Vatican City Tours
Sistine Chapel Express and St Peter Basilica
4.5

Sistine Chapel Express and St Peter Basilica

By Monica Carosi
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English, Italian
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What's not included
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Vatican Tickets starting from 35 euro per person. After the booking I will send you a link to buy
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel


Start:
  • Vatican Museums, 00120, Vatican City
End:
  • St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 111615P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 111615P1

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  • 00120, Vatican City
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    We will enter to the Vatican Museums before the crowds and go to the Sistine Chapel. While going straight to the Sistine Chapel we will get the chance to see the highlights of the Vatican Museums and we will then go to St Peter Basilica skipping the line to visit it
  • Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

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emma c
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
From the first moment we met Monica early in the morning, outside the Vatican, she was full of stories, history, images, maps, and so much energy! We were learning and laughing together immediately! She deftly guided us straight into the key rooms, including the corridor of maps and Sistine Chapel before anyone else got there, meaning we had it magically to ourselves, which is totally unheard of. It was beyond a dream. She tailored the tour for us personally, focusing on scandal and history for my husband and deep and academic art knowledge for me, all the time weaving us into and through the most hidden and special treasures. We were with Monica for 4 hours and the time totally flew by. When our time was up she wouldn't let us go without finishing a few last things, so ran us through them and landed us up at the best pizza we had in the whole trip! She is an absolute gem, a barrel of laughs and a font of knowledge. Her expertise is endless and full of contagious enthusiasm. This tour was worth every penny and remains a firm and fond memory.
Written March 23, 2020
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Emma, thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure showing you the place where art meets history. I hope to see you soon in Rome or London. Hugs and kisses
Written March 25, 2020
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556donf
Sarasota, Florida10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We were so fortunate to spend the first weekend of our month long tour of Italy with Monica at the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's. She certainly set the bar high for all guides during the rest of our trip! She picked us up at our hotel and took us to a non touristy nearby restaurant, as we requested, for a delicious lunch before getting us all a taxi to the Vatican. There, her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm just shone as she guided us for several hours through history, teaching us many facts we never would have gotten on our own. The awe we experienced looking at the beauty of St. Peter's was only surpassed by all the facts she could tell us such as the band of gold circling the ceiling of the church was 12" high.... quite a valuable design placement!!! We learned much about religious behavior and life in general both in those days and through modern times. She still gave us a nice break to rest and absorb all the information we gained from her vast knowledge and ended the tour by calling a taxi for us and warning the driver to treat us well as he took us on to our destination! Monica gave us much insight into the non tourist side of Italy as well and paved the way for an absolutely wonderful Italian vacation. We highly recommend her to everyone!
Written October 12, 2019
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Don, Thank you for your kind words. It was easy to show you the beauty of the Vatican and sharing with some tips how to enjoy at its fullest your italian vacation. Come back soon. Hugs and kisses Monica
Written October 12, 2019
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Steve K
Healdsburg, CA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My father and I joined Monica Carosi for a 5 hour tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, entering an hour before the museum opened. While this duration initially seemed daunting, the time flew by as we surveyed the vast collection of treasures, stopping at important and unusual works to better appreciate and understand what we were seeing. Monica was energetic and highly informative, but the tour never felt rushed. We felt our guide was a resident of the Museum with a 6th sense – she knew all the guards, she anticipated sudden time-limits to access to make sure we made it, and she even photographed us in front of the “Pieta” reproduction, critical when we later discovered that the original was curtained off for a special mass in St. Peter’s.

