Vatican City: Small-Group Guided Art Tour

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Vatican City: Small-Group Guided Art Tour

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Discover one of the world’s greatest art collections on a 3-hour, skip-the-ticket-line tour of the Vatican Museums. Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, before going inside St. Peter's Basilica and ending at St. Peter's Square.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, German, Italian, Portuguese, French
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Receive skip-the-ticket-line access to one of the world's great art collections at the Vatican
  • Go to the Sistine Chapel to discover Michelangelo's breathtaking frescoes
  • See art and architecture by Bernini, Raphael, and Michelangelo
  • Discover ancient maps, the "Garden of Italy" and the marvelous St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square
Full description
Take a small-group, guided tour of the Vatican City and discover the papal art collection in the Vatican Museums. You will see antique statues, such as “Laocoonte” (“Laocoön”) and the “Apollo Belvedere”, along with mosaics from ancient Roman villas. You can walk through the "Garden of Italy" in the Gallery of the 16th Century, see maps by ancient cartographers, and much more. Following this, enter the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. Learn the meanings of his sacred art and their relationship to concepts of beauty. Enter St. Peter's Basilica to see yet more staggering art by Bernini and Michelangelo, before admiring Bernini’s colonnades on St. Peter's Square. Look at the dome of the church and the famous chimney that emits white smoke upon the papal election, and see the balcony of the papal benediction at Urbe et Orbi. Your guide will talk about the concept of Christianity and the papacy throughout history, and how they have often been apart. You can also hear stories of intrigue and conspiracies in the papal court, displays of power, status, and the wealth of the popes. Your guide will also tell you of modest popes, who wanted nothing else than quiet contemplation and a return to the original concept of Christianity.
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • Licensed, local guide
  • Headsets to better hear your guide
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Meeting point

    Meet at "Caffe Vaticano" (close to the steps). Address: Viale Vaticano 100. A 15-minute walk from St. Peter's Square and metro stop A / Ottaviano. So not on the St. Peter's Square! The guide is recognizable by the sign "GUIDE ROME-LC INCOMING" Mobile: +393382653135

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    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.
    • Please dress appropriately for the Vatican with shoulders and knees covered at all times.
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    4.8 / 5

    based on 8 reviews

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    Bella esperienza

    June 16, 2021


    ottima la guida

    June 15, 2021


    Bellissima esperienza, la guida Maria Teresa molto preparata. Ha saputo gestire il gruppo composto da persone non eterogenee soddisfando tutti.

    June 13, 2021

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