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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Roma, Italy
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Overview

Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. Explore intriguing sites like Raphael’s Rooms and then visit the Sistine Chapel to see incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Choose the start time that better suites your needs.
  • Half-day Vatican Museums guided tour with fast-track access
  • Learn about the incredible Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam'

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This experience offers upgrades for early morning or after-hours tours of the Vatican.
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  • Via Germanico, 8 , Via Germanico, 8, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting Point English language Tours – Via Germanico 8 Other languages – Via Vespasiano 46b

  • Via Vespasiano, 46b , Via Vespasiano, 46b, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting Point English language Tours – Via Germanico 8 Other languages – Via Vespasiano 46b

  • Vatican Museums , 00120, Vatican City
    Meet your local guide at the tour office to enter the Vatican Museums. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, step inside to start your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Follow your guide, listening to tales of saintliness and scandal, and learn about the Vatican’s place as one of the holiest sites in Christendom.

    Italian art flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and the Vatican popes put together one of the world’s largest collections of private art with frescos, paintings, sculptures, and treasure. See the highlights as you walk through galleries such as Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the 'School of Athens'—a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself.

    Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—'The Last Judgement' and 'The Creation of Adam.'
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Vatican Museums
    Visit the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.isit to the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Sistine Chapel
    In the Sistine Chapel you will have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s astonishing work, the entire ceiling and the Last Judgment, and then again in St Peter’s Basilica where his beautiful Pietà is kept
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Stanze di Raffaello
    Visit the Raphael Rooms inside the Vatican Museums, home to many of Raphael’s celebrated frescoes. Admire the genius of his work as your guide highlights the intricacies of his work, such as the appearance of Michelangelo and da Vinci in ‘The School of Athens’. Appreciate the skill and beauty of one of the Renaissance’s greatest artists.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
    • Luggage storage NOT available
    • We are sorry to inform you that this tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
    • All students should have their student identity card in order to get the discount for the admission fee.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Please note that all participants over 12 years old must present; Vaccination Certificate , proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Nicom Tours
    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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .

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    • "Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk pretty much non stop." See review
    • "Skip the line is the only way to go, but still had an hour to 1.5 hour wait." See review
    • "Must use tour or you'll spend your vacation standing in line." See review

    Reviews

    4.0
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    7,863 Reviews

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    star-4
    Good visit to Vatican
    Laurie_P
    , Jun 2022
    Our guide was very informative. The museum was extremely crowded, having a guide was helpful. Skip the line was well worth it!
    star-3
    our guide really knew her stuff and was passionate and animated. Personally I prefer a shorter less in depth tour
    elizabeth_c
    , Jun 2022
    Great guide - but too much info for me - it was sooo hot and shorter would have been better at least for me and my family
    star-3
    Not quite as expected.
    rvpb2ggmkd
    , Jun 2022
    Quite disappointing and not really as advertised. The departure point involved being allocated a sticker and then herded like sheep. You do bypass the queue but apart from that it’s a completely overcrowded experience. There is no opportunity to ask questions.
    star-1
    Horrible customer service
    Gina_C
    , Jun 2022
    The people there were completely rude and not helpful and we paid money for a tour that left us so they just did the skip the line and we just went in alone Rude bad service not helpful
    star-5
    Best Vatican Tour!
    Jason_H
    , Jun 2022
    Our Tour Guide Antonio was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Definitely recommend to anyone in Rome
    star-1
    Mob Scene
    Byron_T
    , Jun 2022
    This tour was oversold. The meeting point Was blocks away in the blistering sun and the throngs of people in the museum made it almost impossible to enjoy the works of art.
    star-4
    Too quick and not too informative
    Jorge_R
    , Jun 2022
    Tour was too fast. We barely had time to take pictures in the important places. Since it was Saturday, it was apparently more crowded than during the week (tour guide said). Our tourguide seemed to be in a rush. The place is worth the visit (of course)
    star-5
    Truly a privilege
    Christopher_T
    , Jun 2022
    We loved all the different parts of the experience.our tour guide antonio was amazing,he organised our group and his knowledge was exceptional.
    star-5
    Our tour guide was excellent!
    Adrian_W
    , Jun 2022
    With so many tour options wasn’t sure how things would turn out, but our experience was better than words can describe. Our tour guide, Antonio, provided the perfect amount of knowledge and charm. He was a wealth of information, and a dynamic group leader balancing information with clear instructions and where appropriate humour. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to friends.
    star-5
    Francesca, the best tour guide ever!
    Kayla_T
    , Jun 2022
    Francesca was absolutely incredible!! She had phenomenal energy and kept everyone engaged. Best experience we’ve had in Rome!
    star-5
    Great
    Michael_K
    , Jun 2022
    Guide was knowledgeable, no nonsense guy. Wish I could have spent more time learning the history from him.
    star-5
    Best guide ever
    David_K
    , Jun 2022
    Pasquale was the best guide! I would totally recommend him His knowledge about the art and enthusiasm while talking and knowing how to maneuver around the masses made it a memorable experience
    star-5
    Passionate and amazing tour guide
    Angelina
    , Jun 2022
    Antonio was a great and passionate tour guide. Everything was clear and he gave great perspective and information! We could feel he loves his job and made him amazing person 🤗
    star-5
    Help when we needed it
    Derek_C
    , Jun 2022
    We missed our timeslot but the staff were fantastic help us out and the guide looked after Theresa in her wheelchair getting her into the Vatican many thanks to everyone Derek and Theresa.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Amazing place, terrific tour!
    ANALIA_F
    , Jun 2022
    The Vatican is very busy and filled with tourists. Our guide, Antonio, did a great job of keeping us together and sharing some wonderful highlights of Baroque art and Catholic Papal history during our fast track tour. He had a terrific depth of knowledge of the arts and and did a terrific job showing us some of the most significant pieces of art by the hands of some of the world’s greatest —Rafael, Michelangelo, Bernini etc..,
    star-3
    Sadly didn’t stop in front of even one modern painting
    Corey_C
    , Jun 2022
    I do recommend visiting Vatican, however, this was very much a quick walk through and not very memorable in any way. Stories or history did not come through. If you want to slow down to appreciate a work or few it’s better to do it without a guide or to know in advance what works or artists you will be concentrating on.
    star-5
    Great Tour
    Paula_M
    , Jun 2022
    The Vatican Museum was out of this world. Our guide was excellent! Only issue was that there was way too many people
    star-1
    Scam tour! Never use them!
    Iris_P
    , Jun 2022
    I had the tour scheduled for 12:30pm. I did not get an email confirmation nor did someone try to contact me from the agency. I arrived at the meeting point at the exact time and was txting and calling 15 mins prior. No one answered the phone or tried to get it touch with me or was there to meet us! I had to purchase new tickets and go on my own. Viator said i am not eligible for a refund and the tour went on as scheduled even though there was no one there at that time! Scam company!!!!
    star-4
    Worth it
    Lisa_W
    , Jun 2022
    Federico was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable and warm, as well as skilled in navigating a large group in massive crowds.
    star-1
    Terrible
    Karl_B
    , Jun 2022
    The experience was terrible we paid for a guide who never showed up totally ruined the day very very unhappy will be looking for a full refund i

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