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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour Questions & Answers

Ridgewood, New Jersey

How long is the tour and how much time is spent at each highlight?

28 days ago Answer

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The Tour is about 3-4 hours, although it goes quickly and there is a toilet stop. Take your own water though.

The tour of the Vatican Galleries (not all of them) leads to the tour of the Sistine Chapel and then St Peters, which you can stay in as long as you like at the end of the tour.

There is enough time to see everything during the tour and stops were made every now and then for the guide to give us more specific information.

In St Peters you can go through the catacombs to see the Popes and when you come out at the end you come out by the entrance to St Peters Dome. You have to pay - Cash Only - and you can climb up the inside f the Dome initially where you can look down onto the interior which is amazing. Then you climb further up and come out on the outside of the Dome which gives you fantastic views of Rome. This is an additional cost and separate from the tour but well worth doing - the 500+ steps are not as bad as it sounds!

27 days ago
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The Tour is about 3-4 hours, although it goes quickly and there is a toilet stop. Take your own water though.

The tour of the Vatican Galleries (not all of them) leads to the tour of the Sistine Chapel and then St Peters, which you can stay in as long as you like at the end of the tour.

There is enough time to see everything during the tour and stops were made every now and then for the guide to give us more specific information.

In St Peters you can go through the catacombs to see the Popes and when you come out at the end you come out by the entrance to St Peters Dome. You have to pay - Cash Only - and you can climb up the inside f the Dome initially where you can look down onto the interior which is amazing. Then you climb further up and come out on the outside of the Dome which gives you fantastic views of Rome. This is an additional cost and separate from the tour but well worth doing - the 500+ steps are not as bad as it sounds!

27 days ago
Napoleon, Ohio
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Just over 3 hours

28 days ago
Hampshire
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The Tour in total was about three hours. look to spend about an just over an hour guiding through the Vatican, about 20 to 30 minutes at the Sistine chapel and about an hour at St Peters Basilica. Then you can stay as long as you like at St Peters after the tour.

28 days ago
Arlington, Virginia
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Also factor in time you may want to spend on your own in the Basilica after the tour officially ends. You will have the opportunity to stay and take in the artwork on your own.

I believe we spent about 20 minutes in the Sistine Chapel. The walk thru the Vatican was at a steady shuffle (due to crowds - I did the 8:45a tour) and takes a while simply because of the amount of area covered. I would liked to have had more time to take in specific pieces, but not possible with the amount of people needing to move through.

I would recommend.

28 days ago
Va Beach
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Our tour started at 10:00 and finished at around 12:30 The tour is advertised as 3 hours long. Tour guides generally get their groups moving along on schedule due to the crowds. Enough time was spent on each area. Since the Sistine Chapel is always full of people, details on the ceiling paintings are provided by the guide outside of the chapel.

28 days ago
Dickinson, Texas
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If I recall correctly the tour is about 4 or 5 hours. We felt that we spent enough time at each location of course that depends on your taste. Keep in mind that it is very crowded and the Sistine Chapel limits the time you spend there.

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