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Entire Vatican & Vatacombs: Treasures of the Sistine Chapel

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  • Save time with skip-the-line access to Rome’s Vatican Museums
  • See highlights including the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel 
  • Skip the line again at St. Peter’s Basilica 
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Entire Vatican & Vatacombs: Treasures of the Sistine Chapel
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This is the original and best entire Vatican tour in Rome. It runs all year round and has done so for over a decade. Entire Vatican & Vatacombs is all you need when in Rome and the Vatican!
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1130am Departure
This is the original and best entire Vatican tour in Rome. It runs all year round and has done so for over a decade. Entire Vatican & Vatacombs is all you need when in Rome and the Vatican!
From US$80.32
Overview
Save precious vacation time by seeing just the highlights of the Vatican Museums, including the rarely seen ‘Vatacombs,’ on this skip-the-line tour in Rome. With your art historian guide, bypass the sometimes 4-hour wait times to admire the museum’s main treasures and Sistine Chapel, get priority access to St. Peter’s Basilica, and visit underground papal tombs. Choose the early-bird option in summer for an even less-crowded experience.
What to Expect
Greet your guide in central Rome at your selected start time and skip the lines to the Vatican Museums. Your priority-access admission ticket means you can skip the long lines, saving you invaluable time.

Then, follow your guide to the key pieces of the art collections, heading to the must-sees of the Raphael Rooms and the Roman and Greek sculptures of the Belvedere Courtyard. After viewing and learning about the artworks, enter the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s frescoes. Then, avoid the lines at St. Peter's Basilica, saving additional time.

Tour the world’s biggest basilica, believed to stand on St. Peter’s tomb, and observe highlights including Michelangelo's Pieta and Bernini’s altar canopy (baldacchino).

Outside, admire St. Peter’s Square as you hear about the Vatican’s history, and explore the rarely seen underground ‘Vatacombs,’ home to former popes’ tombs, before your tour concludes in the square.
Reviews (248)
1 - 5 of 73 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Best tour guide I've ever had to complement the amazing Vatican City experience

Chiara, a native Roman, is a certified tour guide with an Art History degree (with specific knowledge of many of the 'hidden gems' of the Vatican museums). She not only knows her stuff, but she is incredibly entertaining and funny. She was the perfect energizer...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 2birdsonawire
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Astounding Vatican Highlights

Massimo gave us a wonderful glimpse into the story of the Vatican. How lucky is it to have an Art Historian guide you through one of the greatest art museums in the world?! We took this tour on Christmas Eve which was a bit limiting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mike D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mammamia, braviisimo!!

One of the best guided tours I´ve been on. We booked our tour in advance back home, and prepaid for it. When arriving to the office/meeting point, you will be well met by the friendly front desk staff. There is a large waiting room and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank AndreasH1699
Reviewed December 7, 2018 via mobile
Amazing tour of the Vatican with Chiara

We had a fantastic morning with Chiara, our Italian tour guide with her "blue card, so you know I'm good". She is a native Italian but hosts the English language tour with perfect translations and a tonne of humour. She made us laugh and learn...More

Thank 630phillb
Reviewed December 4, 2018
AMAZING TOUR!

This company is amazing, they are reliable and have a big array of tours to choose from. Our guides was fun, knowledgeable and very helpful. We had a great time doing this tour. Tank you WHEN IN ROME TOURS!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ANA H
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Carolina V
July 1, 2018|
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Response from shellwiz | Reviewed this property |
The tour ends there and you can stick around. Once you leave that area though you can’t go back.
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June 24, 2018|
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Response from JodiBB B | Reviewed this property |
It's a 3+ hour tour, so depending on your children's attention span and interest will determine if your children will be able to handle the tour.
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DAVID666473
May 16, 2018|
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Response from Maureen B |
No it is not. You should inquire about Scavi tours at least 2-3 months in advance. I requested about 6 weeks before our time in Rome and it was already full.
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