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VATICAN Museum & SISTINE Chapel Tour extended

LIVE TOURSVATICAN TOURSVATICAN Museum & SISTINE Chapel Tour extended

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel extended

The Lacoonte in the Vatican Museums

Key Details

This Tour includes:

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Pio Clementine Museum (Apollo del Belvedere and Torso del Belvedere)
  • Galleries of the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps
  • Raphaeil Rooms
  • Skip the line access to St. Peter’s Basilica* (TEMPORARY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19 SECURITY MEASURE)*

Note

Only Private Tours. Big families and groups of friends are welcome!

The best of the very best of the collection for those who want to know more! A 4 hour long tour to discover all the highlights of one of the most visited museums in the world. Our 5 star Rome and Vatican Museums guide will show you masterpieces by Raphael and Michelangelo, the marvelous statues in the Gallery of the Candelabra and more! Have you ever heard about the incredible Gallery of the Maps with its 36 frescoes of Italian regions, thanks to which we can walk all the way along the “boot”?

Want to know more about the beauty and stories of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, painted in just four years by Michelangelo Buonarroti? 

What's the differece between this tour and the classic Vatican Museums Tour?

You will see more sections! Your guide will show you also the Pio Clementine Museum with the incredible Apollo and Torso del Belvedere. The two statues were inspirational for generations of artists, Michelangelo included! You will also see the sarcophagi of Helen and Costanza, in stunning red porphiry and more! 

You want to explore even more? Check our VATICAN MUSEUMS IN DEPTH

Will you enter St. Peter’s Basilica in this Tour?

Not at the moment! There was a time when from the Sistine Chapel we could skip the line to get into St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world.  This possibility is temporary off the table due to internal decision after Covid-19.

Will you be able to visit the Basilica when in Rome?

YES INDEED! It's a Church, it's free and you can go when you want, on your own pace, or you can book out tour about it. There you’ll see the Baroque canopy by Bernini and Michelangelo’s Pieta, as well as the highest dome in Rome and the tombs of some of the most important Popes, including John Paul II.
Our 5 star Rome and Vatican Museums guide will also show you St. Peter’s square, where thousands of pilgrims gather together every week for the papal blessing.
Since afternoon services will be held in the Basilica, the tour of the Church will be enriched by the spiritual atmosphere as warm afternoon light glows through the windows, filling the naves.

Where does the Vatican Extended Tour end?

Inside the Sistine Chapel so that you can spend more time inside, exploring for as long as you like (up to closing time if you wish), at your own pace.

IMPORTANT: Please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a church and there may be changes in opening and closing times according to last minute celebrations.

You will enjoy an unforgettable experience across centuries of history with a friendlyenthusiastic, officially licensed Rome and Vatican Museums guide who will answer any question with passion and great knowledge of Italian Art History.

  • Private Tour only
  • Your guide is LICENSED, LOCAL and specialized in ROME and VATICAN HISTORY.
  • Dress code: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.

IMPORTANT: Tickets and headphones (compulsory for 5 or more people, price 1.5 euro each) are not included in the guide fee.

Meeting point

Private Tour Rates
N. OF PEOPLE
PRIVATE*
1 person
140€
2 people
150€
3 people
160€
4 people
170€
5 people
180€
6 people
190€
7 people
200€ private*
8 people
220€ private*

* Please note that: 

  • price of entry tickets is not included (check under General Information) 
  • we reserve the right to vary the prices shown on our website at any time before you book (during Bank Holidays, National Holidays, Christmas Holidays, Easter Holidays, or last minute bookings).You will be advised of the current price at the time of booking. Once you have booked we will not increase your tour price other than for changes in VAT or any other Venues or Government imposed levy.

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