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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael’s Rooms
Skip the Line - Half-Day Tour
Scheduled Tour

  • This is the best rated Vatican Museums tour available online, consistently ranked 5 stars by tour takers.
  • We skip the long lines into the Vatican Museums, reserving entrance in advance and saving our guests time.
  • The Vatican Museums can often be crowded, we keep our groups small, no more than 20 pax -- to maintain quality and an intimate feel.

Explore one of world’s most fascinating Meccas on the Vatican City Tour. Stroll the Vatican Museums, which houses over 2000 rooms and 9 miles of the most extensive collection of art in the world. Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces, the Museums brim with treasures and history. They will share the stories and secrets contained within the Museum’s walls, pleasures originally meant for the exclusive enjoyment of the Pope. Experience Michelangelo’s famous Creation of Adam with your own eyes as you explore the Sistine Chapel and wander Raphael’s Rooms. After taking in the Museums, be humbled by the imposing beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica, where you will encounter another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, La Pietà. For a fascinating finish, you will stop to admire the magnificent Saint Peter’s Square.

As an officially licensed tour operator, Vatican City Tours are authorized by the Vatican to skip waiting in the long line (which can last up to two hours!) to enter the Vatican Museums. The tours are always done in small groups that will never exceed 20 people in total and so your articulate, English-speaking Vatican Tour guide can personally cater to you and make your visit to Vatican City a special and unforgettable experience. Their wit and knowledge make the labyrinth of the Vatican City, the smallest country in the world, a cinch to visit – and all in a single morning!

Visit all of the most important sights of Vatican City and more with this unique Vatican City Tour.


Pricing
  • 54,00 euro per adult
  • 49,00 euro per child (6-18) with proof of age
  • Children 5 and under 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

Operating Days

  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat

Duration

  • 3 hours

Blackout Dates

  • January 1, 6
    February 11
    March 19
    April 5
    April 6
    May 1
    June 29
    August 14
    November 1
    December 8, 25, 26

Season

  • Year-round
Inclusions
  • Tour as per description
  • Skip the Line entrance into the Vatican Museums
  • The Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Headsets to facilitate hearing the guide
  • Groups no larger than 20 people
  • English speaking tour guide

Exclusions

Gratuities
Hotel pick-up/drop-off

 

MORNING TOUR

Meeting Time

09:15 AM

Departure Time

09:30 AM

AFTERNOON TOUR

Meeting Time

2:15 PM

Departure Time

2:30 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 service ends at St. Peter’s Basilica in St. Peter’s Square.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure point.
  • We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or walking disabilities on our group tour. We recommend they book a private tour.
  • Entrance into the Vatican requires 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 will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. Dark Rome cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.
  • On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter’s Basilica & Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the Papal Audience.

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 has multiple departure times. Departure time must be selected by guest at the time of booking. Only one departure time may be selected per booking. Departure times are not interchangeable.

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 V.le 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.