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Essential Vatican Tour – Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica

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The most beloved place to visit in Rome, our complete Vatican tour includes – the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. All of the must-see destinations when visiting Vatican City.

And you can skip the line with our Priority Access, allowing you more time to enjoy your Vatican visit.

itinerary

  1. This essential Vatican City tour in Rome begins with a visit to the Vatican Museums- one of the main destinations and top things to do in Rome. And with our Priority Access you will skip the line, allowing you more time to discover great works of art by Michelangelo and Raphael.
  2. Explore works of art in the Pio-Clementino Museum and travel through the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps. At 75 meters long, the Gallery of the Tapestries is named after the elaborate Flemish tapestries that drape its walls. The Gallery of the Maps, painted between 1580 and 1585, takes its name from the 40 maps frescoed on the walls, representing each of the Italian regions and papal properties at the time of Pope Gregory XIII.
  3. Our sightseeing Vatican visit continues to one of the most revered places to see in Rome – and the world – the Sistine Chapel. An absolute must-see in Rome, our guide will walk you through amazing works of art including Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement – the largest fresco ever painted by one man. As you explore the endless wonders, our guide will tell you the stories behind these famous masterpieces on this breathtaking Sistine Chapel tour.
  4. The last stop on this walking tour of Vatican City is St. Peter’s Basilica- without having to leave the museums with our Priority Access. The most renown work of Renaissance architecture and one of the largest churches in the world, a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica is essential to your Rome itinerary. Covering the most significant and spiritual destinations in the world, this Vatican City tour in Rome is an experience you will cherish for a lifetime.

what's included

  • Skip the line with our Priority Access
  • Expert tour guide
  • Standard tour (Maximum 25 persons per group) or Semiprivate (Maximum 12 per group)
  • Headsets

what's not included

  • Pick up and drop off

meeting point

Your meeting point is inside the Enjoy Rome office – located on Via Germanico 8, at the corner of Via Leone IV (take Metro OTTAVIANO stop on Line A). Please arrive 25 minutes before the start of your tour to check-in with a member of our staff.

Please note- the meeting point is inside of our office. But for security reasons, we are not able to store any personal belongings at our office – so please plan accordingly.

ending point

Our tour ends with on the steps of St. Peter’s Square, surrounded by the beautiful white columns and Bernini’s fountains.

dress code

Please note- the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica maintains a strict dress code year-round. All visitors must have their shoulders covered and pants/skirts must come to the knee. And make sure to wear comfortable shoes!

important informations

The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica has strict security restrictions. Due to metal detectors at the entrances of most attractions it is forbidden to bring the following:
  • Weapons and blunt objects (knives, long umbrellas, etc.)
  • Glass bottles, aerosol sprays, and alcohol
  • Bicycles, skates, and segways
  • Luggage
  • Pets
Large bags and selfie sticks are not allowed in the Vatican. There is a free Vatican cloakroom service once you have gone through the metal detectors. But please keep in mind that there is no bag check at St. Peter’s Basilica. Strollers are permitted.

PLEASE NOTE:

*St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday mornings and doesn't open until after 12:00 pm

**Raphael Rooms are only included in the 8:30 am tour

accessibility

If you or any member of your party has difficulty with mobility (uses crutches or a wheelchair, etc.), please contact us in advance. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Private tours are available to meet these needs, on request.

