Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica
No visit to Rome is complete without visiting Vatican City. This 3-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica is the best way to experience the Vatican City and its landmarks.Your guide will show you some of the most important works of art that the museums store and also provide you with a wealth of knowledge and historical context behind each one of them.
Guided Tour Highlights
- This guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica will acquaint you to the most important attractions in the Vatican.
- You will also receive priority access to these venues, allowing you to skip the long ticket lines.
- You will be in the company of a knowledgeable official tour guide who will take you around the Vatican and show you its highlights.
- The tour is available in multiple languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German.
Why You Shouldn't Miss This
This comprehensive tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica is one of the best ways to discover the highlights of Vatican City. This 3-hour tour will take you through the succession of galleries in the Vatican Museums and the beautiful Sistine Chapel before culminating with a tour of St. Peter's Basilica.
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
The Vatican Museums are made up of 54 galleries and houses one of the largest collections of Renaissance and Medieval art in the world. The museums are home to a number of classical sculptures and paintings by Renaissance greats such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini and Leonardo da Vinci. Artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso are also represented in the Modern Religious Art section. Famous rooms and galleries in the Vatican Museums include Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Sala Rotunda and the Gallery of Statues and the Hall of Busts.
The Sistine Chapel is situated at the end of the Vatican Museums and neighbors St. Peter's Basilica. Covered in the artistic works of Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Roselli among others, it is probably most famous for its frescoes that were painted by the great Michelangelo. After the Sistine Chapel, the tour will head to St. Peter's Basilica.
St. Peter's Basilica
Probably the most important church in all of Christendom, the iconic basilica stands tall in the heart of Vatican City and Rome and draws crowds in their millions. The seat of Roman Catholicism, St. Peter's Basilica was designed by Bramante, Michelangelo, and Bernini. It is considered to be the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and is also the largest church in the world. On your visit to St. Peter's Basilica, you will be able to admire some more iconic artworks, religious artifacts of historical importance and even visit the resting place of the popes.
On the day of the visit, make your way to the designated meeting point where you will meet your guide. The meeting point is at Piazza del Risorgimento. At the piazza, just at the center of the square is the bar “L’ottagono”. Look for our staff with an “I LOVE ROME” logo in pink. This meeting point is a few minutes away from the Vatican Museums.
The tour begins at the Vatican Museums. Here, your guide will help you bypass the long ticket line and take you straight to the entrance. After a brief security check, you will make your way inside. Your guide will then take you through the succession of galleries and show you some of the most important highlights of the museums. You will explore the Raphael Rooms, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of the Candelabra and the Gallery of the Tapestries and Maps.
Next, the tour will head to the Sistine Chapel, the last building in the Vatican Museums complex. Here, you will come face to face with some of the most important works of art, some that are considered to be cornerstones of western art. The most impressive among them will be the marvelous ceiling that was painted by Michelangelo in a span of 4 years. Another iconic piece is The Last Judgement, also painted by the great Michelangelo.
St. Peter's Basilica
After the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, your guide will lead you through a secret passage that connects the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter's Basilica, allowing you to skip the long lines at the basilica. Your guide will show you the important sections of the church, including paintings and religious relics.
For additional tips on what to see inside the Vatican Museums and the St. Peter's Basilica, refer to our Vatican tours and tickets collection.
- Official guide
- Skip the line entrances to Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
Know Before You Go
This tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica takes place on all days except Sunday at 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM.
The closest station to the Vatican is the Ottaviano-S. Pietro station. Line A of the Rome Metro stops at this station every few minutes. Your meeting point, as well as the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, is a 5-minute walk from this metro station.
What to Wear
Please be dressed appropriately. Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats are not permitted. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Interesting information provided by the tour guide.
Everything was great!! We had Cristina as a tour guide on august 14th, although it was hot out (really the skip the line is the best comparing to a line that went all the way outside of the museum!!) And completly packes inside she did a fantastic job keeping hooked to all the highlights and must seens!! Would totally recommend this to anybody visitimg rome!
Very simple to use and efficient.
How to Redeem Your Tickets
• You will receive your guided tour voucher in a few minutes.
• On the day of the experience, head to meeting point and display the voucher on your mobile phone along with a photo ID to begin your tour.
• The exact meeting point is at Piazza del Risorgimento - where you will meet our staff.
• At the piazza, just at the center of the square is the bar “L’ottagono”. Look for our staff with an “I LOVE ROME” logo in pink.
• Begin your tour.
Caffetteria L'Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento, Roma
- On Wednesdays, Saint Peter's Basilica will be closed all day long for the Papal Audience (in the morning) and for the Concistory (in the evening). This will be replaced by a visit to the Vatican Library.
- Please arrive at the meeting point 15-minutes prior to departure.
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