Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums' Guided Tour

See the stupendous artwork and architecture of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums with access that skips the ticket line. With your guide, discover the significant religious history of these buildings. Marvel at the Sistine Chapel's incredible "The Creation of Adam" fresco by the world-renown artist Michelangelo.
3 hrs
Group size up to 20 persons
Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

Get quick access to both the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums by skipping the line for tickets. Once you are inside, meet your guide, who will lead your tour and tell you the fascinating backstory of the iconic design.

Before proceeding to the Gallery of the Candelabras, which is populated with majestic marble structures throughout, enter the Pio Clementino Museum and get up close to the incredible classical Greek and Roman sculptures.

Continue on to view the four Raphael Rooms, the hanging Renaissance works in the Gallery of the Tapestries, and the forty maps that are frescoed on the walls of the Gallery of the Geographical Maps. Finally, the Sistine Chapel's "The Creation of Adam" fresco by Michelangelo is something to behold.

Important information:

  • Airport-style security is mandatory. During peak season the wait at security might be up to 30 minutes.
  • Late arrivals will not be tolerated
  • Children under 6 go free of charge
  • St Peter’s Basilica and the Square might be closed on Wednesday mornings because of the Papal Audience
  • You must cover your knees and shoulders to visit the Vatican and may be refused entry in case you do not adhere to the dress code

What to bring:

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed:

  • Shorts
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the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica

Adult (Age 19+)
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Youth (Age 6-18)
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For any payment method you must book a ticket through the booking form below and receive confirmation by e-mail and (or) SMS.
What is included in activity

• Skip-the-ticket-line entrance
• Official guided tour

What is not included

• Ticket to St.Peter's Basilica (entry is free however it is not guaranteed due to crowd control)
• Access and guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica's dome

Activity book period
You can book tour up to 6 hours in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed
Directions to meet your guide

Vatican museums

How long your tour will be
3 hrs
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Reviews by travellers
4.9 out of 5
914 reviews
The information regarding paintings tapestries and of the artists and sisten chapel amongst other great historical facts by the guide Jose was amazing, it made the whole experience come alive and open up our imagination bringing to life the museum. We would recommend our/ and a guide as it helps understand the museum.
5 months ago
We were amazed by all the beautiful painted ceilings and artifacts that had been given to the pope's over the centuries. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting information. I was a little disappointed when we finally reached the cistine chapel as the colours were not as bright as those in the previous galleries.
5 months ago
A nice tour. The upside is I learned a lot from the tour guide. The downside is the tour was rather concentrated so if you want to spend more time looking through the whole collection of arts in the museum, you will need to stay and browse at your own pace. I'm not sure whether you can walk in reverse direction amid Covid. It seems all traffic was one way due to the pandemic. Also, to access the basilica, you need to exit the museum and walk around the wall of the Vatican City to get there, d...
5 months ago
The guide was great but this is an incredibly crowded place. I don't like to give less than 5 stars when it's something I knew going in, but I think it's good to know that despite it being amazing stuff you are looking at and learning about, you will feel like a sheep getting herded through a maze.
5 months ago
This is a wonderful option if you love to dive into history details! It took about 2 hours overall. Our tour guide was great with answering our questions and explaining everything throughout the tour! We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Vatican for the first time.
6 months ago
This is a must - do your!!! Our guide was so knowledgeable and taught us so much during our 2 hours touring the Vatican Museum and then prepared us in advance for our visit to the Sistine Chapel. We kept saying how glad we were to have booked this well in advance as it made for a very easy day!! We highly recommend using this your company - they were the most organized and professional company located inside the museum. The headsets worked perfectly and the pace was great so we could see so m...
6 months ago
Mrs. Donatella, our guide was fantastic ! Her depth of knowledge combined with interesting details offered in a great English and a kind personality was very pleasant and we learned a lot. Amazing place with amazing Mrs. Donatella made it an unforgettable event. Many thanks and it is my pleasure to RECOMMEND HIGHLY !
6 months ago
Cat was lovely, very informative enjoyable tour, easy to get tickets and meet guide, was very very busy, and it was a shame a lot of people didn’t follow rules in chapels regarding dress and behaviour as that took away from the experience abit but was a great way too skip lines and see main features.
6 months ago
We had an amazing tour of the museum with Vincenzo. He was very knowledgeable and this 2 hour tour really focuses on the highlights of the artwork and the Sistine Chapel paintings. You have time at the end to continue through the museum or go to the chapel at your own pace. It was truly perfect for what we were looking for!
6 months ago
The tour was really nice. Our tour guide was super friendly with a good sense of humour, and explained the numerous art works and historical artefacts really well. We are very satisfied with this tour and would recommend the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Official tour to everyone.
6 months ago
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