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Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Rome: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover the wonders of the art collection inside the Vatican Museums on a tour with an art historian guide and skip-the-line entry tickets. Walk through the galleries and admire masterpieces by Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel, including The Last Judgement. Start your visit by meeting your guide and enjoying a streamlined entry inside the museums. Listen to the explanations of your art historian guide as you visit the Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Round off the tour with the marvels of the Sistine Chapel and the frescoes by Michelangelo. Inside, you’ll get to see Michelangelo’s most famous artwork: The Last Judgement.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

2. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Enjoy a journey through art and history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Discover some of the greatest treasures and most magnificent works of art in the company of an expert guide. You will begin the tour on the verdant lawn, known as the Pine Cone Courtyard. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Pigna Fountain on the lawn of the Vatican City.  After entering the Vatican Museum, you will visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms in the museums. Continue on to see the 40 maps frescoed on the walls of the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, and the hanging renaissance artworks at the Gallery of the Tapestries. At the end of your tour, you will visit the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the beauty of the Sistine Chapel, and marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael.

Skip-the-Ticket-Line Kids Fun Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour

3. Skip-the-Ticket-Line Kids Fun Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour

Your guide will meet you near Vatican City. Then, skip the ticket line at the entrance of the Vatican Museums.  If required, you can store any belongings you may have in the Vatican cloakroom before the start of the tour. Throughout your tour, your children will join in games and win prizes whilst discovering more about the Vatican’s collections. Marvel at the multitude of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, as well as the sarcophagi of Empress Helena and Constantina, the mother and daughter of Constantine the Great.  Next, move through the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Sobieski Hall, and the sumptuously decorated Raphael Rooms.  Then, enter one of Italy’s most popular attractions, the Sistine Chapel, which is still in use, primarily for the papal elections. The chapel is home to Michelangelo's 'The Last Judgment' and other frescoes depicting Biblical stories, such as the creation of Adam.  From the Sistine Chapel, continue to the most important Catholic church in the world - Saint Peter’s Basilica. This tour is the perfect way to explore all that the Vatican has to offer, as well as keep your children entertained and engaged, as they have fun and learn. Your family will love teaming up to solve quizzes, participate in treasure hunts, and much more. Your guide will personalize your tour, creating a unique experience for your family. Your tour ends in Saint Peter's Square next to the taxi rank and bus station.

Vatican Museum In Depth Tour with Sistine Chapel

4. Vatican Museum In Depth Tour with Sistine Chapel

Enter the Vatican Museums, and walk straight to the Sistine Chapel to arrive shortly after it opens with privileged VIP access. Experience Michelangelo’s work of genius with few crowds with helpful descriptions from your guide that will allow you to admire this masterpiece to its full potential. Then visit the Pinacoteca, the Vatican’s ultimate painting gallery. Arranged chronologically in sixteen different rooms, explore this papal art collection, featuring some of the most renowned artists of all time including Raphael, Caravaggio, and Giotto. Explore the main galleries of the Vatican Museums, such as the Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Candelabra and the Gallery of the Maps. See how topographers from centuries ago envisioned the layout of Italy. Discover paintings capturing the development of Rome, such as the construction of the Spanish steps and city center. Head to the Raphael Rooms dedicated to one of the most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance. Check out one of his most famous artworks, The School of Athens, as well as some of his other wondrous masterpieces. Finally, enter St. Peter’s Basilica through a hidden door from the Sistine Chapel with your guide. Marvel at the largest church in the world, complete with overwhelmingly beautiful detail and splendor. Learn about the wonders of Michelangelo’s Pieta, protected by bullet-proof glass.  Important: Please note that after entering St. Peter’s Basilica, you can not re-enter the Vatican Museums. If you’d like to spend more time in the museums, you cannot enter the Basilica with your guide. If you’d like to spend more time in St. Peter’s, remain inside the Basilica at the end of your tour and cherish the rest of your time.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Escape Game

5. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Escape Game

The city game starts at the Vatican Museum Entrance. It will take you between 2 to 2.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Sistine Chapel. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

Rome: Vatican Museums Skip the Line Small Group Tour

6. Rome: Vatican Museums Skip the Line Small Group Tour

Skip the long lines at the entrance to the Vatican Museums and enjoy a guided group tour of the treasures inside. Visit the highlights of the massive Vatican Museums with a knowledgeable guide. Stroll through the vast galleries and discover rooms full of history. Admire the beautiful Pine Courtyard, and enter the Pio Clementine Museum to see the famous Laocoön and His Sons sculpture. Step inside the stunning Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s famous frescos. At the end of the tour enter the largest church in the world: St. Peter's Basilica. Check out its masterpieces, such as the famous La Pietà.

Skip-the-Ticket-Line Guided Vatican Small Group Tour

7. Skip-the-Ticket-Line Guided Vatican Small Group Tour

Skip the long ticket lines at the entrance and visit with a full-licensed guide the famous Raphael’s Rooms, see the Pine Courtyard and visit Pio Clementine Museum. Enter to the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Step inside the stunning Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s famous frescos “The Last Judgement” and “The Creation of Adam”.

Rome: Vatican & Evening Eternal City Walking Tours Combo

8. Rome: Vatican & Evening Eternal City Walking Tours Combo

Skip the long ticket lines at the entrance to the Vatican Museum and visit with your expert guide. See the famous Raphael’s Rooms, the Pine Courtyard, and the Pio Clementine Museum. Discover the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Step inside the stunning Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s famous frescos “The Last Judgement” and “The Creation of Adam.” Then visit St Peter’s Basilica and admire the famous “La Pietà” by Michelangelo, the “Baldachino” by Bernini, and much more. Then head to Piazza del Popolo where you'll join your second tour at 6:45 PM to enjoy a romantic walking tour of historical Rome. Admire the picturesque views from the Pincio Terrace of sunset over the rooftops of Rome. Visit the famous Piazza di Spagna and Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain. Then wander to the stunning Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. See the exterior of the historic Pantheon, and then, admire the beautiful Piazza Navona with Bernini’s magnificent Four Rivers Fountain in the center. End your romantic evening walk at Campo de' Fiori, a perfect place to spend some time taking in the evening sights and sounds at the end of your tour.

Vatican City: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Early Access Tour

9. Vatican City: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Early Access Tour

Beat the crowds and journey through the history of art at the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public. Save time with guaranteed skip-the-ticket-line early entrance to the vast corridors and galleries of one of the world's most impressive museums. Follow your guide to the Gallery of the Candelabra and Gallery of Tapestries, and admire the painted topographical maps of Italy by the Dominican friar Ignazio Danti in the impressive Gallery of Maps. Discover how Renaissance Italians saw themselves and their surroundings. Then, enter the Sistine Chapel and take in every detail of Michelangelo's masterpiece. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica through a reserved entrance and gaze in wonder at the most opulent church in the world. Marvel at masterpieces of art, such Michelangelo's La Pieta and the magnificent Il Baldacchino altarpiece by Bernini. Then, visit the tombs of hundreds of popes under the church floor.

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Francesco was an absolute oracle with his incredible deity of knowledge and all the fascinating historical facts that you just don’t get in the brochures about the Vatican …. would definitely recommend this tour and particularly Francesco

Lovely experience thanks to our guide Claudia would definitely recommend this tour with her again She was kind respectful and knowledgeable willing to answer anyones questions and gave us time to fully appreciate the experience

Walking through the door of the Sistine Chapel was one of those great WOW! moments in life. The preparatory talk by the guide added enormously to the whole experience.

The Vatican was extremely crowded. It was great being able to get right in. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

The tour was fantastic, so informative and Claudia was so helpful and knowledgeable.