Vatican Museums Guided Tour

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Category: Guided Tours
Location: Rome, Italy
Rating: 4.5 / 5
     (based on 16526 reviews)

Duration: 2 hours
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Visit the Vatican Museums without queuing up and with an official Vatican Tour Guide!

With 3 simple steps you can buy tickets and visit the Vatican Museums without standing in line and with an official english speaking Vatican Tour Guide.

Do not waste time during your holidays by standing in line. Buy tickets online through our safe and easy system and you will have immediate access to the masterpieces of Vatican.

In about two hours you will visit the main art works of this complex and you will be able to deeply understand the magnificence and the greatness of these environments thanks to a qualified Tour Guide!

IMPORTANT: If the time requested is not available, the museum will confirm a timetable different from the one you requested, but as close as possible to the one you requested.

To validate your purchase it's necessary to supply all the guest's names to this e-mail address

  • It is necessary to book at least 5 workdays before the visit.
  • In front of museum you will be allowed to skip the line choosing the lateral entrance designed for groups. Also the ticket-office where you have to change your voucher with real tickets is the group's one. After clearing security, the meeting point will be at the "Guided Tours" booth, which is located straight ahead up the small staircase on the left.
  • It is advisable to arrive 20 minutes early with a valid document to pass the security controls; we suggest to have little bags with you.
  • You are invited to dress appropriately.
  • Florence Tickets is not responsible for eventual lack of service caused by the ticket offices or activities of the Holy Father.

What makes this Tour Unique?

  • Tour with an official Vatican guide
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time
  • See the famous Laocoon, the amazing Sistine Chapel and the Raphael's Rooms
  • Immerse yourself in the majesty of the Vatican Museums
  • Stay in the museums how long you want after the guided tour

Reduced and free tickets

Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • Citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance).
  • No reduction for over 65 years old.

Free Ticket:

  • Children under 6 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance).


The Vatican Museums are open from Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (last entrance is at 4.00 pm); the schedules of the guided tours are subject to changes, so for the availability please check the booking box above.



Tour Guide

Official Vatican Tour Guide


Headset system


About 2 hours

Included in the ticket

  • Your Vatican Museums ticket also allows you to remain in the museum after the guided tour as long as you like! (until the closing time).

Disabled Visitors

Almost all sectors of the Vatican Museums are accessible for disabled tourists; if necessary wheelchairs will be provided without extracharges with an advanced booking (

The Vatican Museums are located in Viale Vaticano - Rome.


The Vatican museums are a huge complex of environments and works; in more than 400 years have found place here artistic testimonies belonging to every era, from the ancient Egypt to the Etruscans, from the Greeks and Romans to the Renaissance, and also some modern and contemporary art works.


In 1506 in a vineyard in Rome, was found a marble sculpture representing the greek priest Laocoon and his sons; Michelangelo Buonarroti and Giuliano da Sangallo suggested Pope Julius II to buy it and this is the date of birth of the Vatican Museums.


By placing all the ancient statues in a natural environment, Pope Julius II founded the first nucleus of the Museums, the Courtyard of Statues; then he asked Raphael Sanzio to decorate the famous Rooms and the Loggia.

All the environments and the museums that we find inside the complex, were created thanks to a Pope, starting from the Sistine Chapel founded in 1475 by Sixtus IV’s will and inaugurated in 1483, or the Niccolina Chapel painted by Beato Angelico under Pope Nicholas V. Further we find the Borgia Apartment, the Gallery of Maps decorated under Pope Gregory XIII and the Gallery of Tapestries; then there is the Etruscan Museum founded in 1837, the Egyptian Museum founded in 1839 and the Profane Museum founded in 1844, all wanted by Pope Gregory XVI.

The Pio-Clementino Museum was founded by Pope Clemente XIV and enlarged by Pope Pius VI to receive all the Greek and Roman masterpieces; under Pope Pius XI was created the Pinacoteca and the Missionary-Ethnological Museum. The Historical Museum was founded in 1973 by Pope Paul VI and it contains also the Carriage Pavilion with automobiles, carriages and sedan chairs used by various popes; in the same year, was added also the Collection of Modern Religious Art, while at the beginning of the 19th century, Pope Pius VII Chiaramonti had founded the Chiaramonti Museum fitted out by Antonio Canova.


Ancient art:

  • The group of Laocoon
  • Apollo of Belvedere
  • Torso Belvedere
  • Apoxyomenos

Medieval art:

  • Giotto, Polittico Stefaneschi, 1320 approx.

Renaissance art:

  • Michelangelo, St. Pietro’s crucifixion, 1545 approx.
  • Raphael, Transfiguration, 1518 approx.
  • Leonardo da Vinci, St. Gerolamo, 1480 approx.

Modern art:

  • Caravaggio, Deposition, 1603 approx.
  • Antonio Canova, Perseus triumphantly, 1800 approx.
31 May 2016
The museum is rather busy most times of the day and it's best to see at your own pace as the guided tour does go rather fast through here. The place does have some interesting artworks and some interesting stories to tell.
31 May 2016
We went to the Vatican Museum having been to St Peter's first. Was really busy and there are lots of artefacts to see across the different rooms and collections so I'd recommend a separate visit to make the most of it. Also get fast track tickets unless leaving early. The entire museum is a work of art and really captures...
30 May 2016
Had no idea just how vast it is. One visit only scratches the surface of the treasures. Hugely busy, so book in advance or you'll be queueing for hours. Magnificent.
30 May 2016
This is one of the most impressive museums I have ever been to. The collection is vast and the building itself is absolutely stunning. We booked an amazing tour package which I would recommend to anyone. It was the 'early access' ticket booker through viatour. We met with our guide at 7am and entered the building as it was still...
30 May 2016
The vatican museums were quite amazing (this was my 2nd visit and better the 2nd time around). Important Advice: If you do not have skip-the -line tickets, individual ticket holders will waste precious touring hours waiting on line. We arrived early AM and our tour guide entered the museums immediately. The average tour was about 3 hours.
30 May 2016
Do not really have the words to describe the Vatican museums! Came as part of a tour so didn't see everything, however what we did see was magnificent!
30 May 2016
First, set up a private tour before you arrive. Long wait otherwise. Huge crowds may not move as quickly as you would like. But the artwork is amazing from ancient Greece and Rome though today. Then out to St Peters and all the splendor. Great books available after the tour.
30 May 2016
My husband and I enjoyed a tour with City Wonders Rome to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Vincenzo our tour guide was friendly, and informative. This is our third tour with City Wonders. We thoroughly enjoyed each tour, City Wonders Tour Guides Katrina in Paris, Anna and Vincenzo in Rome, thank you.
30 May 2016
Be sure to get your ticket ahead of time online, that will save you from waiting in long lines. You'll have to pass through the entire museum (it's worth it though) to finally get to the chapel. Inside the chapel the guards behave like army sergeants... It is an absolute horror ! You stand in awe when, suddenly, a very...
25 May 2016
When visiting Vatican City, attractions like St. Peter's Basilica, the Museum and the Sistine Chapel should not be missed out. I spent two hours in the Museum (and more than half an hour in the Chapel) although I am not a fan of renaissance art. The paintings in the Stanze di Raffaello were amazing – especially the harmony of colours....
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