Fill your visit to the Vatican with extra meaning, history and interesting facts thanks to Rome’s best official guides
A tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica lets you into the secrets of the main events in the controversial history of the Vatican and reveals background stories about its great art. The complex of museums, created by prominent popes, is one of the top 5 most visited museums in the world; major treasures of its impressive 54 galleries include Raphael’s rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Admission is included and will allow you to enter the Vatican in comfort, without having to wait in a long queue at the entrance.
Any visit to the Vatican is an unforgettable experience but requires patience. Thanks to priority entry with your guide you’ll avoid the queues, which can last for hours. 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! Our tour follows a selective route taking in key exhibits and covering the most significant events in the history of the Vatican, including the following:
Great! I recommend!!!!
The excursion “Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica” was excellently conducted, Rating – five plus.
Professional guide, attentive to all participants of the excursion, helpful. An individual visit to the Vatican and the cathedral can hardly be compared and be as educational as this excursion.
Best regards, Victor Ivanovich Lavrentyev
I highly recommend everyone to visit the Vatican Museums with an excursion from Emotion.club after the opening of museums, we had a wonderful guide Sergei, many thanks to him for a fascinating journey into the past! a large amount of emotionally selected information allows you to get a lot of impressions! And dealing with a highly qualified specialist is always pleasant and beneficial for development!
I really liked the excursion to the Vatican with guide Maria (February 26, 2020). Maria is a great professional and a very pleasant positive person. Excellent presentation of the material, for three hours the interest did not subside for a minute. My daughter and I were delighted!
Awesome guide Maria and guided tour! Interesting, not boring. Good pace, not too long. I recommend!
Great excursion! Hit the second time with a difference of a year. We are very pleased that Olga is with us again. An amazing woman, together with her plunged into the times of Ancient Rome, felt the medieval atmosphere. Olga is a treasure trove of interesting information. Meeting with her pushes for independent study of the material: this very strongly motivates to learn something new, to delve into history and art. Thank you sincerely!))
We were on an excursion with Sergey on March 6 !!! Excellent knowledge of the material! Interesting, easy and simple. Doesn’t bring down dates and numbers. Basic only !! Lots of interesting facts !! Thank! We will advise our friends.
These days, excursions to the Vatican museums for the first time in history took place with a small visit of tourists, and we were lucky to see restorers working on the tapestry in the Spaler gallery, move freely in the small hall of Raphael’s rooms, stay in the Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo … Thanks to Marina for the professionalism and her personal accents on artifacts and masterpieces. Time flew by quickly.
Nadezhda, Anastasia, Svetlana, Larisa
I liked the excursion very much!
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.
The best of the Vatican in one tour! The tour lasts for 3 hours, of which 2.5 hours will be spent in the Vatican Museums to see its key exhibits; the other half hour will be dedicated to visiting St. Peter’s Basilica.
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 a €10 discount for each participant in the same group from the 3rd person up, and for 8-14 year-olds. Tours are free for children aged 7 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 some 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 6 or more participants, both in the Vatican Museums and in St. Peter’s Basilica.
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 18s in the case of children’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 Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, your clothing must cover your shoulders, knees and neckline.
Don’t forget your camera! Photos and videos are permitted at the Vatican, except in the Sistine Chapel where it is completely forbidden to talk or take photos or videos. At St. Peter’s Basilica you can take photos and videos but talking loudly is not permitted.
Booking You will receive a message confirming your payment and order number, with details of the tour and the meeting point, as soon as you’ve completed your booking.
Cancellation Reservations cancelled no later than 48 hours before the start of the tour will be refunded in full except for ticket costs. This is due to the Vatican Museums’ policy making admission tickets non-exchangeable, strictly tied to the date and time of entry and to be booked well in advance. For this reason an advance payment of €21 per adult ticket and €12 per children’s ticket (ages 7-18) is NON-refundable. 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.