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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano) Tours

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Vatican City (Città del Vaticano) may be the smallest sovereign nation-state in the world, but it is a religious and cultural superpower, home to some of the world’s greatest artistic and architectural marvels—namely St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. It is located wholly within the confines of Rome, covers 110 acres (44 hectares), and has an official population of about 800. Having gained recognition of full independence in 1929 and today governed by the pope, Vatican City has its own post office that issues official stamps and a banking system that mints coins (though the euro is used for commerce).

The Basics
Some of Rome’s most visited attractions are set in Vatican City. The Vatican Museums often have long entry lines stretching for blocks along the city walls; to avoid the crowds, consider reserving a small-group Vatican tour with skip-the-line access or a private tour with VIP priority access in the morning or evening. Vatican City private and group tours generally include visits to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pinacoteca, other sights in the Vatican Museums complex, and the Vatican Gardens.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The pope’s weekly address in St. Peter’s Square is wildly popular, so be sure to book official Papal Audience tickets in advance.
  • Vatican City houses some of Italy’s most important artistic masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s “Pietà” in St. Peter’s Basilica and ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, plus the museum complex’s Raphael Rooms.
  • To enter St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, appropriate attire and behavior are required. Wear modest clothing and keep your voice low.
  • Security for entering the museum complex and the basilica includes a metal detector, so don’t bring any banned items—pocketknives, corkscrews, umbrellas, etc.

How to Get There
The most scenic way to enter Vatican City is by foot from the center of Rome, across Ponte Sant'Angelo to Piazza San Pietro. Alternatively, the Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a five-minute walk away.

When to Get There
Vatican City heaves with tourists year-round. Summer is the busiest time of year, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are less crowded during the winter months. At any time of year, Vatican City’s sights are busiest at midday, so plan your Rome tour around a visit in the early morning or late afternoon.

The Swiss Guards
One of the most photographed sights in Vatican City are the brightly costumed Swiss Guards, who stand at attention around St. Peter’s Square. This small force of Swiss soldiers is maintained by the Holy See and provides security for the papal residence and the pope, as it has since 1506.

Address: Vialle Vaticano, Vatican City 00120, Italy
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Skip the Line Ticket: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Skip the Line Ticket: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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As one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Vatican attracts lines that are often in excess of three hours. Spend less time waiting and more time gazing at the Sistine Chapel’s ceilings with a skip-the-line admission ticket that proves an obvious choice for time-pressed travelers. This flexible option allows you to choose a time slot to suit your schedule.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum Ticket

Skip the Line: Vatican Museum Ticket

The Vatican Museums houses one of the world’s premier collections of art, but the wait to enter can stretch into hours. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to the museums, letting you zip past the crowds and dedicate more time to marveling at the masterpieces inside. Take in the galleries, courtyard, Raphael Rooms, and Michelangelo’s famed frescoes in the Sistine Chapel at your own pace.
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  • 2 hours
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$49.93
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Fast Track Access Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Tour

Fast Track Access Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel & St Peters Basilica Tour

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Save time, and head straight to the Vatican’s most popular sights and attractions, on this seamless and speedy tour. Pick from morning or afternoon departure times, and meet your guide. With skip-the-line tickets, you’ll beat the crowds and head straight into the Vatican Museums. Discover the Sistine Chapel at your own pace, and follow your guide directly to the museums’ other highlights. Your final stop is at the neighboring St. Peter’s Basilica.
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  • 3 hours
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$71.79
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica 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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$59.14
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Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

Skip the Line Vatican Tour Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica

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See the highlights of Vatican City ON this skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to the incomparable Vatican Museums—home to one of the most extensive and impressive art collections in the world. Admire the Raphael Rooms and take in the incomparable frescos of the Sistine Chapel. Afterward embark on a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica, a work of art in itself.
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  • 3 hours
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Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

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Begin your exploration of the Vatican Museums before the general public on this tour. With your small group and tour guide, head straight for the Sistine Chapel to marvel at its art and architecture as one of its first daily visitors. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, listening to informative commentary on the history of the church and Vatican City as you walk. Entrance fees, guaranteed skip-the-line entry, and use of individual headsets are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Faster Than Skip The Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

Faster Than Skip The Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

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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: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance Tickets

