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Skip the Line - full day Vatican tour
St. Peter’s & the Vatican Museums Full Day Tour
Scheduled Tour

  • See the most beautiful sites of the Vatican in a single day, including the major Basilicas, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel!
  • This journey through the basilicas constitutes an authentic traditional pilgrimage.
  • See the Holy Stairs – the twenty-eight white marble steps said to be tread by Christ during his passion.

Join us on this special day-long journey, a pilgrimage to the most important Basilicas of the Vatican and an exploration of the famous works of the masters such as Michelangelo and Raphael in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

Explore one of world’s most fascinating Meccas – Vatican City -- as you stroll the Vatican Museums which house over 9 miles of the most extensive collection of art in the world. Experience Michelangelo’s famous Creation of Adam with your own eyes in the Sistine Chapel or wonder at the works of the young genius Raphael in Raphael’s Rooms. You will visit many wings of the museum including the Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture wing, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra and the Hall of Tapestries.

For the morning's grand finale we will Skip the Line via the Vatican Museums into St. Peter's Basilica, the largest Church in Christianity, guardian of St. Peter's tomb, Michelangelo’s Pietà, and Bernini’s immense Baldachin.

After an ample break for lunch and a rest, you will go on to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore which boasts exuberant mannerist sculptural decorations, stunning 5th century mosaics, enchanting frescoes and Bernini’s tomb.

You won't miss the chance to see the Holy Stairs -- the twenty-eight white marble steps said to be tread by Christ during his passion. You will then visit the imposing Lateran Palace and Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome and traditional seat of the Pope which was built by Constantine even before Saint Peter's.

Our next stop is the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where lie the relics of Saint Paul and 5th Century mosaics shimmer alongside brilliantly colored frescoes.

Pilgrim these mystical temples of worship and enchanting museums which celebrate the Emperors, Saints, Popes, Artists and millions of people who have tread their ground and wondered at their splendor for thousands of years.

  • 91,00 euro per person adult
  • 81,00 euro per child 6-18 with proof of age
  • Children 5 years and under enter and tour for free and do not need a reservation.

Sites Visited

  • Sites Visited are Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square, Saint Paul Outside the Walls, the Holy Stairs (La Scala Santa), Saint John Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore

Operating Days

  • Monday, Thursday, Friday, *Tuesday - from May 18-Oct 31 yearly


  • 8.5 Hours

Blackout Dates

  • January 1, 6
    February 11
    March 19
    April 6
    May 1
    June 29
    August 14
    November 1
    December 8, 25, 26


  • Year-round
  • Entrance into the four churches and to the Holy Stairs
  • Skip the Line Entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Skip the Line entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • All transfers in an air conditioned coach bus
  • Headsets to facilitate hearing the guide
  • English speaking tour guides
  • Groups no larger than 25 people


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Transfer between tours


Meeting Time

  • 08:35 AM

Departure Time

  • 08:50 AM


Meeting Time

  • 01:45 PM

Departure Time

02:00 PM

Meeting Point

At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. 

Important Notes
  • The morning service ends at St. Peter’s Basilica / St. Peter’s Square and the afternoon service ends at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
  • It is the individual responsibility of each visitor to arrive at the meeting points on time.
  • Entrance into the Basilica’s and the Vatican Museums require a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered, no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts for both men and women. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code may not be permitted entry to the Basilica’s or the Vatican Museums. Dark Rome cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Redemption Information

  • Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present their tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after departure time.

    *This tour is a package composed of two separate tours. Below the information for meeting point and time are separated into the morning and afternoon tours.

Getting there

  • The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani).  Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani Metro A Station: Exit the turnstiles - walk straight to the back end of the station and go to the left side exit. Once you've reached the left side exit - exit at Viale Giulio Cesare (to your right). Exit Station and walk down V.le G. Cesare to street light, cross the street and take left on Via Leone IV. Take right on Via Sebastiano Veniero and go 1 ½ blocks.

    The meeting point is situated at the BOTTOM of the wide staircase.
    Arriving from St. Peter's Square:

    As you face St. Peter's Basilica turn right, exit the piazza and follow the Vatican walls around toward the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The walls should be on your left side. Follow the walls up Viale Vaticano until you reach the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Across the street you will see Via Tunisi and Cafe' Vaticano.

    The groups meet at the BOTTOM of this staircase.

Arriving by Taxi:

Please notify driver to arrive at the "Ingresso dei Musei Vaticani on Viale Vaticano" Our meeting point is across the street from the Museum entrance located at the BOTTOM of the wide staircase next to Café Vaticano.