Guided tour

Rome: Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour with Entry

Activity provider: Italy With Family

Rome: Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour with Entry

Activity provider: Italy With Family

From US$ 88.52 per person

Join a guided tour of the Vatican and enter before the crowds arrive to experience the unparalleled beauty, ancient history, and artistic and religious significance of one of Rome's most iconic attractions.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in the company of a guide
  • Set off on an exclusive Vatican tour early in the morning before it gets busy
  • Discover the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
Full description

Join the more than five million annual visitors of the global heart of the Catholic Faith. Experience the Vatican City with privileged access to the main attractions, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.

From its stunning beauty to its ancient history and artistic and religious significance, the Vatican, the entirety of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a one-stop-shop for any traveler.

Whether the paintings, sculptures, religious art, architecture, or even the Pontifical Swiss Guards that have protected the Pope since 1506, little else compares to the utter majesty of the Holy See.

Choose the VIP or early morning option to start exploring the beauty of the Vatican before the general public arrives. Wander the Vatican Museums, the famous Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica surrounded by very few. Or, choose the afternoon option to visit later in the day.

Follow your expert guide into the Museums to discover the world’s most extensive collection of art, including the greatest sculptures and artwork of the Renaissance period.

Continue through the Candelabra Gallery, divided into six splendid rooms containing artworks found throughout the country, bringing relics of the Roman Empire into the modern-day.

Then explore the astonishing Gallery of the Tapestries, host to an extensive collection of Raffaello Sanzio’s tapestries depicting different Catholic stories and myths.

From there, walk through the Gallery of Maps with your guide, the perfect place for travelers with a taste for the sciences. Check out the global maps created by Roman topographers – a glimpse into what the world was thought to look like centuries ago.

Experience the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the intricately painted frescoes that adorn the chapel's ceiling and walls. Listen as your guide explains what to look for once inside the chapel and answers any questions you may have after exiting.

Next, head to your final destination on this guided walking tour, St. Peter's Basilica. Discover the religious art housed here and marvel at the Renaissance architecture of the biggest church in the world. Experience Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini’s Baldachin, and much more.

Your tour comes to an end in St. Peter's Square, the perfect spot from which to continue exploring on your own.

Includes
  • Live guide
  • Entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Guided tour of the Sistine Chapel
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Map of the Sistine Chapel
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • 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 over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • During religious holidays, or on Wednesday mornings during the high season when the Pope has an audience in St. Peter's Square, the tour will only include an external guided tour of the basilica
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 340 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5

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Gianluca was the perfect guide! I couldn't have asked for a better Vatican experience from someone so knowledgeable and engaging. We got through everything at the perfect pace. He had an answer (and more context than I could've asked for) to all of my questions and I wouldn't hesitate recommending him to anybody that visits the Vatican.

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October 18, 2022

The Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Early Morning Tour was simply breath taking. Our guide Carmello was amazing, informative and so much fun. It made the tour one we will always remember as a highlight of our stay in Rome. Thankyou Carmello and GuideYourGuide. Do yourself a favour and do the early morning tour!

October 6, 2022

The early morning tour is a must. We were in St Peters before all the crowds. It felt like we had the place to ourselves. It really paid off with the skip the line to the Vatican Museum tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and energetic. Highly recommend this tour!

October 4, 2022

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