Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica & Sistine Chapel Tour with Last Judgement Show
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Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica & Sistine Chapel Tour with Last Judgement Show

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Tour Highlights

  • Bypass the tourist lines with No Wait Entry to the Vatican Museums through our exclusive Vatican Partners Entrance
  • Get the best seats in the house for the spectacular new live theatre show “Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel” with music composed by the legendary Sting
  • Discover the world’s most famous art collection and the Vatican Museums – from the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica to some lesser-known gems
  • Enjoy the perks of a City Wonders tour with skip the line access to St.Peter’s Basilica and the Pieta.

Gallery

Explore the world’s most famous art collection and discover all the highlights of the Vatican Museums – from the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica to lesser-known gems. Your guide will bring these works of art to life for you – giving you insights you may have never have noticed on your own. All while getting prioritized throughout your tour thanks to our exclusive Vatican Partnership. Complete your Vatican experience with tickets the new theatre show “Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel” created by Marco Balich, the artistic director for several past Olympics and with music composed by the legendary Sting.
St. Peter's Basilica in a sunny day

Privileged Access to the Vatican

Enjoy the perks of our official Vatican Partnership with No Wait Entry to the Vatican Museums through a separate partners entrance, plus Skip the Line Access at St. Peter’s Basilica

Raphael Rooms in St Peter's Basilica

Best of the Vatican Museums

Follow a carefully planned route through the Vatican Museums, exploring all of the unmissable highlights from the Raphael Rooms to the Sistine Chapel.

Giudizio Universale Show

Enjoy “Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel”

See the spectacular immersive show created by the legendary Marco Balich which tells the story of Michelangelo and the secrets of his work with music composed by Sting .

Tour Description

At an astounding 9-mile long the Vatican Museums is home to some of the worlds most significant works of art. These priceless treasures within are matched only by the beauty of the buildings themselves; this breathtaking display has to be seen to be believed. Accompanied by your guide, you’ll see the Pinecone Courtyard, the galleries of Maps, Tapestries, and Candelabra, as well as the breathtaking Raphael Rooms.

Your day begins by visiting the Sistine Chapel. Although commentaries are not permitted within the chapel your guide will be on hand to paint a vivid portrait of the stories behind key artworks and the precious relics inside with the help of photographs of the frescoes. Take some time to admire the chapel, picking out the details you heard about like Michelangelo’s self-portrait in which he immortalizes just how hard it must have been for him to produce these works of art.

After exploring the Sistine Chapel, enjoy the perks of our Vatican partnership, by exiting via a special door that leads you straight down to St. Peter’s Basilica bypassing another long line. See the incredible Papal Altar under Bernini’s Baldachin, and marvel at Michelangelo’s other timeless masterpiece, La Pietà, as you discover the most important church in the Christian world. Once outside, admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion in St. Peter’s Square and make sure to keep a lookout for the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses.

To make your experience even more special, enjoy the new surround sound live show about the tale of Michelangelo and his frescoed masterpiece. From Marco Balich, the artistic director for several past Olympics and with music composed by the legendary Sting, the show features the history of some of artwork ever created, unveiling all of its secrets. To top it all off, we have reserved only central tickets for you, so you are guaranteed to enjoy the show at its best.

Please note that every morning but Wednesday our groups will have a guided tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica – on Wednesdays it’s highly likely that the Basilica will be closed for the Papal audience in St. Peter’s Square. On afternoon tours our guide will provide commentary about St. Peter’s Basilica from outside before groups enter to admire its splendor on their own.

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What's Included

  • No Wait Access into the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
  • 3-hours guided tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Skip the Line entrance and Central Tickets to the Last Judgement show
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • The Sistine Chapel
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Tapestries and the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Peter's Basilica
  • St.Peter's Square
  • Last Judgement Theatre show – central seats

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Important Notes

  • St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites are subject to occasional closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access.
  • Please note there will not be a City Wonder representative at the theatre for your Last Judgement show.  Please make your way to the Auditorium of Conciliazione in Rome about 30 minutes before the show is due to start. You will have to present your voucher with your booking and you will be given your tickets for the show at the entrance
  • If you have booked your tour on Monday or Thursday, your show will begin at 8pm.
  • If you have booked your tour on Wednesday, your show will begin at 6pm.
  • If you have booked your tour on Friday, your show will begin at 9pm.
  • If you have booked your tour on Saturday, your show will begin at 5pm.

FAQs

  • I would like to add another person to my booking

    We are happy to assist with this request - availability permitting. Please contact our Customer Care Team who can check availability on the tour and take payment for the additional booking, as payment details are not saved in our system for security reasons.

  • Are the Vatican Group tours accessible for wheelchair users?

    Due to some itinerary restrictions, we are unable to accommodate wheelchair users or customers with restricted mobility on our Vatican Group Tours.

    We welcome wheelchair users on our Private Vatican tours. Wheelchair users are required to use a different route through the Vatican Museums. Our Private Vatican Tours fully accommodate wheelchair users and persons of reduced mobility. Your guide will bring you through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, but not the Basilica. 

    However, we can accommodate wheelchairs in Private tours. Wheelchair users are required to use a different route through the Vatican Museums. In our Private Vatican Tour which fully accommodate wheelchair users and persons of reduced mobility. Your guide will bring you through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, but not the Basilica.

    *Important note: Neither option detailed above includes the special skip-the-line access to Saint Peter's Basilica as it is not wheelchair accessible. If you wish to visit Saint Peter's Basilica after your tour, you will need to exit the Vatican Museums, go to Saint Peter's Square and queue to enter. Entry to the Basilica is free. 

  • At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Vatican Museums on my own?

    No. With our tickets, it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican once you leave as the Vatican tickets are single entry only.

Get to Know City Wonders

A City Wonders tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make City Wonders so special

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