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Key Details

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

Tour Highlights

  • 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

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

The Raphael Rooms on our Complete Vatican Tour

MORE THAN THE SISTINE CHAPEL, THE BEST OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS.

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. We’ve drawn up a route through the Vatican Museums that visits all the sights you knew you wanted to see and some surprises you didn’t expect. And because we know it’s the stories that make a visit memorable, we’ll focus on them.

The pièce-de-resistance, of course, is the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo spent eight years of his life on his now-famous frescoes. By the time we arrive at the chapel, you’ll know not only the story behind the paintings, but what they mean and why they’re so renowned.

St Peter's Basilica, on our Complete Vatican Tour

GUIDED TOUR OF ST. PETER’S BASILICA (AND NO LINES!)

Located outside of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica has its own entrance and its own rules, with limited hours for guided tours. We’ve timed our Complete Vatican Tour to guarantee that you’ll always have a tour inside the basilica (not to mention skip the lines!) because you’re really going to want a guide once you set foot inside.

Built over St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica is one of the world’s most important Christian sites and the world’s largest ancient basilica. It’s also one of the most striking architectural spaces, taking the best minds of the Renaissance more than 120 years to complete. Inside, we’ll explore Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini’s baldachin, and the chair of St. Peter, among other treasures.

Small groups & expert tour guides

EASY, ENTERTAINING, ENGAGING, COMPLETE.

We’re passionate about the Vatican – crazy about the art, architecture and history behind those huge walls – and our guides are too. We’ve spent years growing a team of experts that share our passion and who want to share that passion with you. While many operators fit 25 people plus in a Vatican tour group, we keep all of ours to only 15 people or fewer, so you’ll find it easy to keep pace with your guide, to hear them (we have headsets too) and to speak to them. Ask all the questions you want – our team love to show off and work hard to engage you.

To make your Vatican tour even easier and to be sure that you’re getting the best from every precious second, we 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.

This 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

Included

  • 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

Reviews

5-stars from over 2248 Customer Reviews

Wow! We were very spoiled to have Sev start us off on all the tours while in Rome. He set the bar exceptionally high! I don't think we could have had a more competent, knowledgeable, interesting, fantastic guide. Very impressed. I wish we could give him more than just 5 stars!!!
Our tour guide was great. She manuvered our group around the lines and crowds with expertise. She was extremely knowledgeable and willing to share with us. Loved it!!
The tour was AMAZING, and I LOVED our guide Emma. She is such a fantastic guide, I wish we had even more time.

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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Wow! We were very spoiled to have Sev start us off on all the tours while in Rome. He set the bar exceptionally high! I don't think we could have had a more competent, knowledgeable, interesting, fantastic guide. Very impressed. I wish we could give him more than just 5 stars!!!
Our tour guide was great. She manuvered our group around the lines and crowds with expertise. She was extremely knowledgeable and willing to share with us. Loved it!!
The tour was AMAZING, and I LOVED our guide Emma. She is such a fantastic guide, I wish we had even more time.
The walks Vatican tour was excellent. We walked right by the long line outside the gates which was great considering it was pouring down rain. Our guide Camilla was excellent. She provided us in depth information on each of the Vatican's most important items. She provided ample time to take in the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica (which are amazing). I would definitely recommend the walks tour with Camilla.
Our guide was fantastic! I have been to Rome 3 times now and each tour (with your company) has been differently insightful. I saw different parts of the Vatican and heard new insights as well. Highly recommend your company to anyone who asks!
excellent tour. will def recommend!!
Angela is a fantastic guide! We enjoyed her enthusiasm and knowledge. The small group size was great and I'm glad we did not book with another company that had larger groups. Despite the museum being very full of students, Angela still managed to make it enjoyable and fun. I can highly recommend Walks of Italy. Thank you!
Burcu was amazing! She was extremely knowledgable - but also very passionate about the information she was sharing. She kept us moving despite the Vatican Museum being very crowded. We truly enjoyed this tour!
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Easy to book & find meeting point. Excellent well informed guide brought the tour to life & we thoroughly enjoyed it. A small group of 8 made it much easier to get about.
luciana was an incredible guide - she read her participants well and was able to answer all our questions. She was even able to handle my husbands crazy sense of humour!! thank you so much - it was value for money
Admittedly, my husband and I were jetlagged when we took this tour. Even still, it was a great experience that we are glad we had, and I thought our guide did an excellent job.
Luciana was fantastic... She dealt with a very rainy and busy beginning of the tour with a great attitude. A great sense of humour and very informative. We highly recommend the tour to friends and family.
Hi there. This was a wonderful tour - we saw all the highlights and Jeb was enthusiastic and knowledgeable! Thank you - I would recommend this tour!
Francesca was a wonderful guide with lots of personality. The tour was amazing and well worth the money. A must do!
Guide was very knowledgeable and personable
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Our guide was awesome. She was fun and knowledgeable and made our tour great
Terrific tour in a difficult (crowded) environment. Toni was very knowledgeable and accommodating for the family with the stroller. Excellent !
Loved that the the tour was small, making it easy to stay together as a group. Jeb was informative, friendly, and packed a wealth of info and stories into the tour. We were so pleased with both tours we did through Walks of Italy - thank you!
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Awesome thank you
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Mary Grace was very knowledgeable, gave us extremely interesting facts. I could not have been more please with the tour. I give her 5 Stars all around, and would recommend your company highly.
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We found Claudia to be very knowledgable & answered any questions we had, she was a very pleasant guide and her tour was very enjoyable.
Francesca is a great guide. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Would highly recommend this tour, so much information was given. We learned so much and our guide Antoinette “Toni” was wonderful. I loved the experience
Siriana was truly the best guide we could get for the Vatican tour. Her passion just flowed through her personality and her enthusiasm was infectious. She was very knowledgeable and organized the tour really well. We were so much in awe of the works of art because of how she explained the uniqueness in each of them. In short, we were very very happy with the tour and the money was well worth it!
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I have been meaning to write a review about Julieta. We enjoyed that tour as well. She was very informative and made the tour fun. I work for the airline so I will definely tell my passengers about your tours. I will look for your tours in other cities that I fly to as well. Sincerely Sonya Little
I took 3 tours while in Rome, and Claudia was my favorite guide by far!
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We loved our tour with Camilla! She was very knowledgeable and we are so grateful we had the opportunity to tour the Vatican with her.
Everything was wonderful! Will use you again!
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Jeb was FANTASTIC. Full of knowledge, insight and detail. A really great way to learn about such an important place. Thank you Jeb, we all really appreciated your effort!
The guide was amazing! She knew everything and was extremely attentive to us. Thanks to her for a wonderful tour!
I saw many beautiful things during our tour and the guide told us a lot of interesting info about history,art,architecture of the Roman Empire and the lives of Michelangelo and Rafael. Very good organized tour.
Best tour ever!
Our guide was excellent! We could hear her the entire time & she answered all our questions s. Plus, she didn't leave until we exhausted our questions. Wish I could remember her name!