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See the best of the Vatican Museums then have all evening free to enjoy the rest of Rome after booking this, our top selling Vatican tour. Vatican Highlights runs every day all year excluding Sundays and public holidays.

The best way to experience Vatican City highlights with skip the Vatican line priority access. This Vatican tour covers the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, with an option to visit St. Peter's Basilica with your guide.

Vatican Highlights is a tour which covers the best of what is arguably the most important art collection in the world, occupying more than 1,200 rooms. Such highlights include the Classical Antiquities Museums, Gallery of Maps, Round Room, Hellenistic art in the Belvedere Courtyard, and the Sistine Chapel. One of our expert Vatican tour guides will relate the fascinating story of the Sistine Chapel from before it was commissioned to completion.

After leaving the chapel, you will have direct access to St. Peter's Basilica which is allowed only to official guided Vatican tours. All other visitors are forced to exit the Vatican, take the long route to the basilica, and line up to go inside. If you wish to stay on for St. Peter's, you can pay an additional fee of €13 direct to your guide for (1) one extra hour.

Please check in at our office 15 minutes ahead of whichever departure time you select.

Before e-mailing us about availability and cost, please read this page.

View and print meeting point for this tour: Via Sebastiano Veniero 21, by Vatican Museums entrance

  • Priority skip the line Vatican tickets

  • Licensed Vatican tour guide

  • Vatican tour with multiple convenient departure times

  • Vatican Museums tour

  • Sistine Chapel tour

  • None!
Dress Code

Inside the Vatican City, for both ladies and men, knees and shoulders must be covered. For men, no shorts of any kind are allowed. No exceptions are made.

Important Information
  • Tour runs daily excluding Sundays.
  • Nov 11th - Mar 31st: 11:00 AM.
  • April 1st - Nov 10th: 4 start times.
  • Tour does not run on public holidays.
  • Average group size: 20 persons.
2 hours
Meeting Point
9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 13:00 PM, 15:00 PM at our Vatican office on Via Sebastiano Veniero 21. Full details in booking confirmation voucher.

Following payment, you will be e-mailed a confirmation voucher with comprehensive booking details therein. Payment made will be clarified, and clearly explained tour meeting point info plus maps included for you to find your way in Rome. Please print your voucher and bring it with you at the start of the tour.

When In Rome Tours Promise

** Vatican Museums tickets included!

No hidden costs, English speaking guide, personalized assistance, free Rome orientation & local maps at our customer service center when you check in for your Vatican tour. Amenities include intranet points, lounge, wi-fi, rest rooms, refreshments, and a Roman gladiator photo shoot!

Rated: 5/5 - Tour with Giuliano
Mads Marholt (25 November, 2015 - 07:19pm)

"Giuliano made the Vatican tour a great experience. Detailed explanations with humor and passion. Even our 14 years old son (real teenager) was fascinated and had a good time. Very recommendable..."

Rated: 5/5 - Super
Elsa (27 September, 2015 - 10:37pm)

"Very good information and a good and fun Indian guide named Maggie"

Rated: 5/5 - Great!
Krijn and Levina (21 September, 2015 - 06:37pm)

"Great tour with our guide Luigi!! Very inspiring and we are looking forward to visit Rome again and have Luigi again as our guide!!"

Rated: 5/5 - Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel
Jan (23 April, 2015 - 11:03pm)

"My wife and I attended one of your tours of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday April 21. Our tour guide Maggie turned out to be an extremely pleasant person, and to our judgment she had all the necessary qualifications. She also presented it all with great enthusiasm and dedication, which really made the tour a highlight of our visit to Rome."

Rated: 5/5 - Tip of the day
Jeanette (16 March, 2015 - 11:31am)

"Fantastic! All was provided here. Tickets, hospitality, care and attention, tour guide, great experience."

Rated: 5/5 - Knock, knock
Silvestro (23 February, 2015 - 05:09pm)

"Ciao, I just want to express our gratitude to your guide Luigi. He made our morning visit in the Vatican a real hit. He had the answers in a cunning and humerous way to all our questions - even those we hadn't asked. Take good care of him. The man is a walking diamond."

Rated: 5/5 - Vatican visit 15 Jan 2015.
Walid Mashhoud (24 January, 2015 - 05:30am)

"Chiara is a very beautiful tour guide. Informative cooperative and has sense of humor. She makes your tour amusing and delightful. Thank you Chiara."

Rated: 5/5 - Vatican tour on 15 Jan 2015
Sammy (24 January, 2015 - 05:28am)

"We went to the Vatican in tour with Chiara. She is very knowledgable and cooperative. Filled with live and energy. I recommend to go with her every time when in Rome."

Rated: 5/5 - Vatican tour
Jella (04 January, 2015 - 10:48am)

"Vatican with Chiara, together with my oldest daughter Eva best guide ever, thank you so much!"

Rated: 5/5 - 24.12.2014
Christine (03 January, 2015 - 04:11pm)

"dear team, I was one of the participants of the guided tours zu Vatikan (start 8.20). It was magnificent! Our guide, Chiara, was unique!!!! :-) This was my most beautiful gift for Christmas (I was in Rome solo). Should I go to Rome once more - a tour only with Chiara."

Rated: 5/5 - Thanks
Gunnar (30 November, 2014 - 08:50am)

"Hi. Yesterday Saturday 29th of November we took a tour of the Vatican musem with your guide Maggie. She really made our tour some thing extra. A smashing experience. I wish to send our thanks for the tour to Maggie and your company. We would be most delighted if you could pass this on to Maggie. A huge thank you from us."

