Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica Tour

Overview

Have the essential experience in the Vatican City, exploring the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Discover the best of the Vatican in a single visit. Skip the ticket line to the key attractions and see outstanding examples of art and architecture in the company of your expert guide.

Enjoy an optimized itinerary designed to allow you to get the best out of your visit to the Vatican Museums in a limited time frame, taking in the remarkable Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, and St. Peter’s basilica among other highlights in the company of one of our expert guides. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll get the chance to gaze up at Michelangelo’s ceiling as your guide explains the secrets behind Michelangelo’s masterful paintings.

Close to the Sistine Chapel is the suite of private papal apartments known as the Raphael Rooms. These exquisitely decorated rooms contain some of the finest examples of Raphael’s work, including the “School of Athens,” a group portrait of antiquity’s most famous philosophers, many of them in the guises of Raphael’s contemporaries.

Often overlooked by visitors who are in a hurry to get to the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms deserve more than a brief pitstop — your guide will ensure that you have plenty of time to admire Raphael’s works at your leisure. Your visit to the Vatican Museums is a great opportunity to discover its remarkable collections of ancient sculptures, including the legendary Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere.

These classical artworks had a profound impact on the artists of the Renaissance, and their muscular anatomies and psychological intensity strongly influenced the work of Michelangelo and Raphael.

Accompanied by an expert art historian, you’ll learn all about these ancient masterpieces and gain a greater appreciation of Greek and Roman art. Walk through the famous Gallery of Maps, admire the Pinecone Courtyard and visit the Belvedere Courtyard.

Although it’s impossible to see the entire extent of the Vatican’s enormous collection in a few hours, on this tour, you’ll see a series of unmissable highlights. After exiting the Sistine Chapel, enter St Peter’s Basilica directly, without having to wait in line. The basilica has been enriched over the centuries by the hands of countless artists and architects.

During your St Peter’s Basilica tour, your guide will tell you the fascinating history of the basilica and put it in the context of Christian history, from its origins as a burial ground to its current state of splendor and international importance.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the impeccable architecture of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • Get the most out of your visit to the Vatican with skip-the-lines access
  • Immerse yourself in years of history and admire sculptures at the Vatican Museum
  • Discover the genius of Raphael in the Raphael Rooms and admire his finest works
  • Journey through centuries of history and art at St. Peter’s Basilica

 

 

Included/Excluded

  • Small group size
  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Skip-The-Line Tickets
  • Visit to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Headsets (for groups of 6 or more)
  • All fees and taxes
  • Food and beverages
  • Transportation to and from the meeting and end points
  • Tips (optional)

Tour Plan

Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Meeting point

Meet your guide at the flower stand on the corner of Via Giulio Cesare and Via Leone IV. The guide will have a Through Eternity sign or flag.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The Vatican Museums provide free entry for visitors who are (according to the requirements stated by the Vatican City) at least 74% disabled with the appropriate certification and provides free entry to caretakers: please inform the local partner when booking if you fit into these requirements
  • To obtain a student discount, valid student ID must be shown on the day of your tour. If you do not have a valid student ID, you may be charged a new full ticket price to be paid by you on the day of the tour
  • St. Peter's Basilica may be subject to last-minute unscheduled closings and late openings for religious ceremonies. In that event, you will be provided a complete experience by exploring the Vatican Museums in more detail
  • It is possible that access to the Raphael Rooms can be denied due to overcrowding; if you want guaranteed entry to the Raphael Rooms, it is recommended to book the Early Vatican Tour or the VIP Vatican Tour which guarantee entry to the Raphael Rooms
Free cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Duration 3 hours

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Live tour guide

English

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