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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Roma, Italy
Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Overview

Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. Explore intriguing sites like Raphael’s Rooms and then visit the Sistine Chapel to see incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Choose the start time that better suites your needs.
  • Half-day Vatican Museums guided tour with fast-track access
  • Learn about the incredible Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and marvel at Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam'

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This experience offers upgrades for early morning or after-hours tours of the Vatican.
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Free Wi-Fi & Recharging station at the meeting point
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  • Via Germanico, 8 , Via Germanico, 8, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting Point English language Tours – Via Germanico 8 Other languages – Via Vespasiano 46b

  • Via Vespasiano, 46b , Via Vespasiano, 46b, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting Point English language Tours – Via Germanico 8 Other languages – Via Vespasiano 46b

  • Vatican Museums , 00120, Vatican City
    Meet your local guide at the tour office to enter the Vatican Museums. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, step inside to start your Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Follow your guide, listening to tales of saintliness and scandal, and learn about the Vatican’s place as one of the holiest sites in Christendom.

    Italian art flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and the Vatican popes put together one of the world’s largest collections of private art with frescos, paintings, sculptures, and treasure. See the highlights as you walk through galleries such as Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the 'School of Athens'—a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself.

    Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—'The Last Judgement' and 'The Creation of Adam.'
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Vatican Museums
    Visit the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.isit to the renowned Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art, including works by Caravaggio, Raphael and many others, all of which will be brought to life by an expert guide. You will also see and incredible array of statues, artifacts, and of course, frescoes.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Sistine Chapel
    In the Sistine Chapel you will have the chance to admire Michelangelo’s astonishing work, the entire ceiling and the Last Judgment, and then again in St Peter’s Basilica where his beautiful Pietà is kept
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Stanze di Raffaello
    Visit the Raphael Rooms inside the Vatican Museums, home to many of Raphael’s celebrated frescoes. Admire the genius of his work as your guide highlights the intricacies of his work, such as the appearance of Michelangelo and da Vinci in ‘The School of Athens’. Appreciate the skill and beauty of one of the Renaissance’s greatest artists.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
    • Luggage storage NOT available
    • We are sorry to inform you that this tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
    • All students should have their student identity card in order to get the discount for the admission fee.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Please note that all participants over 12 years old must present; Vaccination Certificate , proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Nicom Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms ?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms .

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    • "Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk pretty much non stop." See review
    • "Skip the line is the only way to go, but still had an hour to 1.5 hour wait." See review
    • "Must use tour or you'll spend your vacation standing in line." See review

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    star-4
    7,935 Reviews

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    star-2
    Poor Quality Tour
    Faye_H
    , Aug 2022
    Our guide’s English was bad and hard to understand. We missed going to the Basilica because she told us to meet her at the right exit in 20 minutes and it took us 30 minutes to exit.
    star-3
    I totally like what I saw...
    Sibel_A
    , Aug 2022
    I totally like what I saw but I honestly don't understand the accent of Italian tour guides.I was looking up for information on the internet as I was walking through.It's best to visit these places during winter holidays probably.It was too crowded.
    star-4
    Wonderful tour.
    John_L
    , Aug 2022
    Tour guide was good , polite and attentive to our experience Moreover she was very knowledgeable and friendly.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Loved it!
    JoAnn_C
    , Aug 2022
    Huge! Gorgeous! Wonderful! Lots of surprises! The guide was well informed and personable. Wonderful works of art. Sculptures, tapestries, paintings
    star-1
    Cluster
    Snoflayk21
    , Aug 2022
    Very disorganized. Never met with tour guide, my message was not responded to so we wasted the purchase as I couldn’t get a refund
    star-5
    good tour for the value, vatican is just always super busy and hard for big groups to move around
    starla_w
    , Aug 2022
    i definitely feel that you could do the vatican without a guide, the tour guide did provide thoughtful insights into the pieces, the vatican was super busy when I went, so I felt a bit rushed, but that wasn't necessarily because of the tour guide/operator, good tour and definitely worth it to skip the line and have the tickets already bought for you
    star-5
    Exceptional Experience
    Reem_A
    , Aug 2022
    Our tour guide was exceptional. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. The 3 hour tour felt like 30 mins, that is how great it was!
    star-3
    Very busy, somewhat impacted on the experience
    Rebecca_J
    , Aug 2022
    Was so busy that it was really hard to hear the guide, even with the headsets and so much concentration spent on keeping together that it took away from the experience.
    star-1
    Don’t go
    thaddaeus_m
    , Aug 2022
    This was an awful experience tour guide was bad . The people at the agency where I had to go were was worse. This is a no go they are awful
    star-5
    Wonderful Experience
    Patrick_V
    , Jul 2022
    The Vatican tour was breathtaking from beginning to end. The tour guide was wonderful. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to see the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Raphael rooms. Simply stunning.
    star-3
    Phenomenal art and architecture.
    Roger_P
    , Jul 2022
    Amazing Art work especially Sistine Chapel. Although knowledgeable, the guide had a strong Iralian accent and her English was often difficult to follow. She also spoke and moved too quickly. The audio ear pieces were poor which compounded the problem of understanding
    star-5
    Loved the tour
    Clarence_H
    , Jul 2022
    We really enjoyed this tour and the Sistine Chapel was amazing and definitely the highlight of the tour
    star-1
    Very disappointed
    Beverley_G
    , Jul 2022
    Missed the tour guide as we were told to pick up tickets at a specific office and when we got there it was closed. We arrived 5mins after the tour guide time and were told we missed it and they waited on us.
    star-5
    Vatican tour
    Shanna_R
    , Jul 2022
    Anthony our guide was personable, knowledgeable, and passionate. He went above and beyond to ensure we had a thorough experience.
    star-5
    Guide Antonio highly recommended
    Sofie_F
    , Jul 2022
    Antonio was a knowledgeable and experienced guide. He was great at managing bigger groups, was great. Highly recommended.
    star-2
    Poor information was...
    Dimitris_T
    , Jul 2022
    Poor information was provided by the guide during the tour. No information at all on the Vatican history, emphasis on the religious aspects.
    star-5
    Worth the money
    Jody_o
    , Jul 2022
    Tour guide was great! Would not recommend July as it was very, very busy! Tour guide Linda was super knowledgeable and very patient with the crowds.
    star-5
    Vatican City Toyr
    Lisa_D
    , Jul 2022
    Our Guide was very informative about our tour of Vatican City. Upon arrival and also through out the tour..he kept us moving throughout the crowds while explaining all the important facts of our tour.
    star-5
    Fun
    Azin_B
    , Jul 2022
    Fun tour! leaned a lot about the painting and painters. Great tour guide! We really like it, it was just too hot.
    star-2
    Tour guide did not allow...
    Claudia_J
    , Jul 2022
    Tour guide did not allow for enough time to view what she was vaguely describing. The only way to keep up with what she was saying was to constantly be by her side, which was impossible to do with a large group and the amount of people visiting the Vatican. Also, she separated from the group way too early, when she could have continued with the tour of the Museums prior to entering the Sistine Chapel, but instead provided us a meeting point after the Sistine Chapel, just for her not to be there at the time and place indicated. This was important as she indicated she was going to walk us through the Skip the line entrance for St Peter's Basilica. Instead, we had to go around the entire Museums, exit the Vatican, and stand in the extremely long line for the Basilica (when it was promised we would enter through the Skip the Line entrance). This was our second time visiting the Vatican so we do have a point of comparison. There are definitely better guides out there!
    1 traveler found this review helpful

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