Vatican tour at a glance
St Peter’s Basilica
The Vatican tour is a comprehensive tour that will show you the main attractions of the Vatican.
You will meet your guide at the meeting point, close to the entrance of the Vatican Museums, join the privileged line with your skip-the-line tickets and get inside one of the most famous places in the world.
Your expert guide will explain you the history of the Vatican while reaching another section of the Museums. You will see the Museo Pio Clementino and the collection of classical statues, before reaching the Vatican Galleries.
You will go through the rooms that get you to the Papal apartments, where you will visit the Raphael’s Rooms, decorated with frescoes by Raphael Sanzio, including the famous fresco representing the School of Athens.
After the Gallery of the Maps, you will finally reach the stunning Sistine Chapel, to admire the huge frescoes by Michelangelo decorating the ceiling, highlighted by the Creation of Adam, and the colorful Last Judgement.
The tour will end with the visit of St Peter’s Basilica, the largest church of Christianity, designed by the greatest architects of the Renaissance. You will admire Michelangelo’s Pietà, and the huge Bernini’s Baldacchino!
Pick-up and Drop-off
Meeting point: in front of the Vatican Museums entrance
Hotel pick-up: available for selected hotels, you must contact the guide after booking the tour
Drop-off: Piazza San Pietro, Vatican City
What’s included in the price (and what is not)
- 4-hour private tour with an expert licensed tour guide of Rome
- skip-the-line tickets for the Vatican Museums (€ 25/person, € 17 for age<18). The correct quantity of tickets will be added to your cart automatically.
- any other personal expense
Here are some important things to know in order to ensure you have the best possible experience with your Vatican tour:
- the itinerary is indicative and can be changed in case some room is inaccessible for restoration;
- The St Peter’s Basilica can be closed for religious events without notice and the Vatican reserves the right to change the opening schedule at any time. If the Basilica is closed, the guide will provide a more detailed tour of the Vatican Museums;
- even with skip-the-line tickets, expect to wait in line for 15 to 30 minutes to enter the Vatican Museums, especially during high season.
Things to bring (and not to)
Participants under 18 must have an Identity Document to obtain ticket reduction. Failing to have documents will result in having to pay the entire price of the ticket.
Having a camera with you is your choice. Someone prefers to immerse in beauty not being distracted by taking pictures/making videos, someone else prefers to build printable memories of his trip. It’s really up to you. Inside the museums included in this tour, pictures and videos are allowed (except for the Sistine Chapel), but the use of a flash or selfie-sticks is prohibited.
Your jackets and bags will be scanned by a metal detector at the Vatican Museums. Knifes, cutters, multipurpose tools and any sharp object that might represent a danger for the works of art will be seized at the sole discretion of the museum personnel. Large backpacks, tripods, and long umbrellas will have to be left at the entrance and be collected at the exit (this service is free of charge, but we suggest not to bring with you these objects).
Entrance to the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and any other religious place is subject to restrictions: your clothing must be appropriate and cover your shoulders and knees.