OverviewThis is the original and best entire Vatican tour in Rome! It includes St. Peter's Basilica and runs for a little over 3 hours. Entire Vatican and Vatacombs: Heritage of Rome Tour runs throughout the year. We start daily at 11am between November 11th - March 31st excluding Sundays and public / religious holidays. Tour runs at 9am, 11am, and 1pm between April 1st - November 10th excluding Sundays and public / religious holidays. Reviewed hundreds of times on TripAdvisor and elsewhere online, this is your first port of call when in Rome and the Vatican City!
- All entrance fees included
- All necessary equipment included
- All-inclusive tour
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Perfect for all ages and skill level
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Know More about this tourMeet your guide in central Rome and get priority access to the Vatican. You'll experience the major highlights of Vatican City on a 3-hour tour that covers the Musei Vaticani, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Church, and the Vatacombs.
See what is surely the most important art collection in the world, located within more than 1,200 rooms; your guide covers the most important masterpieces. Highlights include the rooms of Raphael as well as ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard.
Receive a comprehensive background on the Sistine Chapel from before it was commissioned to the finishing touches, learning to distinguish between truth and legend.
Straight after seeing the Sistine Chapel, you'll be granted direct access to St. Peter's Basilica, skipping the long lines and extra time — a privilege made available on this particular tour. Explore the largest basilica in the world, built over what are believed to be the bones of St. Peter. Included are Michelangelo's Pieta and dome as well as the massive baldacchino (a bronze canopy sculpted by Bernini), Raphael's Transfiguration, and other monuments of artistic importance. Outside the magnificent Renaissance church your guide discusses the history of the Vatican State, its Swiss Guard, and how St. Peter's Square was designed.
Your guide will also lead you through the underground level referred to as the Vatacombs, a rarely seen area of the Vatican where tombs of the former popes are located, before your tour ends.
Inclusions for Entire Vatican And Vatacombs: Heritage Of Rome Tour
- Entrance fees
- Guaranteed to skip the long lines
- Professional art historian guide
Exclusions for Entire Vatican And Vatacombs: Heritage Of Rome Tour
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- "Scavi" - believed to be the resting place of St. Peter (must be booked separately through the Vatican - 3 to 6 months waiting list)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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.
Not wheelchair accessible
Tour meets 30 minutes before tour start time