Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour
Skip The Line
At a time when Italian art blazed a trail around the world, the Vatican employed only the... Read More
At a time when Italian art blazed a trail around the world, the Vatican employed only the best Renaissance and Baroque architects to furnish their surroundings. No surprise then that the popes amassed one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings – a visual feast for art connoisseurs and amateurs alike.
Walk through breathtaking galleries like Raphael’s Rooms, a series of interconnecting papal chambers that showcase the artistic genius of Renaissance master Raphael and his pupils. Stop to look at mesmerizing paintings like the School of Athens, which features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself, and hear about the rivalries that resulted in some of the most influential works of Western art ever created.
Stroll through more captivating rooms including the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of the Tapestries, and then head inside the Sistine Chapel – the popes’ private place of worship. Besides its sacredness, the main draw of the Sistine Chapel is the incredible frescoes, created solely by Michelangelo. Gaze skyward at The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco, and look to the back wall to see The Last Judgement.
Finish with a walk inside St Peter’s Basilica – Italy’s largest and infinitely most spectacular church that’s built on the site of St Peter’s supposed burial place. Marvel at La Pieta, one of Michelangelo’s early sculptures, and stop to rub the foot of St Peter himself for good luck and a blessing. Your tour then finishes outside the church.
8.30 am Tour:
Want to skip the line and the crowds too? Upgrade to the 8.30 am small-group tour and after skipping the long entrance lines, gain access to the museums before the general public set foot inside! See all the classic Vatican sights in a small-group of no more than 16 people, with personalized attention from your guide.
Book the 7:30pm tour and explore the Vatican Museums after the main closing times – an opportunity available for a strictly limited season. Access is only possible for people pre-booking an evening tour, so book now to secure your spot! The season runs from April 20th to October 26th. Numbers are limited to 25 people. Please note that entry isn't permitted to St Peter's Basilica in the evening tour. Read Less
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- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Choice of morning or afternoon departure
- Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
- Skip the line
- Likely to Sell Out
For tours in German, Spanish, French, Portugese, Chinese, Dutch and Swedish the meeting point is at Via Vespasiano 46 (near Ottaviano metro station (Line A)
Return DetailsConcludes in St Peter's Square
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot).
- A supplement of approx. 24 euros (adult) is payable directly. Entrance will be free of charge on World Tourism Day.
- All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
- Luggage storage NOT available
- Evening tours do not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica
- Tours departing Wednesday: St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please DO NOT select Wednesday as your travel date
- On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you'll spend a full 3 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We will list any affected dates as they become available. The tour guides aim to notify guests if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed upon commencement of the tour. It is beyond our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued
- This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
- Our tours end at the front of St Peter's Basilica, which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St Peter's Basilica, continue to the grottos below St Peter's, or climb to the dome. Your tour guide will be happy to point you in the right direction!
- We cannot predict when individual museums will be crowded. In general long lines are common at major attractions in summer, on most weekends, and during peak travel periods throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, local holidays). Our skip-the-line tickets (not included in the price) enable you to skip the line if indeed there is one.
- Please note: Raphael Rooms are available only for the first morning tour.
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Incredible art and artifacts. There were so many marble statues it was hard to take them all in. Every square inch that you move through has statues, frescos, mosaics, gilded ceilings etc. It is worth seeing. The only downside is the crowd. It's so crowded it's hard to move around and even difficult to stay with your group. There is not much that can be done about that.
The tour guide Eddy was excellent, wish there were less administrative steps before you go inThe problem is by the time you get to Sistine Chapel, you have seen way too muchIt would be great to design the tour starting from Sistine Chapel, then to Rafael's rooms, etc
Pasquale was good when you could hear him. The audio equipment was horrible. There were no lines and wound up losing guide after Sistine Chapel. Plus to get to meeting point it cost 16 euros by taxi and then another 15 to get back to hotel. The taxis outside will try to rip you off. They wanted 40 euros. Beware!! I walked to center and got a taxi from there.
Pasqualle was great. He showed deep knowledge of the presentatio, and made it with charm, humor and respect. He is the perfect tour guide, but I am sure he is more than thatVal
Our guide was awesome! She provided so much information and insight. Truly a wonderful experience!