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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)
Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vialle Vaticano, Vatican City, 00120

The Basics

Some of Rome’s most visited attractions are set in Vatican City. The Vatican Museums often have long entry lines stretching for blocks along the city walls; to avoid the crowds, consider reserving a small-group Vatican tour with skip-the-line access or a private tour with VIP priority access in the morning or evening. Vatican City private and group tours generally include visits to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pinacoteca, other sights in the Vatican Museums complex, and the Vatican Gardens.

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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
star-4.5
$60.12 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing!
Great location to meet to begin with. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw some of the most amazing views. Everything on my list including the hall of maps. Well worth the price!
Sabrina_H, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Great customer service!!
Ivonne_Z, May 2022
Meet Pope Francis at St Peter square Vatican City
I had bought tickets to go the Pope Audiences, but I could not go on Wednesday, which is the only day to go to the audience. So, they were very nice and diligent to change my ticket to go to the Hop On, Hop off (Big Bus) instead. It was nice to see the main places in Rome, in 1 hour and then decide where to stop and see. For that reason, I totally recommend that. Thank you for the great service!!
star-4
Easy way to enjoy the Vatican Museum
Mark_B, May 2022
Vatican City Private Tour with Hotel Pick up
Morning pick up from the hotel was prompt and made things easy. Our private guide was knowledgeable and experienced. The passage to the Basilica was not open, which was disappointing - tip is not to book on Wednesday, when the Pope has audiences. The museum is fantastic. It was high-season so very crowded, which was not a big problem, except when trying to enjoy the Sistine Chapel. This tour provides an easy and family-friendly way to enjoy the Museum.
star-5
Unbelievable
Sylvia_B, Apr 2022
Papal Audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City
Our guide Laura was excellent and unbelievable experience we will never forget. Laura was brilliant we learnt a lot about our tour
star-5
Great Tour Guide
PAUL_W, Apr 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Elisabetta Onnis of Tours of Rome gave a great tour. She was very friendly, well prepared and went out of her way to explain the history of the Vatican through out the tour. Defiantly would book with her again on my next tour, hope you do too.
star-5
Worth it! Great tour!
Tiffany_S, Apr 2022
Private tour :Vatican city VIP
Our guide was Manuela. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Very accommodating. Went through all the museums, Sistine chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Introduced us to a wonderful restaurant afterwards. Private tour Recommend highly!
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Harriet_M, Apr 2022
Papal Audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City
Getting up early and having a patient guide was really worthwhile! We got to experience the Papal audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican. So many happy people ! Thank you Laura!
star-5
We met our tour guide Max...
Elke_E, Apr 2022
Meet Pope Francis at St Peter square Vatican City
We met our tour guide Max at 7:45 am prompt. He showed us a souvenir shop and directed us to the area to have mass with Pope Francis. FANTASTIC!!!! With this we also received a ticket to the hip on-hip off tour bus which we used for two days. EXCEPTIONAL value!!!! Highly recommend. Thank you Viator 😄
star-4
Wonderful Marta!
Michael_M, Apr 2022
Vatican City Walking Tour with Sistine Chapel | Small Group & Private
Marta was an amazing guide. She was very kind, knowledgeable and informative. My only disappointment was that the tour was supposed to include St. Peter’s Basilica and it did not.
star-5
Best experience
Gloria_G, Apr 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Our guide was so knowledgeable about everything we saw in the museum. One of the best tours we have been on.
star-5
Great tour and tour guide
Neil_O, Feb 2022
Vatican City Walking Tour with Sistine Chapel | Small Group & Private
Great tour, very knowledgeable and great communication throughout the tour. All questions answered and flexible itinerary allowed us to pop into the galleries we where we really wanted to see something .
star-5
A Day in Rome
Bruce_B, Dec 2021
Private Day Tour: Rome Highlights, Vatican City, & Ancient Rome
If you are looking for a bargain basement tour of Rome, this is not for you. Those dime a dozen tours rehash the same old things (some true, some not) and whisk you around to the various venues with little more than placing a label on what you are seeing. If, however, you are the type of person who wants in depth knowledge from a variety of perspectives, then Raul and Europe Odyssey Tours is the right choice. Do you want a political, religious, cultural, or historic side of the Vatican? Check. Inside stories about Michelangelo and his drawings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Check. Historical insights to the whys and how's of the Colosseum its construction, use, and impact in the Roman Empire? Check. How about conversation with an extremely bright, well-spoken historian who can substantively answer almost any question you may have? Check. This is a quality tour experience for anyone wanting more than just show and blabber. Could not have been happier with our choice of tour given our very limited time in Rome. If we return, Raul, will be the first person we contact to once again lead us on an informative adventure through the streets of Rome.
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Vatican City Tour
Scott_W, Nov 2021
Vatican City Exclusive Private Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Guided Tours
Our guide Samuel was so informative he brought the whole experience to life . We were blown away by the beauty of the Vatican City , from the spiral staircases to the sculptures, the paintings and of course the Sistine Chapel.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The pope’s weekly address in St. Peter’s Square is wildly popular, so be sure to book official Papal Audience tickets in advance.

  • Vatican City houses some of Italy’s most important artistic masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica and ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, plus the museum complex’s Raphael Rooms.

  • To enter St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, appropriate attire and behavior are required. Wear modest clothing and keep your voice low.

  • Security for entering the museum complex and the basilica includes a metal detector, so don’t bring any banned items—pocketknives, corkscrews, umbrellas, etc.

  • Vatican City has its own post office that issues official stamps and a banking system that mints coins, although the euro is used for commerce.

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How to Get There

The most scenic way to enter Vatican City is by foot from the center of Rome, across Ponte Sant'Angelo to Piazza San Pietro. Alternatively, the Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a 5-minute walk away.

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When to Get There

Vatican City heaves with tourists year-round. Summer is the busiest time of year, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are less crowded during the winter months. At any time of year, Vatican City’s sights are busiest at midday, so plan your Rome tour around a visit in the early morning or late afternoon.

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The Swiss Guards

One of the most photographed sights in Vatican City are the brightly costumed Swiss Guards, who stand at attention around St. Peter’s Square. This small force of Swiss soldiers is maintained by the Holy See and provides security for the papal residence and the pope, as it has since 1506.

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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)
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