Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel in small group

Fill your visit to the Vatican with extra meaning, history and interesting facts with an expert guide on an intimate small-group tour of up to 12 people only

65

per person

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel in small group

65

per person

Fill your visit to the Vatican with extra meaning, history and interesting facts with an expert guide on an intimate small-group tour of up to 12 people only

This tour lets you into the secrets of the most important art works, following the intriguing history of the Vatican, revealing the background stories about its great art. Admission is included and will allow you to enter the Vatican without having to wait in a long queue at the entrance.

What's included

Highlights

  • Sistine Chapel – Michelangelo’s celebrated masterpiece, and part of the cultural deposit for all mankind. The ceiling of the chapel portrays the creation of Adam and includes paintings of the Last Judgment while wall frescoes depict the life of Moses and Christ.
  • Raphael’s Rooms painted by the artist and his school, with an astonishing depth of design, figurative richness, compositional clarity, orderliness and general harmony.
  • Gallery of Maps, the world’s largest geographical museum.
  • Pio-Clementino Museum with an extraordinarily rich collection of antique art.
  • Belvedere Courtyard with its enormous bronze pine cone, once part of a fountain dating from the 1st century AD.
  • Lacoöon and His Sons, one of the world’s most significant sculptures, and the Apollo del Belvedere, canon of beauty of the human body.
  • Gallery of Tapestries and its collection of unique textiles, skilfully restored by nuns.

Sites visited

The museum displays cover a good 7 km however and it’s said that if you were to dedicate just one minute to each exhibit it would take 12 years to see the whole collection! Join our guide to follow a selective route taking in key exhibits and covering the most significant events in the history of the Vatican, including:

  • Hear the fascinating story of the state of the Holy See, wander where the conclave is held to elect a new pope and learn about the meaning of the name of the head of the Vatican.

  • Discover the history and distinguishing features of works by Italian geniuses Raphael, Pinturicchio, Perugino and Botticelli, among others; the meaning of the divine frescoes of Sistine Chapel created by Michelangelo.

  • Find out the main facts about the most majestic and sumptuous basilica of the Catholic Church, its artefacts and values. Discover the history of St. Peter’s Square, surrounded by the brilliant Baroque architecture of Bernini, and experience the effect of an optical illusion that arises when you stand at the exact centre of the square.

  • Follow your guide to visit the Vatican Post Office from where you can send home postcards with the Vatican postmark.

* Since June 2021, the direct passage from the Vatican Museums to St Peter’s Basilica is closed for everyone. This makes a guided visit to the Basilica impossible due to the long queues. At the end of the tour your guide will give you a detailed introduction of the Basilica and advise how to visit it on your own.

What travellers say about us

Carlie M

Amazing! Inna was an amazing tour guide. She went above and beyond our expectations! She was so knowledgeable!

29/07/2022
Vatican, Viator
Spattytrip

Personal Touch and accommodating!
Unbelievable private tour!! Skip the lines was true. Other groups around us were large and waiting for rest of group to gather or use restroom etc- we were small private group and our guide was able to accommodate our needs and desires. We were able to choose length and stops that were pleasing to us or met our physical needs. There was great balance of art history, political and archeological history, and religion! Would highly recommend for seniors or people with special needs, as this was very accommodating. Very knowledgeable, respectful and passionate about Vatican.

21/07/2022
Vatican, Viator
Ellyn L.

Fabulous Vatican tour! Jad our tour guide was absolutely fantastic. Very knowledgeable, he made it fun. Nice balance of history, art and religion. He went out of his way to give us exactly the kind of tour we wanted. Truly skipped the lines. Would absolutely recommend him!!

21/07/2022
Vatican, Viator
Stefano P.

Excellent Vatican Museums experience. Highly recommended. The experience was absolutely fantastic. Our tour guide Guido was wonderfully knowledgeable and his English was perfect. He was entertaining, fun and he kept even the younger ones (we had 4 teen agers in the group) excited about exploring the very extensive art collection in the museums. The communication from the company was so useful and we knew exactly where to meet our guide, what to expect, what to wear etc. Overall it was an A+++ experience.

