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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Unlock the mysteries of the Vatican on this popular tour. Follow your guide on a carefully selected route through the Vatican Museum’s hundreds of sprawling rooms to see the most important pieces of this world-class art collection. Gaze up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and then head underground to the rarely seen ‘Vatacombs’—the final resting place of many popes and home to ancient relics. Enjoy priority access to bypass the crowds, including skip-the-line privileges to enter St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Top-rated tour of Vatican City highlights
  • Head straight to the most important pieces in the immense Vatican Museum collection
  • Hear the history and legends of the Sistine Chapel
  • Visit the tombs of former popes in the underground ‘Vatacombs’
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour unlocks the rarely seen ‘Vatacombs’—papal tombs not normally open to the public.
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Get into the Vatican Museums fast with our no lines priority access ticket and local expert guide
Entire Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica tour with multiple departure times
Catch all the classic and ancient sculptures inside world famous chambers, halls and galleries
Immersive Sistine Chapel inside experience and a panel-by-panel tour of Michelangelo's ceiling
Tour of little-known Papal Sarcophagi beneath St. Peter's Basilica which we call "Vatacombs"
Full tour of entire St. Peter's Basilica covering all the major works of art and sculpture therein
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Via Sebastiano Veniero, 19, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • On days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may become necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event that the Papal tombs beneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended and no refunds made
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Maximum 15 travelers on this tour, hand sanitizer made available (we will provide), mandatory mask-wearing on the tour (bring your own)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY When In Rome Tours

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Entire Vatican & Vatacombs?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Entire Vatican & Vatacombs?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Entire Vatican & Vatacombs.
What is the social distancing policy during Entire Vatican & Vatacombs?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Entire Vatican & Vatacombs.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Entire Vatican & Vatacombs?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Entire Vatican & Vatacombs.

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Traveler Tips

  • "With the Vatican being so busy, a tour is mandatory." See review
  • "It seems to be par for the course, so don't expect time to contemplate much, it's like a drive by, on foot!" See review
  • "For those of you going to Rome - it's worth the skip the line and get your own tour guide; you won't learn or understand nearly as much on your own ." See review


