Discover the Vatican: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica

Discover the best of the Vatican City on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Gain in-depth insight into historical artifacts and stunning architecture.

83.68 USD

DVatican Guide

Basic information

Included in the price:

  • Licensed Tour Guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Dome ticket

Free cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

Reserve now & pay later: Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.

Duration 3 hours: Check availability to see starting times.

Skip the line through a separate entrance: English

Live tour guide: English

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour

Discover the treasures of Vatican City with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Gain deep insights into historical artifacts and marvel at stunning architecture.

About this activity:

  • Free cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
  • Reserve now & pay later: Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Skip the line: Access through a separate entrance
  • Live tour guide: English-speaking guide
  • Audio guide included: Available in English

Experience Highlights:

  • Skip the general admission line at the Vatican Museums
  • Explore the vast collection, including Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
  • Admire the beauty of St. Peter's Basilica
  • See famous artworks like the Pieta
  • Discover the highlights of Vatican City in one day

Full description:

Embark on a guided day tour to witness the highlights of Vatican City. Enjoy a captivating journey through the Vatican Museums, including the iconic Sistine Chapel. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and marvel at its awe-inspiring architecture. Benefit from skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums and explore the extensive collection of artifacts and artwork, including masterpieces like Laocoön and His Sons, Apollo Belvedere, and Belvedere Torso. Learn about the collection as you stroll through renowned galleries such as the Gallery of Maps.

Arrive at the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, where your guide allows time to appreciate the vivid frescoes adorning the walls and ceiling, including Michelangelo's renowned depictions of various Biblical scenes, such as The Last Judgement.

Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, where you'll discover sculptures and artworks, including the "Pietà" and "Baldacchino." After the tour, explore the papal tombs or the dome at your own pace.


  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets
  • Licensed Tour Guide
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Dome ticket

Not suitable for:

  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

Important information:

What to bring:

  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed:

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go:

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
  • During high season, security checks may take up to 20 minutes
  • Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the Vatican
  • St. Peter's Basilica is an active church and may close without notice

Customer Reviews:

Overall rating: 4.5/5 based on 103 reviews

Review summary:

  • Value for money: 4.2/5

Customer testimonials:

Excellent tour! Andrea met us at the meeting point, and Roberta expertly guided us through the Vatican, making it educational and fun. Crowded but worth it! - October 5, 2023

Our Vatican tour was amazing. Our archaeologist guide provided fantastic insights, ensuring we saw as much as possible. - September 25, 2023

Fred, our guide, was excellent, knowledgeable, and engaging. A great tour with skip-the-line tickets well worth the money.

Key Treasures of the Vatican Museums, Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums, home to some of the world's most significant art collections, hold key treasures that span centuries of artistic achievement. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the renowned Sistine Chapel, a masterpiece of Renaissance art created by Michelangelo. Let's delve into the secrets and wonders concealed within these hallowed walls.

The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums boast a vast array of art and artifacts collected by the Catholic Church over centuries. Visitors are treated to a journey through time, exploring the evolution of artistic styles from ancient civilizations to the Renaissance and beyond.

Among the treasures are classical sculptures, mesmerizing tapestries, and priceless paintings. The Raphael Rooms, adorned with frescoes by Raphael and his workshop, showcase the genius of this Renaissance master.

The Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel, located within the Vatican Museums, is a true marvel. Michelangelo's frescoes on the ceiling, including the iconic 'Creation of Adam,' are revered as some of the greatest artistic achievements in history. The Last Judgment, covering the altar wall, is another awe-inspiring masterpiece.

The symbolism and intricate details in Michelangelo's work are subjects of scholarly debate and admiration. The depiction of biblical narratives, the use of color, and the mastery of anatomy all contribute to the enduring allure of the Sistine Chapel.

Visiting Tips

When planning a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, it's advisable to book tickets in advance to avoid long queues. Additionally, visitors should dress modestly, respecting the religious significance of the site.

Guided tours offer invaluable insights into the history and significance of the artworks. Exploring early in the day or during quieter periods can enhance the overall experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I take photographs in the Sistine Chapel?

A: No, photography is not permitted in the Sistine Chapel to preserve the integrity of the artwork.

Q: How long does it take to explore the Vatican Museums?

A: The duration of a visit varies, but on average, it takes around three to four hours to explore the Vatican Museums thoroughly.

Q: Are there restrictions on clothing for visitors?

A: Yes, visitors are required to dress modestly, covering shoulders and knees, as a sign of respect for the religious nature of the site.

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103 reviews

Awful. The guide was impolite and rushed through a 3-hour tour in 2 hours. Some rooms were dangerously overcrowded. Overall, it was a very disappointing experience.

Andrew – United Kingdom

Access to St. Peter's Basilica was denied despite our booking and payment, so no tour there. We only visited the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Even the tour guide was surprised. This means paying again and queuing if you want to see the Dome.

traveler – United States

We had booked the tour in German, but it was conducted in English, which was quite frustrating. Three other participants shared the same sentiment. It would have been helpful to communicate the language change in advance; we could have chosen another German tour.

Barbara – Austria

Our tour started late, not due to the guide but the organization beforehand. The guide was very knowledgeable, though.

Tyler – Canada

Roberta was amazing! She is highly knowledgeable, answered my numerous questions, and is warm and friendly. The issue lies with the museums; it's chaotic to have so many people there simultaneously.

traveler – Austria