Vatican Guided Tour
€47 per adult
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- See the best of the Vatican Museums on a streamlined, skip-the-line express tour that makes the most of your time.
- Tune in on personal headsets when needed so you won't miss a thing.
- Find the can’t-miss highlights among the many galleries with an expert guide to make the most of your time.
- Learn about Raphael's School of Athens and the beautiful art it helped bring to life.
- Marvel as you stand beneath the most celebrated fresco in the world, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
- Tour the Pio Clementino Museum where ancient wonders, like the Laocoön sculpture, will amaze you.
- Admire the Raphael Rooms as you learn how long it took to cover them in floor-to-ceiling paintings.
- Get practical tips for how to visit another landmark of Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica.
What you'll do
Make the most of your time with a guided skip-the-line tour of the Vatican. There are 15 collections here, each one incredible, but it can be overwhelming to try to understand it all without a guide. Our local expert will show you the hidden treasures of the Vatican on this two-hour express — see what others miss ... read more
Make the most of your time with a guided skip-the-line tour of the Vatican. There are 15 collections here, each one incredible, but it can be overwhelming to try to understand it all without a guide. Our local expert will show you the hidden treasures of the Vatican on this two-hour express — see what others miss and learn the stories behind the art.
Start off by meeting your guide near the entrance of the Vatican Museums, where you’ll receive your headsets. You can use these when needed to make sure you don’t miss a word of what your guide shares as you make your way through the museums. After admiring the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica from the terrace, you’ll go inside where you’ll see collections of art amassed by popes over centuries.
Your guide will show you the most important and most interesting pieces, highlighting their origin and features to notice. Favorites include sculptures and paintings by Renaissance masters like Raphael and Michelangelo.
You’ll continue through the many galleries, including the famous Gallery of Maps, as your guide points out highlights you don’t want to miss.
Finally, you’ll enter the Sistine Chapel. Marvel as you stand beneath the most celebrated fresco in the world, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece, including “The Creation of Adam.”
No need to rush away after your tour. After the guided portion of your visit, your guide will share details for the best way to visit Saint Peter’s Basilica, another gem of Vatican City. You can also get tips for the rest of your day in Rome, including what to see and where to eat. Our local guide knows the best spots.
Where you can admire the beautiful dome of St. Peter’s Basilica
The Pinecone Courtyard
Crowned by a massive bronze pinecone sculpture made by ancient Romans
Pio Clementino Museum
Classical statues dating back to the 16th century
Filled with tapestries, candelabra, historic maps, and more
A series of visually striking rooms covered in paintings by Renaissance masters
With Michelangelo’s famous fresco, including the Creation of Adam and other scenes
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Plan Your Trip
Hats, sleeveless shirts, and shorts, skirts, or dresses cut above the knee aren’t allowed in the Vatican. This applies to men and women, though young children may have some leeway.
Your headset will help you hear your guide in some cases where you might need it. For small groups of four or less, headsets aren’t needed.
Tour ending point
The guided portion of your tour ends in the Sistine Chapel. You are free to visit Saint Peter’s Basilica on your own with helpful tips from your guide on what to see.
We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start time.
Where to find your tour guide
Meet your guide across the street from the Caffè Vaticano, in front of the entrance next to a large white door with two statues on the top. Your guide will be holding a sign that reads “ExperienceFirst.”
Admission to the basilica is free but not part of this guided tour. However, our guide will direct you to the entrance and give you instructions on what to see and tips for how to enjoy your self-guided tour of this historic church.
Photos and talking aren’t allowed inside the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will give you an overview in advance of what you can expect when you enter. Once you’re there, simply enjoy the beauty above and around you.
We understand plans change. We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. We also offer rescheduling to another date the tour is running at no extra cost if you’re unable to make this tour. Please keep in mind there are no refunds available if you have already rescheduled your tour.
Our tours run rain or shine, so please check the local forecast to plan. In rare cases when we have to cancel for extreme weather, we’ll offer you the chance to reschedule or give a full refund.
Tips are always appreciated but never expected. They’re a great way to tell your guide they did an awesome job and show your appreciation.
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