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Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private

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Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private

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See the best of Vatican City on this small-group tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Skip the long lines at the Vatican and go straight to the remarkable art and architecture, including galleries, the Julius II apartments, the Raphael Rooms, and Sistine Chapel. This intimate Vatican tour is limited to six people for a personal experience and individual service from the guide, and includes all entrance fees.
  • Visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • See galleries, courtyards, and papal apartments
  • Take in the Sistine Chapel
  • Interior access to St. Peter's Basilica
  • All entrance fees included
  • Skip the line
  • Small group limited to six people
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Tour in a Safe and Semi Private group of MAX 6 people GUARANTEED
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Private Option available!
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Viale Vaticano, 100 , Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

in front of Caffé Vaticano, on viale Vaticano 100, just across the street from the Museum entrance. Your guide will be holding a LIvTours sign.

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet a guide at a central location near the Vatican at the pre-arranged time, then skip the line to get into the Vatican Museums to see the highlights of the vast collection. Exploring the museums with a small group, you are able to maneuver the crowded galleries at a comfortable pace, with plenty of time to ask questions.

Pass through a series of gardens and terraces, where you find early Renaissance architecture and an exquisite modern art piece, then see the collection of Roman and Greek artifacts in the Octagonal Courtyard.

Visit the Muses Room, the Round Room, and the Greek Cross Room, then take in the maps and tapestries in the galleries on your way to the Julius II apartments and the Raphael Rooms, part of the papal apartments.

Enter the Sistine Chapel through a tiny door, with time to take in the brilliant frescoes that the ceiling and walls. From the Sistine Chapel, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica through an interior passageway—this allows you to skip the exterior line—and finish the tour in the enormous Catholic shrine, which contains masterpieces of design, sculpture, and artwork.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Discover some of the most famous paintings and sculptures from western civilization and listen to amusing anecdotes about the former popes and artists represented in the museums. With a small-group tour of maximum of six people, or in your very own private tour, easily maneuver through the crowded museums at a comfortable pace. After a view of the terrace over the Vatican gardens, make your way across the beautiful early Renaissance courtyard to admire Hadrian's Pinecone, and then to the modern art piece of Arnaldo Pomodoro.You will then head to the magnificent Octagonal Courtyard which is one of the most remarkable collections of Roman and Greek artifacts. Admire the famous Belvedere Torso, learn about the mystery of the Laocoon Priest of Troy, and visit the Muses Room. Walk through the beautiful galleries to admire an abundance of candelabra, tapestries, and maps. Then head to the Julius II apartments and see the grandeur and the magnificent details of the Raphael Rooms.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Next, learn of Michelangelo's masterpiece from your guide before you enter through a tiny door to admire the majestic Sistine Chapel. Take in its grandeur in contemplative silence.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Your comprehensive Vatican tour concludes with VIP entrance directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without standing in the long lines. Walking through the Basilica, you will learn all about the secrets of the magnificent and ornate decorations, sculptures, altars and chapels. Visit Michelangelo’s Pieta and walk down the main nave to admire the dome he designed that sits on top of the largest Catholic church in the world. NOTE: The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. we will do our best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites and the security line. In the event, this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour
  • Please note that tours selected on Wednesday mornings at 10 am can be periodically effected by the closure of St Peter's Basilica due to last minute decisions by the Vatican. Please be insured the lost time will be compensated with other areas of the museums.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. Our top-rated guides will do their best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites. In the eventuality this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit. Please be aware that this alert may have expired by the date of your tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY LivTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "I highly recommend this tour and would suggest that without a guide you would need a whole day to try to navigate through this massive facility." See review
  • "We were on the 10 AM tour and I recommend the earlier, the better for the crowds in late September." See review
  • "It was hard to hear at times due to the immense crowds but I guess that can be expected when you’re touring such an amazing place as the Vatican." See review

