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Faster Than Skip The Line

Extended Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter's Basilica Tour with Special Access Areas

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4.5 h.
Mon to Sat

Our Complete Vatican Tour is ideal for the culturally curious who want a comprehensive journey of discovery. Thanks to our official Vatican Partnership you can save time with VIP No-Wait Access through our exclusive Partner Entrance. Our expert guide will share the details and history behind each of the key masterpieces in the Vatican Museums.

  • Save time with our VIP No-Wait Entry to the Vatican Museums through our exclusive Vatican Partners Entrance
  • Explore the highlights of the Vatican including the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms
  • Discover the rarely seen masterpieces in the Vatican Painting Gallery and the normally off-limits Bramante Staircase
  • See the sublime Pietá in St. Peter's Basilica with our Skip-the-Line Access and still have free time after the tour
  • Expert local English-speaking guide
  • Groups of less than 20 and audio headsets so you never miss a word

Getting Ready for Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tours

What's Included

  • Faster Than Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
  • All entrance & reservation fees
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-Line at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Bramante Staircase
  • Pinacoteca (Vatican Paintings Gallery)
  • Etruscan Museum
  • Raphael's Rooms
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square

No One Gets you in Faster

As we are the Official Vatican Partner with the highest possible partnership status, your tour with us begins by entering the state through our exclusive Partner Entrance. Inside you will experience the many exhibits and rooms of this stunning country at a relaxing pace on our Complete Vatican Tour.
With your guide on hand you’ll explore the Pinacoteca, the rarely visited Vatican Paintings Gallery. This gem is often missed as independent travelers sprint from the entrance to the main attraction, the Sistine Chapel. You can view masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio and the only Da Vinci work available to see in Rome while listening to the fascinating stories behind each of the pieces.

No One Gives You more Access

While exploring the Vatican Museums, you have the rare opportunity to leave the tourists behind and slip behind velvet ropes to visit the original helical Bramante Staircase. Usually closed to the public, it was once the entrance from street level to the Papal apartments. It was built to accommodate horse and carriages but we prefer to use it to get the best Instagram shots over the Rome cityscape.

Of course, we’ll also visit the unmissable Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, where your guide will delve into the background stories about the art (like the punishment Michelangelo envisioned for his enemies). We’ll also see some of the less famous (but no less interesting) sights such as the pagan sculptures in the Gallery of the Candelabra, the incredibly accurate medieval geography in the Gallery of the Maps and the optical illusions in the Gallery of the Tapestries.

No One Gets You in Earlier

With Skip-the-Line Access directly from the Sistine Chapel, you will gain immediate entry to St. Peter’s Basilica where your guide will show you around the world’s largest cathedral. Admire the incredible baroque altar, spot the carving in the belt of Michelangelo’s ‘Pietá’ and discover whether St. Peter really is buried underneath Christianity’s most iconic house of worship.
Within four and a half hours, you’ll experience a comprehensive exploration of the world’s finest art collection and see the treasures of the Vatican as few do.

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