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

Vatican City (Citta del Vaticano)

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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$91.93 per adult
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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

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Wonderful Experience at the Vatican
Katherine_H, Aug 2021
Vatican City Saint Peter Basilica Private visit for your family and friends
Had questions with unclear meeting point, so we messaged the tour company and they got back to us right away, very helpful, even providing us with a map on where we needed to go to meet for the tour. Our guide, Paulo, was amazing! He was so knowledgable and passionate about everything in the Basilica, wanting us to have the best experience possible while we were there. Couldn't give him higher praises!
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Can't say enough about how promptly...
Susie Z, Oct 2014
Private Transport from Rome Hotels to the Vatican City
Can't say enough about how promptly the coach arrived, cleanliness, and the driver's knowledge of traffic in Rome. Great Experience?
star-5
Easy 2 hours
VIRGINIA_P, Feb 2020
Group tour: 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
Group tour: 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!
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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
Group tour: 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.
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The driver was on time to collect us...
Heather M, Jan 2018
Private Transport from Rome Hotels to the Vatican City
The driver was on time to collect us from the hotel and got us to the Vatican in plenty of time for our tour.
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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!
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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!

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.

  • Vatican City has its own post office that issues official stamps and a banking system that mints coins, although the euro is used for commerce.

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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 5-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)