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The Complete Vatican

Key Details

  • City: Vatican
  • Duration: 3hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: Times vary.

Tour Highlights

  • The Complete Vatican Tour is For visitors who want more than a flying Sistine Chapel visit, our no-wait Complete Vatican Tour goes beyond the expected, offering you a deeper insight into the Vatican City.

  • See the best of the Vatican Museums – from the Sistine Chapel to the Raphael Rooms and the Belvedere Courtyard. Then explore St. Peter’s Basilica with Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s baldachin.

  • Avoid lines that often stretch for hours with skip the line access at both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Small groups of 15 or fewer keep groups intimate and our 5-star guides easy to engage with.

The Sistine Chapel Roof The Raphael Rooms, visited on this Vatican tour The School of Athens' by Raphael Can you see Rocky? The Raphael Rooms The Belvedere Torso, inspiration for masters Priceless ancient sculpture at the Vatican Museums Greek sculpture, the Vatican Museums Apollo Belvedere' at the Vatican Museums The ceiling at the Gallery of Maps, Vatican Museums Gallery of the Tapestries, Vatican Museums A Polish masterwork at the Vatican Museums The Virgin Mary at the Vatican Museums St Peter's Basilica, included on our Complete Vatican Tour Bernini's 'Baldachin' altar, St. Peter's Basilica The 'Pieta' by Michelangelo, St. Peter's Basilica St. Peter A footrub for good luck St. Peter's Basilica, from St. Peter's Square St. Peter's Basilica Side chapels at St. Peter's Basilica Alexander VII monument, St. Peter's Basilica


The Raphael Rooms on our Complete Vatican Tour


Our Complete Vatican Tour goes beyond the expected to give you a real insight into the Vatican City. From the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms, to incredible ancient sculptures you may never have heard of. Our route through the Vatican Museums visits all the sights you knew you wanted to see and some surprises you didn’t expect.

The pièce-de-resistance, of course, is the Sistine Chapel. By the time we arrive at the Chapel, your guide will have explained both the story behind the paintings and what they mean and why they’re so renowned.

St Peter's Basilica, on our Complete Vatican Tour


Located outside of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica has its own entrance and its own rules, with limited hours for guided tours. Our Complete Vatican Tour ensures that you get inside the Basilica (not to mention skip the lines!) with your expert guide to enjoy Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini’s baldachin, and the chair of St. Peter, among other treasures.

Small groups & expert tour guides


We’ve spent years growing a team of passionate experts who want to share the Vatican with you. Combine them with a small group and you have a recipe for sight-seeing perfection. We also use privileged entrance at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, bypassing general access lines that can stretch for hours at each site during high season.

The Complete Vatican Tour offers an uncompromising, unhurried exploration of the world’s most fascinating independent state, for those that want a truly complete Vatican experience.

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
  • St. Peter’s Square


  • Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups, never more than 15 people
  • Headsets


5-stars from over 3101 Customer Reviews

She was amazing!!! Extremely knowledgeable and informative while being very personable and always smiling!! You can tell she very much enjoys her career!! Would gladly book any tour if I knew she was the guide!!!!
our guide was amazing. i would follow her anywhere..
Amber, our guide was excellent!!! She made it interesting and brought humor and thoughtful insight to all aspects of the tour. We were not bored but at the same time not bogged down in lots of details and dates. Excellent.

Important information

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

Please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees.

We advise our clients that St.Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. We are unable to provide refunds in this case.

While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on any of our group Vatican tours.

Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks etc must be left at the cloakroom. It is the responsibility of the guest to return to the Vatican Museums entrance to collect these after the tour.

Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a student, or child reduction.

