SISTINE CHAPEL AND VATICAN MUSEUMS
When planning your Vatican tour, it is important to remember that not all the sites within Vatican city are managed under the same administration. While most Vatican tours include Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, please remember that the administration of the first two sites (Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel) is different from that of the Basilica of St Peter. This is why, Vatican Night Tours for example, only have access to the museums and the famous chapel painted by Michelangelo, but not access to the basilica. But even if you take a Vatican day tour consider this: if you go without a tour guide, you first see the Vatican Museums and then you get to the Sistine Chapel. Once there, if you don’t have a guide, you are sent back to the start. Whereas, if you are with an official guide, you can go directly to St Peter’s Basilica through a dedicated passage. This is important to know because if you are planning to visit both sites, you might need to go back to St Peter’s square and stand in line under the sun for another hour or so. To summarize, visiting the Vatican is amazing, but if you don’t know exactly what to do, you might waste some of precious time and energy. Taking a Small-Group Vatican Tour or a Private Vatican Tour is an effective way not only to learn and admire the highlights of Vatican City but also, at the end of the day, to save money and time.
BEST VATICAN TOURS
Check out brand-new original tour From Dark To Light. This stunning full-day combo tour will take you through a unique itinerary that includes the underground exploration of the Roman Catacombs and Vatican City, including Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. During both tour sections, you will be in a small-group tour, led by an expert licensed guide. If you just want to tour Vatican City without the Catacombs, check out our original Vatican Experience: For this popular small-group Vatican tour, we have three different start times to meet everyone’s needs. There is a morning tour starting at 8:30 am, an afternoon tour starting at 1:30 pm, and finally an Early Morning Vatican tour starting at 7:30 am, before the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel open to the general public. This way you can see these famous sites without the notorious late morning crowd.
For more option please visit our top-rated page of Vatican Tours. All our Vatican City experiences include Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, except the Vatican Night Tour which includes only the Museums and the Sistine Chapel, but not the Basilica, as churches are closed at night. Even the big one!