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Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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Roma, Italy

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Discover the renowned art and architecture of the Vatican on this skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museums. As you explore rooms like the Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel, learn about the Renaissance artwork of masters like Michelangelo with in-depth commentary from a knowledgeable private guide. You’ll also visit St Peter’s Basilica and hear insider details about the Vatican, plus skip past all the entrance lines, even the priority ones.
  • Skip past the priority lines, with access through a reserved entranceway
  • Step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam fresco
  • Visit St Peter's Basilica, and then see Bernini's colonnades in the square
  • Enjoy commentary tailored to your interests with a private guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This private Vatican tour bypasses even priority lines and can be tailored to your requests.
No-Wait Access to the Vatican
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Private expect guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
St. Peter's Basilica is not included until end of October

Departure Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After meeting your private guide, go straight inside the Vatican Museum with your skip-the line ticket, and let your guide know if there’s anything specific you want to see or any particular interests you have that you’d like to hear more about, such as the history of the Vatican or the sometimes-scandalous stories about its inhabitants over the years.

Follow your guide to some of the complex’s dozens of galleries and rooms, such as Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Pinecone Courtyard. Hear about the famed Renaissance masters like Raphael and Michelangelo who created art for the popes, and listen to stories about rivalries between artists. You’ll eventually reach the Sistine Chapel, known for its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo—The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam, which decorates the chapel’s sacred ceiling. (Talking inside the chapel is prohibited, so any commentary from your guide will be given outside the doors.)

Next, walk over to St Peter’s Basilica, the Italian Renaissance church that’s home to more artistic masterpieces, most famously Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s bronze baldachin altar canopy. Then head outside for a stroll around St Peter’s Square, where your guide points out Bernini’s use of optical illusion at the colonnades. Your tour ends here, where you can continue exploring on your own.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
After meeting your private guide, go straight inside the Vatican Museum with your skip-the line ticket, and let your guide know if there’s anything specific you want to see or any particular interests you have that you’d like to hear more about, such as the history of the Vatican or the sometimes-scandalous stories about its inhabitants over the years. Follow your guide to some of the complex’s dozens of galleries and rooms, such as Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Pinecone Courtyard. Hear about the famed Renaissance masters like Raphael and Michelangelo who created art for the popes, and listen to stories about rivalries between artists.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
You’ll eventually reach the Sistine Chapel, known for its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo—The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam, which decorates the chapel’s sacred ceiling. (Talking inside the chapel is prohibited, so any commentary from your guide will be given outside the doors.)
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
La Pieta
Next, walk over to St Peter’s Basilica, the Italian Renaissance church that’s home to more artistic masterpieces, most famously Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s bronze baldachin altar canopy.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Then head outside for a stroll around St Peter’s Square, where your guide points out Bernini’s use of optical illusion at the colonnades. Your tour ends here, where you can continue exploring on your own.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point; expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Tours departing Wednesday: Unable to include St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square. This is due to the Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica could be closed. As an alternative, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, the full 3-hour tour is spent inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Only small bags are allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Please note that St. Peter's Basilica wont be accessible until end of October- Therefore, tour will lasts 2.5 hrs instead
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

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 Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica.

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Traveler Tips


  • "After seeing the lines to get into the Vatican Museums, a skip-the-line tour is well worth it." See review
  • "Well worth the money, no standing in lines and someone to do all the negotiating for you." See review
  • "It was a long tour, but it was worth every penny and every minute of our time!" See review

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MarieChristine_C
, Jul 2020
Very good, our guide was very knowledgable and the Vatican is impressive. We were lucky to be there during this period, it's my second time and of course given the situation we didn't have to queue
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Michelangelo, Raphael and Francesca - What More Do You Need?
RB_S
, Feb 2020
Francesca was incredibly knowledgeable and so friendly. We enjoyed getting to tour the museum and Sistine Chapel and were amazed at their beauty and the diverse art within them. We ended up being separated from our our guide at the end of the Chapel tour and were not able to locate her. It would be good to have contact information more easily available if that should occur but the tour was one of the highlights of our time in Rome.
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This is the only way to go!
Navigator538818
, Oct 2019
Barbara was spectacular. Passionate and knowledgable about Vatican art and symbolism. Pointed out so many details you wouldn't have known by looking at a travel book or following a large tour group. Private is the only way to go. Barbara was the best. She also gave us great suggestions for restaurants all over Rome. Our favorite was Pastifico where you get a pasta and glass of wine for 4 euro!
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just in time
michelle14walsh
, Oct 2019
Because the Basilica was closing around noon for a mass our guide was able to get us through including the basilica before that. He was extremely informative and helpful. He prepared us well to appreciate the Sistine chapel art even with the huge crowd.
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Skip the line private tour of the Vatican
GlobeTrotting749987
, Sep 2019
Estella was FANTASTIC! She was so knowledgeable and got us through big lines without a hitch. She knew soooo much about the Vatican that it made our experience so special. Would Highly recommend!
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Outstanding tour!
Seaside11676181614
, Sep 2019
My boyfriend and I took a 3 hour private tour of the Vatican tour with our awesome guide Sabrina. She was engaging and shared so much knowledge with us about of the Vatican architecture, history and beautiful art. I highly recommend this tour and Sabrina!
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Great tour with an exceptional guide
Dream9024402
, Jun 2019
This was a private tour for our family of four, and our outstanding tour guide made this experience exceptional. A professor of forensic archaeology, he was extremely knowledgeable, articulate, eloquent and elegant. From him, we learned an enormous amount not just about the general history of the Vatican museums and beautiful art collections, but also about the subtle nuances of many of the famous treasures and the fascinating and funny "inside stories" behind some of them. He gave us a unique perspective into the genesis of many of the pieces and the inspiration and personal idiosyncrasies of the great artists. It was a true pleasure listening to this special guide with his "mini-lectures." We were very fortunate to have him.
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Family in the rain
Grannygriffo
, Jun 2019
Ilaria was a wonderful guide. Her knowledge of the history was amazing as well as care & thoughtful ways for our 92yo mum.
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Worth the cost!
Cruiser09519820660
, May 2019
I splurged on the 3 hour private tour of the Vatican Museums & St Peter’s Basilica. My guide, Anna from City Wonders tours was fantastic! She was extremely knowledgeable about both the art & architecture; the a good command of English and was a good storyteller! I highly recommend her!! Nance V,
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Laura was the most wonderful guide
David L
, May 2019
Laura was extremely knowledgeable and easy to understand. She showed excellent care to the needs and interest of our group.

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