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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Discover Vatican City including the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà' sculpture in St. Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just 12 people.
  • Half-day Vatican Museums guided tour with fast-track access
  • Learn about the incredible Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam'
  • Explore St. Peter’s Basilica and rub the statue of St. Peter for a blessing

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This experience offers upgrades for early morning or after-hours tours of the Vatican.
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Headsets to hear your guide better (Tours over 10 persons)
Free Wi-Fi & Recharging station at the meeting point
Welcoming staff at comfortable office
Fast track entrance tickets
Gratuities/Tips
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Via Germanico, 8, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your local guide at the tour office to enter the Vatican Museums. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, step inside to start your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Follow your guide, listening to tales of saintliness and scandal, and learn about the Vatican’s place as one of the holiest sites in Christendom.

Italian art flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and the Vatican popes put together one of the world’s largest collections of private art with frescos, paintings, sculptures, and treasure. See the highlights as you walk through galleries such as Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the 'School of Athens'—a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself.

Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—'The Last Judgement' and 'The Creation of Adam.'

Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, which is said to be built on the ground where St. Peter is buried. Admire 'La Pietà,' an early Michelangelo sculpture, and pause to rub the foot of a statue of St. Peter, said to bring good luck. Your Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica tour then finishes outside the church.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Visit the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.isit to the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
In the Sistine Chapel you will have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s astonishing work, the entire ceiling and the Last Judgment, and then again in St Peter’s Basilica where his beautiful Pietà is kept
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
Visit the Raphael Rooms inside the Vatican Museums, home to many of Raphael’s celebrated frescoes. Admire the genius of his work as your guide highlights the intricacies of his work, such as the appearance of Michelangelo and da Vinci in ‘The School of Athens’. Appreciate the skill and beauty of one of the Renaissance’s greatest artists.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • We are sorry to inform you that this tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
  • All students should have their student identity card in order to get the discount for the admission fee.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nicom Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .

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Traveler Tips


  • "Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk pretty much non stop." See review
  • "It is recommended that an early tour be taken to try to avoid the crowds." See review
  • "You cannot avoid the crowds but it is well worth to have someone walk with you sharing the rich history rather than doing it by yourself." See review

