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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)
Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

Vialle Vaticano, Vatican City, 00120

The Basics

Some of Rome’s most visited attractions are set in Vatican City. The Vatican Museums often have long entry lines stretching for blocks along the city walls; to avoid the crowds, consider reserving a small-group Vatican tour with skip-the-line access or a private tour with VIP priority access in the morning or evening. Vatican City private and group tours generally include visits to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pinacoteca, other sights in the Vatican Museums complex, and the Vatican Gardens.

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Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
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Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
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$190.96 per adult
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Worth every dollar and more
Excellent tour guide and very knowledgeable. Adjusted the pace to our interest. The highlight of the day was underneath the V
Mark_R, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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It was exciting to see...
Edgar_L, Jan 2023
Meet Pope Francis at St Peter square Vatican City
It was exciting to see the Pope. I want to thank the Tour guide for his help. He was nice. Thank you from Edgar and Cecilia Lombera.
star-5
We needed last minute tickets - this service saved the day!
David_A, Jan 2023
Papal Audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City
My wife was 6 inches from Papa! Without the Viator tour we would have never been able to secure tickets and find good seats. I recommend highly for foreign travelers like me.
star-5
Rita did an excellent...
Avinoam_M, Jan 2023
Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel Tour in Vatican City
Rita did an excellent job. She was wonderful. The museums were breathtaking. One incredible painting after another. Then you arrive at the Sistine Chapel, and you will be in total awe of Michelangelo's skill.
star-5
Excellent opportunity...
marcela_k, Jan 2023
Meet Pope Francis at St Peter square Vatican City
Excellent opportunity without waiting I'm long lines. Affordable and friendly personnel. Give us a bus tour for free.
star-4
Great job guide!
Charisma_C, Dec 2022
Vatican City: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Group Tour with Basilica Entry
Had a great time. Our guide was good. She spoke fast but later spoke slowly. She found a way to get to the forum where we didn’t have to stand in line even when we had skip the line tour. It was great. She is very experienced. She also answered all my questions.
star-5
A dream come true
Francis_D, Dec 2022
Papal Audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City
No words to describe the moment I met the Pope. The closest thing to be near to God in this planet. Thank you Lord for this gift. Amen 🙏
star-5
EXCELENT!!
Cute_T, Dec 2022
Vatican City: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Group Tour with Basilica Entry
Really great tour, the guide made it interesting and it was perfectly organized. Would definitely recommend.
star-5
Great tour!
Greg_P, Dec 2022
Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel Tour in Vatican City
Thanks Alessia for a great tour! The knowledge you shared with us was amazing! Thanks for the recommendations after the tour as well! Much appreciated and we had a wonderful time.
star-5
Learned something new on our third visit through this excellent tour
Kari_G, Nov 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
What a great tour! I've been to the Vatican Museum several times and I definitely learned new things with our amazing guide Abi. Definitely worth having a private tour as the museum was absolutely packed. The pick up was directly across from the museum entrance (stairs across the street) and Abi customized the tour for us so we could maneuver around all of the slow moving groups. He is extremely knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. Really fantastic.
star-4
so much beauty. so much history.
Linda_D, Nov 2022
All you can visit: Vatican city
It would have been totally overwhelming to absorb all that Vatican has to offer if we went without a guide. Even at that, there is so much rich history here. The absolute best was viewing the Sistine Chapel in person. Such beauty.
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Pope audience
tom_g, Dec 2022
Meet Pope Francis at St Peter square Vatican City
Decent tour but get there 1hiur early in line and send someone to just get tickets- it’s a once a week event so that huge hall fills up fast
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Awesome Allasandro
Denise_C, Nov 2022
Vatican City Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
Allasandro is amazing and a wealth of knowledge. We had a great experience and the sites were beyond words.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The pope’s weekly address in St. Peter’s Square is wildly popular, so be sure to book official Papal Audience tickets in advance.

  • Vatican City houses some of Italy’s most important artistic masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica and ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, plus the museum complex’s Raphael Rooms.

  • To enter St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, appropriate attire and behavior are required. Wear modest clothing and keep your voice low.

  • Security for entering the museum complex and the basilica includes a metal detector, so don’t bring any banned items—pocketknives, corkscrews, umbrellas, etc.

  • Vatican City has its own post office that issues official stamps and a banking system that mints coins, although the euro is used for commerce.

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How to Get There

The most scenic way to enter Vatican City is by foot from the center of Rome, across Ponte Sant'Angelo to Piazza San Pietro. Alternatively, the Ottaviano station, on metro Line A, is about a 5-minute walk away.

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When to Get There

Vatican City heaves with tourists year-round. Summer is the busiest time of year, when skip-the-line tickets or a private tour guide are essential; the museums are less crowded during the winter months. At any time of year, Vatican City’s sights are busiest at midday, so plan your Rome tour around a visit in the early morning or late afternoon.

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The Swiss Guards

One of the most photographed sights in Vatican City are the brightly costumed Swiss Guards, who stand at attention around St. Peter’s Square. This small force of Swiss soldiers is maintained by the Holy See and provides security for the papal residence and the pope, as it has since 1506.

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Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)
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