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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)
Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vialle Vaticano, Vatican City, 00120

The Basics

Some of Rome’s most visited attractions are set in Vatican City. The Vatican Museums often have long entry lines stretching for blocks along the city walls; to avoid the crowds, consider reserving a small-group Vatican tour with skip-the-line access or a private tour with VIP priority access in the morning or evening. Vatican City private and group tours generally include visits to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pinacoteca, other sights in the Vatican Museums complex, and the Vatican Gardens.

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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
star-4.5
$59.02 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Everithing you need to know and see.
Albert the tourguide was a good story teller. Very nice tour, including the visit of the Peter‘s Dome at the end of the tour.
Mirka_E, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
A must do tour.
Theresa_R, Jun 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Ribal was the best. No problem understanding what he was saying. Went at a easy pace for us slightly older people. He had an answer for every question we asked. The Vatican is so beautiful. Would take days to enjoy all the splendor and years to learn everything.
star-5
Great tour of Vatican
Carl_L, Jun 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered many questions. It was a great private tour and highly recommend it.
star-5
Excellent Vatican Museum tour!
Miguel_D, Jun 2022
Vatican City Private Tour with Hotel Pick up
Tour operator was very accommodating and responsive. Our tour guide Fred was very knowledgeable and led us through the crowded galleries with skill and efficiency. This was not my first time to tour the Vatican museums but I still learned so much from our guide! I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Great tour!
Seth_G, Jun 2022
Vatican City Walking Tour with Sistine Chapel | Small Group & Private
We had a great time with Fred. He was passionate and very informative regarding the history of both Rome and the Vatican. We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone interested in learning some history!
star-5
Vatican in a day!
Alana_K, Jun 2022
Vatican City Walking Tour with Sistine Chapel | Small Group & Private
We had a semi-private tour with Andrea, who was very informative and humorous with a lot of excitement describing events that happened eons ago!! Literally, we now understand why Rome wasn’t built in a day.
star-4
Not worth the money
Josie_O, May 2022
The Vatican City VIP tour !!! Without crowds !!! With guide !!!
Tour was okay. It is very pricy and don’t think it is worth the extra money for the guided tour. Tickets for the general public are €17pp and headsets €5pp if doing the tour unguided. St Peters basicilla was not included as part of the tour. The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel are interesting to go and see once. However would recommend doing this trip unguided & save your €€€.
star-4
Easy way to enjoy the Vatican Museum
Mark_B, May 2022
Vatican City Private Tour with Hotel Pick up
Morning pick up from the hotel was prompt and made things easy. Our private guide was knowledgeable and experienced. The passage to the Basilica was not open, which was disappointing - tip is not to book on Wednesday, when the Pope has audiences. The museum is fantastic. It was high-season so very crowded, which was not a big problem, except when trying to enjoy the Sistine Chapel. This tour provides an easy and family-friendly way to enjoy the Museum.
star-5
Great guide and a great tour.
David_M, Jun 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Our guide was superb. She was personable and highly detailed in telling us all the pertinent and interesting facts of the Vatican. This was a private tour of her taking my family through, so we asked an and all questions, she took our pictures, and you will get what you pay for with this company: perfecto!
star-5
Unbelievable
Sylvia_B, Apr 2022
Papal Audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City
Our guide Laura was excellent and unbelievable experience we will never forget. Laura was brilliant we learnt a lot about our tour
star-5
Worth it! Great tour!
Tiffany_S, Apr 2022
Private tour :Vatican city VIP
Our guide was Manuela. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Very accommodating. Went through all the museums, Sistine chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Introduced us to a wonderful restaurant afterwards. Private tour Recommend highly!
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Harriet_M, Apr 2022
Papal Audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City
Getting up early and having a patient guide was really worthwhile! We got to experience the Papal audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican. So many happy people ! Thank you Laura!
star-5
Best tour of our trip
Mary_R, Jun 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Ribal was the BEST Vatican tour guide-friendly, experienced, interesting and very knowledgeable. Private tour with skip the lines is worth every penny! Highly recommend Ribal and this tour.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The pope’s weekly address in St. Peter’s Square is wildly popular, so be sure to book official Papal Audience tickets in advance.

  • Vatican City houses some of Italy’s most important artistic masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica and ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, plus the museum complex’s Raphael Rooms.

  • To enter St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, appropriate attire and behavior are required. Wear modest clothing and keep your voice low.

  • Security for entering the museum complex and the basilica includes a metal detector, so don’t bring any banned items—pocketknives, corkscrews, umbrellas, etc.

  • Vatican City has its own post office that issues official stamps and a banking system that mints coins, although the euro is used for commerce.

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How to Get There

The most scenic way to enter Vatican City is by foot from the center of Rome, across Ponte Sant'Angelo to Piazza San Pietro. Alternatively, the Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a 5-minute walk away.

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When to Get There

Vatican City heaves with tourists year-round. Summer is the busiest time of year, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are less crowded during the winter months. At any time of year, Vatican City’s sights are busiest at midday, so plan your Rome tour around a visit in the early morning or late afternoon.

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The Swiss Guards

One of the most photographed sights in Vatican City are the brightly costumed Swiss Guards, who stand at attention around St. Peter’s Square. This small force of Swiss soldiers is maintained by the Holy See and provides security for the papal residence and the pope, as it has since 1506.

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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)
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