20/07/2022
Vatican, Viator
Andriux

Engaging, informative, and wonderful guide.
The place was packed, but we didn’t have to make any lines and felt like VIPs. Our guide spoke fluent
English and brought to our attention very interesting facts without overwhelming us with information .
We had teenagers in our group and they too were engaged. Highly recommend it!

11/07/2022
Vatican, Viator

An inspiring expert guide! Our guides are officially licensed and hand-picked for their inspiring and communicative personalities as well as their in-depth knowledge of the Vatican and the arts in general, in order to make your visit an enthralling and unforgettable experience.

No stress! We guarantee no waiting in line to enter the Vatican Museums as we provide priority admission tickets to help you get the most out of your time in Rome. Your tickets will be with your guide when you meet.

Personal attention! Our groups are small (max 12 people) so you’ll be able to interact with your guide and benefit from individual attention.

Discounts! We offer youth discount for children of 6-17 year-olds. Tours are free for infants aged 5 and under. Discounts are applied automatically with online bookings.

No need to wait! Our tours always begin on time. Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start of the tour, out of respect for the other group members and taking into account that all Vatican Museums tickets are very strictly tied to the time of entry.

Comfort listening! We provide all participants with high-quality headphones, included in the cost when the group has 5 or more participants.

ID To enter the Vatican you might be asked to present a document (or a copy) proving your identity, in addition to documents confirming the age of under 18 years of age in the case of youth’s tickets.

Forbidden items Umbrellas with long handles, oversized backpacks, knives and other sharp or pointed items as well as alcohol and liquids in glass containers may not be taken into the Vatican Museums.

Beware Take care of your money, documents and other belongings – thefts do occur even at these central tourist sites.

Dress the part To visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, also St. Peter’s Basilica, your clothing must cover your shoulders, knees and neckline.

Cancellation Reservations cancelled no later than 24 hours before the start of the tour will be refunded in full. Your ticket to the Vatican Museums can be used for group entrance only and will be with your guide. For more details on our cancellation policy, please see our Terms.

St. Peter's Basilica visit rules At St. Peter’s Basilica you can take photos and videos but you cannot talk loudly. In the winter months (November 1 to April 1), as well as on some specific days decided by the Pope, the mass at the St. Peter’s Basilica may start earlier than usual. During the mass, guides are forbidden to speak and to show tour groups around inside the cathedral. At such times, the guide will tell you about the church from the outside, while inside they will only be able to accompany the group. To avoid this, we recommend choosing a tour with a starting time no later than 2:00 pm for winter tours (Nov-April) if possible.

Visiting the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica If you decide to visit the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, from April to October you can do so right after the end of the tour, without leaving the Vatican territory and so skipping the line. From November to March, the ascent to the dome closes earlier (at 4:45pm), however, so if your tour begins after 2:00pm, you should visit the dome BEFORE the start of the tour. After the dome visit, it is a 15 minute walk along the walls of the Vatican to get to the entrance of the museums where you will meet your guide. Please plan ahead, taking into account the possibility of long queues. Entry to the dome is from the right entrance to the St. Peter’s Basilica; entry to the basilica is free. For your information, the cost of the ascent to the dome is €10 by lift / €8 on foot. The dome is open 8:00am-5:45pm in summer; to 4:45pm in winter.

Busy times The Vatican is very crowded on Bank Holidays such as Easter, May Day and Christmas, as well as in summer. The only way to avoid this is to plan your trip to Rome during the low season (November to March). If you are in Rome at holiday times and decide to visit the Vatican Museums, your patient and positive attitude will help the guide, and indeed the whole group, enormously. We will do our best to ensure that waiting times are as short as possible, and the tour as comfortable as it can be, whilst at the same time keeping it interesting.

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