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Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour

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Rome, Italy

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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
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Skip the lengthy lines and enjoy VIP access to the Vatican Museum’s many works of art on this private, guided tour. Hear the stories that bring the art to life. Visit the Vatican Pinacoteca art gallery; the Chiaramonti Museum, and a collection of Roman busts and statues. Also, see Raphael’s Rooms, four interconnected rooms with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael and the Gallery of Tapestries. Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous “Creation of Adam” painting, plus St. Peter’s Basilica and more.
  • Prioritized Skip the Line entry to the Vatican Museums (price includes entry fees)
  • English-speaking guide specializing in art history
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your guide on this special private art tour
  • Customize the tour to suit your own interests

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Access the Vatican through a reserved entrance that bypasses the priority lines.
Professional guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

V.le Vaticano/Musei Vaticani, 00192 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Meet and greet the tour guide outside the main entrance of the Vatican Museums, a collection of galleries of classical and Renaissance art masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Walk inside through a special reserved door without any waiting. This access is even faster than the priority lines.

Once inside, there are more than nine miles of art, so follow along with the guide who will point out the highlights and explain the story behind each work of art.

Stop at the Vatican Pinacoteca art gallery, featuring some of the most influential paintings in the world like Caravaggio’s Deposition from the Cross, Da Vinci’s unfinished St. Jermone and Raphael’s Transfiguration.

See the hundreds of Roman busts and statues inside the Chiaramonti Museum, then roam the Octagonal Courtyard to see Apollo Belvedere, a celebrated marble sculpture and the Laocoon, one of the most famous ancient sculptures in the world. Then exit directly into the Gregorian Etruscan Museum to see the many bronze figurines and Etruscan tombs.

Finally, visit Raphael’s Rooms, four interconnected rooms with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael; the six-sectioned Gallery of Candelabra, with Roman copies of Hellenistic originals and some great second century candelabra, from Otricoli; the Gallery of Tapestries, featuring the drawings from many of Raphael’s pupils; and Gallery of Maps, on the west side of the Belvedere Courtyard featuring a series of painted topographical maps of Italy.

Go to the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement and St. Peter’s Basilica to see Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s earlier sculptures depicting the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.

The tour ends just outside St. Peter’s Basilica.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Your fascinating private walking tour starts at the Vatican Museums, where you will take a journey of discovery to the Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Best of all, when you book your Vatican Museums Art History Walking Tour with your own private art historian, you can skip the line when you reach the Vatican Museums. There's no need to waste time waiting in lines when you're on vacation!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Next, you’ll visit St Peter’s Basilica to admire the famous artworks by Michelangelo and Bernini, where your private walking tour concludes. Please note that St Peter’s Basilica closes at 7 pm so the Vatican evening tours would not include this. This in-depth private tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica is hosted by an English-speaking guide specializing in art history.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Evening Tours: St Peter's Basilica is closed during the evenings. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you would prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please select the Morning or Afternoon Tours as your travel date
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY ARTSTUR 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 Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour?
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 Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour.

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  • "She couldn't of been nicer, It is a long tour and if you have problems with your legs or back- get a wheel chair you are standing for about 4+ hours." See review

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Private Vatican Tour
Linda M
, Aug 2019
We had a private tour with our family of 6 which included a professor in a wheel chair and two teenage boys. The tour with Amy was excellent!! She was highly informed, friendly, patient and kind. We are not catholic but truly felt it was a balanced historical tour and worth every penny and minute we spent. We highly recommend a private tour with Amy
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear Friend, Sadly I am not allowed to mention your name but our friendship is totally awe of it. I related to Amy your beautiful description of the VaticanTour you enjoyed with all your family and she was delighted about it and thanks you very much. I hope to see yo one day in London where I will personally accompany you to one of out tours here or through emails for our tours to Paris or Rome again. Lots of very best wishes, Rosa Maria
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Don’t do it!!!
Seaside07362587960
, Jun 2019
Very disappointing experience. The Vatican is herding people through like cattle. How do we get a refund???
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
In the height of the Season the Vatican becomes very crowded. The only way to avoid this is to do either an early morning breakfast Tour or a Friday evening late Tour . The afternoon tours are much less crowded than the morning. While you can and you should complain to the Vatican for this situation and the way they herd people through their Museums, you cnnot give fault to Trip Advisor or its providers for not giving a good visit.Your Guide, Anna Bruno, gave excellent explanations of the Vatican and you and your friends were pleased about it, there is nothing else we can do but choose our guides with care. The very poor rating refers to the guide and the service rendered. That perhaps could not be faltered.
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Vatican _ St. Peter's
Navigator37918092069
, Nov 2018
We (80 and 75) were withe our grandchildren (25-27) and had a private because I needed a wheel chair. Our guide was VERY knowleabe and with an outstanding personality. She couldn't of been nicer......It is a long tour and if you have problems with your legs or back- get a wheel chair you are standing for about 4+ hours.
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Travel with an infant
Expedition823824
, Oct 2018
We had the good fortune to have Maria Ludovica as our tour guide at the Vatican. When we originally planned this trip my daughter was not pregnant. But lo and behold, a 2 month old infant came with us. If you have been to Disney you know what Fast Pass is...well, the combination of a newborn and a trained professional like Mary Ludo made the crowded Vatican a wonderful experience.Maria Ludo had such great knowledge and her preview chat inside the walls set the tone for a terrific immersion in fine art and inspiration. Her visual aids were also an asset as we progressed from one site to the other. Her genuine enthusiasm and care are so appreciated by this family.I strongly urge anyone to have a tour like this one. It was a true highlight of our trip.Once again, many thanks to Maria Ludo for making our experience so positive.
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Rosanna our tour guide was...
Stephen R
, Nov 2017
Rosanna our tour guide was passionate, informative and amazingly gifted at bringing all the Vatican treasures and art works to life, we spent over 3 hours in her company and enjoyed her knowledge and wisdom of this awe inspiring place, it truly is a jaw dropping moment when you enter the sistine chapel and onwards to St Peters Basilica, if you want a truly 5 star, personal experience then this is for you, we were fortunate in that the Vatican and St Peters were not that crowded so were lucky enough to have the chance to truly absorb the beauty of this place and through Rosanna's talks really get a feel for the artworks and treasures on display.
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Our tour guide, Isabella,Botti was...
Joni Marie J
, Oct 2016
Our tour guide, Isabella,Botti was wonderful. She spent 3 hours with us, skillfully negotiating through the crowds, discussing the history and art of the Vatican. We were able to stop and ask questions whenever we needed more information and she made the large, imposing collections accessible. After comparing notes with friends who have taken Vactican tours, I am convinced that this is the only way to see and appreciate the museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St, Peter's. Brava Isabella!
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This was a highlight of our trip...
Donald S
, Aug 2016
This was a highlight of our trip. Our guide, Anna, was very knowledgeable having studied at the Vaticcan and received a doctorate in art history. Having our own personal guide was outstanding. My wife is an artist and could ask many questions. We tell everyone how great it was.
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We had an amazing tour!!! Were...
Allison z
, Jun 2016
We had an amazing tour!!! Were lucky to have one of the best tour guides!!! Thank You.
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Excellent tour, an extremely...
Cristina S
, Mar 2016
Excellent tour, an extremely knowledgeable and pleasant guide Alicia, we enjoyed it a lot. Highly recommended.
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Again we used the tour with an art...
Lynn N
, Nov 2015
Again we used the tour with an art historian.I cannot express enough how much this benefited our group. Our guide was so knowledgeable and easy to understand.I know I would not have gotten as much out of this tour without the art historian. The. Vatican is very crowded,do not go on the free museum day.

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