Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Enjoy fast-track access to witness the breathtaking art and architecture of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Delve into the significant religious heritage of these structures with the guidance of your expert tour leader.

43.78 $

Vatican Tour Guide

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Included in the price:

  • Official guided tour
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entrance
  • Ticket to St.Peter's Basilica (entry is free however not guaranteed due to crowd control)
  • Access and guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica's dome

Cancellation policy: This activity is non-refundable

Covid-19 precautions: Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.

Duration 2 hours: Check availability to see starting times.

Skip the ticket line: French, German, Spanish, English, Italian

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

Discover the awe-inspiring art and religious history within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with our official guided tour. With skip-the-ticket-line entry, immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Rome's iconic buildings, guided by enthusiastic experts.


Experience the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with the assistance of our passionate guides. Enjoy fast-track access inside, exploring classical Roman and Greek sculptures in the Pio Clementino Museum, intricate marble structures in the Gallery of the Candelabras, and hanging renaissance artworks in the Gallery of the Tapestries. Marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece, "The Creation of Adam," in the Sistine Chapel.


Skip the ticket line and gain swift entry to both the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Meet your guide inside and embark on a journey through the centuries-old art and architecture. Visit the Gallery of the Geographical Maps adorned with 40 maps frescoed on the walls, explore the four Raphael Rooms, and witness the grandeur of Michelangelo's fresco, "The Creation of Adam."


Explore Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with an enthusiastic guide. Marvel at classical sculptures, intricate marble structures, and hanging renaissance artworks. Witness Michelangelo’s masterpiece, "The Creation of Adam." Experience the religious and artistic significance of these iconic buildings.

Meeting Point

Enter the Vatican Museums, follow the sign "GUIDED TOUR DESK," and meet your guide for an enlightening journey through Vatican City's treasures.

Important Information

Remember to bring your passport or ID card. Dress modestly, covering your shoulders and knees. St Peter’s Basilica and Square might be closed on Wednesday mornings. All visitors must pass through airport-style security. Late arrivals will not be accommodated.

Please Note: This activity is non-refundable. Special health and safety measures are in place due to Covid-19. Check your activity voucher for full details.

History of the Vatican Museums and Artworks in the Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums, located within Vatican City, are among the most renowned art museums in the world. These museums house an extensive collection of art and historical artifacts amassed by the Roman Catholic Church over centuries. One of the most iconic parts of the Vatican Museums is the Sistine Chapel, famous for its remarkable ceiling painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

The history of the Vatican Museums dates back to the early 16th century when Pope Julius II founded the museums by acquiring a group of sculptures. Over the centuries, the collection grew, and various popes contributed significantly to its expansion. Today, the Vatican Museums boast a vast array of artworks, including sculptures, paintings, tapestries, and archaeological finds.

The Sistine Chapel:

The Sistine Chapel, an integral part of the Vatican Museums, is renowned for its stunning frescoes, particularly Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling. Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II in 1508 to decorate the chapel's ceiling, a task that took him four years to complete. The ceiling frescoes depict various scenes from the Bible, including the creation of Adam and the Last Judgment.

Artworks in the Sistine Chapel:

Aside from Michelangelo's iconic frescoes, the Sistine Chapel also houses other notable artworks. The walls of the chapel are adorned with paintings by renowned artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, and Domenico Ghirlandaio. These artworks depict biblical stories and scenes from the life of Moses and Christ.

The Sistine Chapel remains a place of worship and is used for various papal ceremonies and events. Its artistic significance and historical importance draw millions of visitors from around the world, making it one of the most visited cultural sites globally.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the significance of the Sistine Chapel?

The Sistine Chapel is significant for its extraordinary frescoes, especially Michelangelo's ceiling masterpiece. It is a symbol of artistic achievement and a place of religious and cultural importance within the Vatican City.

Q: Can visitors see the Sistine Chapel?

Yes, visitors to the Vatican Museums can access the Sistine Chapel. It is the final stop on the museums' tour route, and visitors can marvel at its breathtaking artworks and architectural splendor.

Q: How long did it take Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling?

Michelangelo spent four years, from 1508 to 1512, painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His meticulous work and artistic genius are evident in the intricate details of the frescoes.

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5930 reviews

My tour was canceled just 1 hour before it was supposed to start. I didn't have extra days to reschedule. I had booked the event well in advance and even hired a taxi, which was an additional expense. I received an apology for the inconvenience and have to wait for my refund for 3-5 days. Very disappointed 😕

Michael – Ireland

The tour was really bad; our guide tried their best, but their English sounded more Italian than English. It was EXTREMELY CROWDED!!! I despised every second of it. There was a lot of standing around. We left after 1.25 hours out of the scheduled 2. We visited the chapel and then left. Such a disappointment. I had visited a few years ago, and it was a great experience. This time, it was just anxiety all the time... not worth the money.

Claire – Netherlands

It was not good at all; it was difficult to find the tour guide. The guided tour was very poor during the visit. We were completely dissatisfied.

traveler – Ireland

Our flight was canceled, and we were unable to contact anyone to change the scheduled date!!!!!

Ana – United States

The guide appeared drunk or very tired.

Noemie – Italy