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She was amazing!!! Extremely knowledgeable and informative while being very personable and always smiling!! You can tell she very much enjoys her career!! Would gladly book any tour if I knew she was the guide!!!!
our guide was amazing. i would follow her anywhere..
Amber, our guide was excellent!!! She made it interesting and brought humor and thoughtful insight to all aspects of the tour. We were not bored but at the same time not bogged down in lots of details and dates. Excellent.
Ambra was excellent and a delightful young lady
Anna was fantastic - really knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She made the tour whizz by!
We had the best guide Gigi. He was so funny and entertaining and always had a humorous way in explaining the history behind Rome. He made the tour even more interesting with his expansive knowledge and his awesome personality. There was many times he made us laugh. Every question someone asked he had answers for. So impressive. The fact he is an archaeologist was even better as he definitely displayed passion in his history telling. Loved our tour.
Gigi was an absolutely fantastic guide, so glad we took the tour, without it our visit would have been far less enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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Tour was awesome. Julia, the guide, was great!, very knowledgeable and patient guiding us along through the crowds. We learned a lot and felt it was well worth the cost . We did another tour with the same company the next say and were equally pleased. Would definitely use them again.
Gigi, our guide was phenomenal. He has so much enthusiasm and was passionate about sharing his knowledge with all of us on the tour. It was truly a great experience.
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Emma was outstanding! Very knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic!
Gigi’s tour was the highlight of our time in Rome! He was exceptionally knowledgeable and engaging throughout the 3.5 hour stroll through the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s. He was just so, so wonderful in every way! Shared lots of fascinating facts and anecdotes. We would recommend him ten times over to anyone visiting Rome. Grazie mille, Gigi!
`our guide was fantastic - friendly, knowledgeable, and a good sense of humour
Would definitely recommend to others!
Our guide was amazing. She was easy to understand and very knowledgeable. We will definitely use Walks of Italy for our future trips.
I loved my Walks with Sabrina, she was fabulous, educational and funny! It was definitely a highlight of my trip.
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Our tour of the Vatican was wonderful. There was so much to see, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much without a guide to help navigate the buildings, and to explain the artwork and history. Our guide Toni (Antonietta) was very engaging and knowledgeable. And she did an amazing job keeping our group of 15 together as we worked our way through the crowds! If I am every lucky enough to visit Italy again, I would definitely book another tour with Walks of Italy.
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achieved the most our visit. Really enjoyed our guide and the tour
You have the best guides!!
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Wonderful tour guide .. full of knowledge and a pleasure to be with!
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This Saturday was very busy at the Vatican as well as on and off rain made it more difficult to navigate. Our guide was Claudia and she was absolutely amazing. She kept our group engaged and handled all the details of the trip very smoothly to make it the very best experience for us. She was professional, knowledgeable and very friendly providing us many details and facts while we waited in the line with the other scheduled tours. I would definitely recommend this tour, Walks of Italy and this tour guide 100%!!!
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Even through the crowds our guide did an excellent job, our guide answered all our questions and provided us a place to sit down as well. It was a great and thorough afternoon!!
Walks is a phenomenal company and the guides are always very kind and educated. I have taken tours elsewhere and no company compares. It is nice that the guides are typically locals and passionate about the tour because they are archeologists, historians, anthropologists, etc
The guide (Antoinetta) was very nice, VERY knowledgeable and you could tell she was very passionate about her job and subject matter. It was very crowded but she navigated us through the crowds well. It was a good experience overall for sure and we used your company for another tour as well. Thanks
Our guide was informative and wonderful especially during a very crowded Vatican.
Eleanor was phenomenal -we could not have asked for a better guide. She was extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly and accommodating. My previous tour with a different company and guide did not compare to our current experience. Thank you !
Francesco is the best guide we’ve ever had and we toured with him 2 days in a row for that reason. First the colosseum tour then the Vatican. He is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Great experience!
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The tour was well organized. We really appreciate this with Walks of Italy. Francesco was the best! So very knowledgeable (with P.H./doctorate degree!), yet not overwhelming us with boring details but rather making it interesting, providing further details only when asked a specific question. Great sense of humor! Very caring guide - he waited for me to find my way back to the group when I got lost for a bit. Grazie!
Loved our tour guide! She was super nice and super informative
Terrific guide. Very interesting stories, and easily guided us through a busy museum.
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Very enjoyable tour by a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide. Obviously loves her job to want to deal with the crowds on a daily basis. I believe her name was Emma.
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Andrea was great very informative and great personality. The best tour I had in Europe
Gigi was absolutely FABULOUS. I would go on another tour he leads in a nano-second.
Our guides name was a Sara. She was terrific. Knowlegable, entertaining, made the 3 1/2 hosts zoom by. And we learned a lot. You are fortunate to have her as one of your guides. Most excellent.
very informative tour. Wouldn’t have toured the Vatican without one