Complete Vatican Combo Tour with Sistine Chapel & Dome Climb

Skip the line at the Vatican Museums, explore the Papal Crypts, and climb St. Peter's Basilica

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Want to see more of the Vatican with one tour? Our Complete Vatican Combo Tour skips the line at the Vatican Museums, visits the Sistine Chapel, and even includes a guided visit of St. Peter's Basilica! Our knowledgeable guide will build a gripping narrative as you gain access to areas that regular tourists completely miss. So instead of just staring up at the famous dome, wishing you could climb it, follow your guide up the elevator for an incredible bird's-eye view of Rome.

Tour Details
  • The Complete Package
  • Climb St. Peter’s Dome
  • St Peter’s Basilica
  • La Pietá
  • St Peter's Statue
  • Baldacchino By Bernini
  • The Underground Crypts
  • View of St. Peters
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Pio-Clementino
  • Gallery of Candelabra
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • Sistine chapel
  • Last Judgement

The Vatican City is home to many bucket list attractions, and the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica are definitely top of the list. However, climbing St. Peter’s Dome isn't included in most tours, which is why this is a top-selling Vatican tour for those who want the full experience. Many visitors climb the dome after their tour of the museums, so wait times can be long. This tour allows you to enter St. Peter’s Basilica and its dome right when it opens so that you avoid the long lines. After you finish touring the Basilica, see all the highlights of the Vatican Museums. Your 5.5-hour tour includes:

  • Morning skip-the-line entry to the Vatican

  • Guided tour of Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Dome

  • Small group size of 20 people max

  • A professional, fun, English-speaking guide

Climb St. Peter’s Dome

Enjoy the absolute best view of the city from the dome! Once you enter, you can choose to either climb 231 steps to reach the dome’s first level or take an elevator. From the first level, you’ll be able to see an amazing view of the Vatican City. After this, you are welcome to stay where you are, go down to the Basilica, or keep climbing to the very top.

Guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica

Once you descend from the dome, your guided tour of the world’s largest church begins. Your guide will show you some of the most famous works inside the Basilica, including Bernini’s Baldacchino and Michelangelo’s Pietà. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the jaw-dropping interior before you continue on to the Vatican Museums.

Highlights of the Vatican

There’s plenty to explore within the Vatican during your skip the line tour. See some of the best galleries in the museum: the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of the Maps. In these galleries, discover some of the most iconic artwork made by Italy's most renowned Renaissance artists.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous works of art in the world and once you enter, it’s easy to understand why. Michelangelo’s massive masterpiece includes over 600 figures and words cannot do it justice. As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, speaking inside is forbidden. We will provide you a map/handout to reference before you enter as your guide will not be allowed to explain the frescoes once inside. 

Please note: As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, everyone who enters must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to this portion of your tour. A great option is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Pio-Clementino Museum

This museum houses a number of iconic statues, including Laocoön and His Sons and the Belvedere Torso. Your guide will tell you all about the history and legends surrounding the art, as well as Emperor Nero’s bathtub, a 25-foot tub made of red marble. 

Borgia Apartments

The Borgia Apartments were once the private chambers of Pope Alexander VI, the Borgia pope. The frescoes inside were the work of Pinturicchio, who studied alongside Raphael. Pinturicchio often placed fake jewels in his frescoes, giving “hidden gem” a literal meaning. Another surprise found within the Borgia Apartments? The first depiction of Native Americans in European art.

The Raphael Rooms

After the Middle Ages, Europe saw a new age of amazing art, literature and thought. Raphael is one of the most famous Renaissance artists and some of his most well-known works of art reside in the Vatican Museums. Your guide will show you the rooms he frescoed and one of his most famous works of art, The School of Athens.

Access St. Peter's Basilica Through Sistine Chapel

Finally, your tour will return to the Sistine Chapel. From there, you will have the option to reenter St. Peter’s Basilica with your tour guide through a special door in the Sistine Chapel, or stay in the Vatican Museums to continue exploring on your own. 

What you get with this tour
Skip the Line
St. Peter's Dome & Vatican Tickets included
English-Speaking Guide
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Fabulous day
31 March 2022
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We had the privilege of spending 5 1/2 hrs with Sarah - fantastic guide who obviously loves the Vatican and it’s history. We started early with the Dome climb before there were many people around. Stunning views. So much to take in - loved it all.

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02 November 2021
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Crystal Von Oesen

I give this tour 5 stars because it deserves all of them. There were a couple of hiccups though that I need to draw your attention to, but Sarah, our guide was phenomenal. At the beginning of the tour she asked us if there was anything we were especially interested in, as she was committed to personalizing our experience. I answered the hall of animals because I wasn’t sure if that had been captured on the tour description. Knowing the Vatican Museums are extensive and we are unable to see everything, we did miss one major room that was originally captured in the description— the Raphael Rooms. If I’d have known that might be skipped I would have mentioned it, but my assumption was we would cover what the description of the tour stated. That being said, this tour is rather long. A family of 4 did leave the tour before climbing to the dome because it was late and the kids hadn’t eaten yet. My advice to others is to bring snacks, as there is no opportunity to grab food during this tour. Lastly, there was another change that should be mentioned. This may have to do with COVID restrictions, but the description states the climb will be the first thing we do and then the tour. Our climb was last — this was what the family missed that they wanted to do. If COVID restrictions prohibit this from being first, a rewrite of the description might be helpful for planning purposes. All in, a complete and magical experience. Our guide, Sarah, was knowledgeable and passionate about the Vatican and was quite polished in her delivery. Well worth our time.

Excellent tour!
29 October 2021
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Jason Gould

My wife and I toured the vatican museum and sistine chapel with Donota Rossi and it was unforgetable. Ms Rossi did an excellent job of explaining the history and culture while also covering a tremendous amount of material with a friendly demeanor. Highly recommend!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

In front of St. Peter's Basilica by Bernini's north fountain (the one on the right as you face the basilica. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Since this is a walking tour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

What to bring?

Since this is a walking tour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Can I see the Vatican without a guided tour?

Yes, you can reserve tickets to enter the Vatican without a guided tour. Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest taking a Vatican Private Tour so your needs can be better accommodated

Does the Vatican ever experience unexpected closures?

During state visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may be closed unexpectedly and without much notice. If an area normally visited during a tour is suddenly closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. They will even show you another gallery to compensate for the lost time in a usual location.

Will the Vatican Museums be crowded during this tour?

The Vatican is often slow in the late afternoon, but there is a chance the museums may be crowded while we are inside.

Why does this tour visit St. Peter's Basilica twice?

This tour combines our Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb with our Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica so you can climb St. Peter's Dome and get a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. This means that many of the guests on your guided tour of the Vatican Museums will not have been part of your original dome climb tour. If you do not wish to enter the Basilica again, you can forgo the visit and stay inside of the Vatican Museums, just remember to return your headset.

Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

Where to meet?

In front of St. Peter's Basilica by Bernini's north fountain (the one on the right as you face the basilica. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

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