cancellation policy

Free cancellation if you call within 48 hours of your tour.
SCORE REVIEWS
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Magnus
Nice tour with amazing guide Anna
Exhausting but worth the effort. Our tour guide Anna was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and manage to keep the group interested during the hole tour. M Hedlund 29 Jul 2017
30/07/2017 11:43
William
Day at the Vatican
A magnificent tour. Our guide Giulio made it even better! His passion is clear and made the experience even better! 5/5!!!
13/07/2017 18:30
Leigh and Nancy Caplan
Vatican tour with Stefanie a highlight
This was the first time using this company but can highly recommend them, especially our guide Stefanie. From the US, my husband and I were visiting Rome with our two college-aged children, and booked this tour before we came. The meeting point is very conveniently located in the Enjoy Rome office across the street from the Vatican main entrance. It was an amazing tour that made our visit to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's so much more meaningful than if we had tried to do this on our own. Stefanie shared her historic insights and stories about the Popes and artists and powerful figures within each room, and educated us on each panel of the Sistine Chapel before we entered. Stefanie clearly knew her Papal history and made learning fun and entertaining. Lesson learned - when she says that you should not leave the steps of the Vatican in front of the Basilica until you are done, she means it. Once past the guards at the gate, they will not let you back in. You then have to stand in line to get back in. So do everything you want to do before you decide to leave.
05/07/2017 15:42
Antoine
Visite inoubliable
Très bonne organisation et prise en charge par notre guide Roberta. Très professionnelle, grande courtoisie, Roberta nous a fait passé 3h30 sans temps mort! Le système audio permet une bonne immersion dans la visite et les commentaires.. la foule dense de touristes ne se fait pas sentir.. bref c'était super, nous reviendrons à Rome et nous referons appel à vos services! Encore merci à Roberta !
28/06/2017 21:43
Nadine
Awesome, passionate, so interesting!
The tour is the best thing you can do in the Vatican! We had such a wonderful, perfectly english-speaking guide. RENATA - her passion about the whole Vatican, history, arts... is impressive and just takes you into this different world. Every single fact we've learned was so interesting and lively told from her! Thank you for this amazing experience!
24/06/2017 00:16
Tritonex
Super!
Sehr gut organisierteTour, kaum Wartezeiten, Manuela hat uns sehr fachkundig, engagiert und unterhaltsam durch den Vatikan geführt!
14/06/2017 09:13
Stephan
Great tour - excellent guide
Our guide was Pascal and we could not have had a better one. He seemed to know everything important of nowadays vatican and the history of the vatican and was able to answer any additional question. His humorous and sympathetic character made the tour even more enjoyable. Especially the part where we visited St. Peter's Cathedral was astonning. Would definitely recommend taken this tour with that guide (just hope, the other ones are as good ^^).
11/06/2017 21:45
Rita
Tolle Tour
Die Tour war sehr informativ und interessant, also sehr zu empfehlen!! Großes Lob an unseren Guide Pascal, der zudem sehr gut deutsch gesprochen hat.
07/06/2017 10:36
Mike
Great Tour, Very Informative and Fun
We enjoyed our tour and felt our tour guide, Linda was very professional and knowledgeable. Linda had many insights into what we were seeing and shared stories about the history of the Sistine Chapel, St Peters and the Vatican Museums.
27/05/2017 23:32
Elisabeth BADUFLE
Très bonne guide
Ayant fait la visite: musée, chapelle Sixtine et basilique St-Pierre au Vatican, suite à une réservation par internet, je suis très contente de l'organisation, coupe-file, très bons commentaires et grande gentillesse de la guide Roberta.
22/05/2017 15:17
Bianca
Sehr beeindruckend
Marilena hat es toll gemacht!!!!
22/05/2017 09:46
Javier sempere
Encantados con Julia
Ha sido un Tour magnifico perfectamente guiado por Julia. Excelente profesional y se nota que sabe mucho. Muy pendiente del grupo. Muy recomendable
20/05/2017 20:13
Valerie M
Super visite du 13 mai 2017 avec Roberta
Super moment : visites Musée du Vatican, Chapelle Sixtine et surtout la Basilique Saint Pierre, très très impressionnante !! Merci beaucoup à Roberta pour sa sympathie et sa bonne humeur, ses commentaires passionnés et clairs, français parfait ; disponible pour toutes les questions. Billet coupe file et casque indispensables et efficaces ! Organisation nickel ! On recommande ! Nous reviendrons à Rome très vite !!!! Valérie et Bernard
20/05/2017 11:14
Susanne
Exhausting but worth the effort
We had Giulio as our guide, very nice man and very knowledgeable and passionate about his job. Explained everything in enjoyable way. Only problem was the crowds! We went on Wednesday afternoon, maybe wrong day as thousands were already in square to see the pope. So much to see, 3-4 hours do not do it justice. Skip the queue fantastic especially on seeing the queue! Headsets a must. Well worth doing.
