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Vatican Museum, Vatacombs, and St. Peter's Basilica

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Explore the Vatacombs - the underground tombs of the former Popes! This best-selling tour covers most of Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Get your fill of beautiful art, stunning architecture, and history in a single tour!


- Explore the Vatacombs
- See the burial place of former Popes
- Take a tour of the world-renowned Vatican museums
- See Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
- Admire St. Peter's Basilica 

What can I expect?

Experience the Highlights of Rome
On this tour, you'll see highlights from arguably the most important collection of art in the world, including The Rooms of Raphael, The Sistine Chapel, and The Belvedere Courtyard. 

Your English-speaking guide will provide you with a comprehensive overview on all that you see to ensure that you get the most out of your time spent in Vatican City. You'll especially learn about the Sistine Chapel and about Michelangelo, the genius behind it. Our guides on our Vatican tours are very popular and receive many positive reviews and comments from our guests. 

After leaving the Sistine Chapel, you will be led through the underground level, called the Vatacombs, a rarely seen area of the Vatican where tombs of the former popes are located. 

Next you'll head towards St Peter's Basilica, the largest basilica in the world built over what are believed to be the bones of St. Peter. Here you get to enjoy the magnificent view of the dome from the ground.

The tour ends outside the magnificent Basilica where you will hear about the history of the Vatican State, the Swiss Guard, and how St Peter's Square was designed. The tour is operated in English.  

How does it work?

How do I get my tickets?
Shortly after your booking is complete your e-ticket will be sent directly to your email address entered at time of booking, just print it out and bring it on your tour. 

Where does the tour start?
The tour starts near the Vatican Museums entrance.

Where does the tour end? 
The tour ends outside St. Peter's Basilica. 

How long is the tour?
The tour runs approx. 3 hours.  

Is there a dress code?
Yes, there is a strict dress code at the Vatican. Shoulders and knees must be covered for both women and men. Sandals are considered appropriate. 

Important information

- You will skip all official queues, and they can be very long, up to several hours. However on certain days like bank holidays, weekends and religious holidays there still may be some lines which are unavoidable. Even so, these lines will be far shorter than the public ones. 
- Due to the popularity of the attractions and the number of visitors on the sites, your tour may run longer than anticipated. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you. 
- Cancellations can happen at very short notice. In this case, we will contact you and offer you alternative tour dates or, if preferred, offer a full refund. 
- Due to security reasons, we strongly recommend that you do not bring any large bags or packages. 
- This tour is conducted as a walking tour, as no vehicles are allowed inside the Vatican, so please wear appropriate footwear.

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Are there child rates?
Yes, child rates are available for children between ages 6-17. Children under age 6 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.  

Opening hours

10:30 AM and 11:30 AM.
Closed Sunday and on other religious holidays!

What’s not included?

- Necropolis

From $ 84.50

Sun, 21 Jul 2024


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Live guide

Running Time: 3 hours

What’s included?

- A guided tour through Vatican City.
- Access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
- Access to the Vatacombs.

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COVID-19 Status:
Upon arrival at the meeting address, all members of your party over the age of 12 or older must present a “Health Pass” and a valid ID, proving that you are either:
- Fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine - first and second dose), and the second dose administered at least 14 days before your visit
- You have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48 hours.
- Or that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old


Vatican Museum, Vatacombs, and St. Peter's Basilica

When In Rome Tours Via Sebastiano Veniero 21 000192 Roma, Italy


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