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Activities in Rome

Vatican City Tour: Sistine Chapel, Museum & St. Peter's

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Elisa made the visit very entertaining. He explained everything we found around the museums
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
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This complete Vatican City tour takes you around the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, all with skip the line admission and in a group that never exceeds 35 people!

This complete Vatican City tour takes you around the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, all with skip the line admission and in a group that never exceeds 35 people!

Vatican City Tour

Explore three of the most astonishing attractions in the world, accompanied by an expert guide who will reveal the history and lesser-known stories of these magical landmarks:

  • Vatican Museums: The Vatican Museums feature one of the world’s largest art collections, including Renaissance masterpieces and stunning classical sculptures. You’ll follow your guide through The Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms, Tapestry Gallery and other impressive rooms.    
  • Sistine Chapel: The Sistine Chapel is entirely decorated with breath-taking Renaissance frescos, including The Last Judgement by Michelangelo. Nowadays, the Chapel holds the Papal conclave.
  • St Peter’s Basilica: Step inside the imposing St Peter’s Basilica, the largest and holiest site for Roman Catholics. The Pope delivers his sermons from this magnificent temple.

But Vatican City isn't only grandiosity, it also has a long, dark past of betrayal and even lust. Our guides will open our eyes.

Itinerary Changes

To guarantee safety regarding Covid-19, access to St. Peter's Basilica from the Sistine Chapel will be temporarily closed, therefore we will not visit the Basilica during the tour. Entrance, however, is free, and you can access it from St. Peter's Square before or after the tour.

Important information

  • Please note that the Holy See may close St Peter’s Basilica and/or the Sistine Chapel without prior notice. If this were to happen during your tour, you would spend more time on the other parts of the tour. During Easter week St. Peter's Basilica may close for important ceremonies.
  • Due to the Papal Audience, on Wednesday tours at 8:15 am, access to St Peter’s Basilica is not guaranteed. This restriction does not apply in July.
  • If you'd also like to discover the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, you can also book our Rome Combo tour.

Hotel Pick Up

You can reserve optional pickup at your hotel, with this pickup taking place an hour before the tour start time. This service is available at all accommodation within an 8 km radius from the meet point, where the majority of the hotels in Rome are found. The tour ends at the Vatican.

Other activities in The Vatican

You can see other activities in The Vatican with the following link.

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Price

Adults Children 6-12 years old Children under 6 years old
Tour without pickup
US$ 64.40 US$ 49.20
US$ 51.50 US$ 35.10
Free
Tour with pickup
US$ 78.50 US$ 60.90
US$ 65.60 US$ 46.80
Free

Tour without pickup

  • Adults

    US$ 64.40 US$ 49.20
  • Children 6-12 years old

    US$ 51.50 US$ 35.10
  • Children under 6 years old

    Free

Tour with pickup

  • Adults

    US$ 78.50 US$ 60.90
  • Children 6-12 years old

    US$ 65.60 US$ 46.80
  • Children under 6 years old

    Free

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Covid-19 Measures

It is compulsory to present a Covid vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test or antigen test taken up to 48 hours before the activity. Show more

A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.

Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.

The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit).

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Duration

3 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

English speaking guide

Skip the line admission to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Skip the line access to St. Peter’s Basilica (depending on the status of the Covid 19 situation)

Individual headphones

Hotel pickup (depending on option selected)

24% discount on the official ticket price.

When to book?

You can book up until 3 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

Printed material is avoided.

No single-use plastics are used.

The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Will we visit the Gregoriano Egiziano Museum?

    A - No, this tour does not include a visit to the Gregoriano Egiziano Museum.

  • Q - Does the tour visit the Bramante Staircase or Momo's spiral staircase?

    A - No.

  • Q - Can we stay to explore the basilica after the guided tour?

    A - Yes, you can also choose to visit the crypt (not included).

  • Q - What if our group is large?

    A - If your group is 15 people or more, we cannot always guarantee that you will be in the same group. If you would like a more personalised service, we recommend the private tour of Rome.

  • Q - Is it possible to organize a visit to the tomb of Saint Peter during this tour?

    A - No. The visit to the tomb of St. Peter and the necropolis below the Vatican basilica can only be booked with a formal request to the Office of Excavations, following a rigorous protocol.

  • Q - How many people visit per group?

    A - A maximum of 20 people per guide.

  • Q - Is it possible to visit the Vatican museums after the tour?

    A - No, once you enter St. Peter's Basilica (the last stop on this tour), it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican Museums. If you want to stay in the museums to spend as much time as you want in this area, you can leave the tour once the visit to the Sistine Chapel is finished and then visit the basilica on your own.

  • Q - Does the Vatican have a luggage locker?

    A - There is a left-luggage service in the Vatican Museums, because access with pushchairs, large backpacks or long umbrellas is not allowed. Once the visit is over, you will have to return to the Vatican Museums to pick up your belongings.

  • Q - Can I bring my backpack?

    A - You can only enter with small backpacks. Access with pushchairs/strollers, large backpacks or long umbrellas is not allowed.

  • Q - Does the tour visit the Pinacoteca?

    A - No, the tour does not visit the Vatican Pinacoteca.

  • Q - Is it possible to climb the dome of St. Peter's Basilica?

    A - The climb to the dome of St. Peter's Basilica is not included. Once the tour is over, you can stay in the basilica to go up on your own. The price is 10 euros per person.

  • Q - Does the tour visit the Raphael Rooms?

    A - Only if there are not too many people that day. Sometimes the waiting time is more than half an hour.

  • Q - Is it possible to access the Vatican Museums with pushchairs/strollers?

    A - No, access to the Vatican Museums with pushchairs/strollers is not allowed. They can be left with the museum's left-luggage service before entering the museum.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 1 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

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If you have any other questions please contact us.

From
(-24%) US$ 64.40
US$ 49.20
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Viale Giulio Cesare 229, in front of the Giulio Cesare cinema (A Ottaviano Metro)