Vatican and Sistine Chapel Classico
Michelangelo and Raphael are waiting for you, come and see them! We will help you discover their Masterpieces
Duration 3.5 h.
Skip the line Entrance to Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
Flexible Start time. Please, select a date to see availability
Meeting Point Close to Vatican Museums Entrance (Details at Booking)
Operating Days Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat. (not on Sunday)
Tour doesn’t run on Sunday
Language English (contact us for other languages)
Short Tour Description
Vatican and Sistine Chapel Classico tour is designed for those who want to explore the world’s most fascinating independent state, led by our skilled local guides, admiring the outstanding masterpieces housed in the Vatican Museums, located within the boundaries of the tiny Vatican City State.
The Museums display works collected by the Popes for more than five centuries, including outstanding Roman statues which inspired Michelangelo, painter, sculptor and architect, a real all-round renaissance artist, like the celebrated Laocoon Group and the powerful Belvedere Torso by Apollonius.
Walking through the Gallery of Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps, built in the xv century to connect the Popes’ summer residence to the Apostolic Palace, get inside the spectacular Raphael’s Rooms, once part of the private Papal Apartments, fully covered with frescoes by the Divine Raphael and his workshop. Discover the stories and anecdotes behind the Heliodorus, the School of Athens and the Fire of Borgo frescoes.
Passing through the Borgia’s Apartments, where the Scandalous Pope Alexander VI lived, now housing the Vatican Collection of Modern Religious Art, reach and be amazed by the world famous Sistine Chapel, entirely covered with the most celebrated Michelangelo’s frescoes: the Ceiling and the Last Judgement… no words are enough to describe this masterpiece!
Skipping the line through a special shortcut, at last but not least, reach St. Peter’s basilica, the biggest church of Christendom and one of the holiest Catholic shrines, where art becomes integral part of Christian liturgy.
Admire the magnificent main altar, the Baldaquin, designed by the most famous baroque artist Giovan Lorenzo Bernini, touch the foot of St. Peter’s statue to get his blessing and get close to the Michelangelo’s masterpiece the Pietà and visit St. John Paul II’s tomb and the shrine of St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, before entering the biggest square in Rome, the magnificent baroque masterpiece St. Peter’s Square.
✓ English-Speaking Local Expert Tour Guide
✓ Private Tour
✓ Skip the line Entrance to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
✓ Entrance tickets and reservation fees
✓ Audio headsets (just when needed)
On Request (WITH EXTRA CHARGE)
✓ Hotel pick-up/drop-off
❋ Pinacoteca Courtyard
❋ Pinecone Courtyard
❋ Octagonal Court
❋ Pio Clementino Museum
❋ Gallery of Candelabra
❋ Gallery of Tapestries
❋ Gallery of Maps
❋ Raphael’s Rooms
❋ Borgia Apartment
❋ Sistine Chapel
❋ St. Peter’s Basilica
❋ Michelangelo’s Pieta
❋ Bernini’s Baldaquin
❋ St. Peter’s Square
Viale Vaticano, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
You will find us near the Vatican Museums’ Entrance
We will hold a sign with your name on it
Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica or parts of the venues could be subject to last-minute closures due to unforeseen circumstances.
This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors.
Entry to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica is permitted only to appropriately dressed visitors.
Low cut or sleeveless clothing, shorts, short skirts and hats are not allowed.
Security checks by metal detector
For security reasons all visitors and their luggage shall be screened. To facilitate and speed up security checks by metal detector, visitors are advised to remove inadmissible items from their hand baggage beforehand, and to inform staff in advance.
Luggage, bags and rucksacks
Before entering the exhibition spaces, visitors are required to leave in the cloakroom all luggage, suitcases, rucksacks, packages and containers not considered suitable by staff on account of their size or nature.
Visitors who continue their tour in the Vatican Basilica are reminded not to leave their baggage in the Vatican Museums.
The cloakroom service is free of charge.
Large umbrellas, sticks, tripods and stands for photography, video cameras, stainless steel water bottle, banners and signs of any type must all be left in the cloakroom.
Even if you get through security, you will be turned away by the attendants at the entrance door.
Photos and Video
Photos an Video without flash are allowed everywhere at the Vatican, including inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
But inside the Sistine Chapel, photos are not allowed at all.
Tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed anywhere in the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
When you leave the Sistine Chapel to reach St. Peter’s Basilica you exit the Vatican Museums and it isn’t possible to return to the Vatican Museums. If you want more time inside the Vatican Museums you must forgo the guided tour of the basilica.
Please let the guide know before you leave the tour.