18/05/2017 08:51
Anaïs
Très bonne visite
Nous remercions vivement Roberta pour la visite du Vatican. Très bonne guide, très sympathique. Le bonus : pas de queue avec le coupe file.
14/05/2017 20:27
Pietro
Paulina meravigliosa!!!
Wir hatten heute eine atemberaubende Vatikan Tour mit der entzückenden Paula. Ihr Wissen über die Geschichte des Vatikas, Vatikanische Museum, Sixtinische Kapelle und des Petersdom waren grandios. Paula vermittelte uns alles sehr verständlich und mit ihrem Witz und Charme wurde es nie langweilig. Also fünf Daumen hoch für diese Tour und nochmal fünf Sterne für Paula. Grazie Mille!! von Pietro, Ivica und Christian aus Darmstadt
12/05/2017 15:39
Kisters
Viticano
We enjoyed the tour with Anna. Anna is an enthusiastic Tour Guide. We learened a lot of things about Rafael and Michelangelo Refering the inspriration for the Education of Art. Useing the Service of enjoyrome is a very good idea, because they have an ecellent Service and Organisation
10/05/2017 09:32
Christine Verdat
superbe visite
nous avons visité le musée du Vatican, la Chapelle Sixtine et la basilique St Pierre le 29 avril dernier avec une guide très sympathique Laurena qui a été formidable dans ses explications qui à mon avis sont indispensables pour apprécier la visite et mieux comprendre l'histoire du vatican et des toutes ces merveilles . Organisation au top et surtout pas d'attente pour entrer au Vatican Merci encore pour cette visite
07/05/2017 17:05
Stephen
In praise of Sabina
I cannot praise our Vatican tour guide, Sabina, enough for her excellent presentation. My daughter and I found her command of English to be perfect. She was even a little humorous - we British appreciate this! She looked after her party of guests exceptionally well - especially myself. I'm currently not a well man and I was struggling to keep up. However, on seeing this, Sabina stepped in and took control of the situation and helped me as best she could by finding resting places for me wherever she could. She did this most skilfully and at no inconvenience to the rest of the group. For these reasons I am delighted to say my appreciation of the splendid Vatican was not lost despite me being unwell. I am most grateful to Sabina and I fully endorse her enhancement within your organisation. So from us it is thank you and good luck, Sabina. All the very best. Stephen (Vatican half day walking tour with Sabina, Friday 31 March 2017)
23/04/2017 00:17
Konstantinos Karavasilis
An excellent choice for a first visit to the Vatican Museum & St Peter
This 3-hour activity proved to be an excellent choice for visiting the Vatican Museum and St Peter's for the first time. We were lucky enough to have Giulio the archaeologist as our guide, who was amazing overall. Very eager and willing to provide all sorts of information about the sights that are included in the tour, in the most interesting and easy to digest manner. He definitely made the whole experience worth its money (to say the least). Another positive was also skipping the lines. No waste of time at all. The only thing to improve would be the quality of the radio equipment used to hear the guide.
28/02/2017 17:01
VIGIER Sébastien
Une expérience inoubliable !
Je n'ai pas de mots pour exprimer à quel point cette visite était géniale ! Guidés par un guide extraordinaire en la personne de Pascual (franchement cet homme est extra !), nous avons visités les musées du Vatican, en passant par la Chapelle Sixtine et l'inoubliable peinture de Michel Ange, pour terminer la visite à la basilique Saint-Pierre. Une expérience inoubliable ! Je conseille vivement ++++
22/02/2017 15:12
Steve Watkins
A must see with Ciara
This was my first visit to Roma and the total experience of the Vatican, its museums and chapels was significantly enhanced by Ciara. Her knowledge, humour and throughly professional insite in to the history and art of the Catholic Church was amazing. She really brought this to life in her presentation. Will definitely ask for a tour with her the next time I come to Roma.
04/02/2017 12:12
JPS
Captivant
Notre guide Alexandra a été fantastique. Elle a su nous intéresser tout au long de la visite du Vatican, visite pourtant longue et difficile. Sa culture nous a en outre permis de rester en éveil intellectuel durant plusieurs heures, ce qui n'est pas évident. Encara gramaci à elle pour son professionnalisme et pour cet agréable moment.
23/12/2016 21:46
Pouliquen
Visit of Vatican city, Saint Peter's Basilica and Chapel Sixtin
A very nice visit with Lorena this morning very interesting with an desire to return
15/12/2016 17:38
Sam Effinger
Highly recommend!
Great tour with an excellent guide (Marqetta, not sure of spelling). Excellent narrative as we toured the museums, and reached the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrived. It was the 8 AM tour (4-21-2016). This was my third guided tour over the years and by far the best! Just be sure to note the price does NOT cover Vatican entry fee. Ask for Marquetta, if possible. Again, not sure I am spelling it right.
