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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel tour

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel tour



Vatican Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica


This tour of the Vatican is a wonderful chance to admire the treasures of the 
Vatican Museums, the magnificent Sistine Chapel, one of the world's greatest masterpieces, and St. Peter's Basilica.
You will be led by an expert on this amazing tour that will literally leave your mouth gaping in wonder.
This Vatican Tour always includes special entry to skip the lines at the entrance!

Vatican Tour – Highlights

Skip the line: save 2–3 hours

Live guide: English

Electronic voucher accepted

Small Groups: Max 25 People

Duration: 3 hours

Language: English

Easy change of date: You can change the date or time of your tour without fees up to 48 hours in advance. 

Easy cancellation: full refund if you cancel 7 days before the date of your visit.

VATICAN TOUR DETAILS /About this activity/ What you need to know
Availability: every day except Sunday.
Starting time: 9:30 am; 10:30 am (not available from November to March); 2:00 pm (from November to March on Saturday).
On Wednesday the tour is available at 2:00 pm only, the year long.
Adult price: 69.00 euro per person

Price includes: English guide service for 3 hours, entrance tickets with pre-reservation (no line) to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, headsets

Children: free 0–3 years of age, from 4 to 12 years children pay reduced price ticket € 55.00.

Meeting pointViale dei Bastioni di Michelangelo 21, Rome. All details about meeting your guide will be printed on the voucher you will receive by email after completing the booking.

What is included

- Authorized guide service for 3 hours
- Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums
- Reserved access to St. Peter's Basilica
- Headsets to facilitate hearing the guide

What is not included

Climb to St. Peter's Dome
Visit of the Basilica's underground section

NOTES: bags, metal objects, umbrellas, and animals are not allowed in the museums. Even though you have skip-the-line tickets, there may be a line for security checks. Visitors wearing shorts or sleeveless tops are not admitted into the Basilica. The museums require guests in wheelchairs to follow a different route, which prevents them from following the same route as the organized tour. If the Basilica is closed for a special religious event, the tour will include the museum's art gallery.

How your Vatican tour works

Read the instructions printed on the voucher. You do not need to print a hard copy of the voucher. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the time the tour starts at the meeting point shown on the voucher.
Your guide will be waiting for you there. Once the group of participants has gathered, you will go the Vatican Museums entrance and go through a special entrance reserved for groups, skipping the line of those who did not book. After you pass the security checks and metal detectors, your guide will give you the ticket to go through the turnstiles and the headsets. Your Vatican tour starts here!

How to book your VATICAN TOUR

Choose the day and time you want to take the tour. Complete the order and payment.
Once the booking has been completed, you will immediately receive an email summarizing your online order. After a few hours and you will receive a confirmation voucher with all the booking details. You do not need to print the voucher. Just carefully read the instructions printed on the voucher and then show it to your guide on your cell phone or tablet in an electronic format on the day of your tour.


From when you book until 5 working days (1 week) before the day of the tour, there is no cancellation fee and you will be given a total refund. For cancellations communicated to Italy Travels six or fewer working days before the day of the tour, the cancellation penalty is the full amount of the tour (100% of the total price), i.e. there is no right to any refund.

Know before you go

St. Peter’s is closed on the following days: December 24 and 31 and certain religious holidays. On these days, the St. Peter tour will be replaced by a visit to other sections of the Vatican Museums.
On rare occasions, St. Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. In this case, your Vatican tour will include a 3-hour visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without entering St. Peter’s Basilica. Italy Travels will not offer any refund for this change.
The Vatican strictly enforces a dress code with covered shoulders and long trousers for men. You may be refused entry for not complying.
Regrettably, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums

Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums: a masterpiece of the Renaissance

The splendid Sistine Chapel was built during the reign of Sixtus IV, from which it takes its name. The Chapel is very rich in history. At first teh Sistine Chapel was the private chapel of the popes and for centuries it has been the place where, even today, the Conclave for the election of the new Pope is held. The fame of the Sistine Chapel is due to the frescoes decorating the walls and the decoration of the vault. These frescoes are considered the absolute masterpiece of the Renaissance. The decoration of the chapel was performed in three moments that coincide with the phases of the development of Renaissance art. The most important artists of the early Renaissance including Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino frescoed the sidewalls at the end of the XVth century.

Pope Julius II then commissioned the decoration of the vault in 1508 to Michelangelo Buonarroti who made it unique by painting it with the images of the Genesis. In 1512, the work was finished and Julius II inaugurated the Sistine with a solemn mass. Twenty years later, Pope Clement VII commissioned to Michelangelo Buonarrotio the decoration of the wall that stand behind the main altar with the Last Judgment, a masterpiece of Renaissance art at 360 degree.

Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums: skip the line entrance and privileged access

The Sistine Chapel is located inside the Vatican Museums and, by booking the entrance tickets for the Chapel, you will have the opportunity to visit the other visitable sections of the Vatican Museums. However, there is no possibility to visit the Sistine Chapel without buying a ticket for the entire museum complex. The Sistine Chapel is, in fact, considered an integral part of the Vatican Museums. By booking in advance the entrance tickets for the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, it is possible to avoid the long waiting lines and enjoy a privileged entrance.

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