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

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

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36,039 Reviews
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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Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets

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Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets
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$94.14 per adult
Excellent
Our guide Nadia was lovely and very knowledgeable which made the whole experience unforgettable and amazing, all the stories she told us about the incredible art pieces and the grounds helped us understand some of the history behind this unmissable place. I’m not usually that much into museums but this visit was very enjoyable, 10 out of 10!!
Ingrid_G, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Easy 2 hours
VIRGINIA_P, Feb 2020
Vatican City Express
Guide at the Vatican was really pleasant, informative and fluent. However the young lady at the first meeting point seemed a little unimpressed. Got there early and was asked if we wanted to change to a later time ?!?!
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Vatican city
Poppadoodle, Feb 2020
Vatican City Express
Our tour guide, Fran, was very knowledgeable and passionate about the art and history of Vatican city. Fran was very welcoming and took pictures of us (we were a family of six), and gave us every opportunity to ask questions during the tour. Overall a fascinating and rewarding experience led by an excellent tour guide.
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Professional Guide
Tourist603545, Dec 2019
Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets
I forgot the name of the lady guide so sorry but she’s very professional. We only have 2 groups total of 6 people. The 1st group got an appointment and we left 2 to enter the Basilica but still she explain and proceed as usual. Kudos!
star-5
Excellent Tour!
Cruiser285154, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets
This was our first time to Rome and this tour was excellent. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was able to navigate our small group through the large crowds that day to make sure we were able to see all of the “must sees”. She kept the pace steady but did not rush us. We have used Viator for other tours on this trip and they have not disappointed. Will definitely book again.
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Very Knowledgable
tasneem0920, Feb 2020
Vatican City Express
the tour guide was friendly, and very knowledgeable. It was a good tour to highlight the main parts of the Vatican
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Busy day
margragona, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets
Well spoken and knowledgeable guide. Moved us to great viewing areas to see and get the most of the Art work and other items.
star-5
Wonderful Tour even better guide
jaclynpomer, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets
Amazing experience, the tour was just the right amount of time and extremely informative! Everything was checked off our list in relation to what we were expecting/wanted. Small group was great as well!
star-5
Great tour!
B9593UEkarenp, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets
It was five of us and felt like a private tour. She was great and knowledgeable and would definitely go back!
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The only way to see these treasures
mjdill42, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets
Our guide, Ariana, was knowledgeable, kind and wise. We learned a lot from her, and she helped us better appreciate everything we saw and experienced. Also, I cannot imagine trying to navigate the crowds without her!
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Roma
jpindras, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets
The guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Her insight brought more meaning to the artwork, buildings and culture of that period.
star-5
Amazing, informative and passionate
jennypassaniti, Sep 2019
Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets
It was wonderful to be able to skip the lines. Maria our guide was very informative and passionate and highlighted pieces throughout our tour which brought so much meaning and emotion to our experience. Thank you Maria.
star-4
Good Tour and Guide
GE0320, Jul 2019
Small-Group Tour of Vatican City: with Skip-the-line Tickets
Very good tour -- got a chance to see the main highlights. I learned a bit more on previous tours of the Vatican, but I understand that you can't cover everything when trying to see Vatican City in a few hours. Tour guide was very kind and well informed. He was hard to understand at times, but had no issues clarifying something or repeating it. We left satisfied with the value of the tour.

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.

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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 five-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)