The pace had a comfortable rhythm. We headed straight for the Sistine Chapel, admiring the nearly empty Gallery of Maps on the way. The Chapel did not feel crowded, and her detailed prep before entry allowed us to thoroughly appreciate the scope and beauty of the Chapel’s artworks for about 20 minutes or so. We exited back into the museum and strolled to the Pinacoteca. After a snack break (her treat :-) we visited Laocoön in its peaceful courtyard and stopped to study the Belvedere Torso, both brought to the Vatican by Michelangelo, kick-starting the collection. We revisited the Gallery of Maps more slowly, looking for places we had already visited in Italy, before appreciating Raphael’s captivating works. We short-cut through the Sistine Chapel, bypassing the now shoulder-bumping crowds to the tour-guide’s exit to St. Peter’s.

As you can tell, we covered a lot of ground and artworks. We never fell victim to “museum-fatigue”, though, and never felt we we’re going through a checklist. Instead, we felt like we spent a morning with a friend eager to share the beauty, history and character of a place she deeply knew and loved.
Written November 4, 2019
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Steven, thank you for you kind words. I love the Vatican Museums which are home to me and I love sharing their beauty with the people who put so much effort to come here to Rome. Your dad was fantastic, energetic and appreciative. I hope to have you again on my tours in the future with your ladies. Hugs and kisses Monica
Written December 6, 2019
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Mary Jo A
New York City, NY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Monica was fantastic. We felt totally taken care of in so many ways. My husband and I were traveling with our granddaughter. We have been to Italy many many times and I loved there for a year. This was the first time we hired a guide and it was wonderful. I, for once, could be in the role of visitor, all the pressure was off. Monica knew exactly how to pitch her presentations to appeal to the different levels of knowledge in our triad. Monica modulated everything perfectly. I highly recommend Monica to others.
Written June 7, 2019
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Dear Mary Jo, it was easy to be your guide. You were fantastic and your granddaughter was so polite and interested. I am happy and honored that for once you could be just the traveler and not the wonderful guide I know you are. I hope to see you soon in Rome. Hugs and kisses from Rome
Written June 8, 2019
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Marcus L
Austin, TX695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I were in Italy to celebrate our anniversary and we booked this tour. We made an excellent choice!

Monica is friendly, fun, and is deeply knowledgeable about history, art history, and architecture. We booked this tour, which also included the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s. Monica met us at our AirBNB and got us a cab for the quick trip to the Vatican. Once there, she secured our early entry tickets to the Sistine Chapel. After a brief wait, we entered the Chapel with one other group of about 20 people. So two dozen of us had the Sistine Chapel all to ourselves! We stayed about 35 minutes, and no one else came in while we were there. Amazing! Monica had given us maps of the different panels in the Chapel, and that made the viewing much more enjoyable.

We then continued to the Vatican Museums. There is so much amazing artwork and pieces of history it is impossible to describe it all. Monica took us through several of the museums, explaining what we were looking at. Her art and history background really helped us. She had us look at things we would have missed if we had been on our own.

It was starting to get crowded in the Museums, so we stopped for a food break, and Monica bought us cappuccinos and pastries, a very nice treat. We then got in line to go through the Sistine Chapel again, as there was an exit door from the Chapel that allowed entry into St. Peter’s without having to wait in line. By this time, the Sistine Chapel was really packed. It really made us appreciate our early entrance. I should say here that I wear a brace on my right knee, and Monica set the pace nice and easy.

At St. Peter’s, we were overwhelmed. Monica guided us through some of the highlights,and explained the architecture of the building. We then went to St. Peter’s Square and into a gift store which was also a Vatican post office, where I bought stamps and mailed a bunch of post cards I had written. As we were leaving the square, Monica treated us to take away pizza. She had parked her car nearby early that morning and even gave us a ride home!

It was a joy to spend time with Monica. She also gave us a real appreciation for Rome, helping us understand why we had fallen in love with the Eternal City. Monica made our anniversary very special. We highly recommend Monica, and we know we will see her again!
Written May 29, 2019
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Marcus, it was an honor to be part of your memories and to be able to make your anniversary a special one. I look forward to meeting you again in the Eternal City which adopted both of you. Hugs and Kisses from Rome. Monica
Written May 30, 2019
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