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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)
Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vialle Vaticano, Vatican City, 00120

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.

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Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
$182.48 per adult
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Go private!
Andrea was great and incredibly knowledgeable. A private tour is definitely worth the price, enjoyed much more than if we were in a group.
Garrett_R, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-4
The Vatican!
Shannon_R, Aug 2022
Vatican City Private Tour with Hotel Pick up
Our guide was great for this tour extremely knowledgeable however for the cost we wouldn’t do the private tour again. The Vatican was amazing and definitely a must see!
star-5
Outstanding tour!
Emily_C, Jul 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Our guide, Debora, was amazing. She was not only incredibly knowledgeable, she knew how to share her knowledge in a relevant and engaging way. She was very responsive to our group needs and clearly enjoyed her job and got pleasure from seeing our excitement. Several in our group had been to the Vatican before, and all agreed that we were able to see more and get a better understanding than on any previous tour.
star-5
Great Vatican private tour.
ellen_g, Jun 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Maria Theresa was waiting for us when we arrived at the designated spot. She was very informative about all we would be seeing. She had photographs to help explain the artwork we would see inside. She explained the art work and interpretations so that we could easily understand. If we were to do this tour agin I would ask for Maria Theresa.
star-4
Worth it
Joe_B, Jun 2022
Skip The Line: Guided Tour for Sistine Chapel & Vatican city
Very good tour with knowledgeable guide! Stops on the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and then (if you choose) St. Peter's Basilica on your own.
star-5
Excellent Vatican Museum tour!
Miguel_D, Jun 2022
Vatican City Private Tour with Hotel Pick up
Tour operator was very accommodating and responsive. Our tour guide Fred was very knowledgeable and led us through the crowded galleries with skill and efficiency. This was not my first time to tour the Vatican museums but I still learned so much from our guide! I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Great tour!
Seth_G, Jun 2022
Vatican City Walking Tour with Sistine Chapel | Small Group & Private
We had a great time with Fred. He was passionate and very informative regarding the history of both Rome and the Vatican. We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone interested in learning some history!
star-5
Vatican in a day!
Alana_K, Jun 2022
Vatican City Walking Tour with Sistine Chapel | Small Group & Private
We had a semi-private tour with Andrea, who was very informative and humorous with a lot of excitement describing events that happened eons ago!! Literally, we now understand why Rome wasn’t built in a day.
star-4
Not worth the money
Josie_O, May 2022
The Vatican City VIP tour !!! Without crowds !!! With guide !!!
Tour was okay. It is very pricy and don’t think it is worth the extra money for the guided tour. Tickets for the general public are €17pp and headsets €5pp if doing the tour unguided. St Peters basicilla was not included as part of the tour. The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel are interesting to go and see once. However would recommend doing this trip unguided & save your €€€.
star-5
A must do tour.
Theresa_R, Jun 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Ribal was the best. No problem understanding what he was saying. Went at a easy pace for us slightly older people. He had an answer for every question we asked. The Vatican is so beautiful. Would take days to enjoy all the splendor and years to learn everything.
star-5
Unbelievable
Sylvia_B, Apr 2022
Papal Audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City
Our guide Laura was excellent and unbelievable experience we will never forget. Laura was brilliant we learnt a lot about our tour
star-5
Worth it! Great tour!
Tiffany_S, Apr 2022
Private tour :Vatican city VIP
Our guide was Manuela. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Very accommodating. Went through all the museums, Sistine chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Introduced us to a wonderful restaurant afterwards. Private tour Recommend highly!
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Harriet_M, Apr 2022
Papal Audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City
Getting up early and having a patient guide was really worthwhile! We got to experience the Papal audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican. So many happy people ! Thank you Laura!
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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.

  • Vatican City has its own post office that issues official stamps and a banking system that mints coins, although the euro is used for commerce.

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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 5-minute walk away.

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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.

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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.

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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)
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