Travel with ease, knowing that logistics will be taken care of on this all-inclusive Vatican tour, where you'll receive hotel pick-up and skip-the-line tickets as part of the package. See the world's largest art collection and admire the Sistine Chapel in one of Christianity's holiest sites.
Your tour will start outside your hotel, where we will pick you up and give you the special skip the line tickets which will allow us to enter the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the St. Peter's Basilica, and more without having to wait in line!
A city within a city, the walled Vatican City is the world's smallest internationally recognized independent state. As one of Christianity's most sacred sites, it is home to the Pope and the largest art collection in the world, within the Vatican Museums. This extensive collection spans a mind-boggling 2,000 rooms, which your guide will expertly navigate to show you the most memorable and astounding sites.
One of our stops will be the Sistine Chapel, one of the most visited sites in the world. The chapel's name hints at its origins, as it was ordered by Pope Sixtus IV at the end of the 15th century. This ornate example of papal patronage is host to the works of Michelangelo, an artistic genius whose frescoes include The Creation of Adam, famously adorning the Chapel's ceiling, and The Last Judgement.
Next, we'll explore more of the Vatican Museums' myriad wonders. Some of the other rooms we'll see are: the noteworthy Gallery of Tapestries, which houses Flemish tapestries made in Brussels from paintings of Raphael's pupils; the Gallery of the Candelabra, where we will walk among Roman and Hellinistic candelabras; and the Gallery of Maps, which decorates part of the Belvedere courtyard with an impressive series of topographical maps detailing the Italian Peninsula in its entirety.
Leaving the Vatican Museums, we'll find our way to Saint Peter's Basilica. One of the world's largest churches, this is yet another Renaissance beauty which bears the mark of Michelangelo, who designed its dome and general plan. Lying within the Basilica's hallowed walls is La Pietà, another of Michelangelo's world famous masterpieces, distinguished as the only sculpture ever personally signed by the artist himself.
Other works of awe-inspiring artistic genius await us in the St. Peter's Basilica, too, including those by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. We'll gaze upon Bernini's gold and bronze Baldachin Altar, as well as his inspired Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square, which is the ending point of our journey through Vatican City and a stunning site in its own right.
If you are not interested in the pick-up, or if it not possible to arrange the pick-up in your accommodation (we remind you that the pick-up is available ONLY at hotels in the center of Rome, and NOT in apartments or B&Bs), you can check our tour without the pick-up service.
Further, if you are looking for a more exclusive experience, you should take a look to our tour of the Vatican with small group tour (with a maximum of 12 participants) or to our private tour of the Vatican, to make your holidays in Rome absolutely unforgettable.
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
Price for this tour depends on the starting time of the activity:
On Wednesday morning access to the Basilica is forbidden due to the Papal audience.
The itinerary of the tour - especially during the Jubilee year - may change due to unforeseen Vatican events.
The 8.30 am and 2.30 pm tours will take place in monolingual in English, Spanish, and in bilingual mode in French/Portuguese.
We suggest you to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. To acces the St. Peter's Basilica you must have your knees and shoulders covered.
The pick-up is provided only for the hotels located in the centre of Rome, and starts 1 hour before the starting time of the activity. The exact time will be communicated at the moment of booking. Please note that the pick-up service is NOT provided for private homes and b&b.
During the winter season, the 8.30 AM tour is monolingual in English and Spanish. Bilingual in French and German.