Apostolic Palace

Apostolic Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

1. Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens. Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

2. Rome: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Official Guided Tour

Skip the ticket line and gain fast access to both the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Once inside, meet your guide who will conduct your tour and reveal the intriguing story behind the seminal design. Enter the Pio Clementino Museum and get up close to the astonishing classical Roman and Greek sculptures, before walking through to the Gallery of the Candelabras which is populated with majestic marble structures throughout. Continue on to see the 40 maps frescoed on the walls of the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, the hanging renaissance artworks at Gallery of the Tapestries, and the four Raphael Rooms. Finally, marvel at Michelangelo's fresco "The Creation of Adam" in the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Ticket with Host

3. Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel: Ticket with Host

Go on a journey through art and religious history with your ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Skip the long ticket lines, inform yourself before entering with the help of a host, and enjoy your visit at your own pace. Find a treasure trove of Roman statues, Renaissance paintings, and Italian artworks. Discover works by Caravaggio and Titian, as well as more recent artists such as Picasso and Rodin. Keep an eye out for Michelangelo’s self-portrait. Walk through the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, the pope's private apartments.  Then, enter the Sistine Chapel and contemplate the intricate details of Michelangelo’s renowned masterpiece.

Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

4. Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

See Vatican City's top attractions on a sightseeing tour where you don't have to wait in line. Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums with a guide or on your own. Take in the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's incredible artworks. Explore the Vatican Gardens with an audio guide. Meet near the Vatican Museums and enjoy fast-track access to Europe's most renowned art collection. Dive into the art world with an expert guide or explore on your own, depending on the option chosen. Take in the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and more. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures at the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments. Finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Continue to the Gardens of Vatican City and receive your audio guide. Learn about the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Apostolic Palace, and the Governor's Palace. Admire St. Peter's Basilica from a unique perspective and immerse yourself in this peaceful hideaway. Or choose the option that includes the Vatican 360 experiences gives you 360 access to the Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo Starting off at the Vatican Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Europe’s most renowned art collection. Accompanied by an expert guide, enjoy fast track entrance and dive into the history of the Art world. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. And finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Once you’ve had your art fix, it’s time to explore the Vatican Gardens. Stretching an impressive 57 acres. Enjoy the picture-perfect landscapes and uncover the impressive garden architecture that draws influence from both the baroque and renaissance era. After spending the morning at the Vatican City, it’s time to head out of town by train to explore the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo, about an hour north of Rome. Pick up your audio guide at the welcome desk and start your journey through the Apostolic Palace. First up, enjoy the museum and experience the intricate work of the clergy up close as you pass by historical papal gowns and the impressive display of the Pope’s portable throne. Then, it’s up to the Papal apartment. Step into the true home of Christianity as you admire the Pope’s clock parlour, music gallery, the Swiss Hall, and even the Holy Father’s library. The all-access Vatican experience wraps up with a tour of the Barberini gardens. There you’ll not only enjoy stunning panoramic views, but also a complimentary picnic with locally sourced porchetta and wine.

Castel Gandolfo: Pope’s Private Palaces & Barberini Gardens

5. Castel Gandolfo: Pope’s Private Palaces & Barberini Gardens

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to the tranquil Castel Gandolfo where you can follow in the pope’s footsteps. Start off at the Apostolic Palace, pick up your complimentary audio guide, and get ready for a sneak peek into the lives of the popes at their traditional vacation retreat.  Experience the intricate work of the clergy up close as you pass by historical papal gowns and the pope’s portable throne. Explore the pope’s private apartment and enjoy sweeping panoramic views from his hill-top home. Next, visit the Barberini Gardens. Explore the luxurious gardens from the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus. Uncover the history of this unique site with a complimentary audio guide, available in a multitude of languages. Enhance your experience by selecting the full-day option and enjoy a guided tour.

Castel Gandolfo: Pope's Summer Residence Tour

6. Castel Gandolfo: Pope's Summer Residence Tour

Visit the summer residence of the pope at Castel Gandolfo. Wander through its stunning gardens, browse the Apostolic Palace museum exhibition, and learn about the pope, past and present. Meet your guide at the entrance of the villas and then board a bus to visit the gardens of the pope's summer residence. As you go through the gardens, learn interesting facts and see where the library is located. Hear about the library's catalogue including works by Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton. Make stops at some of the most emblematic points such as La Villa Barberini. Also see Villa Cybo, a garden full of marble statues and fountains of great artistic value. Then, visit the Apostolic Palace, also known as the Papal Palace and now serves as a museum. In the museum, see different pope-mobiles and discover the many aspects of the pope's day-to-day life. During the course of your tour hear about the popes who have passed at the residence, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's time here after his resignation, and many other stories.

