Journey Through the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica

Explore the extensive art collection of the Vatican Museums with our guided tour. Marvel at the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and the masterpieces within St. Peter's Basilica, delving into the history at every corner.

59.09 $

Vatican Tour Highlights

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Included in the price:

  • Licensed Guide
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel illustrated factsheet
  • Official Vatican headsets
  • Wi-Fi and charging station at the meeting point
  • Skip-the-line entry to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Sistine Chapel
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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

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Duration 3 hours: Check availability to see starting times.

Skip the line through a separate entrance: Italian, Spanish, French, English

Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Basilica Guided Tour

Explore the Vatican Museums' vast art collection with a knowledgeable guide on this captivating tour. Marvel at the frescoes in the iconic Sistine Chapel and the masterpieces housed in St. Peter's Basilica. Uncover the rich history behind each exhibit as you traverse the historic sites.

About this Activity

Experience the convenience of free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. Reserve your spot today without any upfront payment, keeping your travel plans flexible. The duration of the tour is 3 hours, and skip-the-line access through a separate entrance ensures a seamless experience with a live tour guide available in Italian, Spanish, French, and English.

  • Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Skip the lines for priority entry and maximize your time inside
  • Enjoy a small-group tour with captivating historical narratives
  • Explore the Vatican Galleries, the Sistine Chapel, and more
  • Admire masterpieces, including Michelangelo's works
Full Description

Embark on a guided tour with guaranteed skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums. Marvel at the artistic wonders of Michelangelo and Bernini in St. Peter's Basilica. Begin your journey at the Vatican Museums, home to an extensive collection built by the Popes over the centuries. Explore the Pio Clementino Hall, the Laocoon, and Apollo Belvedere. Admire ancient cartographers' works in the Gallery of Maps and Flemish masterpieces in the Gallery of Tapestries. Enter the legendary Sistine Chapel to witness Michelangelo's frescoes.

Directly exit from the Museum to St. Peter's Basilica, the most significant Christian church globally, housing masterpieces like Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini's Baldachin Altar. The tour concludes in St. Peter's Square, framed by Michelangelo's imposing Cupola and Bernini's double Colonnade.

  • Licensed Guide
  • Skip-the-line entry to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Sistine Chapel illustrated factsheet
  • Official Vatican headsets
  • Wi-Fi and charging station at the meeting point

Not Suitable For: People with mobility impairments, wheelchair users

Meeting Point

Meet at the Brastours office.

Important Information

Ensure compliance with the dress code—long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and no shorts. Prohibited items include weapons, sharp objects, large bags, short skirts, and pets. Be aware of the scheduled alternatives if St. Peter’s Basilica is inaccessible within the tour time. Refunds are not applicable for latecomers.

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Customer Reviews

With an overall rating of 4.6/5 based on 2629 reviews, the tour is highly recommended. Travelers praised the knowledgeable guide, efficient organization, and the advantage of a small group size. The tour provided valuable insights, enhancing the enjoyment of the remarkable artworks in the Vatican Museums.

History of the Vatican Museums and Masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums, located within Vatican City, house one of the most extensive and impressive art collections in the world. The history of these museums dates back to the early 16th century when Pope Julius II founded them in the early 16th century. Over the centuries, the collection has grown significantly through donations, acquisitions, and discoveries.

The Vatican Museums showcase an unparalleled array of art, including sculptures, paintings, and artifacts from various periods of history. Among the vast treasures, the Sistine Chapel stands out as a true masterpiece, attracting millions of visitors each year.

The Sistine Chapel: A Masterpiece Unveiled

The Sistine Chapel, renowned for its breathtaking frescoes, is perhaps best known for the work of the great Italian artist Michelangelo. The artist was commissioned by Pope Julius II to paint the chapel's ceiling, a project that spanned from 1508 to 1512. Michelangelo's iconic frescoes include the famous "Creation of Adam" and "The Last Judgment."

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is a visual narrative of biblical stories and themes, showcasing Michelangelo's unparalleled skill in capturing both the human form and profound emotions. The frescoes are a testament to the artist's mastery and have left an indelible mark on the history of art.

Key Highlights of the Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums encompass a vast array of galleries and halls, each offering a unique glimpse into the world of art and history. Some of the key highlights include:

Gallery of Maps A corridor adorned with topographical maps of Italy, commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII in the 16th century.
Raphael Rooms A series of rooms adorned with frescoes by Raphael and his pupils, showcasing Renaissance art at its peak.
Gregorian Egyptian Museum Houses an extensive collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt, showcasing the cultural richness of the region.

Exploring the Vatican Museums is a journey through time, offering visitors a chance to witness the evolution of art and culture through the ages.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

A: The time needed to explore the Vatican Museums can vary, but a thorough visit may take around 3 to 4 hours.

Q: Are photography and videography allowed inside the Sistine Chapel?

A: No, photography and videography are not permitted inside the Sistine Chapel to preserve the integrity of the artworks.

Q: Is there a recommended time to visit to avoid crowds?

A: To avoid crowds, it's advisable to visit the Vatican Museums early in the morning or later in the afternoon, especially during weekdays.

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2629 reviews

Mismanaged, too many tours operating at once

traveler – Netherlands

Poor tour guide. Very negative. Didn't have much information. Wouldn't use a flag for identification. Wouldn't use a microphone so couldn't hear him. Very rude to my friend.

traveler – United Kingdom

The guide was not knowledgeable and almost all the time could not answer questions asked. He constantly referred back to what his grandmother had told him without credibility.

traveler – Germany

Terrible crowds, and crowds have been excellent before. This time, 7 years ago, things have changed. It was like a cattle market, very disappointing.

traveler – United Kingdom

The guide didn’t account for the group until she had lost half my family as she weaved in and out of other groups. In the end, we told her to go ahead, and we finished the tour ourselves, which was stressful but a better experience. I would not recommend the tour if you’re the least bit interested in anything other than hurrying to the end.

traveler – United Kingdom