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Key Details

City: Rome


Duration:2hrs 30mins


Start Time: 3.15pm

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 in summer.

  • With Skip the Line Access, you’ll avoid the Vatican’s notorious lines (both at the Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica) while small groups of max 20 keep it intimate and expert Walks of Italy guides engage.

Tour Description

Get More from Your Visit with a Great Guide & 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 while also getting the stories and context behind the art. And although we can't avoid the crowds, we have timed our Vatican Museums tour to visit at one of the latest entry times so you’ll avoid the worst of the crowds. This is particularly helpful during the summer mon...

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Get More from Your Visit with a Great Guide & 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 while also getting the stories and context behind the art. And although we can't avoid the crowds, we have timed our Vatican Museums tour to visit at one of the latest entry times so you’ll avoid the worst of the crowds. This is particularly helpful during the summer months, when tens of thousands of travelers visit every day.

Skip the Line Access at the 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 to St. Peter's Basilica. This shortcut saves you not just 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 our guides are art historians, architecture buffs and 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.

Our small group Vatican Museum tours ensure 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 828 Customer Reviews

Guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable and personable. We learned a great deal, and would highly recommend.

Lorna

May 07, 2019

Janet

May 12, 2019

Our guide was fantastic. She was friendly, polite and very knowledgable. She English was very good. She kept us all together and moving forward in what was a very challenging environment. She was patient and answered all questions clearly and gave a good sense of the surrounding history.

Andrew

May 12, 2019

Our guide Elena was terrific. Knowledgable, friendly, and really personally helpful. We loved her.

laurencita

May 11, 2019

Our guide for this tour was superb. The logistics of visiting are so complicated and there are so many people in the museums at the same time but she did an incredible job of keeping everyone together and ensuring we were able to see the highlights. She was unflappable and in charge which meant that what could have been a very stressful visit with the throngs of people did not pose any problems at all. And the substance of her tour was excellent. She was knowledgeable and we felt we learned so much. A fantastic tour!

Margaret

May 11, 2019

Sara was an incredible tour guide. She navigated a very busy museum with grace and was very informative. She was easily the best tour guide we had in Italy and we would absolutely take another tour from her.

Richard

May 08, 2019

Guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable and personable. We learned a great deal, and would highly recommend.

Lorna

May 07, 2019

Janet

May 12, 2019

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Important Information

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