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VATICAN: MUSEUMS AND SISTINE CHAPEL GUIDED TOUR

Meeting point 20 minutes prior to your tour time: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM (0)
from/per person 70
  • Rome
  • Access for disabled
  • Audio guide
  • Groups allowed
  • Tour guides
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Description

Overview

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour is for those who want a more in-depth cultural experience. Thanks to our official Vatican Partnership you can enjoy priority access through our exclusive Partner Entrance. Our expert local guide will take you on a journey through history while you discover the rarely seen masterpieces in the Vatican Painting Gallery and the normally off-limits Bramante Staircase. Explore the highlights of the Sistine Chapel and from there gain immediate entry to St. Peter’s Basilica where your guide will show you around one of Christendom’s most holy temples.

Please see below for important information on Dress Code

For private tours contact us directly.

Inclusions

  • Priority access
  • Expert local English-speaking guide
  • Groups of less than 20 and audio headsets so you never miss a word
  • Headsets
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • 4.5-hour tour

Exclusions

  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Not wheelchair accessible*

*The Vatican lends out free traditional wheelchairs from the cloakroom. Note that not all areas can be reached.

What to Expect

Your tour begins when you meet your guide at the specified time and place. You will then enter the site through our exclusive Partner Entrance. 

With your experienced local guide, you’ll explore the Pinacoteca, the rarely visited Vatican Paintings Gallery. This often missed gem houses masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio and the only Da Vinci work on view in Rome while hearing fascinating stories behind each of the pieces.

While exploring the Vatican Museums, you have the rare opportunity slip behind velvet ropes to visit the original helical Bramante Staircase. Usually closed to the public, it was once the entrance from street level to the Papal apartments built to accommodate a horse and carriage to carry the Pope home. Today, it offers one of the best views over the Rome cityscape.

You will also discover some of the other galleries with their prestigious collections such as the pagan sculptures in the Gallery of the Candelabra, see the incredibly accurate medieval geography in the Gallery of the Maps, and marvel at the optical illusions in the Gallery of the Tapestries.

Another highlight is the unmissable Raphael Rooms which was once the private apartments of Pope Julius II della Rovere with frescoes executed by Raphael and his school. 

Then off to the Sistine Chapel, famous for the best views of the legendary frescoes by Michelangelo and other Florentine masters where your guide will take you on a historical journey recounting the stories behind the art (like the punishment Michelangelo envisioned for his enemies). 

Most importantly, with Skip-the-Line Access directly from the Sistine Chapel, you will gain immediate entry to St. Peter’s Basilica where your guide will show you around one of Christendom’s most sacred monuments. Erected atop a 4th-century church, it contains stunning masterworks including Michelangelo’s Pietà and soaring dome based on the famous Duomo in Florence.

After the tour, you will have free time to explore more on your own making the most of your time in the Vatican City State within the Eternal City.

DRESS CODE Please note- the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica maintains a strict dress code year-round. Low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, miniskirts, and hats are not allowed. Shoulders must be covered.

Highlights

  • See the highlights of the Vatican including the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms
  • Discover the rarely seen masterpieces in the Vatican Painting Gallery and the normally off-limits Bramante Staircase
  • Witness the sublime Pietá in St. Peter’s Basilica with our Skip-the-Line Access
  • Free time after the tour to explore on your own

Prices

Adults: 40 euro
Infants (0-2): free

Meeting Point

Vatican Museum


Schedule

JanuaryClosed
FebruaryClosed
MarchMondayClosed
Tuesday-Sunday9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
AprilMondayClosed
Tuesday-Sunday9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
MayMondayClosed
Tuesday-Sunday9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
JuneMondayClosed
Tuesday-Sunday9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
JulyMondayClosed
Tuesday-Sunday9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
AugustMondayClosed
Tuesday-Sunday9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
SeptemberMondayClosed
Tuesday-Sunday9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
OctoberMondayClosed
Tuesday-Sunday9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
NovemberMondayClosed
Tuesday-Sunday9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
DecemberMondayClosed
Tuesday-Sunday9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30