Reviews

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star-4
7,676 Reviews
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star-5
Informative, focused and comprehensive
Sanjay
, Oct 2020
The Vatican museum and Sistine chapel are rich in narrative and visual detail, steeped in history, art, politics and religion. It takes meticulous planning and deft execution to make the best of all this in a mere 3 hours and Giuseppe, our guide was just perfect. Thanks!
star-3
Tour was good but not as advertised
Carolyn_B
, Oct 2020
The guide was very good. However, the tour that I booked included St. Peter's Basilica and when we arrived for the tour we discovered that this was no longer on the itinerary. No explanation given and too late to cancel or change.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Dear Customer, We wish to thank you for taking your time to write that review. We are very sorry to hear that from you, because we gave information on all platforms that, according to the health restrictions, we cannot offer the special passage entrance to the St. Peter's. Instead, we offered the visit in the other parts of the Museum, which are not included in the ordinary tour, such as the Raphael's Rooms. We will take a note of your points, in order to avoid them in the future. Hope to see you again in Rome! Kindest regards, Enjoy Rome Team
star-3
Vatican your in covid 19 times
Chris_H
, Oct 2020
The service was good although rather long waits at the office and in the museum waiting for earphones. Once in the museum COVID distancing was impossible. The museum was far too crowded in particular places, especially in the galleries and Raphael rooms. The guide was OK but not excellent.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Dear Chris_H, We wish to thank you for your interest in writing the review. Due to the COVID reasons, the times for the Check-in at the office are a bit longer, depends on the number of participants. In some places it is very difficult to manage all tourists and groups, however we always respect all the rules for a safe tour. We look forward to seeing you for another tour with us! Regards, Enjoy Rome team
star-3
Too many people on the tour
Daniel_D
, Sep 2020
The tour was informative but there was nearly double the amount of people participating than it stated when we purchased the tickets. Also it started nearly 45 minutes late. (because one party was late)
star-3
An experienced Guide but the tour was over subscribed and failed to continue to St Peter's Basilica under COVID.
Robert_D
, Sep 2020
We were booked on a small tour of 7 but in fact we were 15. The tour did not include a guide for St Peter's Basilica and the guide left us after the museum and Sistine Chapel part of the tour. So not happy with the overall event.
star-5
A wonderful tour on art and history
Fiona_W
, Aug 2020
The tour was excellent. The Vatican museum is massive, so I feel without a guide it could easily be overwhelming. Unfortunately we were not able to get a tour of St. Peter’s this meant our tour inside the Vatican museum was extended to the full 3 hours. (St Peter’s is free to enter so we simply walked round the Vatican walls after the tour to see it). The tour of the Vatican museum was fascinating the guide focused mainly on art and the links between the different stages of the rise of the power of the Vatican. The guide was able to tell how how clearly the art from different time periods link together which I found the most interesting. If I’m being honest I was slightly worried the tour would be based around purely Catholicism but it was more focused on art and history which I personally found to be a bonus. I would definitely recommend getting a tour ! Oh also when the tour is finished you are allowed to stay inside the museum for as long as you wish and walk round and do it again as there is not time to see the whole place in 3hrs.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Customer, Thank you very much for this beautiful and detailed review. We are happy you enjoyed the tour with us and you liked Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We really hope to see you again for your next visit in Rome. Warm regards,
star-1
Would not recommend
Chloe_B
, Aug 2020
I booked this tour for August 18th. Despite being stated in the tour description, we did not have a tour guide and we were not given a head set. We did not receive queue jump for the Vatican Museums or St Peters Basilica. The ticket we received on arrival at the Vatican Museums said €17, and entry to St Peters Basilica was free, therefore I am not sure what I paid £120 for. I am completely disappointed and wouldn’t recommend this tour. Complete waste of money. On returning home, I contacted the tour operator with all of this information however have had no response.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Customer, We are sorry for your experience. You bought the skip the line tickets for Vatican Museum, you didn't buy the tour. In this special moment the queue you have seen is for the security check (temperature check and metal detector). We hipe to have a second chance for your next trip in Rome. Best regards
star-3
It was ok, could have been better
andreea_t
, Aug 2020
didnt have radio to hear the guide because we were only 10 people in our group, we only did the museums with the guide (i would have liked to hear the guide for St Peter’s Basilica), tour was quite short, just over 2h however, the guide was very friendly and nice
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Customer, Thanks for spendig your time for the review. During this time, post Covid-19, Vatican has particular rules, one of this is for the radio. We are happy your tour was fine and we hope to have a second chance for your next trip to Rome. Best regards
star-4
Maybe some improvement of time management
Rave_T
, Aug 2020
It was not exactly what we expected. Vatican Museum was great and Sistine Chapel was awesome.Tour guide was experienced and professional. But time was too short so we didn’t reached to St.Peters Basilica with guided tour and go there independently on next day. Maybe this tour needed more time to complete all the promised tasks. In my opinion Visiting St.Peters Basilica first time is much more enjoyable with experienced tour guide instead to get the expressions only by yourself.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Customer, Thanks for your review and your suggestions, we'll share them with the manager. We are happy the tour guide was professional. We hope to be the first choice for your next tour in Rome. Best regards
star-5
Amazing tour guide
Monica_B
, Aug 2020
It was amazing!! Alexander our tour guide was great! He took his time showed us everything explained everything in detail. Wonderful tour guide and will be booking when we are back in October. We have done tours before but not like this. I recommend to anyone coming first time or more! Thank you for the memories
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Customer, Thank you very much for the highscore and for your recommendation! See you in October with other beautiful tours we have! Best regards

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