• Key Details •

Duration: 5 hrs.
Runs: Every day except Sunday.
Start Time: 8.30 or 12.30 PM.

This tour includes:

  • 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.
Add to the standard Vatican tour the incredible Paintings Gallery and more.

• Tour Information •

  • 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 1.50 euro each) are not included in the price.
    Vatican Museums admission tickets price:
    ADULTS: 23 euros (21 € + 2€ for the st peter’s fee).
    CHILDREN up to 18 y.o. or students under 26 y.o.: 14 euros (12€ + 2€ st.peter’s fee). Buy your tickets and save your money!! The online procedure is very easy!
    After paying the deposit to secure the tour, we will send you the online booking procedure to get your admission tickets.

*If  you have a party of 9 or more please concact us to arrange your private tour.

PRICES:  The guide fee must be considered as a total not per person.

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

• Meeting Point •

• Vatican Museums Tour In-depth •

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!

After spending time enjoying the frescoes by Michelangelo Buonarroti end your tour by VISITING ST. PETER’S BASILICA with our expert guides and discover over 2000 years of (art) history!

Our expert, licensed guides will take you through a short cut to skip the line for the Church.

The Vatican Museums In-depth Tour we will take you through art, architecture as well as legends, myths and other unique stories that will make the lives of  Popes and the artists come alive for you!

This tour is a full overview of the VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL, ST. PETER’S BASILICA and its key spots and monuments. With our guides you will have privileged access to the galleries and a “full immersion” Vatican experience, all this while skipping the lines for the Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Duration 5 hours
Number of peopleONLY Private*

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