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Entire Vatican Experience & Papal Sarcophagi

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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.
  • 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 
  • View the underground tombs of former popes in the rarely seen ‘Vatacombs’ 
  • Learn about the Vatican’s art and history from an art historian guide
  • Small group limited to nine people
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Via Sebastiano Veniero, 19, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Get into the Vatican Museums fast with our no lines priority access ticket
  • Experienced English speaking expert Vatican tour guide so you won't miss anything
  • Entire Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica tour with multiple departure times
  • Catch all the classic and ancient sculptures inside world famous chambers, halls and galleries
  • Immersive Sistine Chapel inside experience and a panel-by-panel tour of Michelangelo's ceiling
  • Tour of little-known Papal Sarcophagi beneath St. Peter's Basilica which we call "Vatacombs"
  • Full tour of entire St. Peter's Basilica covering all the major works of art and sculpture therein
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Square
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • "Scavi" - believed to be the resting place of St. Peter.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • On days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may become necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event that the Papal tombs beneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended and no refunds made
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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This was the second tour I have taken of the Basilica and Sistine Chapel. The Chapel is always crowded but the the number of people touring the Basilica made the experience less than satisfactory. The tour guide was knowledgable and attentive to our individual needs.
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Response from Freedom08125253469, Manager at Entire Vatican Experience & Papal Sarcophagi
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear readers, Here we are again with a traveler blaming us for crowds inside the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. We have no control over crowds inside the Vatican City and this is the same for every tour operator in Rome. We make this as clear as we can in our terms and conditions of sale and we try our utmost to navigate through crowds on busy days. When In Rome Tours
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Thank’s to our guide Chiara Antonelli for making the trip exiting , interesting and fun all the way . 🤩
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This tour was faster then normal and we didnt get to see certain aspects underground due to the pope hosting a latge scale meeting the following day. The speaker did a great job but dissappinted in the company for not letting us know in advance that qe wernt getting the full
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Response from Freedom08125253469, General Manager at Entire Vatican Experience & Papal Sarcophagi
Responded 4 Oct 2019
Hello Photogr... Tour duration as advertised. It always is and always will be :) Papal appointment - we didn't know in advance, short notice was handed down to us by the Vatican authorities. Yes, correct, the same for everyone! Thank you very much for writing. When In Rome Tours
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We landed in Rome and went straight to this tour. As such, we showed up right when the tour started instead of 30 minutes early as requested. They were so kind despite our tardiness. Massimo was funny and took great care in explaining all the details of the Vatican. He was
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Response from When-In-Rome-Tours, Manager at Entire Vatican Experience & Papal Sarcophagi
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this lovely review. It is great to know that our tour guides continue to do a fantastic job in bringing the art and history of the Vatican to life! Massimo is indeed one of our most requested tour guides - you couldn't have been in better hands. It was a pleasure having you with us in Rome!
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Every place on this tour is simply awe inspiring, the artwork and the architecture is stunning! Guide was great, informative and I didn't feel rushed throughout the tour! Take a bottle of water with you as it does get a little stuffy inside
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Response from When-In-Rome-Tours, Owner at Entire Vatican Experience & Papal Sarcophagi
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for writing this candid and positive review of our tour. It was truly a pleasure having you with us in Rome!
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