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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica

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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

First, enjoy the luxury of skip-the-line tickets and bypass the stressful queues. Enter the Vatican and start your tour with a visit to the Vatican Museum, a true spectacle for everyone who visits. Your tour itinerary through the museum is specialized to focus on the most important parts of the site. Next, you will visit the Sistine Chapel. Once inside you will get to marvel at this glorious place, not to mention, see in the flesh, Michelangelo's masterpiece depicting the last judgement, on the ceiling. This is a true sight to behold. Finish your tour in front of the Basilica of St. Peter, the biggest church in the world. Our guide will give You an introduction about the Basilica and you are free to stay inside all the time you want.
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • See art by Renaissance masters like Botticelli, Perugino, and Raphael
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn more about the legendary works from an expert guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Identity Card and Covid-19 Vaccine or negative test are required
Guided Tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Basilica briefing
St. Peter's Basilica Free Tour
Food and drinks
Transportation to/from attractions
17:30 and 18:30 Tours St. Peter's Basilica will be closed
Arrive at least 10 minutes before the tour start time
Caffè Vaticano , viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Viale Vaticano 100, Rome, Nearby Caffè Vaticano a cross the road from Vatican Museums’ Main Entrance

Viale Vaticano , Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Identity Card and Covid-19 Vaccine Passport are required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship
  • Please note that St Peter's Basilica can be closed last minute for private services
  • Your guide will give you an introduction to the basilica and you are free to decide how long you want to stay inside
  • Our guide will explain all the information about the Basilica and you can visit the Basilica by your self
  • No guided tours inside the church, the guide will provide a briefing and you can stay as long as you want
  • Police Controls to get inside the Basilica can not be skipped and all visitors must go through the metal detector
  • We will not be able to accomodate you if you don't arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour start time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours of Rome
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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  • "Try to catch the morning tour so that you the option to venture on your own in the Vatican ." See review
  • "I can recommend taking a tour, especially as you don’t want to be queuing up for either the museums or the basilik (February is calm, but the queues still looked horrid from afar)." See review
  • "Does get extremely crowded and hot going through the building." See review

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star-5
Wonderful tour and guide! Worth the money!
Amy_T
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable and answers any questions the group had. The tour lasted about 3 hours from start to finish. Meeting point was clear and easy to find. Definitely glad we took a tour and got to skip all the lines!
star-5
The guide was excellent!...
Kenneth_W
, Jun 2022
The guide was excellent! Lineups were terrible so great skipping to front. Be ready for crowds…………….
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Great guide, far too rushed.
Tony_P
, Jun 2022
The guide was excellent. The sound systems assigned by the museum were awful. The pace in the whole museum is grossly rude. The stewards posted all over constantly rush the tourists through, allowing no time to admire any of the exhibits. Barely had time to snap pictures here and there. Seems like just another way for the Roman Catholics to steal from the people of the world.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Our tour guide was...
James_D
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was amazing ! She was very knowledgeable and was very eager to show us the best time! Loved the tour and our guide !
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Amazing history
Martha_D
, Jun 2022
Amazing experience, did not realize how vast the museums were. Bring comfy shoes. You will be on your feet a lot.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Very Knowledgeable
justin_t
, Jun 2022
Although very hot and very crowded. Our guide was very passionate and knowledgeable. I saw many without a guide and they had no idea what they were looking at.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-2
Should be called Just the Sistine Chapel
Katie_D
, Jun 2022
The guide was very unorganized and didn’t even realize it was a Wednesday (the day the Pope comes to the square). The Basilica was closed because he was out, but she wouldn’t even bring us to the square. She did a good job explaining the Sistine Chapel, but we were rushed through the museum and didn’t even see half the exhibits.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that our guide did a good Job in the explanation and we are sorry that you could not visit the square because of the Pope Audience. Unfortunately this doesn't depend on us and it's mentioned in the tour information that when there are religious ceremony visiting the basilica is not guaranteed
star-5
Everithing you need to know and see.
Mirka_E
, Jun 2022
Albert the tourguide was a good story teller. Very nice tour, including the visit of the Peter‘s Dome at the end of the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Vatican English Tour
Bridget_K
, Jun 2022
Our guide was Selena. She was so great. Loved this trip. She was knowledgeable and patient with all of us in the group.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Good summary of highlights !
Nadina_H
, Jun 2022
Andrea was clearly very knowledgeable and gave a great tour of the highlights! The tour captured what we expected and we were glad to see St. Peter’s Basilica as well!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Christina was an amazing...
Jennifer_R
, Jun 2022
Christina was an amazing guide. She was very passionate and provided us with so much interesting information along the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
You can’t miss this tour!
Gloria_H
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Lorenzo, was like a walking guidebook. He knew the history behind every artifact, painting, tapestry, etc. He spent 3-4 hours with us that just seemed to fly by. Can’t recommend this tour enough. It was one of the highlights of my vacation. The Vatican is absolutely gorgeous
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-4
Vatican tour
Niketan_R
, Jun 2022
The overall walk through the Vatican museum was smooth and the guide gave us a lot of important information.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Awesome guided tour
chandramouly_s
, Jun 2022
Very informative tour. Guide was very patient to answer all questions from the group.would use their services for future trips and recommend to our friends also.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Great way to see and learn about the Vatican City
Justine_Y
, Jun 2022
Great tour and covered all the main areas of the Vatican. Our guide, Chiara was so knowledgeable and provided so many interesting insights and stories about the history behind everything. My partner and I really enjoyed the tour. Recommend bringing water and a light snack to eat while walking as it’s quite long and very hot if a warm day
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Vatican City Tour - a great way to learn & experience the Vatican!
Shanna_N
, Jun 2022
The Vatican City Tour was a great way to see multiple things in a condensed period of time. Our tour guide was very informative and helpful in pointing out key exhibits given there was a lot to see. She definitely had some good historical facts and references to share. The Vatican Museum is massive so you won't see everything on the tour but should have access to it when the formal tour concludes. The Sistine Chapel is beautiful and breathtaking, definitely a must see. On the group tour you'll be able to visit it for 20-25 minutes. The last part of the tour is the Vatican Basilica and you'll be able to view it on your own time; it's massive so be prepared to spend a good amount of time there. We definitely felt like we benefitted from having a tour guide for Vatican City, plus we got to skip the normal line to get in. Just for that alone we felt the tour was well worth our money. You'll see and learn a lot from this half-day excursion.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Amazing
Monique_S
, Jun 2022
Incredible. The tour guide knew so much and she was just absolutely lovely. 3 hrs are long but we saw a lot. So just be prepared for lots of walking and lots of people.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Wonderful!!
Eli_B
, Jun 2022
Alessandro, our guide, was amazing! Super friendly and very knowledgeable. He showed us all the highlights and explained everything very well. I really liked getting a lot of free time in St. Peter's. Definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Alessandro
Kyle_R
, Jun 2022
Alessandro Was amazing. He took time to answer every question and was very knowledgeable but he also moved quickly through highlights.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Excellent!
Tanisha_P
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour! Our tour guide was friendly , helpful and very knowledgeable! We got to see everything and had time at the end to see things for ourselves. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again

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