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The long lines that the Vatican attracts are a testament to its status as one of Europe’s most famous attractions. If you’ve got limited time in Rome, don’t waste a moment waiting with a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Vatican. You are able to explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms independently while still benefiting from priority entry, usually only reserved for visitors taking a guided tour.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets

Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets

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Explore the treasures of one of the world’s greatest art collections with this expertly guided small-group tour through the Vatican museums. Skip the long lines to head straight inside the labyrinth of galleries, where your knowledgeable guide leads you to ancient and Renaissance highlights including the Raphael Rooms, Belvedere Courtyard, Laocoön sculpture and, of course, the magnificent Sistine Chapel. Learn the stories behind the masterpieces, and then get direct entry into the stunning interior of St. Peter’s Basilica.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance

Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance

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See the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public with this comprehensive tour of the Vatican Museums. Learn about the stories behind works of  art by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and more from an English-speaking guide. This half-day tour includes the Gallery of Maps, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Papal Tombs. This intimate tour is limited to 12 people.
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  • 5 hours
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St. Peter's Basilica : Fast Entry Guided Tour with Vatican official guides

St. Peter's Basilica : Fast Entry Guided Tour with Vatican official guides

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To dig deep into the history and art of St Peter’s Basilica, explore the church on a walking tour with a Vatican guide. From St Peter’s Square, walk to the basilica, jumping past the entrance queue with your No Wait Access Ticket. Inside, listen to stories about the popes, pilgrims and Renaissance art masters who have left their marks on this iconic Catholic site, whose Michelangelo-designed dome dominates the Rome skyline.
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  • 1 hour
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Early Access Vatican Tour

Early Access Vatican Tour

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Get an early start to your sightseeing at the Vatican Museums with admission before opening hours. Follow an expert guide through the complex before the general public and avoid the crowds during your tour. Marvel at Michelangelo's world-renowned works at the Sistine Chapel and enjoy privileged, skip-the-line access to the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Transport from Rome Hotels to the Vatican City

Private Transport from Rome Hotels to the Vatican City

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Getting from your Rome hotel to the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Simply arrange this private transfer service and travel with ease to these world-famous museums, the home of a huge array of art amassed and commissioned by Popes through the centuries, including the sublime Sistine Chapel. Just meet your driver at your hotel when it suits your schedule, and be whisked to the museums in comfort, so you arrive relaxed and ready for your sightseeing.
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  • 20 minutes
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Rome hop-on hop-off tour by open-top bus, and spend time city sightseeing as you travel past attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican City. Relax aboard the double-decker Rome tour bus, listen to the audio commentary and hop on and off at any of the stops. Select a sightseeing ticket that’s valid for 24 or 48 hours, or pick an upgrade option to include entry to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and more.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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Vatican Skip-the-Line Tour Packages: Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Museums from Rome

Vatican Skip-the-Line Tour Packages: Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Museums from Rome

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Embark on an unforgettable tour of the world-famous Vatican Museums with a choice of three tailor-made itineraries. Short on time? Opt for 1.5-hour ‘Silver’ tour and visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. First time at the Vatican? Choose the 2-hour ‘Gold’ tour and check off the highlights of the Vatican Museums, including the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and skip-the-line entrance to St Peter’s Basilica. Don’t want to miss anything? Sign up for the 3-hour ‘Platinum’ tour for a comprehensive tour of all three attractions.
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  • 4 hours
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$69.97
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Premium Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour Skip the line

Premium Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tour Skip the line

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Lay eyes on some of the world’s greatest art on a private, 3-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. With a private guide and flexible itinerary tailored to your interests, admire the beauty and treasures of St Peter’s, including Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà.’ Explore the art-filled Vatican Museums to see highlights such as the Gallery of Maps and masterworks by Da Vinci, Raphael and other greats as your guide recounts their stories and secrets. Finish at the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s glorious, 16th-century frescoes.
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  • 3 hours
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$164.27
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Vatican City 3h Walking Tour in Rome

Vatican City 3h Walking Tour in Rome

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Avoid the lines and wait times when visiting Vatican City on this guided walking tour. It includes must-see attractions like the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s work, and St. Peter's Basilica. (Please note that the Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica maintain a strict dress code year round.) Participants receive headphones to hear the guide clearly and enjoy fast-track entry into the sites.
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  • 3 hours
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$64.65
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Vatican Highlights Group Tour for Families with Kids

