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The Original Vatican Highlights Experience

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Roma, Italy

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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
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Maximize your time in Vatican City on a guided tour that takes you straight to the highlights of the enormous Vatican Museum collection. Beat the crowds by starting early, and enjoy priority access so you can spend more time admiring the artistic treasures of the Sistine Chapel, Belvedere Courtyard, Classical Antiquities galleries and more. Learn the history and legends behind the masterful frescoes, sculptures, maps, and relics from your highly knowledgeable guide as you stroll through room upon room of world-class art.
  • Morning tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Head straight for the highlights of the massive, world-famous collection
  • Hear the stories behind the Sistine Chapel and other artistic treasures
  • Avoid the tourist rush with early entrance and skip-the-line access
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Skip all lines at the Vatican and get ahead of everyone else
See all the museum highlights on this must-do Vatican tour
Full immersion fully guided Vatican Museums experience with an expert Vatican tour guide
Guided tour of St. Peter's is an extra option which we advise you to take!
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

Via Sebastiano Veniero, 19, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, 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
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Original Vatican Highlights Experience?
A:
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
See all safety measures taken by The Original Vatican Highlights Experience.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Original Vatican Highlights Experience?
A:
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 The Original Vatican Highlights Experience.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Original Vatican Highlights Experience?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by The Original Vatican Highlights Experience.

Traveler Tips


  • "We were a smaller group compared to a lot of other tour companies, so the individual attention was great and worth the fees charged." See review

Reviews

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Best of Vatican Tour - When in Rome
114kirana
, Jun 2019
Great tour, our guide was knowledgeable, patient and explained everything well. We were a smaller group compared to a lot of other tour companies, so the individual attention was great and worth the fees charged.
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Experience149985
, May 2019
Tour guide was excellent in giving the history and guiding us through the Museum and chapel. Plus we were able to skip the long lines.
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Great tour.
Hokieslee
, May 2019
Would have given 5 but a little more explanation about progression of the day would have been good. Several of us wanted to take pictures but no time at all. Just a couples seconds would have been great here and there. Guide a little abrupt at times. I do appreciate her keeping us on track though. We saw a lot and guide very knowledgeable! Easy to understand and funny at times. Overall great tour and would do again.
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Great Guide/Excellent Tour
bekahandphilippe
, Oct 2018
Our visit to the Vatican was one of the highlights of our mini trip to Rome. Christina is a great guide! One thing that makes the difference is she is certified by the Vatican as a guide, therefore, she has access to these great touch screens inside the vatican to help explain the sistine chapel. My husband is not really into history and art (to say the least) but the screens and Christina's way of telling the story captured his attention. We had a great time. Highly recommended.
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The meeting place was very easy to...
Taylor R
, Oct 2017
The meeting place was very easy to find, we waited about 20 minutes and our group of 10 set off to tour the vatican. It's super crowded and confusing but our tour guide took us through the lines and security smoothly. Once inside we were given ear buds so we could hear her speaking even from a distance. We went at a quick pace through the highlights of the vatican museum, focusing mostly on Michelangelo's inspiration for the Sistine chapel. It was a lot of information, but presented in a linear and logical way so we could all comprehend. We arrived at the Sistine chapel and spent 20 minutes gazing along with a thousand other people. It's spectacular and a must see. We exited at the front of Saint Peter's Basilica and toured it without a guide. It was a very informative and efficient way to visit the vatican. I highly recommend a skip the line tour and would not do it any other way in the future.
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We were fortunate to have an expert...
alexa
, Oct 2017
We were fortunate to have an expert guide Ciara for our tour. Her knowledge was excellent, as was her charming manner. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would recommend it very highly.
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The tour guide was so knowledgeable...
Laurel H
, Oct 2017
The tour guide was so knowledgeable and entertaining it blew my mind. We appreciated the opportunity to skip the extremely long line and upgrade our tour on the spot to include St Peters and more. Having a thoughtful guide makes all the difference at the Vatican.
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Our guide was fun, energetic, and...
Carrie L
, Oct 2017
Our guide was fun, energetic, and well informed. She was the best guide we have ever had. Definitely recommend this tour.
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Our tour guide was so informative...
Deana I
, Sep 2017
Our tour guide was so informative and very helpful. Warning, this tour requires a lot of walking and a lot of steps, not good for elderly. We had to drop out when my mother started feeling faint, but the guide could not have been better.
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Skipping the line for the tour is a...
Rita B
, Aug 2017
Skipping the line for the tour is a must. 20,000 people per day go to the Vatican, and the lines are immense. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. Loved the tour!!!!
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