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VATICAN Museums & SISTINE Chapel Tour in depth


VATICAN Museums & SISTINE Chapel in depth

Skip the line to the Vatican Museums and discover the highlights: Sistine Chapel, the Raphael rooms Picture Gallery and more. 5 hours private tour with an enthusiastic and expert guide.

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Things to know

The Tour includes:

  • Skip the line to the Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Pinacoteca (Paintings Gallery)
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Galleries of the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps
  • Pius-Clementine Museums
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica

Not suitable for young children.

The VATICAN MUSEUMS are one of those places you can never get enough of:  every time you step in the galleries you discover new things to love! This 5 hour SKIP THE LINE VATICAN CITY WALKING TOUR covers, in depth, all the most significant parts that this small state has to offer … all the great and important beauty!

You will not just visit the main halls and galleries but you will also step off the beaten track to admire some of the Vatican’s smaller, hidden treasures such as the Pinacoteca: the astonishing Paintings Gallery!
Every moment in these Museums will give you the opportunity to see amazing artworks and artifacts, and this is just the first part: the enchanting SISTINE CHAPEL, painted by MICHELANGELO, is waiting for you!

What’s “extra” in this tour compared with the Extended Vatican Museums Tour? First of all the stunning PINACOTECA (Paintings Gallery)!

Thanks to the extra time available in the Vatican Museums In-depth Tour you will visit the collection of paintings of the Popes! There you will admire CARAVAGGIO masterpieces and the only painting by LEONARDO DA VINCI in this collection; you will discover RAPHAEL as “tapestry designer”, GIOTTO and much more.


After seven yeas of careful restoration the BRACCIO NUOVO GALLERY was reopened in December 2016. You will get to see them as part of the Vatican In-depth Tour!

This imposing gallery hosts magnificent and monumental Roman and Greek statues returned from France after being seized by Napoleon. Pope Pius VII (1800-1823) entrusted the Roman architect Raffaele Sternto to realize the so-called New Wing (BRACCIO NUOVO) of the Chiaramonti Museum.

Inaugurated in February 1822, the building consists of a gallery 68 meters long, covered by a coffered vault with skylights.
In the twenty-eight niches along the walls, it is now possible to admire again masterpieces of antiquity such as the statue of the emperor Augustus from Prima Porta and the gorgeous statue symbolizing the River Nile.
Take some extra time by choosing Vatican Museums In-depth Tour and visit this spectacular gallery where the staging was supervised by the Commission of Fine Arts, chaired by Antonio Canova, Filippo Aurelio Visconti and Antonio D’Este.
This  nineteenth-century “factory”, is considered one of the most important examples of Neoclassical architecture in Rome and now masterworks from antiquity are again shining from the past in this spectacular frame  … and we won’t miss a thing!

On the Vatican Museums In-depth Tour you will be entranced by this magnificent collection, a symbol of the admiration and passion the Popes have had for ancient art.
If you love art and paintings and want to learn more about these outstanding collections, this unique state and the most beautiful church in the world…this is your tour!

Spend 5 hours in Vatican Museums In-depth Tour moving from the Galleries to the Raphael Rooms until you reach the icing on the cake…The wonderful Sistine Chapel!

Will you skip the line for St. Peter’s Basilica in this Tour?

Yes! From the Sistine Chapel you will skip the line to get into St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world.  This possibility can be temporary off the table due last minute events or ceremonies. St. Peter’s remains a church and a very important one! If the Popes decides to close the door to tourists to open the doors to pilgrims or people attending the mess, that has to be respected. Therefore: we cannot guarantee the visit 100% but in case of disruption we’ll do our best to inform you promptly!

Where does the Vatican In depth Tour end?

Inside St. Peter’s Basilica or St. Peter’s square, if the events calendar doesn’t change, in the Sistine Chapel if St.Peter’s will not be accessible due to last minute events. You will be able to spend more time inside the church or the museum, exploring for as long as you like (up to closing time if you wish), at your own pace.

IMPORTANT: Please remember that both Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s are religious sites. It is required to be dressed appropriately. We will give you instructions during the booking process. 


  • Only available as a PRIVATE TOUR
  • 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 2 euro each) are not included in the price.
    Vatican Museums admission tickets price:
    ADULTS: from 30€ 
    CHILDREN up to 18 y.o. or students under 26 y.o.: 22€ st.peter’s fee). 
    After paying the deposit to secure the tour, we will send you the online booking procedure to get your admission tickets or buy tickets on your behalf upon request.

From June to October and extra fee of 15% will be added on last minute requests (3 days before the tour date).


We run only private tours.

We don't run small groups.

We can accommodate time/day request according to our guides' and entry tickets availability.

Final and detailed price will be provided after receiving your request from the contact form.

Starting price for a private tour 2,5 hrs for 2 adults: 350 euro + tickets but definitive price is provided *only* upon request.
Price can be reduced during low season or increased during holiday, peak dates or last minute request.

For group larger than four, price will be provided upon request.

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