Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
There are many Vatican Tours offered online but this is the most complete and highly-rated! All our guides are officially authorized by the Vatican Museums and have university background. They will take you to a unique tour that includes all the highlights of the Vatican.
St. Peter's Basilica & Square
It is the grandest church on earth and center of the Catholic world.
Michelangelo's creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel's ceiling
It is the most famous painting in Italy sdone by a very young Michelangelo.
The Gallery of Geographic Maps
It is the best collection of Geographic Maps of Italian Renaissance.
The Rooms of Raphael & the School of Athens
These Rooms were painted by Raphael for Pope Julius II and are the artist's most famous work.
This worldwide famous sculpure is an Ancient Roman masterpiece found near the Colosseum.
The Belvedere Apollo
This Ancient Roman statue was considered by many artists in history the most handsome man ever sculpted.
The Pietà by Michelangelo
Michelangelo's most famous sculpture was made when he was in his 20s.
The tour begins from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Here you will first see the Gallery of Ancient Roman Sculptures, the Room of Muses, the Room of Animals and the Rotunda. Next, the guide will take you to the gallery of Geographic Maps, the Gallery of Tapistries, and the Sobiesky Hall.
After this comes the most famous part of the Museums, the popular rooms painted by Raphael for Pope Julius II and the Sistine Chapel including Michelangelo's masterpieces: the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgment.
The last part of the tour focuses on the Basilica of St. Peter and its most famous treasures: the Pietà, the Baldacchino, the Cathedra and other famous artworks. Your Vatican visit will end in the square where you will see the Pope's Palace, the smoke's chimney and the Balcony of blessings. Advance booking is strongly advisable! Our tours sell out well in advance and our top-rated tour guides might not be available at the last minute.
- Duration: approximately 3 hours
- When: everyday except Sundays
- Dressing code: required: shorts and skirts below the knee, shoulders covered
- No-lines policy: skip the long entrance lines with our local tour guides.
We had heard that it is necessary to book tours for the most popular sites in Rome. Not sure if this was true or not, I booked a tour for the Vatican with Private Tours of Rome and with other companies. The Vatican Tour with Francesca was, by far, the best. She was knowledgeable, friendly and energetic--and with roaring heat we appreciated the optimism. I wish that we had booked all of our tours with this group!.
Debra S. from Louisville, Kentucky
Private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter. No lines, customized itinerary.
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