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Vatican Highlights Tour - Skip the Line Entry - Small Group of 12

Get straight inside with skip-the-line access to see a host of treasures including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, all with enlightening storytelling from a passionate guide to put you front and center at Rome's premier collection of artistic masterpieces. Groups of 12 people of fewer!

Dive into the Vatican’s must-see attractions with the highlights you absolutely can't leave Rome without. This tour has been specifically designed to get you inside as quickly as possible with skip-the-line entry. You'll have a passionate Vatican expert with you all the way for a true insider's perspective, and in groups of only 12 guests or fewer both you and the priceless works of art will get the attention you deserve.

This is hands down the perfect tour for families traveling with small children or teens, people who "don't do" museum tours, or those who have limited time and want to see the Eternal City in less than an eternity.

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  • What's included :
    • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Small group tour of maximum 12 participants
    • Top-rated official tour guide
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
    • Bottle of water to our office near the Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - What a Life Tours
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
    • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
    • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
    • Entry/Admission - La Pieta
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: What a Life Tours, 00192 Vatican City Italy

    Meet at our comfortable offices less than a block from the museum entrance where you’ll be pampered with hotel-like service, an italian breakfast with croissant and cappuccino, and true hospitality. We are located few minutes away from the Vatican Museums' entrance!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    The Vatican Museums feature many works of art that belonged to the different Popes and are full of artistic beauty. Here is a glimpse of some of the most beautiful things to see in the Vatican Museums. Rooms and Galleries of the Vatican Museums, as the Greek Cross Room, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, Raphael Rooms and much more!

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Viale Vaticano, Vatican City Italy

    Raphael’s most famous frescoes can be seen in four rooms in Pope Julius II’s and Leo X’s apartment. The first of the Raphael Rooms (1508-1524) to be frescoed – Pope Julius II’s study – reflects the themes of theology, philosophy, poetry and justice. Raphael’s most noted painting the School of Athens highlights the degrees of knowledge acquired through reason. The largest of the rooms the Hall of Constantine represents the victory of Christianity over Paganism, the Room of Fire is dedicated to Pope Leo IV, and the Room of Heliodorus represents the liberation of St. Peter. A real highlight on our Vatican tour!

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy

    Admire the breathtaking Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo! The most famous section of the Sistine Chapel ceiling is Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. This scene is located next to the Creation of Eve, which is the panel at the center of the room, and the Congregation of the Waters, which is closer to the altar.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    If you thought the size of the Vatican Museums was overwhelmingly spectacular, St. Peter’s Basilica takes the “wow factor” to another level. The sheer capacity of the interiors is enough to leave any visitor searching for words to describe its vastness. At 613 feet long, 85 feet wide and 147 feet high, it took an incredible 120 years to build, starting from 1506. Admire Michelangelo’s unparalleled Pietà masterpiece and stroll towards the center right nave to observe Bernini’s 30-foot high bronze Baldachin, which sits directly atop the site of St. Peter’s tomb.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: La Pieta, Chapel of the Pieta Basilica Di San Pietro, Vatican City Italy

    The Pietá, which was carved by Michelangelo between 1499 and 1501, is considered to be one of the greatest sculptural masterpieces in history. While Michelangelo was a true Renaissance man who dabbled in everything from architecture to poetry, he always thought of himself as a sculptor, first and foremost. In fact, ever since childhood, the artist had felt an overpowering calling to “release the figures trapped in the stone”. Michelangelo is said to have believed that every stone had a statue within it and that the sculptor’s task was to discover the shape and to carve away all the stone that did not belong to it.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: St. Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    A visit to Vatican City would not be complete without standing in awe of the beauty in St. Peter’s Square, also known as Piazza San Pietro. This massive square framing St. Peter’s Basilica is the location where the pope holds Wednesday General Audiences and special masses on religious holidays.

    Pass By: Vatican City, Vatican City, Lazio

    Vatican City is the smallest country in the world.
    Encircled by a 2-mile border with Italy, Vatican City is an independent city-state that covers just over 100 acres, making it one-eighth the size of New York’s Central Park. Vatican City is governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head. The Vatican mints its own euros, prints its own stamps, issues passports and license plates, operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem. One government function it lacks: taxation. Museum admission fees, stamp and souvenir sales, and contributions generate the Vatican’s revenue.

  • Departure Point :
    What a Life Tours, Via Santamaura, 14B, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Return Detail :
    St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    Hotel Pickup :
    • 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.
    • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-7559P6

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