Guided tour

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica: Tour

Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica: Tour

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From US$ 55.14 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 35 times yesterday

Skip the ticket lines to explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. See masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini, before visiting St Peter's Basilica with your guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Duration options: 3 - 4 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
English, Italian, Spanish
Optional audio guide
English
Small group available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security, during high season the waiting time may be up to 30 minutes.
Highlights
  • Admire the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s frescoes
  • Skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums
  • Explore the courtyards of the Vatican complex
  • See the Raphael Rooms and learn about the School of Athens
  • Visit St Peter's Basilica, the largest cathedral in the world
Full description

Skip the ticket lines to the main monuments of the Vatican City on this guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Your local guide will take you to the most interesting galleries within the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contains ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes, and tapestries.

Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti.

From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to the Sistine Chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome.

He also expressed his frustration with his employers with hidden meanings in his work. Today these have been uncovered and understood. Listen as your guide lets you in on Michelangelo’s private jokes.

Finish your tour at the Basilica of St. Peter, the world's most impressive work of Renaissance architecture and the largest cathedral in the world. Admire the famous Pietà by Michelangelo and the elaborate St. Peter's Baldachin by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Includes
  • Access to Vatican Museums
  • Access to Gallery of Maps
  • Access to Sistine Chapel
  • Access to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to St Peter's Basilica Dome
  • Access to Vatican Museums Cabinet of the Masks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1938 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.9/5

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Extremely pleased to have found ‘What A Life Tours’ through Get your Guide. Very well organised tour company with great communication. Tour starts with a lovely complimentary breakfast of coffee and croissant. Our English tour guide Elaine’s delivery was truly excellent and professional. A thoroughly experienced, knowledgeable and fun guide. Very highly recommended.

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October 1, 2022

Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to share that knowledge with us. He kept the tour moving at a comfortable pace and helped us focus on both the art and when important the buildings as well. We toured multiple museums of the Vatican. He directed us from point to point keeping us together as a group and preparing us for the features coming up next. While waiting outside for the tour to start, he went over a handout on the Sistine Chapel. Detailing the features of the ceiling. Inside the Chapel talking is prohibited and his earlier talk brought a greater understanding and appreciation to what I was seeing.

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October 1, 2022

Excellent tour! Our tour guide Mario made sure the whole experience was enjoyable with his incredible knowledge. Mostly looked forward to the basilica however Mario’s passion and knowledge for the art in the museums made this a highlight of our trip as well. Highly recommend and can’t wait to return!

September 21, 2022

Product ID: 350651

VA ID: 350651