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Way too crowded
, Nov 2019
The skip the line tour put us in a very long line for the security check. the entire tour was shoulder to shoulder. However our guide was very good.
Hard to hear, so many people (2.5*)
, Aug 2019
Starting off, I had high standards for this tour having been to the Vatican city 12 years prior on a Trafalgar tour. We took the metro across the river and walked to the starting point. Unfortunately, it took us a couple of trys to find the location (not very easy to find). Our tour guide was a friendly, older woman. She was knowledgeable and funny, however hard to understand through the headsets and she would disappear very often because she did not keep her wand up in the air. At one point, my husband and I got separated from our group because there were so many people. The amount of people was out of the tour company's control, but it did ruin the experience for my husband who had never been before. Finally, I wouldn't recommend this tour because the Vacacombs aren't really worth the extra cost. They are not very large and just seems like a room with tombs. Unless you are extremely interested in certain popes, I think you could skip this part of the tour. The cathedral was by far the best part.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear arielleller, Thank you for your review. You are correct in stating that large crowds inside the Vatican Museums are absolutely not our fault, so in reality your husband's experience was ruined by other people, not our guide nor our tour. That you lost your guide from time to time is unfortunate. We do feel that it is your responsibility to follow your guide rather than look for a wand in the air, simply because every guide inside the Vatican Museums holds up a wand, a clipboard, or an umbrella. Facial recognition is always advisable. Absolutely clear directions to our office are included in all Vatican tour confirmation vouchers with map co-ordinates. This is a straightforward note for potential clients who are reading this review. We are glad that you appreciated St. Peter's Basilica. Thank you for joining our tour. When In Rome Tours
Vatican Tour
, Apr 2019
Our tour guide was excellent! She was very knowledgable and friendly. It was well organized when the Vatican was very busy.
Detailed and knowledgeable
, Apr 2019
Wonderful tour giving great detail and depth of knowledge on all that we saw. Our guide Luigi was very obviously experienced and his depth of knowledge greatly enhanced this tour. He was open to questions, easy to follow (in every sense, given the huge crowds there) and a very pleasant guide. I would highly recommend this tour.
very imformative
, Oct 2018
Our tour was very informative and it was lovely to learn about the history of the art and buildings we were looking at.
100% recommend for Catholics and non-Catholics alike
, Oct 2018
Its amazing how much I learned on this tour - as the only non-Catholic of a group of 4, I was astounded on what Chiara, our tour guide, educated me on but also pleasantly surprised that my friends and husband learned a lot as well. Chiara was so entertaining and wonderful that I almost didn't want to the tour to end. For those of you going to Rome - it's worth the skip the line and get your own tour guide; you won't learn or understand nearly as much on your own .
A lesson in patience and surrender
Donna M
, Oct 2018
This tour was packed with a ton of things to see and learn. However, the crowds were immense and the negotiating through them was a challenge. It seems to be par for the course, so don't expect time to contemplate's like a drive by...on foot! The Vatican and Vatacombs were awesome. I would offer that there is probably little that can be done about viewing them without the wall to wall crowds. That said it is important to note that our guide did not speak English well or clearly...this added to frustration in getting information that we were sure he had a lot of but could not effectively pass on. We were all English speaking in this particular tour and expected a more clear speaking guide for sure. He was gracious and attentive but the job is monumental with all the crowds...kinda have mixed thoughts about whether it was worth it or not in retrospect. You want to see these sites, you want to learn from guides but you sure don't want to be herded through the massive venue either. Jury is out on my final verdict . You finally surrender to it all and make the best of it and try to be in the moment. Hard to imagine visiting Rome without seeing these sites. Don't think other guides were having an easier time than's just what is. Just be patient and prepared.
Mis-leading description - the tour does...
Paul H
, Sep 2018
Mis-leading description - the tour does not include the Vatacombs!! We were left very disappointed with this tour. After searching through all the different Vatican tours on Viator and other websites, we chose this one as it stated that Your guide will also lead you through the underground level referred to as the Vatacombs, a rarely seen area of the Vatican where tombs of the former popes are located, before your tour ends. However, this was not actually included! Our tour abruptly ended whilst still inside St Peter's Basilica. When another guest asked about the Vatacombs part of the tour, our guide simply pointed at the entrance and said we're free to go down there if we want to, as they are open to anyone to visit, and we don't need a guide for it!! She then left! This is despite us PAYING for a guided tour of the Vatacombs!! Furthermore, the tour advert makes it sound like the tour is providing special access to this area, stating it to be a rarely seen area. This is simply not true. It is open to the general public!! Anyone can simply wander down there from within St Peter's Basilica! It is not rarely seen - thousands of visitors will go down there every day! In addition to this very misleading tour advertisement, the general logistics were poor. You are told to be at the tour operators offices for 10:30am, where you then sit around for half an hour, twiddling your thumbs, waiting for the tour to start at 11am. At 11am, you then walk as a group to the entrance to the Vatican. After queuing to go through the security checks, there was some confusion, with the guide taking us to various desks before we finally got access into the Vatican - by which time it was now about 11:30am. The guide was very knowledgeable, but because of the vast quantity of people also touring the Vatican, especially within the museums section, it was difficult to concentrate on what she was saying, as we were constantly being bumped into, trying to push past other groups, fighting to keep up with our own guide, and struggling to see the museum artifacts because of so many other people being in the way. I have to say, the best part of the experience was once the tour had ended, the guide had left, and we were able to go and explore St Peter's Basilica, the Vatacombs and St Peter's Square by ourselves. It's well worth paying to go up to the top of St Peter's Basilica 10 euros by lift, 8 euros by stairs, which you pay at a little booth in the courtyard. Up there, you get incredible views across Vatican City and Rome, and there's even a gift shop and cafe up there, which were both fairly quiet. You can even send a postcard from the shop up there! But, as I said, this was NOT part of the paid tour. Beware though, that the lift only goes half-way. You still need to climb a lot of spiral steps to the top, which get very steep and narrow. Also, beware that once your guide leaves you in St Peter's Basilica, if you leave the church and go out into St Peter's Square, you cannot get back into the Vatican! You'd have to start again and queue, go through security, etc, as a regular visitor. So as you are fighting to keep up with your guide on the tour, don't think maybe we can come back here later, because you can't! Overall, a very misleading and disappointing tour. The best part of the day being once the tour had finished says it all! We wish we'd booked one of the other tours instead now, and not wasted our money on a tour that completely misrepresents what it includes. AVOID!!
Great Tour of Vatican
, Sep 2018
With the Vatican being so busy, a tour is mandatory. The guide did a great job highlighting the key aspects of the Vatican and museum. We had friends book the last tour of the day, which gave them a more private experience and were able to take pictures in Sistine chapel. DEFINITELY go to the Rotunda! Incredible views of Rome!
Well worth it!
Raquel A
, Sep 2018
Our guide, Mauro, was excellent and had a great combination of humor and knowledge. The pace of the tour is perfect. The vatacombs are just a quick walk-through that anyone can do so no need to pay extra for this experience. Would definitely recommend this tour. Bring a bottle of water.

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