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Rome: Small Group Tour Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

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Rome: Small Group Tour Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

From US$ 78.11 per person

On this 3-hour small group tour with skip-the-line entrance, visit one of the largest and most famous museums in the world, avoiding queues and crowded groups.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian


  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Admire the major representatives of Italian art such as Leonardo, Perugino, Beato Angelico and many more
  • Visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece "The Last Judgement"
Full description
Met your guide at the meeting point and start your experience discovering the Vatican. Thanks to this skip-the-line option, you will avoid any queue. Moreover, this small group tour will give you the chance to enjoy at best your visit, avoiding the stressful crowded groups, so you can start exploring the vast collections right away.  You will be taken into the museum by a spectacular big spiral staircase. Inside, you will find many masterpieces from different periods of time, from classical Greek art to Renaissance masterpieces of Michelangelo. For example, admire the statue of Laocoön and his sons that is one of the most famous ancient sculptures. Admire the major representatives of Italian art such as Leonardo, Perugino, Beato Angelico and many more. Enjoy a view over the Vatican Gardens. You will be guided through the history and secrets of the Catholic church and you will hear about the rivalry between the Renaissance artists. Towards the end of this tour, you will visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel.  At the end of the tour, your guide will escort you to have a privileged entrance for St. Peter's Basilica. You will visit the basilica at your leisure without the guide. Inside, admire some Baroque masterpieces and the breathtaking Pietà by Michelangelo. You can also enjoy a moment of reflection in the Vatican caves where many popes are buried, including Pope John Paul II. Tour highlights will include the following: introduction of the Vatican City and Vatican history, Chandelier Gallery, Tapestry Gallery, Maps Gallery, apartment of San Pio V, Sistine Chapel and many more along the way.
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Small group guaranteed
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation to/ from attractions
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

The meeting time is 15 mins prior to the tour departure time. You will meet your guide isnide the agency "Discovery live tours"

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Walking frames

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking will be involved, comfortable walking shoes recommended
  • Infants under 6 years old join this tour free of charge
  • Not wheelchair accessible due to some difficulties in the Sistine Chapel (if you need an accessible tour, please check the special tour: "Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel special guided private tour wheelchair accessible")
  • Note: tour will not operate on religious holidays. It will not be possible to visit the basilica during religious holidays and ceremonies (audiences, beatifications, masses of the pope). The basilica is often subject to sudden closures. In these cases, it will not be possible to guarantee access to the basilica
  • Maximum group size of 12 people
Customer reviews

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We enjoyed seeing the Museum and the Sistine Chapel and all the history there. It was a must-see for our trip and we are glad that we did it. It was very busy there the day that we went and we overheard other guides stating that it was busy than normal. Because it was so busy it made it hard to move through the crowds and our guide was very impatient and we lost her a couple of times. At one point four people got lost and I am sure that if I knew Italian what she was saying was not very good.

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September 30, 2019

Simone was outstanding!

March 7, 2019

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