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Vatican Tours Beyond the Velvet Rope
Millions visit the Vatican every year for its Renaissance masterpieces and timeless architecture, but the city-state offers unforgettable experiences more than its often-packed museums. Go beyond the usual and escape the crowds to uncover the Vatican’s best hidden gems in style. See St. Peter’s tomb on an immersive Vatican Scavi tour, explore the majestic Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, indulge in a hearty breakfast at the Vatican Museums before it opens, and more!
1. Go on a Vatican Necropolis tour to find an ancient city of the dead in the excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica and see the mausoleum of the first pope
2. Enjoy access to the original Bramante Staircase, which is usually closed to the public, and marvel at its innovative design
3. Conquer the tallest dome in the world with a St. Peter’s Dome climb for a bird's eye view of Vatican City from the cupola
4. Dig deep into St Peter’s Basilica’s rich history with a Vatican Crypts visit and pay respects to the Catholic leaders laid to rest at the papal tombs
5. Watch the sunrise as you enjoy breakfast at the Pinecone Courtyard before the Vatican Museum opens to the public
6. See the Holy Father in person at the Papal Audience with Pope Francis and hear his themed message
7. Delve into Roman history as you go beneath Vatican Hill and visit the Via Triumphalis Necropolis, opened only in 2013
8. Beat the crowds and the heat with an after-hours Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tour—only available for selected days in the year
9. Admire Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes in peace and quiet, just like it's meant to be, with a Sistine Chapel tour before it opens to the public
10. Board an electric train from Vatican City to the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo and retrace the 500-year heritage of the papacy at the Papal Apartments.
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    Availability varies by date for all activities.

  1. Discover St. Peter's Basilica's hidden depths with an official Vatican guide. Take an exclusive Vatican Necropolis tour and see Saint Peter's tomb. Cut lines as you enter through a dedicated gate and see masterpieces by Michelangelo and Bernini.

    USD65.53

    Daily
    2.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  2. Admire masterpieces without waiting in the long lines on this highlights of Vatican tour. Explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. See the Bramante Staircase, which is usually closed to the public, and other hidden gems.
    English Available

    USD102.19

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    5 hour(s) (morning)
  3. Skip lines to the Vatican Museums with an exclusive entrance & explore areas closed to the public on this VIP Vatican tour. Visit the Bramante Staircase, revel in the sights at the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica, and roam the Vatican Gardens.
    English Available

    USD109.97

    Mon, Fri, Sat
    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  4. Explore one of the most important churches in the world with all-access St. Peter's Basilica tickets. Get to know the majestic church from top to bottom with a tour of the sacred Vatican Tombs and climb to the top of the tallest dome in the world.
    English Available

    USD54.43

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    3 hour(s) (morning)
  5. Enjoy exclusive access on this VIP Vatican tour! Embark on a Sistine Chapel tour before it opens to the public. Then, see bronze statues with skip-the-line St. Peter's Basilica tickets. End the tour at the Vatican Crypts where popes are laid to rest.
    English Available

    USD83.31

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    2.5 hour(s) (morning)
  6. Grab the rare opportunity to see Pope Francis with Papal Audience tickets. Get the best seats available as you witness the Pope address the crowd with a speech, prayers and a homily.
    English Available
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD27.77

    Wed
    4 - 10 hour(s) (morning)
  7. Hear the Holy Father's message with pre-booked Papal Audience tickets! Avoid the hassle of booking and claiming the in-demand invitations on this stress-free experience. Follow your guide to an optimum location for the best view of Pope Francis.
    English Available

    USD38.88

    Wed
    (morning)
  8. Steer clear of the crowds on this Vatican Museums tour after operating hours for a new perspective on some of the world's most popular works of art. Enjoy an intimate viewing of the vibrant frescoes covering the walls of the pristine Sistine Chapel.
    English Available

    USD79.97

    Fri
    3 hour(s) (evening)
  9. Go on a Sistine Chapel tour 1.5 hours before it opens to the public! View Michelangelo's masterpiece on the chapel's ceiling minus the crowds. Then, enjoy all-day, skip-the-line Vatican Museums tickets and take your time viewing 9 miles of artworks.

    USD62.20

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    (morning)
  10. Get convenient, prebooked Papal Audience tickets to see Pope Francis in person. Learn about papal traditions and history on the way to St. Peter's Square and be escorted to a good viewing spot by your expert guide.
    English Available

    USD54.43

    Wed
    4.5 hour(s) (morning)
  11. Bask in Michelangelo's famed frescoes with early entry Sistine Chapel tickets, which allows you access 30 minutes before the public. Bypass lines and discover the grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica, arguably the most important church in Christianity.
    English Available

    USD72.20

    Daily
    2.5 hour(s) (morning)
  12. Get ahead of the pack and see Michelangelo's iconic frescoes in peace and quiet with early access Sistine Chapel tickets. Explore the chapel 1.25 hours before the public, then take in Renaissance sculptures and paintings with Vatican Museums tickets.
    English Available

    USD72.20

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    (morning)
  13. Uncover an ancient city of the dead as you explore the Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis, the Roman-age excavations beneath Vatican Hill. View Renaissance pieces like the Sistine Chapel painting by Michelangelo with priority Vatican Museums tickets.

    USD39.17

    Mon, Sat
    (morning, afternoon)

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