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Slip through a special, reserved entrance to experience the wonders and history of the Vatican firsthand. With a small group and an expert guide, marvel at the majestic interiors of St. Peter's Basilica, gaze up at the timeless frescoes of the Sistine Chapel's famous ceiling, and admire High Renaissance paintings in the Raphael Rooms.

Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums and then bypass the crowds to head inside this sacred city, the world's smallest country and the holy enclave of popes since the 5th century. Hear tales about the people behind the paintings as you pass through the beautiful Raphael Rooms, and get a breath of fresh air amid the manicured lawns of the Pinecone Courtyard.

Step into the hushed grandeur of the Sistine Chapel and look up at the masterpiece of Michelangelo. Note the details in works like the Creation of Adam, and discover little-known facts about the secrets hidden within the frescoes.

From there, skip the lines into the marble-clad walls of St. Peter's Basilica, the most sumptuous of Catholic churches. Stand where Holy Roman emperors were once crowned by popes, gaze upon the haunting beauty of Michelangelo's Pietà, and ponder the sense of history of this place before Bernini's famous baldachin, the bronze canopy that arches over the altar and the burial site of St. Peter himself.

Slip through a special, reserved entrance to experience the wonders and history of the Vatican firsthand. With a small group and an expert guide, marvel at the majestic interiors of St. Peter's Basilica, gaze up at the timeless frescoes of the Sistine Chapel's famous ceiling, and admire High Renaissance paintings in the Raphael Rooms.

Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums and then bypass the crowds to head inside this sacred city, the world's smallest country and the holy enclave of popes since the 5th century. Hear tales about the people behind the paintings as you pass through the beautiful Raphael Rooms, and get a breath of fresh air amid the manicured lawns of the Pinecone Courtyard.

Step into the hushed grandeur of the Sistine Chapel and look up at the masterpiece of Michelangelo. Note the details in works like the Creation of Adam, and discover little-known facts about the secrets hidden within the frescoes.

From there, skip the lines into the marble-clad walls of St. Peter's Basilica, the most sumptuous of Catholic churches. Stand where Holy Roman emperors were once crowned by popes, gaze upon the haunting beauty of Michelangelo's Pietà, and ponder the sense of history of this place before Bernini's famous baldachin, the bronze canopy that arches over the altar and the burial site of St. Peter himself.

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2:30 PM English Commentary Tour

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10 AM English Commentary Tour

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8 AM English Commentary Tour

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9 AM English Commentary Tour

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8:10 AM English Commentary Semi-Private Tour Upgrade

Duration 3h Free cancellation No booking or credit card fees Choose this option for semi-private upgrade with early-morning access before the doors open to the public, and small group of no more than 12 people.
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Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Activity/Location

Vatican Museums

Viale Vaticano

Rome 00165

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Caffe Vaticano

    Via Tunisi, 1

    Rome 00192


Highlights

  • Entrance to the Vatican Museums through a VIP reserved door

  • Renaissance frescoes of the Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms

  • Grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica with Michelangelo's Pietà

  • Small group of 20 or fewer for an intimate, informative tour

  • Guide versed in history & art with a carefully planned route


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica

  • Skip-the-line admission and special entrance to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

  • Headset for tour commentary


Know Before You Book

  • Children 5 and younger are complimentary.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • On Wednesday, access to St. Peter's Basilica may be restricted due to the weekly Papal Audience.

  • On afternoon tours, guides are not allowed to give a guided visit inside St. Peter’s Basilica. Instead, they will deliver commentary from the Basilica entrance porch, and you will be free to tour the Basilica at your own pace, without the guide.

  • Due to the unpredictable nature of the basilica's schedule, closures can happen, often with little notice. You will be alerted as soon as possible in these instances. If closures happen and you are unable to access or visit the basilica, you will receive a full 3-hour visit inside the Vatican Museums and an introduction to St. Peter's Basilica insead.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


Cancellation Policy

You can cancel free of charge until 4 days before your reservation starts. After that time, no cancellations, changes or refunds will be made.

Location

Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, Rome, 00165, Italy