Best Vatican Tours: Skip all Vatican lines with priority access before experiencing all the major highlights of the famous Vatican City! This entire Vatican tour covers the Musei Vaticani, Sistine Chapel, "Vatacombs" (we have special access to the underground tombs of former Popes), and St. Peter’s Church in c. three hours.
20 participants maximum
Best Vatican Tours
This is our flagship small group Vatican tour which includes St. Peter’s Basilica between 09:00 AM and noon. It is a high season tour which runs between April 1st - November 10th. Reviewed hundreds of times here on this page, on TripAdvisor and elsewhere online, this is your first port of call when in Rome and the Vatican City!
The tour covers the highlights of what is surely the most important art collection in the world. Such highlights include the Rooms of Raphael, the Sistine Chapel, and Ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard. As the Sistine Chapel is located at the far end of over 1,200 rooms, we will get you there quickly and without hassles or unnecessary waiting (while still covering the most important masterpieces along the way). Our guides provide a comprehensive background on the Sistine Chapel from before it was commissioned to the finishing touches, distinguishing between truth and popular legend as promulgated by Hollywood and popular books.
After leaving the Sistine Chapel you will be proffered direct access to St. Peter’s Basilica, a privilege made available to When In Rome Tours and official guided tours only. All other visitors on other tours are forced to exit the Vatican and take the long route back into St. Peters, which involves long lines and lost time. You will be granted direct access into the Basilica straight after seeing the Sistine Chapel.
Our guide will lead you through the underground level we refer to as "The Vatacombs", a rarely seen area of the Vatican where tombs of the former popes are located. We then head up into St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest basilica in the world built over what are believed to be the bones of St. Peter. Included in this visit are The Pieta’, and famous Dome designed by Michelangelo, the massive Baldacchino sculpted in bronze by Bernini, the Transfiguration by Raphael and other monuments of artistic importance. Outside the magnificent Basilica we discuss the history of the Vatican State, it’s Swiss Guard, and how St. Peter’s Square was designed.
* Pay for 3 and a 4th person goes free (but must pay for his / her entry ticket).
** In case of doubt, while an entry ticket for whoever goes free must be paid for, we arrange it. They do not have to book their ticket separately, nor will they have to wait in line. Please pay attention to the fact that this special discount will not be reflected in the shopping cart, only in your booking confirmation e-mail.
To validate this promotion, you must enter "Vatican Promo" in Additional Remarks when you checkout, and pay for 3 only, so that your discount can be attended to when you check in for the tour.
Please check in at our office at 08:45 AM for departure at 09:00 AM.
• Tour runs daily excluding Wed, Sun.
• Season: April 1st - Nov 10th.
• Tour does not run on public holidays.
• Sturdy, comfortable footwear advised.
• Average group size: 20 persons.
• Exertion level: moderate.
** WE TAKE CARE OF YOUR VATICAN TICKETS WITH PRIORITY NO LINES ENTRANCE
** Vatican Museums tickets included!
No hidden costs, English speaking guide, personalized assistance, free Rome orientation & local maps at our customer service center when you check in for your Vatican tour. Amenities include intranet points, lounge, wi-fi, rest rooms, refreshments, and a Roman gladiator photo shoot!
The tour includes:
Priority skip the line Vatican tickets
Licensed Vatican tour guide
St. Peter’s Basilica tour
Photos of this tour
Tour meeting point
Via Sebastiano Veniero, 21, 00192 Roma, Italia
08:45 AM at our Vatican office on Via Sebastiano Veniero 21.