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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Skip the notorious queues of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Explore these iconic cultural landmarks accompanied by an expert guide, stress-free!

Skip the notorious queues of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Explore these iconic cultural landmarks accompanied by an expert guide, stress-free!

What's Included?

On this guided tour, you'll enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, all accompanied by an expert guide.

Vatican Museums

Home to one of the world's largest art collections, the Vatican Museum features countless Renaissance masterpieces and sunning classical sculptures. During the tour, our guide will take us through the Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms, Tapestry Gallery, and more impressive rooms!

The Sistine Chapel

 

On our tour, we'll also discover the iconic Sistine Chapel—home to works by some of the most famous Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo's ceiling fresco, a cornerstone of High Renaissance art. Please note that the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, and photos/videos cannot be taken inside. Furthermore, talking is not permitted inside, so explanations from the guide will be given outside.

St. Peter's Basilica

Generally, it'll be possible for you to enter St. Peter's Basilica from the Sistine Chapel following the tour. However, due to masses and other religious events, it may not be possible on the day of your visit. If you'd like to visit St. Peter's Basilica after your tour, you can do so from St. Peter's Square!

Get the Most out of Your Visit

Just a stone's throw from the Vatican are some of Rome's most iconic sights. If you'd like to discover the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill, have a look at our Rome Combo tour!

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Duration

3 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

English–speaking guide

Skip the line admission to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel (worth 19 (US$ 20.20))

Individual headphones

When to book?

You can book up until 2 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

Sustainability Code

Our providers commit to:

  • Provide a safe and satisfying experience.
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Incorporate eco-conscious technologies.
  • Uphold fair employment standards.
  • Foster the growth of local communities.
  • Preserve the integrity of local culture.
  • Safeguard both cultural and environmental heritage.
  • Ensure ethical treatment of animals.
  • Operate with honesty and transparency.
  • Encourage sustainable behaviors among customers and staff.

This particular activity contributes as follows:

  • Printed material is avoided.
  • No single-use plastics are used.
  • The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.
  • No printing of documentation required.
  • Promotes local employment.
  • Has a gender equality policy.
  • Has a carbon footprint offset policy.
  • Promotes local employment.
  • Has a gender equality policy.
  • Has a carbon footprint offset policy.
  • Promotes local employment.
  • Has a gender equality policy.
  • Has a carbon footprint offset policy.
  • Promotes local employment.
  • Has a gender equality policy.
  • Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

Provider

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  • Tourismotion Roma

    Corporate name: NAFASP SLU

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Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Will we visit the Gregoriano Egiziano Museum?

    A - No, this tour does not include a visit to the Gregoriano Egiziano Museum.

  • Q - Does the tour visit the Bramante Staircase or Momo's spiral staircase?

    A - No.

  • Q - What if our group is large?

    A - If your group is 15 people or more, we cannot always guarantee that you will be in the same group. If you would like a more personalised service, we recommend the private tour of Rome.

  • Q - Is it possible to organize a visit to the tomb of Saint Peter during this tour?

    A - No. The visit to the tomb of St. Peter and the necropolis below the Vatican basilica can only be booked with a formal request to the Office of Excavations, following a rigorous protocol.

  • Q - How many people visit per group?

    A - A maximum of 30 people per guide.

  • Q - Can I go back inside the Vatican Museums after the tour?

    A - No, you can only go in with the guide. However, you can stay in the museums once the guided tour has finished.

  • Q - Does the Vatican have a luggage locker?

    A - There is a left-luggage service in the Vatican Museums.

  • Q - Can I bring my backpack?

    A - You can only enter with small backpacks. Access with pushchairs/strollers, large backpacks or long umbrellas is not allowed.

  • Q - Does the tour visit the Pinacoteca?

    A - No, the tour does not visit the Vatican Pinacoteca.

  • Q - Is it possible to climb the dome of St. Peter's Basilica?

    A - The climb to the dome of St. Peter's Basilica is not included. Once the tour is over, you can stay in the basilica to go up on your own. The price is 10 euros per person.

  • Q - Does the tour visit the Raphael Rooms?

    A - Only if there are not too many people that day. Sometimes the waiting time is more than half an hour.

  • Q - Is it possible to access the Vatican Museums with pushchairs/strollers?

    A - No, access to the Vatican Museums with pushchairs/strollers is not allowed. They can be left with the museum's left-luggage service before entering the museum.

  • Q - Can I go on this private tour with a group of school children?

    A - This is not possible. For school groups, access reserved for schools must be expressly reserved through the Vatican website.

  • Q - What should we take into account before visiting the Sistine Chapel?

    A - The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship. Therefore it is not allowed to talk or take pictures or videos. For this reason, the guides talk about the Chapel outside the Chapel.

  • Q - Can you tour the Vatican on your own?

    A - While you can tour the Vatican without a guide, we recommend booking a tour so that you see the highlights and some hidden gems!

  • Q - What should I wear to the Vatican?

    A - The dress code for the Vatican Museums is strict but easy to respect. Low-cut or sleeveless dresses, miniskirts, shorts and hats are not allowed. To cover knees and shoulders you can buy plastic cloaks to wrap around. Inside it is preferable to wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. We also recommend wearing comfortable footwear as there will be some walking as part of the tour.

  • Q - Why do this activity with Civitatis?

    A - At Civitatis we guarantee the best quality and prices, click here if you want to know how we select our activities.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

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Meeting point

Viale Giulio Cesare 229, in front of the Giulio Cesare cinema (A Ottaviano Metro)

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