Private Vatican Museums Tour With Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican City

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Varies
  • Return Details :
    - Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time. Guests arriving after departure time cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded. - Only small bags are a.. read more
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

What better way to see the Vatican than with your own private guide? Do just that on this 3-hour walking tour, and explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St peters basilica with customized commentary. From the splendor of Michelangelos The Last Judgement fresco to the intrigue of an architectural optical illusion in St Peters Square, this in-depth tour charts the stories behind the Vaticans sacred sites. Even better, the tour provides access that allows you to skip all the entrance lines even the priority ones.

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Discover the renowned art and architecture of the Vatican on this skip-the-line private tour of the 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.
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:


Discover the renowned art and architecture of the Vatican on this skip-the-line private tour of the 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.
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.

Inclusions

  • Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Carefully curated private tour just for your group
  • Reserved Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • English-speaking expert guide exclusively for your group

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Public transportation options are available nearby

Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries

Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point; expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security

Only small bags are allowed

Saint Peters Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we're happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Vatican Museums. While we endeavour to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.

On Wednesdays, due to the Papal Audiences, access to St Peter's Basilica is not possible until 1pm

Traveler Reviews

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  • 08-Jul-2023

    Check-in process was very easy. Our tour guide, Ursus, was great! He didn’t give too much “over your head” information but was personable with each member of our 10 person group and provided great commentary through the crowded Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica.

  • 06-Jun-2023

    We used Viator to book a Colosseum small group tour and a private Vatican tour, both with City Wonders, and CW canceled both the week of our trip. During peak season (June). When everything is sold out. They moved us to a different Colosseum tour (that excluded the Underground, which we really wanted to see) and told us that they had no alternatives for the Vatican, so no luck. All of the other tour companies and tickets are totally sold out...because this is in 5 days and in June. We planned our entire trip around these two tours--it's our one full day in Rome, and it's just terrible business to cancel PRIVATE tours with no time/availability to rebook them. STAY AWAY if you want a reliable service.

  • 31-May-2023

    Marle (pronounced Marlay) was our incredible guide. She was tall, elegant, funny, and oh so knowledgeable. Her inside knowledge of the art work of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's was almost overwhelming and although there was no way we could possible absorb it all, it inspired us to do some of our own research and reading on Pope Julius II, the Warrior Pope. Not only was she fantastic as a guide and teacher, but she also made sure we got on the correct train with some insider info for out trip back to Civitavecchia. We plan on being back in Rome next year and will definitely try to have Marle again for a guide!

  • 16-May-2023

    Private tour guide cancelled the day before and no replacement. Had to do this on our own. No communication from a regarding g a refund. Local operator said that we had to deal with a ..passing the buck

  • 18-Feb-2023

    Alex was an incredible tour guide - so knowledgeable and friendly. You could really tell that she loves showing people her country’s treasures. We learned so much about the Vatican and it’s precious art collection. Really an amazing experience!!!

  • 05-Feb-2023

    Me, my husband, and both of his parents had a FANTASTIC time in Vatican City thanks to our hilarious, lovely, and knowledgeable guide Amil! We booked a private tour as my MIL has mobility issues that render her a slow walker and we couldn’t be more pleased with this decision since Amil took extra special care of us. ❤️ She peppered the tour with the funniest of historical backstories, made sure we noticed and understood the most important pieces from the potentially overwhelming array of sights, and was honestly just a complete delight to spend time with. Don’t hesitate to book her, you won’t regret it!!

  • 18-Jan-2023

    This was an absoltuely incredible experience. Our guide - Elisabetta was just phenomonal. She took us to see all the highlights of the Vatican Museum, ensuring we didn't miss anything. She was incredibly knowledgable on quite literally everything in there. After the museum, we went into the Sistine Chapel and then St Peters Basilica. This is a tour I would highly recommend. The meeting point was very easy to find and Elisabetta made this a day to remember! Nothing was too much trouble and she was able to answer every single question! Thank you!!!

  • 10-Dec-2022

    We had a private tour w/Laura and it was fantastic!! She did an outstanding job of describing the history of the various objects we looked at. Sitting in the Sistine Chapel was humbling and the first look at St. Peters Basilica literally took my breath away....a once in a lifetime experience (and I am not religious)!!

  • 29-Nov-2022

    This is a don’t miss tour when in Rome. Our tour guide Amil was excellent. She was so knowledgeable and made it fun. She personalized these people from centuries ago which made them come to life in our minds. If you are lucky enough to get Amil you will be so fortunate as she is the best tour guide I’ve ever had and I travel a lot.

  • 25-Nov-2022

    Amil was a fabulous guide, full of knowledge with humour and sassy mixed in!! We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and would highly recommend this tour. Thank you once again Amil x

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