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

1. 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.

Rome: Vatican Highlights Skip-the-Line Group Tour

2. 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.

Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Semi-Private Tour

3. Early Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Semi-Private Tour

Choose this early entrance and get the best of your Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel visit. Your experience will be enhanced by highly educated, professional art historians. Be among the first visitors of the Vatican Museums and get the best of your early start. You will be accompanied on your tour by a knowledgeable guide who will lead you through the numerous rooms of the Vatican Museums and answer your questions. Then spend some time inside the Sistine Chapel, admiring the Last Judgement and Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Your guide will explain its significance and you will come to truly appreciate this masterpiece.  

Vatican City: VIP Vatican Early-Access Tour

4. 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.

Vatican: Highlights and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

5. Vatican: Highlights and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Take advantage of skip-the-line entry tickets to both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on this guided tour. Walk through the Vatican galleries and explore one of the largest art collections in the world. Once inside the Vatican Museums, follow your guide to the Pio Clementino Museum. See Nero's bathtub, the Apollo of Belvedere and the Laocoon. Continue to the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and the Belvedere Courtyard. The last stop will be the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll get to admire the frescoes of Michelangelo, such as the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement. Learn about Michelangelo and Raphael working at the same time for Pope Julius II.

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 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.

Vatican City Small-Group Tour

7. Vatican City Small-Group Tour

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)

Rome: Early Entrance Express Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour

8. Rome: Early Entrance Express Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour

The early access express Sistine Chapel group tour will allow you to make the most of your time in Rome. You will have direct access to the Sistine Chapel prior to the arrival of the general public. One of the most visited sites in Italy, enjoy the incredible beauty of Michelangelo's masterpiece with your expert local guide and learn the history, techniques and secrets behind the art. As it has over 25,000 tourists visiting per day, you will be able to enjoy the Sistine Chapel in its full potential prior to the regular opening times on this tour. The tour does not end with the chapel. Make your way to the Raphael Rooms for an intimate experience with some of his fresco masterpieces. These works of art are truly better enjoyed in a near-empty and calmer environment, so you can really pay attention to the detail of the paintings as well as anecdotes from your guide. Once finished, your guide can provide you with information on how to make use of the rest of your time in the museums, or alternatively guide you towards the infamous St Peter's Basilica where you can explore on your own. Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel is a must-see while visiting Rome, but with thousands of visitors daily, it is hard to fully appreciate the works of art among the crowds. This tour will allow you to visit and experience the essential sites prior to the arrival of the large crowds. Make the most of your time and enjoy one of the most iconic sites in Rome all before 09:30 with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the Eternal City.

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour

9. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour

Take a 3-hour tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums. This tour includes, among other galleries of the Vatican corridors, a tour of the Pine Courtyard, Belvedere Courtyard, the Gallery of the Maps, Candelabra Gallery, Pio Clementino's Rooms, the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms (only on early morning tours), and a visit of the Sistine Chapel. Be led by an expert guide to some of the major attractions, as well as to some lesser-known spots that other tourists often miss. You will receive a broad base for understanding the remarkable history, architecture, and politics of the Vatican.

Rome: Vatican Museums Pre-Opening Guided Tour

10. Rome: Vatican Museums Pre-Opening Guided Tour

Visit the Vatican before the crowds on this early access tour. Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with your guide 1 hour before the Vatican is open to the public. On this early morning tour, you will be able to marvel at the artistry of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in serenity. Follow your guide through the Vatican Museums, and admire the art that fills the halls. Learn about the history of the artist and their art from your guide. See art by Caravaggio and Da Vinci in the Pinacoteca Gallery and Picasso and Rodin in the Collection of Modern Religious Art. Travel through Italy in the Gallery of Maps, and visit Julius II’s private residence, also known as the Raphael Rooms, filled with frescoes by the great artist and his students.

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What people are saying about Raphael Rooms

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 596 reviews

Exceptional guide; she was able to guide us through the many rooms of the Vatican Museum, focusing our attention on the most remarkable rooms and masterpieces. She made it easier for us to visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, explaining the essential points to us in advance, since she could not accompany us to these 2 sites. Very good visit.

It was truly amazing. The wonders and beauty in the museum and Sistine Chapel so extraordinary that it would be possible to spend a year and not see them all. Locating the tour was the easiest of all tours we enjoyed over two weeks. Antonio, our guide, was also great.

Alessandra, our guide, guided us through the museums in 3 hours in a way that was easy to understand and with excellent expertise. Questions were also answered competently. This tour is well organized and will be remembered for a long time. Thanks very much!

Stefania, an excellent and passionate guide, led us to discover the Vatican museums with professionalism and transport towards what she gradually presented to us.

We had a very good guide, knowing the museum perfectly. Group of a dozen people. Great. The line cutter was much needed.