Guided tour

Vatican City: Best of the Vatican Small Group Tour

Vatican City: Best of the Vatican Small Group Tour

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Skip the ticket lines on this guided group tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Discover the highlights of the papal collection and Michelangelo's frescoes with a licensed Vatican guide.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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English, German, French, Italian, Spanish


  • Discover the highlights of the Vatican City with a licensed guide
  • Marvel at masterpieces of art in the Vatican Museums
  • Save time with skip-the-ticket-line entry
Full description

Enjoy a skip-the-line guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Learn about Michelangelo and Raphael and discover their incredible artworks. Your guide will walk you through the amazing galleries and share with you many stories and anecdotes.

See the marble statues of the Apollo of Belvedere, the Laocoon and his sons, and the Torso which was used as a model by Michelangelo for representing the characters in the Last Judgement. Benefit from your guide's expert knowledge and learn the history of Vatican City and its Museums.

Hear about hidden meanings behind the precious art. Then, marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and admire the beauty of the Creation of the World and the Last Judgement painted over a 9 year period.

  • Licensed guide
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • Headsets for groups of more than 6 participants
  • Tips for the guide
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes
  • Those with a certified disability of more than 74% and their carer/companion go free of charge with a certificate of disability, which you must present at the Special Permits and/or the reception desk in the entrance hall of the museum
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible or suitable for those with walking difficulties
  • You must bring your passport or ID
  • You must cover your knees and shoulders in order to enter the Vatican and you risk being refused entry if you do not follow the dress code
  • There is a maximum number of 25 people for this tour
  • It is recommended to dress for the weather because this tour operates in all weather conditions
  • You can bring normal sized bags but large backpacks are not permitted
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 1329 reviews

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Nice tour with a knowledgeable guide! It was crazy busy even at 7:30am, so I recommend going as early as you can! Or later in the day. No special skip the line entry. Even early in the morning you have to wait outside with all the other tour groups. Entry starts at 8am. The tour is a nice way to get additional information. Without a guide I would not have taken as much away from the experience.

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July 3, 2022

Renata was knowledgeable and passionate about her work and could tell stories to bring the long-dead characters to life. She does this all with the ease of an experienced raconteur and infuses her stories with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour that is sometimes necessary when dealing with topics of such gravitas. Highly recommended.

July 3, 2022

My guide Saverio was very enthusiastic and I loved his jokes. He was very knowledgeable about everything and there was so much I never would have known if I had someone else leading the tour. I really enjoyed the tour and he managed to show us so much even though it would take a few days to see everything here. I was a bit hesitant to book a tour but I am very glad I did.

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July 3, 2022

Product ID: 127022