Vatican City Highlights Guided Tour

See magnificent works of art on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Bypass the lengthy queues to these iconic landmarks for a comprehensive Vatican City experience.

92.84 $

Vatican Guide

Basic information

Included in the price:

  • All entrance and reservation fees
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets
  • Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Access to the dome at St. Peter's Basilica
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Optional gratuities

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: English, Spanish

Live tour guide: Spanish

Optional audio guide: Limited to 10 participants

Rome: Vatican City Highlights Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

See artistic masterpieces on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Skip the long lines to the popular monuments to get a complete Vatican City experience.


  • Skip the long lines to the main monuments of the Vatican City
  • Marvel at masterpieces of art from Ancient Greece and the Renaissance
  • Explore the Vatican Museums with your tour guide
  • Learn about different artistic techniques and the rivalry between artists
  • See mosaics, golden ceilings, and memorable statues at St. Peter's Basilica

Save precious time while in Rome with skip-the-line access to the popular monuments of the Vatican City on this guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Follow a meticulously designed itinerary to see the best of the city-state and admire priceless treasures such as the massive bronze statue in the Pinecone Courtyard and the historic maps in the Vatican Museum's dedicated Gallery of Maps. Look at the enigmatic sculpture of Laocoön and His Sons, and discuss techniques used by different artists with your guide. Marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and get inside details about the 4 years of back-breaking labor it took to complete.

Conclude your tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica. Witness the incomparable grandeur of its mosaics, golden ceilings, gigantic statues, and the spectacular dome.


  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • All entrance and reservation fees
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets
  • Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Optional gratuities
  • Access to the dome at St. Peter's Basilica

Meeting Point

Meet your guide directly in the office at Via Santamaura 14B. Open in Google Maps

Important Information

  • Not allowed: Pets, Shorts, Sleeveless shirts
  • Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended
  • All visitors must cover their knees and shoulders to enter the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Bags measuring more than 40 x 35 x 15 centimeters, tripods, large umbrellas, and objects that could be harmful to other visitors or damage the works of art are not allowed into the Vatican Museums and must be stored in the cloakroom
  • The cloakroom is a 20-minute walk from the end point of the tour
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active parish church and subject to unforeseen closure for spiritual celebrations. In the event this happens, the local tour operator will contact you in advance with an alternative tour time or itinerary

Discover the Treasures of the Vatican Museums: A Unique Experience in St. Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican Museums, located within Vatican City, are a testament to the rich history and artistic heritage of the Catholic Church. This sprawling complex is home to an unparalleled collection of art and historical artifacts, accumulated over centuries.

Visitors to the Vatican Museums have the opportunity to embark on a journey through time, exploring masterpieces from various periods and cultures. From classical sculptures to Renaissance paintings, the treasures within these walls offer a comprehensive view of human creativity and expression.

A Glimpse into the Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums encompass a vast array of galleries, halls, and courtyards. Some of the most renowned sections include:

  • The Raphael Rooms: Named after the illustrious Renaissance painter Raphael, these rooms showcase his iconic frescoes, each depicting different themes.
  • The Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring ceiling frescoes, including the famous 'Creation of Adam,' adorn this sacred space.
  • The Gallery of Maps: This unique gallery features a series of painted topographical maps of Italy, providing a historical perspective on the region.
  • The Egyptian Museum: Housing an impressive collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt, this museum offers insight into one of the world's oldest civilizations.

Each section of the Vatican Museums is a testament to the diverse cultural influences that have shaped the Catholic Church's artistic legacy.

St. Peter’s Basilica: The Epitome of Grandeur

Adjacent to the Vatican Museums is the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Christian church in the world. This architectural marvel is a masterpiece of Renaissance and Baroque design, with its magnificent dome dominating the skyline of Rome.

Visitors can marvel at the opulent interior, adorned with intricate mosaics, sculptures, and altars. Notable highlights include Michelangelo's Pieta and Bernini's Baldachin, both of which exemplify the pinnacle of artistic achievement during their respective periods.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I purchase tickets for the Vatican Museums?

Tickets for the Vatican Museums can be purchased online through the official website or on-site at the ticket office. It is recommended to book in advance to avoid long queues.

Is there a dress code for visiting St. Peter’s Basilica?

Yes, visitors to St. Peter’s Basilica are required to adhere to a dress code. This means no sleeveless tops, shorts, or skirts above the knee. Modest attire is encouraged as a sign of respect for the sacred nature of the site.

Are guided tours available for the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica?

Yes, guided tours are available for both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. These tours offer valuable insights and context about the art and history contained within these remarkable spaces.

Can I take photographs inside the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica?

Photography is permitted in most areas of the Vatican Museums, but flash photography is not allowed. In St. Peter’s Basilica, photography is generally permitted, but it is important to be respectful and considerate of others.

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498 reviews

They didn't perform a sound check and missed half of the tour. We all thought it was due to the headset.

traveler – India

The tour started off well. However, our guide wasn't very clear in giving instructions on which exit to take after the Sistine Chapel, which further led to St. Peter’s Basilica. I had no way to contact them, and the security didn't allow me to return to my tour. I missed half of the tour, which is quite unfortunate with no compensation.

traveler – India

It wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. Rome is way too crowded. The sights are cool, but that's pretty much it... Unless you have a strong preference for specific things in Rome, it's okay to skip it. The guide always had an attitude when I asked a question, which didn't make me comfortable asking or learning more about the tour. This is an easy pass, find another service.

traveler – Israel

I think it's luck of the draw which guide we got. The one we had must be the worst one we encountered on our Italy trip. It made me appreciate all the good ones we've had so far. I could barely understand his English, and the content was dry and very hard to follow. I felt we would be better off visiting things ourselves.

traveler – United Kingdom

The tour advertises "skip the line" for two separate entrances, but I don't believe we skipped any of the three lines. We waited for over an hour in the hot sun to get into St. Peter’s Basilica. It was a great tour with a great guide, I just would have liked more transparency when booking so we know what to expect and what we are paying a lot of money for.

traveler – United States