22/04/2016 12:49
Marie
visite idéale
Notre guide LAURENA a été parfaite! très bonnes explications en Français, disponible pour d'autres questions... La visite est super et à mon sens indispensable lorsqu'il y a tant de choses à voir. nous étions nombreux ce jour là dans le groupe mais grâce aux oreillettes nous avions la sensation d'une visite privée!
31/03/2016 16:21
LECLERCQ
juste que que nous souhaitions
Nous avons découvert le Vatican, la chapelle Sixtine et la Basilique st Pierre avec nos 3 grands ados ! Nous avons tous beaucoup apprécié l'accès direct sans attente, ainsi que les explications de notre guide Nicolas, qui a su capter l'attention de tout le groupe. Très bonne organisation, nous conseillons vivement ce tour.
01/03/2016 10:26
Emma Nye
Wonderful tour with Chiara Antonelli
What an insightful tour, brought to life by Chiara who was so enthusiastic and informative. Would highly recommend this tour, as there are so many things to see and Chiara was able to highlight the key points of interest and bring everything to life!
13/03/2017 01:17
Ian
Super Stefanie
Family of 4 from the UK, First time using this company but can highly recommend them especially our guide Stefanie. Very organised, lots of attention to details, regular head counts and clear instructions. Stefanie clearly knew her Papal history and made learning fun and entertaining.The meeting point is in the Enjoy Rome office across the street from the Vatican main entrance. Highly recommend
23/02/2017 10:38
Batteti
Une belle visite
Notre guide Pasquale a été un super guide pendant 3 heures même les enfants n ont pas vu le temps passé.. A recommander sans hésiter.
21/02/2017 00:48
Margit Waid
Paola Spectaculoso
Wir waren heute mit Paola auf Tour durch den Planeten Vatikan. Die Welt Michelangelos hat uns diese wunderbar wissende und ebenso unterhaltsame Führerin so spannend nahe gebracht,dass Worte nicht ausreichen! Vielen Dank und absolut grossartig, so spannend und herzlich kann Geschichte sein!!
17/02/2017 20:45
NEIL MCLENNAN
Vatican Tour
The tour was tremendous. The knowledge of our guide Sara brought it all to life and we learned so much more through her than we would have done on our own.
13/02/2017 12:44
Nat guillem
Me encanto la visita al vaticano guiada por Katherine, hizo que 3 horas se quedaran cortas. Muy amena y agradable. La recomiendo 100%
11/01/2017 11:14
Adam
Great experience ... brought the Vatican to life
Great tour and even though it was Christmas and so many people the skip the lines and our great guide made the tour a fantastic experience. Frederica did an amazing job of educating us, and really showing us the hidden gems of the Vatican !!! cannot recommend enough.
30/12/2016 19:40
Lauren Love
A must see, with Alfredo
Our second time visiting the Vatican; Our guide Alfredo was amazing. Informative, polite and entertaining! Worth every moment
30/12/2016 17:31
Ruediger
Marielena Very Good Guide
Marielena was anderes wonderful guide. She has a abnormus knowledge about Roman history and presents this in very charming way.
23/11/2016 23:23
Dan
FANTASTIC TOUR GUIDE TONIA
We all had a great time on this tour which was made so great because of our tour guide Tonia! She was so informative as well as great fun throughout the tour and it was one of our highlights during our visit! Thanks Tonia ?
17/09/2016 05:18
Laura
Fantastic tour
I had a wonderful time doing the Vatican walking tour with our guide Eugene! He made it extremely enjoyable and informative and you could tell how passionate he was about his job Could not recommend this tour more and especially having Eugene as a tour guide
11/08/2016 13:52
SONIA CANCINO
Aplausos para la Guia Serena
Hola, la pasamos muy bien en compañia de Serena, quien nos guió en el Vaticano el 30 de Julio. Muy comprometida en explicarlo todo. Aclaro que el tour fue en ingles.
04/08/2016 00:40
Andrew
Amazing Tour with Eugene
After a poor experience at the Colloseum, we were so happy with our Vatican tour. Eugene was an amazing storyteller, very engaging and even kept the curious interest attention of our 2 10 and 9 yr old boys for 3 hours. A true feat - we all loved it. Thanks Eugene!
23/07/2016 20:11
Susana
Best tour guide Linda
Linda has been the best tour guide we have had. She made it fun for my 3 kids and we all learned things! The Catican was great but Linda made it fabulous!!!
17/07/2016 00:22
Cláudia Frisby
Fab tour - definitely recommend it!
We took this tour today. Our guide was a lovely lady - Rossella - very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the subject matter. She kept a nice pace and had a good sense of humour to add to the tour. Would definitely recommend this tour as good value and money well spent.
19/02/2016 00:20
silvia lopez
Excelente visita y sobretodo excelente guia Valerio.
El dia 21 de julio de 2015 realizamos una visita a los musos Vaticano guiada por el señor Valerio. Dicha visita superó nuestras expectativas especialmente por las explicaciones y la buena organización de nuetro guía, el cual de forma muy amena. ilustrativa y didáctica nos documentó de toda la historia que envuelve estos magníficos museos.Valerio es todo un profesional y disfruta con su trabajo poniéndole mucho entusiasmo. Felicidades!!!
