Vatican Museums Tours

Vatican Museums Tours

Some of the greatest works of art ever created are on display at the Vatican Museums, including a stunning collection of classical sculptures and a suite of rooms frescoed by Raphael. The Vatican Museum also includes the Sistine Chapel, with its iconic ceiling painted by Michelangelo. 

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What is the Best Tour of the Vatican?

While there are several different options to choose from, the best Vatican tours include in-depth guided visits to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica. You can choose the time of day, length of the tour, and group size depending on your preference. 

Is it Worth Visiting the Vatican Museums?

Yes, absolutely! The Vatican Museums contain the world's largest private art collection, including renowned Roman sculptures and the most famous masterpieces of the Renaissance. You will see works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and other timeless artists. 

Can You See Just the Sistine Chapel?

You cannot just see the Sistine Chapel. With its famous ceiling decorated by Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel is at the end of the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. It is included in Vatican Museums tours, but it is impossible to get to it without going through the museums. If you are interested in seeing only the Sistine Chapel, the best option is an "Express Tour," which skips the lines and then makes its way quickly through the Vatican Museums to the Sistine Chapel. 

How Long is a Vatican Museums Tour?

Vatican Museum tours, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, are typically about 3 hours in length. Express tours are shorter, and you will save time by taking a "Skip the Line" tour, which avoids the long general admission lines for tickets. 

When is the Best Time Time to Visit the Vatican Museums?

It is best to visit the Vatican very early in the morning, before many of the tourists arrive, or in the late afternoon when the museums are less crowded. It's best to avoid Saturdays, which are usually very busy, and you may also want to prevent Wednesdays, when the Pope holds an audience at Saint Peter's Basilica, drawing crowds of thousands.