Skip the Lines Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica Tour

7 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Group Tour
  • Skip the line
  • E-Ticket
  • 4 hr

In semi-private groups of no more than 10 people, on this Vatican tour, you will enjoy skip the line access to the Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica with an expert guide.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Rome Group Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums

Your guide will talk you through the masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art as well as the important sculptures of ancient Rome. Helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues and artefacts in these expansive rooms, your tour guide will explain each item’s place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history. Not only are they beautiful to look at, each masterpiece has its own story to tell – your expert Vatican tour guide will tell you the story behind the paintings, the meanings behind them and why they’re so renowned across the globe. The Raphael Rooms These four rooms were part of the Papal palace, painted by Michelangelo’s contemporary and greatest rival, Raphael Sanzio. Art lovers cannot afford to miss this short detour from the museums to stand in front of entire walls frescoed by the hands of this Renaissance genius! You can almost feel the rivalry and competition seeping from the walls themselves.

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel

Commonly called the ‘sixteenth chapel’ by foreigners, the Sistine Chapel is a vision of beauty and history. One of the many highlights of your Vatican small group tour will be its gorgeous architecture and mind-blowing decorations. Your expert tour guide will tell you all about the paintings of Michelangelo (yes, he spent 8 years of his life painting here!) and his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, including the difficulties encountered between the patron, Pope Julius II and Michelangelo. It is this attention to detail that makes Real Rome Tours stand out from the pack.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica

Last, but certainly not least in your Vatican city small group tour is a visit to St Peter's Basilica. No Vatican City tour would be complete without visiting the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. Michelangelo’s great dome is something that you have to see in real life. Pictures cannot do it justice or portray the sheer magnitude of it. Your local, expert tour guide will explain to you the fascinating history of its conception, location on the Vatican Hill, design, architecture and symbolism. The Basilica features several chapels and contains numerous statues and mosaic works of importance. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.

Duration: 1 hour
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