Every great work of art has a great story behind it. Get a true Vatican Insider's point of view on this small group, Skip the Line, Vatican Afternoon Tour. You'll cover all of the top sights of the Vatican at a relaxed pace and in the less-crowded afternoon hours.
Meet your Vatican Guide at 2:00 for check in. You'll get to know your small group of 10 or less before entering the Vatican Museums - skipping the lines. With such small groups, logistics are kept to a bare minimum and before you know it you'll be exploring the Vatican's many masterpieces.
This is no ordinary Vatican tour. Your itinerary has been personally crafted to take in the stories, history, legends and even secrets behind the Museum's most precious works. What's more - by the afternoon the morning crowds will have dissapated. With your expert English-speaking Vatican guide leading the way - you're tour will take full advantage of the flow of visitors in the Museums - avoiding the most crowded rooms at the most chaotic times. Toward's the end of your visit, you'll even be among the last visitors to see the Sistine Chapel - with plenty of space to contemplate and admire Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece.
Your insider guide will optimize your visit on the day of your tour - but you can be sure to see the Vatican Museum's most important highlights. In fact, this is a perfect tour for first timers to the Vatican. Yet, your tour will visit hidden corners of the Vatican that other tours don't. Where? Well... that's a secret your insider guide will reveal to you on the day of your tour!
A typical Vatican afternoon tour will cover the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, including but not limited to: Pinecone Courtyard, Belvedere Courtyard, Room of the Muses, the Round Room, Greek Cross Room, Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps. The tour finishes on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square, providing no-line access to the Basilica should you wish to continue your visit inside on your own.
Itineraries vary from day to day and at the discretion of your guide who will adapt your route to avoid crowds.
This itinerary covers the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, including but not limited to: Pinecone Courtyard, Belvedere Courtyard, Room of the Muses, the Round Room, Greek Cross Room, Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps. The tour finishes on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square, providing no-line access to the Basilica should you wish to continue your visit inside on your own.
Plan on arriving to our meeting point at least 20 minutes in advance of your selected departure time. Meet our representative on the corner of Via Tunisi and Via Sebastiano Veniero (at the bottom of the steps, not on the steps). Our representative will be holding a sign with the green EcoArt logo.
St. Peter's Basilica
- It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.
- Large bags and backpacks must be checked in.
- To enter the Vatican Museums, shoulders and knees must be covered.
- In order to participate in this tour you must be able to climb and descend stairs on your own.
What to Bring
- Comfortable shoes are recommended.
- Leave big backpacks at your hotel! Only small purses are permitted inside the Museums.
- Something to cover your knees and shoulders.
- Photos are permitted is almost all rooms of the Vatican Museums, except for the Sistine Chapel. No bulky or clearly professional photographic or video equipment (especially tripods or large videocameras, equipment backpacks) will be permitted inside the Museums.
- Need a hotel pick-up or drop-off for your tour?
Contact us for pricing and availability.
Daily ex Sunday
Tour goes forward rain or shine! In order to be eligible for a full refund your tour must be modified/cancelled by no less than 72 hours before your scheduled departure time. Refunds will not be provided for changes or cancellations made after this time.