What you'll experience
Every visit to the Vatican Museums begins in the Pinecone Courtyard; one of the most beautiful patios of the entire Apostolic Palace. Needless to say, the courtyard takes its name from the colossal pinecone sculpture perched at its northern end. The statue, which is completely cast in bronze and stands almost 13 feet tall, is said to have belonged to a temple of the Egyptian goddess Isis in ancient times. Later on, it would come to adorn both the Pantheon and the Old St. Peter’s Basilica before it finally ended up in its current home, where it has been standing proudly for over 400 years.
Explore the Vatican Museums without a hassle
At top value, our least expensive tour of the Vatican certainly doesn’t lack in the quality department – jump to the front of all the lines and join us on an incredible 2.5-hour journey through the Vatican’s unmissable big 3; the Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. While the sights themselves are certainly memorable, it's our tour guides who truly make the experience unforgettable! With thousands of 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor, our team has an excellent track record for providing insightful and fun experiences for our guests – and with the Vatican being our specialty – you’re in for a real treat!
This child-friendly Vatican tour is perfect for families travelling with young kids or those who simply want a fairly quick over-view of the world’s smallest city state. With over 1,200 individual rooms and 9 miles of galleries to wander, one could easily spend a full day getting lost in the winding corridors of the Vatican Museums. But do not fret; we are here to guide you straight through the maze and on to the real must-sees. To ensure that we can offer the perfect balance between cost-effectiveness and personal interaction, we’re capping our groups off at a maximum of 20 guests per tour. Naturally, we’ll provide headsets so that you can catch our insider’s scoops clearly and comfortably, even in the buzzing museum galleries.
More than meets the eye – artful masterworks of the Vatican
Out of all of our guided tours of the Vatican, we consider this to be the best entry-level tour on offer. Revel in a time when Michelangelo and Raphael were the rivaling rock stars of the Renaissance. Examine timeless art and progressive techniques as we lead you on an enlightening journey through the Sistine Chapel, the Tapestry Galleries and other art-filled courtyards and corridors of the Vatican – brimming with frescoes, sculptures, tapestries, and more. Our expert guides create a rich experience by giving personalities to names and stories to artworks.
While the Sistine Chapel remains to be the most famous ceiling in the world, few people know that Michelangelo never wanted to paint it to begin with. Get the inside scoop on the artists’ lives, rivalries, and dramas. Who stole whose techniques? And how was Michelangelo unwillingly forced to spend 9 years of his life on the Sistine Chapel ceiling and Last Judgment? Get in on all the gossip and don't miss any of the hidden details the prodigy artists painted into their world-famous frescoes.
Wonder at the amazement of St. Peters Basilica
The tour concludes on a high note inside St. Peter’s Basilica, where you'll witness the incomparable grandeur of intricate mosaics, gold painted ceilings, gigantic statues, and spectacular domes. Optical illusions will be unveiled and history will unfold as we escort you to the bronze Baldachin and the chair of Saint Peter himself. Last but not least, we will stop by the Pietà, one of the corner stone works of the Renaissance. Learn what led Michelangelo to defile one of his most prized sculptures and the reason he modeled the Virgin Mary to appear the same age as her dying son.
While some may say that you’d need a lifetime to fully explore the Vatican (and it’s probably true!), we know that our guests don’t have that kind of time on their hands. With skip-the-line access to all sights visited and an insider expert leading the way, you'll leave your Vatican adventure feeling enlightened and still have plenty of time to see the rest of what The Eternal City has to offer!
Why you'll love this tour