Vatican Museums Tour

Vatican Tour in english

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: 67.00 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 € 53.00.

Meeting point: Viale 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

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

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!

What you will see during your VATICAN TOUR

Your Vatican tour starts in the Courtyard of the Pigna. This large courtyard is one of the most famous, much-photographed outdoor spots on your Vatican tour. The Courtyard of the Pigna (Pinecone) is a magnificent courtyard with huge proportions lined by some of the finest Vatican buildings and the site of some of the symbolic sculptures of the Vatican Museums. Most important is the large bronze pine cone standing right under the famous "niche," the Vatican building whose facade has an unusual recessed apse shape topped by an open loggia designed by the famous Renaissance-era architect Pirro Ligorio. Dante himself mentioned this great pine cone in the Divine Comedy, already known in his era as it was from Roman times.
The Courtyard of the Pigna also has a famous spherical sculpture by Pomodoro, an enormous sculpted metal ball, another emblem of this courtyard and the Vatican Museums.
Your Vatican tour continues to the Octagonal Courtyard and the section of Ancient Greco-Roman works where you can admire the famous sculptural group depicting Laocoön and his sons trapped by sea serpents.

 

Photogallery Vatican Museums

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Italy Travels tour guides staff is represented by licensed guides of great experience and high level of professionalism, competence and excellence on their job. All Italy Travels guides are authorized by the provincial administration of Rome and most of them are art historians and teachers in art subjects.
All guided tours organized by Italy Travels always include pre-reserved museum tickets when museum tours are included in the tour itinerary. In this way visitors avoid waisting time waiting in line in front of museums ticket offices.
 

 
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