Vatican Highlights Group Tour for Families with Kids

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Visit the Vatican Museums on a tour designed for kids, providing a more engaging experience for you and your children. See the iconic Sistine Chapel and other historical artwork as you participate in a scavenger hunt and listen to stories that bring the history to life.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$120.00
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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

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The Vatican Museums are among the most visited museums in the world and they often have lines to match. This small-group express tour offers early access to the Vatican before the crowds arrive, so you can take in highlights such as the Hall of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps; marvel at the Sistine Chapel; and enjoy skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica (except Wednesdays, when the Basilica is closed to the public.)
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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semi-private Vatican tour, Sistine chapel, entrance to St. Peter's basilica

semi-private Vatican tour, Sistine chapel, entrance to St. Peter's basilica

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this is a semi-private tour up to 10 people, you will avoid big noisy groups! skip the line entrance and you will have time for questions and pictures .. i'm a professional guide very passionate about my job and i would like to make this experience unforgettable. With this tour you'll see the marvelous frescoes inside the sistine chapel, the galleries with a huge collection of statues and finally i'll provide informations about St. Peter's Basilica.
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  • 3 hours
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Vatican City Express

Vatican City Express

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If you have limited time in Rome but don’t want to cut the Vatican Museums out of your itinerary, take in the highlights of the galleries, Raphael’s Rooms, and Sistine Chapel in just hours with this guided express tour. Save time with skip-the-line tickets and follow your guide to the main masterpieces in the vast collection, learning about works by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and other greats during your visit.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vatican Night Tour - Rome

Vatican Night Tour - Rome

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See a different side of Rome and Vatican City when you embark on this evening walking tour. Meet your guide once the sun has set, and begin in the heart of Rome. You’ll see many of the Eternal City’s most recognizable landmarks lit up after dark, from the Spanish Steps and Ara Pacis to the Castel Sant'Angelo. Then, continue into Vatican City—one of the world’s smallest countries—to continue exploring.
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  • 2 hours
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Skip The Line: Vatican Private Tour

Skip The Line: Vatican Private Tour

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Get personalized attention and a tour tailored just for you during this 3.5-hour private tour of the Vatican in Rome. Take advantage of skip-the-line access to make the most of your time at one of Rome's most important landmarks, where you'll get a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican's impressive art collection.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$218.42
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Best of Rome in Two Days Private Guided Tour and Chauffeur Service -VIP Entrance

Best of Rome in Two Days Private Guided Tour and Chauffeur Service -VIP Entrance

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Discover Rome in two days with your own private guide, and check off the capital’s must-see sights alongside some lesser-known gems. During two full-day tours for a group of up to seven people, explore Rome’s historical center, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, the Appian Way catacombs, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Skip-the-line tickets plus hotel pickups and drop-offs are included.
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  • 2 days
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$670.46
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Early-Access Vatican Tour: Better Than Skip-the-line (Max 12 People)

Early-Access Vatican Tour: Better Than Skip-the-line (Max 12 People)

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Discover the city-state of Vatican City on an early morning small-group tour. Beat the crowds and start exploring the Vatican a full hour before the general public with special early access tickets. Follow your guide through the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and listen to informative commentary about the history of each place.
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  • 3 hours
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$108.30
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica Small-Group Tour

Skip the Line: Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica Small-Group Tour

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When in Rome, don’t miss the awe-inspiring treasures of the Vatican Museum, one of the world’s largest art collections. Beat the long queues with skip-the-line access, and follow an expert guide to highlights of the more than 2,000 galleries. Admire Renaissance masterpieces like the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. For the grand finale, step inside the very heart of Vatican City with a tour of dazzling St Peter’s Basilica. Group size is limited to 12 for a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.95
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Friday Night Vatican Tour with the Sistine Chapel

Friday Night Vatican Tour with the Sistine Chapel

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During Rome’s hot summer, the Vatican Museum opens its doors for reservations-only Friday night tours that include an appetizer buffet and classical music (music on select Fridays only). This 3-hour Vatican Museums tour is led by a professional art historian, and is limited to 10 people for a more intimate, personal experience of the Sistine Chapel, the Upper Galleries, and other Vatican Museums highlights.
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  • 3 hours
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 106 Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano) costs USD 42.59. Guided Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano) tours start around USD 42.59 per person. See all 106 Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano) tickets and tours on Viator.
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