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Key Details

City: Rome


Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins


Start Time: 3.15 pm

Highlights

  • Our shortest Vatican Museums Tour is still comprehensive; covering all the major highlights of the museums and leaving you inside St. Peter’s Basilica to explore on your own

  • With a carefully-timed visit after most guests have left, you'll avoid a lot of the huge crowds at the Vatican - particularly important during the summer

  • With skip-the-line access, you’ll avoid the notorious lines (both at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica) while small group sizes keep it an intimate experience

Tour Description

Get more from your visit with a great guide and good timing

Give the Papal Palaces the attention they deserve on our Highlights of the Vatican Museums Tour. This is the shortest of all of our Vatican tours, focusing less on the details and more on the bigger picture: art, power and politics in the Vatican City.

Our expert guides will bring the Vatican’s dramatic past to life. From the Raphael Rooms, to the statue galleries and the unmissable Sistine Chapel, you'll see the best the Museums have to offer whilst hearing the stories and context behind the art. Although we can't avoid the crowds altogether, we have timed our Vatican Museums tour to coincide with one of the last entry times, so you’ll get to experience the Vatican at its least congested. This is particularly h...

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Get more from your visit with a great guide and good timing

Give the Papal Palaces the attention they deserve on our Highlights of the Vatican Museums Tour. This is the shortest of all of our Vatican tours, focusing less on the details and more on the bigger picture: art, power and politics in the Vatican City.

Our expert guides will bring the Vatican’s dramatic past to life. From the Raphael Rooms, to the statue galleries and the unmissable Sistine Chapel, you'll see the best the Museums have to offer whilst hearing the stories and context behind the art. Although we can't avoid the crowds altogether, we have timed our Vatican Museums tour to coincide with one of the last entry times, so you’ll get to experience the Vatican at its least congested. This is particularly helpful during the summer months, when tens of thousands of travelers visit every day.

Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica

In order to make the most of every moment, we give you privileged entrance at the Vatican Museums. This allows you to skip the notoriously long general access line, which, during high season, often stretches for hours. We’ve also carefully chosen the finishing point of the tour so you can either spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel or follow your guide through the no-line passageway and directly into St. Peter's Basilica. This shortcut not only saves you a 20-minute walk out of the Museums to the Basilica, but potentially hours of waiting in line.

After a short introduction from our guide, you can visit the Basilica on your own to explore Michelangelo's 'Pietà' among other stunning works of art and architecture.

Small groups of 20 or fewer keep it casual and engaging

This tour will never have more than 20 people on it, making it smaller and more intimate than many other tours on the market, giving you fantastic access to your expert guide. All of our guides are knowledgeable, passionate storytellers who are specially trained to give you a real sense of the drama and power that has played out in these very halls.

This small group Vatican Museum Tour ensures that you get the best from your Vatican visit, seeing beyond world-famous masterpieces to appreciate the bigger picture.

  • Sites Visited
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • St. Peter’s Basilica (optional)
  • Included
  • Skip-the-line access tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica (optional)
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups - never more than 20 people
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 885 Customer Reviews

Emma

Aug 24, 2019

Very well informed guide who led our group through a very busy tour with aplomb. She was interesting and had a very friendly manner, whilst keeping charge of a diverse group. Can't thank her enough

Daniel

Sep 10, 2019

JAMES

Sep 08, 2019

The guide was amazing! Very knowledgeable and friendly/funny

Hannah

Aug 27, 2019

Great Tour, at times a little hard to hear because of static. The guide did a great job. Too much to take in for my small mind. Bill Hunt

rhondolyn

Aug 25, 2019

BARBARA

Aug 25, 2019

Emma

Aug 24, 2019

Very well informed guide who led our group through a very busy tour with aplomb. She was interesting and had a very friendly manner, whilst keeping charge of a diverse group. Can't thank her enough

Daniel

Sep 10, 2019

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2011-2014

Important Information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.