Rated: 5/5 - Great Tour Of The Vatican!
Kristian (17 November, 2014 - 06:38pm)

"We had a great tour of the Vatican. Daniella is one of the best guides we have ever come across and with lots of knowledge and humor she made the tour interesting all the way. We can highly recommend her for future tours and we hope to see her again next time."

Rated: 5/5 - vatican museum, St Peter and Vatacombs
Thomas Lomberg (14 November, 2014 - 06:09pm)

"We were a small group, 13 I think, and our guide Daniela were exelent. With a lot of humour and knowledge she told us about Rafael and Michelangelo and the history of the Vatican. Very good And I recomend this guide, Daniela."

Rated: 5/5 - Kiarra, the best guide all over the world!
Iwona, Jacek, Kasia and Angelo from Poland (12 November, 2014 - 10:37pm)

"Hello! we took part in the trip to the Vatican on Monday 10-11-2014 at 9 am. Big thanks for Kiarra, the best guide all over the world :-) We were fascinated and very very very happy that she was with us. Please pass her our thanks."

Rated: 5/5 - Chiara Cara
Anna (07 November, 2014 - 03:02pm)

"Salve! We would like to say THANK YOU Chiara! Chiara took good care of us right from the beginning of the guided tour in Vatican 24 oct. She made the tour very interesting and gave us a strong want-more-feeling. We look forward to a return to Roma and of course to Vaticano. Ci vediamo!"

Rated: 5/5 - Giuliano
Carolyn (18 September, 2014 - 06:42pm)

"Good afternoon. I just finished a Vatican tour with Giuliano. I have had the good fortune of travelling much of the world and many tours. BY FAR, no tour guide has ever been as passionate, articulate, interesting and knowledgeable as Giuliano. Thank you!!! I truly believe he should be doing these tours as a TV host on BBC so millions more could learn and enjoy from him."

Rated: 5/5 - Great Job
Sly Buss (14 September, 2014 - 05:35pm)

"Great job by Giuliano, I agree with the previous comments that he really enjoys his job. Great tour my only regret is that I did not record all he was saying he knows his stuff but my brain wasn't fast enough to accommodate all he shared. Thx again and if you go ask for him!"

Rated: 5/5 - Giuliano
Ibrahim (14 September, 2014 - 08:27am)

"We had the best tour guide, very knowleadgeable and curtous. I recommend Giuliano if you wanna book a Vatican tour. Excellent work."

Rated: 5/5 - Vatican Tour
Brigitte Chain (01 July, 2014 - 05:46pm)

"We had a tour of the Vatican in June and the tour guide Chiara was absolutely wonderful. She was full of knowledge and made the whole experience a lot of fun. Some tours are boring, this was delightful. Thank you Chiara from Brigitte (with the pink cane)."

Rated: 5/5 - Wonderfull!!
Shanna (02 May, 2014 - 01:16pm)

"We went to see the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel and our guide was Chiara. She did a great job touring us and explained everything very well!! She has a sparkling personality and she made sure the tour was never getting boring!! Top guide!!"

Unrated - Just a quick thank you
Michelle (07 March, 2014 - 07:27pm)

"Yesterday I took part in the 09.00 tour of the Vatican with Cara, she is a credit to you and a real asset. Her enthusiasm is catching and her knowledge is outstanding, please pass on my thanks."

Rated: 5/5 - Vatican Tour
Martin Dahlgren (03 January, 2014 - 08:03pm)

"Had an excellent experience of Vatican City today with our fantastic tour guide Tania... Thanks! Absolutely recommended!"

Rated: 5/5 - Fantastic Guide
Bente (25 November, 2013 - 03:36pm)

"Christina from USA was our guide on this tour. She was fantastic. She told and showed us everything there is to know about this fantastic and historical place. She had a charming, personal and open style. If there is something we do not know about this place, it is our own fault. Absolute full house in rating."

Rated: 5/5 - Vatican afternoon
Margreet Blommert (21 September, 2013 - 09:40pm)

"Today we went on the afternoon Vatican tour. We had a wonderful time thanks to the lovely lady tour guide named Danielle. Thank you very much. I'll certainly recommend this tour and guide."

Rated: 5/5 - Thanks to Kiarra!
Joakim & Caroline (16 September, 2013 - 04:01pm)

"Hi When in Rome Tours!! We have had a fantastic weekend in a beatyfull Rome! One of the highlights was your guided tour in the Vatikan and a special thanks to Kiarra who did a great work! Herre Gud!!"

Rated: 5/5 - Congratulations
Bishir (17 April, 2013 - 12:23pm)

"Hello, my name is Bishir Busmail and was recently in Rome, and took a wonderful Vatican tour with Aurora who works for your company. I must tell you I was impressed with the professionalism with which Aurora conducted the tour. She definitely is a valuable asset to your company. keep up the good work, and my best wishes to you and Aurora. You have a promising future with professionals such as Aurora.Thank you so much for making a difference. Italy is unique."

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellation requests by telephone only are not accepted, but you may call us to confirm that you have submitted a cancellation request to us in writing. If you cancel your booking greater than seven (7) days before the scheduled tour departure, you will be entitled to a full refund less a 10 Euro cancellation fee per transaction. If you cancel your booking less than seven (7) days before the scheduled tour departure, you will be entitled to a full refund less a 20% cancellation fee per transaction. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received less than 24 hours before the scheduled tour departure. Similarly, no refunds will be issued for failure to cancel (no show), or failure to arrive at the designated meeting point at the departure time displayed in your booking confirmation. When In Rome Tours SRL may not be held responsible for acts of god, nor alterations to tours made necessary by unforeseen or unannounced closure of all or part of venues including monuments in the tour package. In the event of such closings, When In Rome Tours SRL will not reimburse the package, but may honor the ticket on another day.

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