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Overview

This comprehensive 3-hour Vatican tour includes Sistine Chapel, the extensive Vatican Museums and the "Vatacombs" - the final resting place of many popes. Explore the heritage of Rome and the world-class art collection of Vatican City with your guide, a professional art historian. You’ll bypass the crowds with skip-the-line priority access to St. Peter's Basilica.

Meet your guide in central Rome and get priority access to the Vatican. You'll experience the major highlights of Vatican City on a 3-hour tour that covers the Musei Vaticani, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Church, and the Vatacombs.

See what is surely the most important art collection in the world, located within more than 1,200 rooms. Your guide covers the most important masterpieces. Highlights include the rooms of Raphael as well as ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard.

Receive a comprehensive background on the Sistine Chapel from before it was commissioned to the finishing touches, learning to distinguish between truth and legend.

Straight after seeing the Sistine Chapel, you'll be granted direct access to St. Peter's Basilica, skipping the long lines and extra waiting ime - a privilege made available on this particular tour. Explore the largest basilica in the world, built over what are believed to be the bones of St. Peter. Included are Michelangelo's Pieta and dome as well as the massive baldacchino (bronze canopy sculpted by Bernini), Raphael's "Transfiguration" , and other monuments of artistic importance. Outside the magnificent Renaissance church your guide will discuss the history of the Vatican State, it's Swiss Guard, and how St. Peter's Square was designed.

Your guide will also lead you through the underground level referred to as the Vatacombs, a rarely seen area of the Vatican where tombs of the former popes are located, where your tour concludes.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK

Fast track entrance Vatican ticket
Expert Vatican tour guide
Vatican Museums tour
Sistine Chapel tour
Papal sarcophagi tour
St. Peter's Basilica tour
Does NOT include St. Peter's Tomb / Scavi / Necropolis - please book separately through the Vatican

Important Information

Average Group Size (Apr - Oct): 25
Sturdy, comfortable footwear advised
Average Group Size (Nov - Mar): 18
No photos inside the Sistine Chapel
Tour does not run on public holidays
Not wheelchair accessible
Activity level: easy
On days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may become necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event that the Papal tombs beneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended and no refunds made.