31/07/2015 11:26
Jessica M
Skip the line tour of the Vatican - money well spent
Enjoy Rome provided us with a great tour of the Vatican. Tour aside, paying extra to skip the queue to buy tickets was 110% worth it. The line to buy tickets wraps around the hot and sunny walls of the Vatican; a sure way to get heatstroke if you're here in summer. Going with Enjoy Rome allowed us to enter straight away and start our 3 hour tour almost immediately. Our guide, Mercheta, was very knowledgeable and did her best to keep our group (~20 people) together. The Vatican was breathtaking and well worth paying for a tour.
09/07/2015 23:43
Q. Curling
We had a great experience
We booked two tours with them and enjoyed both. We did the Ancient Rome walking tour one day and our guide was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. Her English was great and the headsets worked perfectly. I noticed others commenting in static but if you ask them for help they will switch out or help fix if needed (they carry extras on the tour). This tour covered all of the high points of Rome and made is feel like very efficient travellers. \nWe did the Vatican City tour the next day with them as well and loved it just as much. We had the University professor and she was wonderful. Witty, funny and very knowledgeable. She didn't skip over anything with us and we had an incredibly busy day with tourists as well. Her English was great and understood everything. The only thing we wished was that they would stop for more photo ops and offer to take photos of you at various spots (I understand this can be time consuming in larger groups but we were relatively small groups and would have been a nice touch, rather than taking a bunch of selfies
22/04/2015 11:23
R. Cicala
Excellent Vatican Tour
I did this same tour back in 2011 so on this return trip to rome I knew who to contact.The tour is run seamlessly. Our guide was knowledgable and interesting, showing us not only the popular art but also some other interesting aspects of the museum.\nAs others have said you skip the queue at the museum, see some of the museum (to see it all in one day would be impossible), then see the Sistine chapel. The guide then takes you in to St. Peter's basilica as the last stop.You can then spend as much time in the church as you want, see the crypt underneath and climb the dome (definitely do this! Great experience).\nExcellent tour. Well worth the cost.\nPs the Ancient Rome walking tour run by this company is excellent also
22/04/2015 11:17
R. Crocker
Amazing tour of vatican
We booked a skip the line tour for the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica through Viator. We found the Enjoy Rome office easily and waited for our tour to begin. Our guide was Agnes - and we were thrilled with her knowledge and information. It was honestly the best tour of our trip to Italy! Agnes was fantastic and we learned so much. We saw her the next day doing a tour at another location and we truly wished she could have been our tour guide again. Doing skip the line is the way to go, we walked past a very long line and it was quite satisfying!
22/04/2015 10:54
Shauna Jones De Bruyn
Night Tour and Vatican Tour reccomended!
We had a night walking tour as well as a tour of Vatican City, both led by Ariana. What an absolute gem she is! She was passionate about the information she gave which only enhanced our experience and her background and knowledge also added to the value of the tours! We would recommend your tours to anyone and would definitely recommend Ariana as the guide! Thank you, Ariana for making the scenic part of our honeymoon that much more special
22/04/2015 10:32
Julia Maud
A must see
Our first visit to Rome would not have been complete without a tour of the Vatican. This trip was booked as an optional extra with the package deal, so Enjoy Rome tour was selected by package company. 3 hour walking tour including the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter 's Basilica. Fantastic tour. Priscilla our guide was informative and friendly. Headsets were given to everyone so we could all hear her comments,even if some of us had wandered off for a closer inspection of something that had caught our eye. Lucky to have a surprise welcome and short prayer by priest in Sistine Chapel. Art work amazing. St Peter 's architecture stunning. Note - tour ends at basilica. You can stay and explore the church and the gift shop but there are NO toilets until you have passed out of security into St Peter 's square. Something to consider after a 3 hour walk. Should have used the facilities prior to chapel but did not want to waste any of the 15 mins we were given and wrongly assumed there would be facilities at the tour end. A guide helps you learn so much more about the Vatican, so recommend you book a tour.
20/04/2015 18:56
Sylvia
Le guide super
Prenez le guide Pascal il est professionnel et beaucoup d humour.merci
06/04/2017 21:01
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