Vatican Tours

The Vatican City, one of the most sacred places in Christendom, attests to a great history and a formidable spiritual venture. A unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces lie within the boundaries of this small state. At its centre is St Peter's Basilica, with its double colonnade and a circular piazza in front and bordered by palaces and gardens. The basilica, erected over the tomb of St Peter the Apostle, is the largest religious building in the world, the fruit of the combined genius of Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini and Maderno.

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Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums Early Entrance
Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums Early Entrance
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Be the one of the first to enter the Vatican Museums, live the exclusive experience of visiting the Sistine Chapel without crowds. A Full Day Ticket!

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5 hours Scheduling Semi-Private Tour Vatican City
Weekend Combo: Vatican Museums & Archaeological Wonders of Rome
Weekend Combo: Vatican Museums & Archaeological Wonders of Rome
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Learn the stories behind the grand monuments of Rome on two guided tours. Discover the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum!

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2 days Scheduling Shared Tour Vatican City
Semi-private Tour of the Vatican Museums With Pick Up
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Choose this amazing guided tour of the Vatican Museums and explore one of the most famous art collections in the world enjoying exclusive reserved access and a small-group experience

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3.0 hours Scheduling Semi-Private Tour Rome
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums at Your Pace
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With our skip-the-line exclusive access, discover on your own the incredible masterpieces inside the Vatican Museums like the Sistine Chapel!

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3.0 hours Vatican City
Skip-the-line Colosseum & Vatican Private Tour
1 Vatican private tours are with a visit to the Colosseum and are the best way to see the two most popular sites in Rome in just one day. This combo with private Vatican tours is excellent for all those who have limited time in Rome and want to see all the major attractions the city has to offer, on your own Vatican guided tours. This Vatican private tour with a visit to the Colosseum is the best way to see the two most popular sites in Rome in one day.
Vatican Private Tour With Papal Audience
2 Vatican private tours guarantee admission to the Papal audience in St. Peters square or Nerve Hall. Pope Francis welcome’s pilgrims to receive blessings and prayers. Thanks to our Vatican tickets you will secure priority admission to the event. On our Vatican tours, You will be collected from your hotel and transported to your Vatican Private tours. You will witness a spiritual moment with people from around the world.
Vatican and Sistine Chapel Private Tour for Families
3 On a Vatican guided tours of Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel for families is perfect for parents with kids to discover the Vatican’s treasures and Michelangelo’s masterpieces with a family oriented private Vatican tours. For our small travellers, see the Vatican collection through history and legends, with the help of a child-friendly guide and visual aids such as images and I-pads.
Vatican Special Needs Tour
4 Our Vatican special needs tours cater for as many disabilities as possible. The Sistine Chapel, Basilica, and the Pope's crypt are all wheelchair accessible, special needs pets are free to enter the public areas with their owners. Wheelchairs and headphones for the hearing impaired are available. Identify any needs when booking tours and will be more than happy to help.
Panoramic Hop On Hop Off Private Rome Tour
5 Hop on hop off Panoramic Private Vatican tours contains nine stops throughout Rome. This Vatican tour is audio transcripted with singular earphones at visitors disposal. On this private Vatican tour, you will exhibit the unique history of Rome’s visual splendour with intriguing details to cultivate your experience in Rome.
The Vatican Highlights 3 Hour Private Tour
6 On our Vatican highlights Vatican guided tours you can inspect all the Vatican’s must-sees in three hours. Expand your time in the large galleries with our skip the line private tour Vatican museums walking tour giving you access to the Sistine Chapel, St Peters Basilica with a private Vatican tour at your entire disposal. From your early morning start, this 3-hour tour is full on, and you will see the main attractions with no waiting around.
Early Access Vatican Museum's Group Tour
7 On our early access Private Vatican museums group tours, You can relish viewing the famous Vatican galleries ahead of the public so you can enjoy them as they undoubtedly deserve to be enjoyed. Appreciate a Vip entry for an exclusive experience at your own pace on our Vatican guided tours you will be given access to restricted areas and receive a viewing of the Swiss Guards uniforms by Michelangelo himself.
Skip the Line Afternoon Tour
8 On this beautiful afternoon Vatican guided tour you will uncover the masterpieces of Rome in the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. With our skip the line private Vatican Museums walking tour, Vatican tickets ensure you will not be waiting in long lines and our experienced, knowledgeable guides at your side to give you an insiders view. This afternoon tour is a great option to visit the Museums and St. Peter’s church without crowds.
St. Peter’s Remains and Tomb Tour
9 On this Tomb, tour it begins underneath St. Peters Basilica where you will see where the excavations were carried out, and view parts of the Necropolis and church that were found. On further investigation, human remains were discovered in a box with ancient scripture writings. The remains were exhibited in 2013 with the Vatican declaring they are the remains of St. Peter from convincing tests. It is great to see when on private Vatican tours.
Sunday Papal Blessing and Baroque Vatican Tour
10 Book your private Vatican tours in Rome to include a Sunday Papal Blessing. You will visit the amazing Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Navona Square: cross the Tiber and reach the impressive St. Peter’s Square where you can be blessed by the Pope with people from all over the world. Special days like the Urbi et Orbi held at Christmas and Easter should be booked well in advance to secure a place on Vatican tours.

Travel Tips for Vatican City

So it's certainly a place worth taking the time to explore. The Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Statues, the Vatican historical Museum, and of course, the Raphael Rooms are some of the most popular museums within the complex.

In order of how you walk through the museums, these Vatican Museum Must Sees include, but are not limited to:

  • The Spiral Staircase.
  • Raphael's Transfiguration.
  • Pinecone Courtyard.
  • Laocoön.
  • Apollo Belvedere.
  • The Rotunda Room and Porphyry Basin.
  • The Tapestries Hall.
  • The Maps Room
  • Raphael's School of Athens
  • The Sistine Chapel

Peter's Basilica. Its basic code is for both men and women both need to cover their knees and upper arms. They prohibit wearing shorts or skirts above the knee, sleeveless tops, and low-cut shirts. Men must take their hats off before entering whereas women may continue wearing theirs.

So, do you need a passport to go to Vatican City? In short, no. The Vatican City has no airport and no sea borders, so the only way to enter is from Italy.

The majority of the city's attractions allow photography. Cameras are acceptable throughout all the Vatican Museums as well as inside St. Peter's Basilica and outside in the St. Peter's Square.

To visit the Vatican, the museums are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with last entry at 4:00 p.m. Those wondering how to visit the Vatican should note, however, that tour operators are allowed in earlier.

A visit to the smallest state in the world is absolutely worth doing at least once in a lifetime. From St Peter's Basilica, to the Vatican Gardens, from the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to the archaeological points, the beauty of the Vatican is unparalleled, and every corner is rich in art and history.