Rome: Papal Summer Residence Half-Day Trip

7. Rome: Papal Summer Residence Half-Day Trip

Take a tour of the Apostolic Palace, stroll through the Barberini Gardens, and walk in the footsteps of the pope himself on this thrilling half-day trip. After meeting your host near Termini Station, a train will take you to Castel Gandolfo, where you’ll transfer to a comfortable open-roofed bus. Enjoy the Barberini Gardens for an hour while the audio guide explains the interesting details of the area. You’ll be fascinated by the sense of history and grandeur as you pass through this historical must-see. Take in the breathtaking views of the picturesque Lake Albano – and be sure to take lots of photos. From there, you’ll step into the impressive Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. Take your time to enjoy this world of pure artistic beauty. Visit the luxurious papal apartments, see the gallery of the papal portraits, the extensive Vatican Library, and much more!  An absolute must-do for any visitor to the area.

Rome: Guided Baroque City Tour by Segway

8. Rome: Guided Baroque City Tour by Segway

Come with us to discover the beauties of Ancient Rome following our 2-hour tour with our ecological vehicles that will allow you to avoid long and stressful walks and at the same time using our green vehicles you will always respect the environment. Explore Piazza dei Santi Apostoli, Piazza Venezia, Largo di Torre Argentina, Campo dè' Fiori, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Piazza di Pietra, Piazza Colonna, Trevi Fountain, and more. Follow our guides on our totally green electric vehicles and discover with them the most beautiful squares and the most important monuments of the Eternal City while enjoying the city and avoiding fatigue. Our tours will also leave in the event of rain, however, we will ensure that the tour runs safely. The duration of our tours may be longer than planned for reasons beyond our control.

Vatican City: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Private 3-Hour Tour

9. Vatican City: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Private 3-Hour Tour

Skip the ticket line on a private 3-hour Vatican tour for up to 2 persons. Your private guide will lead you through the vast collections of the Vatican Museums, highlighting the most important masterpieces. Experience centuries of art, as your knowledgeable guide recounts the intriguing stories behind the masterpieces you see and tells how they ended up at the Vatican. You’ll marvel at the astonishing Sistine Chapel, and you’re sure to be in awe as you stand and take in the magnificence of Michelangelo's frescoes that surround you. The tour continues with a visit to St. Peter’s, the largest and most important basilica in the Roman Catholic world. You’ll be amazed by the architecture and the works of art inside the church – including Michelangelo's Pietà. Due to Covid- 19 restrictions, you may have to visit the Basilica on your own. Before joining the line for the Basilica, listen to your guide explain the history of the Basilica and what you will see inside. Once you've seen the Basilica, exit to find yourself in spectacular St. Peter’s Square, a masterpiece designed by Bernini.

Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

10. Christian Rome and Underground Basilicas 3-Hour Tour

Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Christian Rome and discover underground treasures in some of the most sensational churches. Your guide will tell you fascinating facts along the way, leading you to the ancient Basilica of San Clemente, and the Cathedral of St. John in the Lateran Palace. Start at the Basilica of San Clemente, the only church in Rome to be built on 3 different levels. Constructed from the 1st to the 12th centuries, 2 underground floors can now be explored, including the Altar of Mithras from the 1st century. Continue to the church of the Santi Quattro Coronati, devoted to 4 anonymous saints and martyrs. In 2002, an extraordinary series of frescoes was uncovered depicting scenes from the Zodiac, Four Seasons, Liberal Arts, and King Solomon. Follow the story of the Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester in the Chapel of St. Sylvester, where it is said the famous Constitutum Constantini (Donation of Constantine) took place. End your tour at the Cathedral of Rome, also known as the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. The oldest of the 4 Papal Basilicas, St. John Lateran boasts a splendid façade, but it’s the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) that will catch your eye.

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Skipping the line is a good thing, especially in hotel and sunny weather. Once inside we were sorry I did not order the audio guide for free, so I paid 8 € extra to get one and, then I was sorry to do it. Nobody needs the talk provided, trust me. Overa experience (all the crowds aside) is good. Can not imagine to do it with a living guide as we saw many people do - to herd crowds and talk and talk and talk. We did the mistake with guided tour through Colosseum. Without guide we would not be able to get in at all, so I shall not complain, but… Don't do it, simply book your tickets for less and earlier. Vatican - museum and the Sistine Chapel excellent, can not say about the gardens, didn't see any way in, so we did not care. Some gardens, no? No Pope poopin there anyway.

Vatican is a fascinating place of history, religion and art. Firstly, we thoroughly enjoyed an informative and relaxing bus tour through beautiful Vatican gardens. The Vatican Museum was big and busy. I wish we had a guided Museum tour rather than audio guides which we had to additionally hire in order to get some guidance. Audio guides were not very helpful, because we had to decide what to focus on and the information provided was not always engaging. Therefore, we stopped using audio guides and enjoyed the experience. For such a large museum I would prefer to have a guide who could select stops and give more relevant information. The Sistine Chapel was breathtaking. Vatican City is not to be missed.

Great not queuing to get in. Easy to use x change voucher for official ticket inside. It was hugely busy inside, going around in a pack! So all people are equal once inside. But your time is taken up in the museum not in long queues outside. I would go for guided tour around museum. I didn’t liked the audio guide.

completely skip the queue, gets you right in. download a map before you go though as there are no free ones

Jump the line tickets and audioguide were excellent. Real insight into the museums and artefacts.