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Overview

This comprehensive 3+ hours Vatican tour covers the Sistine Chapel, entire Vatican Museums, and "Vatacombs" (Papal sarcophagi), the final resting place of many popes. Explore Rome's rich heritage and the world-class art collection kept inside the Vatican City with your expert guide, a professional art historian. You will bypass all the crowds with skip-the-line priority access to St. Peter's magnificent Basilica too.

Meet your guide in central Rome and get priority access to the Vatican Museums. You will experience all the major highlights inside Vatican City on a 3+ hours tour which covers the museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and the Papal sarcophagi.

See what is surely the most important art collection in the world, spanning over 1,200 rooms. Your expert guide will cover all the most important masterpieces. Highlights include the rooms of Raphael as well as ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the mysterious Belvedere Courtyard.

You will be delivered a detailed background on the Sistine Chapel from before it was commissioned to the finishing touches, learn how to distinguish between truth and legend.

Straight after seeing the Sistine Chapel, you will be granted direct access to St. Peter's Basilica, skipping the long lines and extra waiting time - a privilege made available only 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 great artistic importance. Outside the magnificent Renaissance church your expert 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 down to the underground level which we call "Vatacombs", a rarely seen area where tombs of former popes rest for eternity. This sombre place is where your tour concludes.

KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK

Expert Vatican tour guide
Fast track Vatican entrance
Vatican Museums tour
Sistine Chapel tour
Papal sarcophagi tour
St. Peter's Basilica tour
No photos inside the Sistine Chapel
Does NOT include St. Peter's Tomb / Scavi / Necropolis - please book separately through the Vatican
Not wheelchair accessible

Important Information

Remember to use promo code ROME2019 when you book this tour to get 10% off!
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.