General

Skip the Lines to see the best of the Vatican City, in groups of only 13 or less. This is the perfect Vatican tour for those who want to see the major highlights of the Vatican City – we put a strong focus on the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this tour, picking only a few of the most interesting art pieces and artefacts in the Vatican Museums.

Best of the Vatican Tour


Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

At the Vatican, we will take you on a highlights tour of the Vatican Museums, picking out some of the most interesting artefacts, galleries and artwork that have great stories behind them! 

During the Vatican Museums portion of the tour, we will take you to the picturesque Vatican garden, Cortile della Pigna. We will take you to the most interesting galleries of the museums – the Rotunda, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contains ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes and tapestries. Your guide will point out a few tricks used by the artists, which will enhance your appreciation of their works of art, as well as their sense of humour!

Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti! From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to this chapel, working day and night – even sleeping in the chapel – to satisfy the popes of Rome. He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work, which only he would understand – today these have been uncovered and understood, and your guide will explain this to you so you too can share in Michelangelo’s joke! 

St Peter’s Basilica

The final stop of your Best of the Vatican Tour is the Basilica of St Peter – the greatest architectural masterpiece in Rome, which took over a century to complete! Your guide will tell you the story of the nine master architects who each carried the project forward until their deaths, and how that genius Michelangelo – again! – would be the one to finally complete the design for the most challenging aspect of the ambitious design, the great dome which is one of the most iconic images of Rome today. 

Inside St Peter’s you will visit a selection of the many ornate monuments, statues and mosaics (no paintings in the Basilica – find out why!), and stand in front of the sacred altar of St Peter, from where the Pope says mass on very special occasions. 

This tour is perfectly suited to those who want to see the best highlights of the Vatican without too much walking or art discussions. You will visit the parts of the Vatican that are most important, while enjoying a selection of artefacts from the museums with interesting and funny anecdotes!

 

Our Best of the Vatican Tour is one of the most popular tours of the Vatican City, and with only 13 places it sells out quickly, so don’t delay … book today!

 

See Also … Best of Rome Half-Day Semi-Private Tour

Vatican City

Vatican CityVatican City, officially known as Vatican City State is the world’s smallest country, a sovereign city-state located entirely within Rome. Created by the Lateran Treaties of 1929, it had a previous, and far more powerful incarnation – the Papal States. It is unique in the modern world in having Latin as its official language, though Read more

Tour Fee

Tour Fee (Entrance tickets included)

                             €65 per adult

                             €60 per Under-18 *

* Must be aged under 18 on the day of the tour, and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.

Low Season Price (November 1 - March 16)

                             €55 per adult

                             €50 per Under-18 *

* Must be aged under 18 on the day of the tour, and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.

Summary

Operative Days

  • Monday - Saturday

Group Size

  • 6 min, 13 max

Departure Time

  • 2.00pm

Check-in Time

  • 1:45pm

Meeting Point

  • Our office on Via Vespasiano 41 (full details sent with confirmation email)

Duration

  • 3 Hours

Languages

  • English only

Skip the Line Tickets

  • yes

Tour Description

Skip the Lines to see the best of the Vatican City, in groups of only 13 or less. This is the perfect Vatican tour for those who want to see the major highlights of the Vatican City - we put a strong focus on the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica on this tour, picking only a few of the most interesting art pieces and artefacts in the Vatican Museums.


Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

At the Vatican, we will take you on a highlights tour of the Vatican Museums, picking out some of the most interesting artefacts, galleries and artwork that have great stories behind them! 

During the Vatican Museums portion of the tour, we will take you to the picturesque Vatican garden, Cortile della Pigna. We will take you to the most interesting galleries of the museums - the RotundaGallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. Each of these rooms contains ornate ceilings with the walls decorated with ancient statues, frescoes and tapestries. Your guide will point out a few tricks used by the artists, which will enhance your appreciation of their works of art, as well as their sense of humour!

Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period - Michelangelo Buonarotti! From the Creation of Adam to the Last Judgement, Michelangelo dedicated some of his greatest years to this chapel, working day and night - even sleeping in the chapel - to satisfy the popes of Rome. He also expressed his frustration with his employers with jokes hidden in his work, which only he would understand - today these have been uncovered and understood, and your guide will explain this to you so you too can share in Michelangelo's joke! 

St Peter’s Basilica

The final stop of your Best of the Vatican Tour is the Basilica of St Peter - the greatest architectural masterpiece in Rome, which took over a century to complete! Your guide will tell you the story of the nine master architects who each carried the project forward until their deaths, and how that genius Michelangelo - again! - would be the one to finally complete the design for the most challenging aspect of the ambitious design, the great dome which is one of the most iconic images of Rome today. 

Inside St Peter’s you will visit a selection of the many ornate monuments, statues and mosaics (no paintings in the Basilica - find out why!), and stand in front of the sacred altar of St Peter, from where the Pope says mass on very special occasions. 

This tour is perfectly suited to those who want to see the best highlights of the Vatican without too much walking or art discussions. You will visit the parts of the Vatican that are most important, while enjoying a selection of artefacts from the museums with interesting and funny anecdotes!

Our Best of the Vatican Tour is one of the most popular tours of the Vatican City, and with only 13 places it sells out quickly, so don't delay ... book today!

See Also ... Best of Rome Half-Day Semi-Private Tour

Note

  • If you book for less than 6 people, you may not receive an immediate confirmation. This is because we require a minimum of 6 people for this tour. We do not request a credit card payment however, until we can confirm the tour has the required minimum. You will be contacted as soon as we have the required minimum.
  • Unfortunately, due to unavoidable steep stairways in the Vatican Museums, and at the Colosseum, we cannot accommodate guests with mobility impairments or strollers on this tour. Please send us an email and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative.
  • Not for Cruise Arrivals. It is unfortunately not possible to join the group tour within the timeframe that you will have in Rome. Please see our Cruise Excursions Page for options created specifically for cruise arrivals.

    ARRIVE ON TIME

    You must be check in with our tour coordinator at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the time of the tour you are booking, which is the time at which the tour DEPARTS. You have one responsibility after you book your tour - to arrive on time to our meeting location, details for which are included on your confirmation email and also on the Meeting Points link on our website. If you arrive on time, we will take care of everything else! 

    As your booking confirmation will be automatically sent to the email address you provide us with at the booking stage, it is advised that you use a personal, rather than work, email address. Many companies' firewalls block our emails, and it may also be necessary to contact you when you are in Rome, which we will not be able to do if you do not have access to your work email.
     
    If you do not provide us with a phone number that is working when in Rome, we will not be able to contact you if you are running late for your tour. It is your responsibility to make contact with us in this situation.
     
     
    CANCELLATIONS:
    Cancellations must be made by clicking on the "View/Change Booking" link that is in your confirmation email.