable headset and an expert guide, your experience will be intimate and surpass your expectations
  • Sites Visited
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • St. Peter’s Square
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-line access into St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Headset

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Verified Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.8 /5
based on 4924 reviews
Rating summary by category
Guide
4.8/5
Value for money
4.7/5
Latest reviews
Great
The meeting place is actually in the square across from but not at the address on the meeting place instructions
John · Nov 28, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
Excellent
David’s was an outstanding tour guide, when we were through I felt like had a Phd in Vatican. He combined humor with an incredible depth of Vatican knowledge.
Robert · Nov 25, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
Excellent
Excellent tour. Our guide gave us detailed information about particular parts of the Vatican and Sistine chapel but did not overwhelm us . It was perfect
Lisa · Nov 23, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Excellent
Vincenzo our guide was fantastic, hitting all the highlights and adding his own keen and knowledgeable insights.
Chris · Nov 22, 2022 · United States · Male · 55 to 64 years
Great
Glad we opted to do the tour! The Tour Guides hit the highlights and answers questions along the way!
Lauren · Nov 21, 2022 · United States · Female · 35 to 44 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point
Bar l'Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento, 60, 00192 Roma, Italy     

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

FAQs

Does St. Peter's Basilica have a dress code?
Yes, although you aren't expected to dress as formally as if you were attending a mass. Unless you actually are attending a mass. The most important rule is NO SHORTS, that applies to both men and women. Shoulders must also be covered, so no tank tops. Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside but large bags have to be checked at the entrance, next to the official audio-guides desk.
Is this tour accessible for wheelchairs, strollers or for those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team at [email protected] or call +39 068-596-0143 (Italy) or 888-683-8670 (USA) to make alternative arrangements.
I am in a wheelchair/have a mobility impairment. Can I take this tour?
The Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, but they are not located on the group tour route. If you have a mobility impairment and/or use a wheelchair please contact our customer service department at [email protected] and we will be happy to work out a suitable alternative.
I want to take a selfie in the Raphael Rooms, can I bring my selfie stick?
No. Selfie sticks are strictly forbidden inside the Vatican Museums, along with flash photography. However, visitors are allowed to take non-flash photographs anywhere besides the Sistine Chapel.
What items can I NOT take into the Vatican Museums
Knives, scissors, and other cutting tools must also be deposited in the cloakroom as a precaution against harming the artwork inside. No hammers, either, as one was once used to smash Michelangelo's Pietá. This probably goes without saying, but firearms are also strictly prohibited for visitors within the Vatican Museums and you can't check them in the cloakroom.
I've heard the Vatican has a strict dress code. What should I wear?
It does, but it isn't anything too formal. The big rule is to make sure your shoulders and knees are covered - that applies to both men and women. Also remember that shorts of any length are not allowed at all in St. Peter's Basilica so if you are visiting both the Vatican Musuems and the Basilica, wear trousers or a long skirt. Occasionally visitors get away with wearing a bit less but it’s best not to risk it. Hats are also not allowed. Walks cannot be held responsible for guests who are refused entrance due to inappropriate dress so please remember to cover up.
IMPORTANT: Can I bring a bag into the Vatican Museums?
Yes, as long as it's within a certain size. You cannot bring any bag, backpack suitcase or container larger that 40cm x 35cm x 15cm into the Vatican Museums. In fact, size limits apply to all items; because of the sheer number of people that visit the Museums, space is at a premium. You can’t enter with medium to large umbrellas, any umbrellas with spiked tips, camera tripods, signage (apart from signs used by certified guides) or walking sticks – except those required by disabled visitors. All of these items can be left in the cloakroom, which is located at the entrance to the Museums. This means that you will need to walk 15 - 20 minutes back here after you finish your tour at St Peter's Basilica. On our afternoon tours you may need to leave the tour early to collect your bag before the cloakroom closes.
Why can't I take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?
When the chapel was restored in 1990 the biggest donors to the project (donating a whopping $4.2 million) were a Japanese television network. In return, they received exclusive rights to photograph and film inside and quickly banned any professional photographers from taking pictures. Although they didn't mind if tourists took photos, the Vatican guards decided to enforce the rule on everyone because it was impractical to differentiate between a normal visitor and who was a professional photographer. The Japanese network's exclusive contract has expired now but the rule persists. If you try to take any images in the Chapel Vatican, security is authorized to make you delete them.

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