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Nancy_B
, Aug 2022
SKipping the lines is great, not having to search for everything also. Our guide was nice although she gave just the minimal information. More could have been said, explained etc. I know they have a schedule to obey by but there is also money for service rendered.
star-5
Vatican City tour
Ermanno_R
, Aug 2022
Our guide Giulia was absolutely fantastic. She was extremely knowledgeable, humorous, and passionate about the beautiful artwork. The tour was well-organized and provided the perfect amount of time to explore each area.
star-5
Great Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s tour
Mary_W
, Aug 2022
An extremely knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining guide. A very enjoyable 3 hour tour. Thank you!!
star-5
Beautiful!
Letitia_b
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was knowledgeable, engaging and energetic. It was an amazing experience to have a historicism bring the statues and paintings to life!
star-5
Sistine chapel was...
Tiffany_D
, Aug 2022
Sistine chapel was incredibly beautiful and leaning the history and Greek influence of the history was interesting.
star-5
Vatican Pat and Annie
Ann_P
, Aug 2022
Quick trip through, but tour guide very knowledgeable! Amazing St Peters! Thanks Viator! Could have used a sit down break halfway through
star-5
Rosa was a wonderful...
Sylvia_W
, Aug 2022
Rosa was a wonderful guide. She was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of interesting information but also moved the tour along !! Would highly recommend her.
star-2
The guide was brilliant,...
John_C
, Aug 2022
The guide was brilliant, the guided tour for 6 people started well, but we lost our guide after sistine Chapel, so never completed the latter half of the planned tour. With no paperwork or passes to continue the tour on our own, we had to abandon the tour. The venue was packed. The heat unbearable, too many people made rooms uncomfortable, both spoiling the trip but affecting the artworks we come to see. No fault of our guide, but they must control numbers within the tours to provide room to walk, stand and take in the history. Sorry to our guide and group, but we did scour around to link up, without success. Our guide was knowledgeable and realised the climate was hot and humid and very densely populated as we travelled around. Finally, the Vatican tour requires planning, for regular toilet and drink breaks, as once we set off, we did not see any such facilities until we vacated the building into the grounds area.
star-5
Dario was a fantastic...
Stephanie_L
, Aug 2022
Dario was a fantastic guide. He was fun, engaging, knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make sure that everyone was having a good time. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
The impact that the tour of the Vatican has had on us will be with us forever.
John_R
, Aug 2022
Seeing the Vatican was a breath taking experience. A picture does not do justice to the beauty, complexity, size and feeling of grandeur it has. The collections it has accumulated over years from all over is mind boggling. The work it takes to arrange, coordinate, maintain etc. these collections must be overwhelming to say the least. Kudos to all who have done this thru the years in order for all of us to continue to see and enjoy its beauty. Having a guided tour made it so much easier to enjoy my experience.
star-5
Bella Bella
Peter_S
, Aug 2022
Our guide made sure our friend with mobility issues was taken care of and moved throughout the Vatican at a pace that was suitable for her. She was very knowledgeable and made it easy to understand the vast history presented us.
star-5
Excellent
Christopher_T
, Aug 2022
Excellent guide who was incredibly knowledgeable. Overall the tour was well-timed and a perfect way to experience the Vatican.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Impressive
Heidy_E
, Aug 2022
Great tour, very informative and impressive. Our tour guide Max was awesome, He was very knowledgeable and professional. Would recommend this private tour to anyone
star-5
Best tour guide
lynn_f
, Aug 2022
Our guide Marcia was wonderful.she really was so knowledgeable and helped bring the stories to life. I was hurt with a bad knee prior to this tour and she was able to help with short cuts for me to avoid excessive walking. Marcia thank you for being so wonderful !!!!
star-5
A hot day at the Vatican!
Ann_A
, Aug 2022
Marle was a great guide! She was incredibly knowledgeable about the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s. There were crowds, but she did a nice job of moving us around avoiding as much as possible.
star-5
Wonderful
Kasey_D
, Aug 2022
Our guide was excellent and we enjoyed every bit of the tour. We didn’t have to wait in any lines and she kept a perfect pace. When two guests hadn’t arrived by our meeting time, she called them to help them find our spot (they were lost). Great tour company!
star-5
Great tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica
Kevin_C
, Aug 2022
Museums vastness, the piety of the Sistine Chapel and the enormity of St Peters Basilica. Our tour guide was wonderful. Very knowledgeable.
star-5
Book this tour!!
Betty_M
, Aug 2022
My family of five (kids 19,17,15) loved this tour! Alessandro was amazing! Highly recommend! Great explanations and perfect pace. The private tour with just the 5 of us made it so easy to navigate the crowds. The earpieces in St. Peter’s were particularly helpful. St Peter’s is a must see! So glad we did this tour!!
star-5
Entertaining and informative tour
Christine_B
, Aug 2022
A wonderful tour with Santi as our guide. He was organised and full of useful insights and information about all aspects of the tour, including history, art, sculpture and architecture. He was considerate of everyone in his group and tried to give information in easy to understand and entertaining ways. Definitely a five star experience.
star-5
Best tour you'll get!
Laura_D
, Aug 2022
We had a truly fab time - Rosa was a fantastic guide - so funny and knowledgable. Would highly recommend.

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