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Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

1. Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens. Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

Vatican & Sistine Chapel Group Tour with Basilica Entrance

2. Vatican & Sistine Chapel Group Tour with Basilica Entrance

Experience the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entrance on a guided tour. Learn about the secrets behind the artwork and buildings from your professional tour guide. Explore St. Peter's Basilica without waiting to enter.  Discover the Vatican Museums, the second most visited in Europe after the Louvre in Paris. Take in the 4 miles and whopping 20,000 works of art that the Vatican Museums offer for an immersive experience.   Next, head to the Sistine Chapel and see works by master painters such as Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli, Signorelli, and, of course, Michelangelo. After your guided tour has concluded, skip the line to enter St.Peter's Basilica and experience its grandeur on your own.

Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

3. Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines by following a special route through the museums that gets you to the Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Enter before most of the crowd and spend a peaceful half-hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to the Pinecone Courtyard for large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, head back into the museums for a tour of the most famous artifacts, including the Belvedere Torso, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön Group, and the Raphael Rooms, widely considered to be among the most beautifully-frescoed interiors in the world. Visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms of the museums.

Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

4. Vatican Museums Early Entry Tour with Buffet Breakfast

Have the Vatican to yourself on this exclusive early morning tour that whisks you through closed doors for a buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard, before anyone else enters the museums. While the general public waits in line outside, feast on an Italian-American breakfast buffet of cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and even pancakes, flipped by the Vatican's pancake chef. Dining in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, experience a level of tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors. Then follow your guide to explore the Vatican Museums. Still closed to the general public, the Museums are quieter now than throughout the rest of the day. With only 10 people per group, have time and space to really appreciate the art. See rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Candelabra and incredible Raphael Rooms. Your guide will bring works of art to life, pointing out things you would have missed on your own. Continue to the legendary Sistine Chapel. Then, skip the ticket lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. See the altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture.

Vatican: Tour of the Sistine Chapel with Basilica Entrance

5. Vatican: Tour of the Sistine Chapel with Basilica Entrance

Take a comprehensive tour of the Vatican City and benefit from the expertise of an art historian guide. See stunning works of art in the papal collections by Michelangelo, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Girlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli and Signorelli. Get insights from your guide and learn information that isn't readily available in tour books. Learn the Vatican’s historic secrets and feel inspired to learn even more! Travel throughout the various areas of the Vatican in a small group for a more personalized experience. Navigate the miles of galleries at the Vatican Museums to see highlights such as the Octagonal Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Enter the Sistine Chapel and be mesmerized by the frescoes by Michelangelo. Areas you will visit: • The Art Gallery (Pinacoteca) • The Octagonal Courtyard  • The Gallery of Tapestries • The Gallery of Maps • The Round Room (Sala Rotonda) • The Greek Cross Room (Pio-Clementine Museum) • The Raphael Rooms (when possible) • The Gallery of the Muses • The Sistine Chapel (Michelangelo’s frescoes) • St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican: St.Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums Guided Tour

6. Vatican: St.Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums Guided Tour

Experience the highlights of Vatican City with this walking tour. Discover the treasures at the Vatican Museums with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Gaze up as the masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. View the tombs and relics in St. Peter’s Basilica. Meet your guide and make your way to St. Peter’s Basilica which is thought to be located above the burial spot of St. Peter. Appreciate the architectural and artistic merit of this iconic church with the help of your informative guide. Continue to the Vatican Museum to see a massive collection of art spread throughout 54 galleries. Let your guide help you navigate through 7 kilometers of artistic treasures, including the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries. Finish with the Sistine Chapel which is home to Michelangelo’s incredible frescoes. See first-hand the artwork that earned Michelangelo his global legacy. Find out more about Michelangelo's life and work from your guide.

Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

7. Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

Pre-book your entry tickets to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums and enjoy skip-the-line entry privileges. Explore the wonders of St. Peter's Basilica alone at your own pace, then join a guided tour at the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Your morning begins with a skip-the-line tour of St. Peter's Basilica, including a trip in the dome elevator, from where you can climb further to take in the true majesty of the site from up close. Explore the naves, apse, and chapels of the Renaissance church on your own, and marvel at staggering art and architecture by Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Next, you'll skip the line at the Vatican Museums, providing you with more time to explore one of the world’s greatest art collections. A guide will accompany you through the museums, telling stories that bring the statues, frescoes, and maps to life. Boasting many galleries, it can be hard to know where to start, but your guide will take you on a carefully planned route perfected over the years. Discover the bigger picture of power and politics in Vatican City and how it interacts with art. Go to the rooms of former popes in the Raphael Rooms, and wander down the extraordinary Gallery of Maps to see how ancient cartographers mapped the world through history. End in the Sistine Chapel just before closing time. Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s miraculous frescoes, including his depiction of the “Last Judgment” on the ceiling.

Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

8. Rome: Early Entry to the Vatican & The Sistine Chapel

Beat the crowds and enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public. Enjoy the incredible frescoes in peace. After marveling at the beautiful Raphael Room, spend quality time with Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Chapel before your guide leads you on a tour of the Vatican Museums. Stop along the way to see all the most important works. Since you started early, stay one step ahead of the crowds in most galleries as you enjoy fantastic art like the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoon and Sons, and more. Next up is the Pinacoteca Gallery. Housing works by Caravaggio, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Raphel, the modern wing of the Vatican Museums contain a remarkable array of precious masterpieces. Led by your expert guide, visit this area without the crowds and spend time truly immersed in the atmosphere. End your Vatican tour at a special spot overlooking the dome of St Peter's Basilica. Learn about the history and architecture of this incredible church and get tips on what to look out for during an independent visit. From there the choice is yours. Grab lunch inside the Vatican Museums and continue your exploration of these incredible palaces, or follow the dome to St Peter's Basilica.

Rome: Vatican Gardens Bus Tour and Vatican Museums Visit

9. Rome: Vatican Gardens Bus Tour and Vatican Museums Visit

Explore the green heart of the world’s smallest state on a guided minibus trip to the Vatican Gardens. Admire the lush cultivated areas and discover every single corner. Finish off your experience with a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Meet your guide and uncover the secrets of this rich verdant space that occupies one-third of the Vatican city's 44 hectares. Hear about how the gardens have been enriched by the initiatives of various Pontiffs and experience a unique encounter with nature, art, and the Christian faith. Find out about the artists, architects, and creators who took care to create this harmonious location. If you're looking for the complete Vatican experience, this tour is perfect for you, with Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel visits to explore all of Vatican City's beauty. See the Hall of Maps, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra, and the incredible Raphael Rooms. Enjoy the definitive highlight of your visit, the Sistine Chapel. Take some time to admire the details, including Michelangelo’s interesting self-portrait.

Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

10. Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

Beat the rush and get exclusive VIP access through the museum doors before they open to the public with this early-access Vatican VIP Tour. A privilege extended by the Vatican Museums to only the most prestigious, longstanding, and reputable tour companies in the city, your group will be granted access before the other 35,000 daily guests to this, the largest and most mysterious museum in the world! You will have time to visit certain parts of the museum that you otherwise wouldn’t have had, including the Pope’s collection of vehicles in the Carriage Pavilion, the Greek Cross Hall, and the idyllic Pine Cone Courtyard garden.

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What people are saying about Raphael Rooms

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based on 102,288 reviews

We collected our tickets very quickly and went directly to the museums. There are so many pieces of art to be admired so one needs to be ready to walk through many rooms and quite some distance to get to Sistine Chapel. Definitely must-see when being in Rome. Amazing experience though a bit overcrowded with many tourists (as with all the main attractions).

Avoided the queues, easy to find starting point. The audio your was great. The map from the museum didn't make sense but I just followed the signposts.

By buying in advance, we jumped the queue. Everything went very smoothly would definitely use get your guide again

Alot of history which was amazing. you could easily spend a month in hear, if you were that interested.

We found Christina from Maya tours very well informed and funny. She was the perfect tour guide!