At nine miles long and with 6 million visitors every year, the Vatican Museums can be a little overwhelming. Get the most from your visit on our small group Vatican Museums tours, visiting the best of the museums with an expert, English-speaking guide to tell you about the personalities and stories behind the artwork – bringing this ancient collection to life.
We follow a carefully planned route through the Museums, visiting the most famous locations such as the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms, plus a wide variety of galleries full of ancient sculptures, tapestries, medieval maps, paintings, and precious relics.
As you travel, your guide will teach you about not just the pieces you see but the stories behind them and the Vatican itself. You’ll learn about the little details in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos – such as the painful punishments he painted for his enemies and his own personal message to the Pope. You’ll also learn about the characters that walked these corridors before you as artists, Cardinals and Popes and the dramas that unfolded here.
With Skip the Line Access, we’ll gain entry directly from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica, so you can visit the stunning masterpieces held within. Here, you will see Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’, the church’s incredible altar and impressive dome – the construction of which threatened to rip the church in two.
Traveling in small groups of only 20 people or less and with audio headsets, your tour will be intimate and your guide easy to interact with (but hard to lose). Our Vatican Museum tours also include No Wait Access, saving you hours of waiting in line on busy days – so your Vatican visit will be as enjoyable and hassle free as possible.
Once you’ve toured the Sistine Chapel, get an in-depth look at its creation during The Last Judgement theater show. This one-hour performance uses live action, music, dance and immersive 270° projections to depict the stories behind the artwork, including the commission of both pieces and a look into Michelangelo’s life at the time of their creation.
From Marco Balich, the artistic director of several Olympic Opening Ceremonies and with music composed by the legendary Sting, this spectacular show is sure to be captivating for all audiences. To top it all off, we’ve reserved only central tickets for you, so you are guaranteed to enjoy the show from the best seats in the house. View the show trailer below:
The tours meet at a location very close and convenient to the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Full details of the exact location are included on the confirmation voucher you will receive when you book your tour.
No. With our tickets, it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican once you leave as the Vatican tickets are single entry only.
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.
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