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Best of Vatican City

Best of Vatican City

Of all the global cultural wonders that have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, only one represents an entire country: Vatican City. The world’s smallest sovereign state is the spiritual home of the Catholic Church and an incomparable storehouse of artistic treasures. Here are our top picks.

Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums house the largest collection of art in the world, and with so much to see, a guided tour is the best way to ensure you check off all the highlights. Opt for a private tour, an early-access Vatican tour, or skip-the-line entrance to avoid the crowds and marvel at the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of the Maps, and the Gallery of Tapestries. Take a VIP tour to explore the Vatican’s Secret Rooms or Vatican Gardens.

Sistine Chapel

Often included in tours of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel is one of Rome’s most visited sights, famous for its magnificent ceiling frescoes—Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam. For a more personalized experience, take in the Renaissance masterpiece on a private or early-access Sistine Chapel tour.

St. Peter’s Basilica

One of the world’s most important catholic pilgrimage sites, St. Peter's Basilica is home to Renaissance gems like Michelangelo’s La Pieta sculpture and Bernini’s Baldacchino. Choose a tour with skip-the-line entrance, an audio guide or tour guide, or take in the views from the basilica’s cupola.

St. Peter’s Square

The grand centerpiece of Vatican City and the starting point of any walking tour, St. Peter’s Square offers a dramatic view of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. It’s also the site of the weekly address of the pope—pre-book to secure a papal audience ticket.

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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

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Discover the Vatican on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo; and hear little-known tales about sacred St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected). Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 10 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome

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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome

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Combine a trip to two of Rome’s greatest sites in one day. Take advantage of special no-wait entry at the Vatican and skip-the-line access to the Colosseum during this full-day tour. While others wait in line, you experience the majesty of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by the ancient glory of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum, all with an expert guide.
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  • 7 hours
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Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

Early Access Vatican Museums Semi-Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

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Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter’s Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex before it opens to the general public on this early access tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.
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  • 3 hours
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Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums
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Sistine Chapel First Entry Experience with Vatican Museums

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Visit the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive on this guided first-entry experience to the Vatican Museums complex. Explore at your own pace, accompanied by an expert guide, stopping to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco and his other works in a tranquil, crowd-free atmosphere.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Discover Vatican City including the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà' sculpture in St. Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just 12 people.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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Discover the renowned art and architecture of the Vatican on this skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museums. As you explore rooms like the Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel, learn about the Renaissance artwork of masters like Michelangelo with in-depth commentary from a knowledgeable private guide. You’ll also visit St Peter’s Basilica and hear insider details about the Vatican, plus skip past all the entrance lines, even the priority ones.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour

Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour

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Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure and avoid the long lines with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Spend more time admiring the world-famous art as you are escorted inside through a dedicated no-wait Vatican Partner entrance. Once inside, independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo.
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  • 3 hours
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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

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Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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