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Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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The Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica are perfect sites for visitors to Rome. Our guided tour will give you, a Reserved Access, a carefully curated plan and passionate guides who breathe life into the Vatican Art collections. Dark Rome is proud to offer you the No. 1 Experience globally.

  • Take the ‘No. 1 Experience globally’ as verified by Trip Advisor in 2019.
  • Enter earlier through our Reserved Access to the Vatican Museums.
  • Explore the sublime Sistine Chapel
  • Enter the vast St. Peter’s Basilica (If Option Selected).
  • See the specially commissioned Papal artworks such as Raphael’s 'Liberation of Peter' and Michelangelo’s 'Creation of Adam'.
  • Watch the art take on a new shape as you listen to stories from our passionate art historian guides.
  • Small tours of 20 people or less & earpieces so you hear every word.

What to Expect

What's Included

  • Instant Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica (If Option Selected)
  • All entrance & reservation fee
  • Audio headsets so you'll never miss a word
  • Manageable groups of 20 people or less
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • St. Peter's Basilica (If Option Selected)
  • St. Peter's Square (If Option Selected)

Waste no Time in Line

With our Reserved Entrance, you can head straight inside without wasting any time. This gives you more time exploring the rooms and hallways where Popes and artists placed the art that made such an impression on them.

Discover More on this Tour

Once inside your guide will show you what very few ever see - St. Peter's Basilica rising above the gardens. From here you'll also see the unassuming building in the distance known as the Sistine Chapel. After photographs, you will move through the statues of antiquity and modern sculptures in the Pinecone Courtyard. As the Sistine Chapel is a place of quiet worship, you will receive an introduction here about what you are about to see inside from your Renaissance art-history expert.

On your way to the Chapel, you will pass through the incredibly accurate Hall of Maps and the tactile Gallery of Tapestries. Along the way, your guide will point out all the fascinating details to be seen such as Neptune pulling Columbus across the oceans and the depiction of Michelangelo. Inside the Sistine Chapel, you will be able to see every detail that you guide will have discussed with you such as Michelangelo's portrayal of Hell and his image of God which became part of public consciousness. 

Don’t Delay with a Guide to Lead the Way

This tour enters St. Peter's Basilica* directly from the Sistine Chapel so unlike other tours, you will not have to wait in line again. This will give you more time to see the interior of the Basilica, the many unusual doors and one of Michelangelo's earliest sculptures, the Pietá. The size of the Basilica alone will give you a new perspective on the first Pope who is buried beneath it. Finally, walk out into the open arms of St Peters Square, where he was martyred and where the faithful wait for a glimpse of their current Pope above the Bernini designed collonade.

Over the course of three hours*, you’ll explore the treasures of the Vatican with a guide who will ensure that you see the highpoints of this unique collection. You'll see the rooms where the Popes are chosen and the doors where they make their final exit. You'll also see how they used their time to gather the art which reflected their ideas of faith and culture. You'll leave not just having seen the art of the Vatican but having understood the story behind it.

For a truly spectacular experience, consider our Semi-Private version of this tour. Limited to only 10 people or less, this tour makes for a more personalized exploration of the Vatican Museums. 

Important Notes

  • *Please note that you can choose between a 2-hours tour without the St. Peter Basilica or a 3-hours tour including the St. Peter Basilica.
  • Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders, and backs must be covered.
  • Please note that in case of unexpected closures of some of the areas inside the Museums, the guide may have to modify the itinerary slightly. 
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we're happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Vatican Museums. While we endeavour to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.

Cancelation Policy

This tour is subject to a 24-hour cancelation policy. If you wish to cancel or amend your booking, you can do so without charge by contacting us up to 24 hours in advance of your expected departure time.

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A Dark Rome tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With Dark Rome it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
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