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Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private

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Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private

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Overview

See the best of Vatican City on this small-group tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Skip the long lines at the Vatican and go straight to the remarkable art and architecture, including galleries, the Julius II apartments, the Raphael Rooms, and Sistine Chapel. This intimate Vatican tour is limited to six people for a personal experience and individual service from the guide, and includes all entrance fees.
  • Visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • See galleries, courtyards, and papal apartments
  • Take in the Sistine Chapel
  • Interior access to St. Peter's Basilica
  • All entrance fees included
  • Skip the line
  • Small group limited to six people
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Tour in a Safe and Semi Private group of MAX 6 people GUARANTEED
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Professional, Local, Expert Guide
Private Option available!
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Viale Vaticano, 100 , Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

in front of Caffé Vaticano, on viale Vaticano 100, just across the street from the Museum entrance. Your guide will be holding a LIvTours sign.

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet a guide at a central location near the Vatican at the pre-arranged time, then skip the line to get into the Vatican Museums to see the highlights of the vast collection. Exploring the museums with a small group, you are able to maneuver the crowded galleries at a comfortable pace, with plenty of time to ask questions.

Pass through a series of gardens and terraces, where you find early Renaissance architecture and an exquisite modern art piece, then see the collection of Roman and Greek artifacts in the Octagonal Courtyard.

Visit the Muses Room, the Round Room, and the Greek Cross Room, then take in the maps and tapestries in the galleries on your way to the Julius II apartments and the Raphael Rooms, part of the papal apartments.

Enter the Sistine Chapel through a tiny door, with time to take in the brilliant frescoes that the ceiling and walls. From the Sistine Chapel, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica through an interior passageway—this allows you to skip the exterior line—and finish the tour in the enormous Catholic shrine, which contains masterpieces of design, sculpture, and artwork.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Discover some of the most famous paintings and sculptures from western civilization and listen to amusing anecdotes about the former popes and artists represented in the museums. With a small-group tour of maximum of six people, or in your very own private tour, easily maneuver through the crowded museums at a comfortable pace. After a view of the terrace over the Vatican gardens, make your way across the beautiful early Renaissance courtyard to admire Hadrian's Pinecone, and then to the modern art piece of Arnaldo Pomodoro.You will then head to the magnificent Octagonal Courtyard which is one of the most remarkable collections of Roman and Greek artifacts. Admire the famous Belvedere Torso, learn about the mystery of the Laocoon Priest of Troy, and visit the Muses Room. Walk through the beautiful galleries to admire an abundance of candelabra, tapestries, and maps. Then head to the Julius II apartments and see the grandeur and the magnificent details of the Raphael Rooms.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Next, learn of Michelangelo's masterpiece from your guide before you enter through a tiny door to admire the majestic Sistine Chapel. Take in its grandeur in contemplative silence.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Your comprehensive Vatican tour concludes with VIP entrance directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without standing in the long lines. Walking through the Basilica, you will learn all about the secrets of the magnificent and ornate decorations, sculptures, altars and chapels. Visit Michelangelo’s Pieta and walk down the main nave to admire the dome he designed that sits on top of the largest Catholic church in the world. NOTE: The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. we will do our best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites and the security line. In the event, this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour
  • Please note that tours selected on Wednesday mornings at 10 am can be periodically effected by the closure of St Peter's Basilica due to last minute decisions by the Vatican. Please be insured the lost time will be compensated with other areas of the museums.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. Our top-rated guides will do their best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites. In the eventuality this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit. Please be aware that this alert may have expired by the date of your tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY LivTours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private.
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Tour | Small Group & Private.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I highly recommend this tour and would suggest that without a guide you would need a whole day to try to navigate through this massive facility." See review
  • "We were on the 10 AM tour and I recommend the earlier, the better for the crowds in late September." See review
  • "It was hard to hear at times due to the immense crowds but I guess that can be expected when you’re touring such an amazing place as the Vatican." See review

