Guided tour

Skip-the-line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica

Activity provider: Private Tours of Rome
Guided tour

Skip-the-line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica

Activity provider: Private Tours of Rome
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From US$ 203.37 per person

Likely to sell out

This stunning visit, under the direction of an Art Historian, will take you through the features inside the world renowned Vatican Museums, Raphael's 'Rooms', the Sistine Chapel and Bernini's Colonnade in Saint Peter's Square.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Visit the Vatican with special insight into the Sistine Chapel, the Rooms of Raphael, the Basilica of Saint Peter
  • See Michelangelo's frescoes
  • Admire Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Skip the long lines to the Vatican
Full description
Visit the Vatican and gain special insight into the Sistine Chapel, the Rooms of Raphael, and the Basilica of Saint Peter. Meeting at the historical center, you will get the chance to skip the long queues and have the opportunity to drop-off items, umbrellas, and large bags in lockers before the tour begins. The tour will begin with an introduction into Ancient Greek and Roman craftsmanship, recovered from bygone days when Popes used to rule central Italy. Your learned guide will highlight the Belvedere Apollo, the Torso, the Busts of Claudius and Hadrian and the Sarcophagi of Helen and Constance, the mother and girl of Emperor Constantine. Your tour will continue into the Room of Animals and the Gallery of Candelabra before venturing through Roman mosaics. Your guide will point out the statues of Diana of Euphesus, the Muses and the celebrated Greek scholars. From here you will proceed into rooms holding Tapestries, the Sobieski Hall and the famous Rooms of Raphael. Marvel at rooms painted by Raphael and his pupils for Pope Julius II. Witness the hues and detailed imagery of the School of Athens and the Parnassus.  Your tour will continue on to the Sistine Chapel, the most famed room in Italy. You will see Michelangelo frescoes such as the Last Judgement, the Creation of Adam and the Genesis, along with more subtle elements from the Stories of Moses and Jesus painted by Botticelli, Perugino and other Renaissance experts. Your guide will recount stories and insiders facts about the scenes adorning the walls. The final destination of the tour is Saint Peter's Basilica, often considered the most beautiful Church in the world. Again, featuring Michelangelo's perfected works of Pieta. See the tombs of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Admire the custom engineered and designed images that decorate the congregation area. Once outside, your guide will point out the gallery where the smoke turns out, and highlight the genius of design in Bernini's square.
  • Local taxes
  • Local guide
  • German speaking art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

At the stairs outside the Vatican museums, at the monumental white door topped with statues - Viale Vaticano.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
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Sehr kompetente und kurzweilige Führung!

February 25, 2023


January 7, 2023

Thomas was a fabulous guide, he was very knowledgeable and made the overall tour very interesting. His passionate emotions about the archeological marble and sculptures made those parts enjoyable. The banter between our guide and a fellow guide made that moment comical and brought light to the trip. Our special moment with the Pope with the guide was a once in a lifetime experience, just a wonderful church. As a guide, he adapted well the change in security and location because of the funeral. Kudos to Thomas. Amazing experience with the addition to the funeral, Thomas is an amazing guide.

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January 5, 2023

Product ID: 302303