Vatican Small Group Guided Tour
A guided tour of the Vatican for the finest experience
€54 per adult
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- On a streamlined, skip-the-line express tour, see the best of the Vatican Museums and maximize your time.
- You won't miss a thing if you tune in on personal headsets.
- To make the most of your time, an expert guide can help you find the must-see attractions among the numerous galleries.
- Learn about Raphael's School of Athen's and the wonderful art it contributed to design.
- Be amazed as you stand in front of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the most renowned fresco in the world.
- Visit the Pio Clementino Museum, which exhibits ancient treasures such as the Laocoön sculpture.
- Admire the Raphael Rooms while learning how long it took to paint them from floor to ceiling.
- Get handy tips on how to visit St. Peter's Basilica, another Vatican City attraction.
What you'll do
Make the most of your time in Vatican City by taking a guided Vatican Museums skip-the-line tour. This tour also includes an expert overview of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, allowing you to see both attractions on the same trip. The Vatican has a lot to see (the museums alone contain 15 collec ...
Make the most of your time in Vatican City by taking a guided Vatican Museums skip-the-line tour. This tour also includes an expert overview of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, allowing you to see both attractions on the same trip. The Vatican has a lot to see (the museums alone contain 15 collections), but our guide makes it simple and enjoyable. You’ll learn about the must-see attractions as well as the lesser-known tales behind the art. Don’t simply go to the Vatican to “see” it; go there to “experience” it with a native guide!
Begin by meeting your guide at the Vatican Museums’ entrance. This is where you’ll get your headsets if you’re in a party of six or more. We want to entirely make sure you don’t miss a single thing your guide says. You’ll head inside after admiring the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica from the terrace, where you’ll be astonished by the art treasures gathered by popes over centuries.
Your tour guide will take you to the most essential and attractive parts of the museum. Sculptures and paintings by Renaissance artists such as Raphael and Michelangelo are often favorites – those guys knew what they were doing. As you travel through the galleries, you may see tapestries, candelabra, maps, and other items, as well as a visit to the famed Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartment.
Your guide will offer advice on the best method to view Saint Peter’s Basilica, another jewel of Vatican City before you enter the chapel at the end of your trip.
Do you have further questions about things to see, do, or eat in Rome? Please ask! Our guide is well-versed in the best local secrets of the area (and loves sharing them).
The majestic dome of St. Peter’s Basilica can be seen from here.
The Pinecone Courtyard
A massive bronze pinecone sculpture created by ancient Romans crowns the structure.
Pio Clementino Museum
Classical statues from the sixteenth century
Tapestries, candelabra, ancient maps, and more adorn the walls.
A series of breathtakingly stunning halls filled with paintings by Renaissance masters.
The Creation of Adam and other scenes are shown in Michelangelo’s iconic fresco.
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The Vatican prohibits wearing hats, sleeveless shirts, and shorts, skirts, or dresses that are cut above the knee. This rule applies to both men and women, with the exception of young children.
In some situations, your headset will assist you in listening to your guide. Headsets aren’t necessary for small groups of five or less.
Tour Ending Point
The guided segment of your journey concludes at the Sistine Chapel’s entrance. You are free to explore Saint Peter’s Basilica on your own, with the help of your guide, for recommendations on what to see.
We offer a 100% refund up to 48 hours before the start time.
Where to find your tour guide
Meet your guide in front of the entryway, next to a large white door with two statues on the top, across the street from the Caffè Vaticano. “ExperienceFirst” will be written on your guide’s sign.
Is admission to St. Peter’s Basilica included?
The basilica is free to visit, however it is not included in this guided tour. Our guide, on the other hand, will lead you to the entrance and provide you with instructions on what to see and how to enjoy your self-guided tour of this famous cathedral.
Can we take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?
The Sistine Chapel prohibits photography and talking. Before you enter, your guide will give you an overview of what to expect. Take in the beauty that surrounds you after you’ve arrived.
What is the rescheduling policy?
We are aware that plans might change. You may easily change your tour up to 24 hours before departure. We provide a full refund up to 24 hours before the start of your tour. Within 24 hours of your tour, we would have incurred hard costs and therefore cannot allow rescheduling or cancellation without costs.
What if it rains?
Our tours go on rain or shine, so please check the weather forecast before you go. If we have to cancel due to severe weather conditions, we will give you the option to reschedule or get a full refund.
Are gratuities included?
Tips are always appreciated but never expected. They’re a great way to tell your guide they did an awesome job and show your appreciation.