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Vatican museums
Maggy_P
, May 2022
Laura was amazing, i loved the small group. She was very informative. The Vatican museums took the majority of the time, but she was very informative, & i would book with her again. Very accommodating
star-5
MUST DO for sample size tour
Charles_H
, May 2022
Tour guide was amazing. His passion showed throughout the tour and did a great job of interacting with us to make it a personal experience. Would recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Super experience
Fred_T
, May 2022
Andre was very knowledgeable and his tour was great! The dungeons and arena experience was well worth it.
star-5
Not to be missed!
stephen_m
, May 2022
A guided tour is a must for the Vatican. The lines otherwise are insane. The guide was superb with great stories and a ton of background info.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour and guide
Kathleen_J
, May 2022
Our guide was very informative and patient. I would highly recommend her and this tour to my friends
star-5
Massimo is a great tour guide and well worth it!!
Lisa_C
, May 2022
We did a private tour with Massimo. He was fantastic!! I would highly recommend this tour. He was very knowledgeable and showed us things we wouldn’t even have noticed otherwise. A+++
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous all around!
Jessica_E
, May 2022
Our guide, Chiara, was fabulous! Knowledgeable, funny, engaging, all around fabulous. Highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Vatican in May 22
Richard_E
, May 2022
Our tour guide Sergio delivered a very interesting tour of the Vatican and St Peters Basilica . It was busy in parts , but well worth the effort and must give credit to Sergio's knowledge and enthusiasm all throughout the tour .
star-5
The guide was very...
Karen_H
, May 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable and got us through quickly. The place was huge and we would never have been able to see what we did and know how to get through efficiently. Totally worth the money. St. Peter’s was still an hour wait, no getting around that. But the tour was great and I’m so glad we did it.
star-5
Perfect tour
Medhat_A
, May 2022
We had a wonderful experience touring the Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica. Our guide Silvia Po (10)was amazing. She is very knowledgeable and personable. She explained all that we were seeing with enthusiasm and joy, yet very concise. Best guide.
star-5
Best way to see these sites!
Tessa_D
, May 2022
Our guide was super knowledgeable and nice! Without a guide, these sites could be very overwhelming. We enjoyed our tour with her.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Gio is the best!
Mark_W
, May 2022
What an amazing experience! I have never been so blown away by a place before. And, at would not have been possible without our guide Gio. Thanks for a day of lifelong memories.
star-5
This is the perfect tour for the Vatican
Badger_G
, May 2022
A memorable experience with a great guide. 6 people is so much better than the giant groups of 20-30 people we saw. Got to see pretty much everything we could. They check your backpack for free if it’s too big, but you can pick it up from the exit where the tour starts.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Vatican and St Peters Private Tour.
Neil_T
, May 2022
We wanted to book a private tour. Our guide Ella could not have been more perfect. She was very prepared and informative. We saw everything easily that we most wanted. The Sistine Chapel and St Peters were the highlight. We even found a precious gift shop I was hoping for to get a blessed gift. It was a wonderful tour , one we could not have done without our professional guide Ella.
star-5
Informative, relaxing and enjoyable.
Philip_W
, Apr 2022
Insight and knowledge of our guide. He was also personable and made the entire tour enjoyable. Minimized wait times and crowds with his knowledge of the vatican and how best to get around.
star-5
Well worth it!
chris_s
, Apr 2022
Great local experience. Very knowledgeable tour guide (Elise) who was very patient with other members of our group who didn’t seem quite as enthusiastic!
star-5
Fascinating tour with lots of detail!
Cameron_N
, Apr 2022
Great tour, our tour guide was fantastic- very knowledgeable and gave really interesting detail that we wouldn’t have been able to realise by ourselves. Everyone was super friendly!
star-5
Highly informative cultural feast!
Lynda_C
, Apr 2022
Santi our guide was very knowledgeable about the art history. I wouldn’t have gotten as much without an experienced guide.
star-4
Sumit Bhagat
Sumit_B
, Apr 2022
The tour is good. We were only six people in the tour so it was very interactive. The tour guide was very informative and full of energy. Unfortunately, due to Easter time we were not able to visit St. Peter's Basilica. overall the tour is value for money. I would recommend it.
star-5
Max was Great!
Linda_M
, Apr 2022
Max was a great guide!! He was Super knowledgeable and entertaining!! I would definitely recommend viator and we are looking forward to our next tour!

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