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 we 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.
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.
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