Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel Private Tour - Rome

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In this fantastic tour you will enjoy the highlights of the museum, and of course the remarkable Sistine Chapel in its entirety with your private Tour Guide.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
  • Instant Confirmation

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In this fantastic tour you will enjoy the highlights of the museum, and of course the remarkable Sistine Chapel in its entirety.

This is also where the bones of Saint Peter (considered by many to be the first pope) remain, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, a place packed to the teeth with internationally-recognized brilliant pieces of art. And if you just can't get your fill of the truck-loads of art these two buildings offer, the Vatican Museums should well and truly satisfy your desires. Or you might head over to St. Peter's Square, a piazza designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 17th century, and another of Holy See's profound masterpieces.

The Vatican Museums are some of the most important museums in the world. The Vatican has a superb gallery, excellent Roman and Etruscan collections, and plenty more. Be sure not to miss theapartments that were decorated by Raphael. There is too much to see if you plan on going to the museums for one day. If you go for just one day, you just have time for the highlights. The highlight of the visit to the museums is the The Sistine Chapel known for Michelangelo's two most famous masterpieces: the ceiling, depicting numerous scenes from the Old Testament - such as the moment of Creation - together with various sybils and prophets; and the Last Judgement, occupying the entire wall behind the altar. But while you're there, don't forget to look at the other frescoes, by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and others. The Sistine Chapel is also the meeting place of the conclave, which elects each new Pope.

Inclusions for Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel Private Tour

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Private tour
  • Walking tour

Exclusions for Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel Private Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)


What will you see during this tour?
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Muses
  • The Roundroom
  • The Greek Cross room
  • The Raphael Rooms
  • Tapestry Gallery
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Full story of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo
  • Direct Access to St. Peter Basilica

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

Children must be accompanied by an adult

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

Not wheelchair accessible

SKIP THE LINE policy: Please be aware that entering the Vatican Museums means leaving Rome and going to a different State. During high seasons the Vatican welcomes more than 30.000 visitors per day! "Skipping the lines" means that we pay an additional reservation fee on top of the ticket price and prebook a privileged entrance for our groups; we always enter before the non-reservation line. We do not have any control of how the Vatican is organised therefore it is out of our hands if there is an unexpected wait.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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8 Traveler Reviews

  • What a great tour and experience! This private tour was definitely worth it! We met our tour guide, Alfredo Noya, at the meeting point, and we walked together to the entrance of the Vatican and went inside earlier than when it opens to the public. It was about a 3-5 min walk. The tour was with my mother-in-law and my daughter and we all enjoyed it immensely.
    Alfredo had an assistant with him for help with children. He was extremely knowledgeable about everything inside the Vatican museums. Every painting, sculpture, tapestry, statues, ceiling art work, All of it! He was very patient and answered every question we had. He took our pictures everywhere we wanted and was very kind and sweet. He has a great personality! He is Roman and other than speaking Italian, he also speaks English and it was very good, clear and understandable.
    We walked through the museums, saw a garden and ended up at the Sistine Chapel. No photos are allowed inside the Sistine Chapel, and no talking either. Afterwards, he took us to the St. Peters Basilica and walked with us and explained the history of a lot of the smaller chapels inside as well as La Pieta. He told us about the crypt below the Basilica and the Dome above. He gave a lot of great information about Rome as well. We did the crypt and the dome on our own as it's not part of this tour.
    The crypt is free, and the Dome was about 5 Euro to go up by stairs and 7 Euro to go up by elevator. It is worth it to pay the 7 Euro and wait for the elevator, because there were many more steps after the elevator ride that the elevator cannot get to. There are two parts to the Dome. The first part is a few stairs up after the elevator ride and looks down into the basilica. The second part is optional and only for those who do not have problems with their heart or claustrophobia. This part is several stairs, most of it is narrow, steep, and wall hugging. But at the top is a 360 degree view of the city of Rome. After exiting the Dome, there is a gift shop where every item for purchase is blessed by priests of the Vatican.
    Be sure to dress appropriately. Showing the shoulders is not allowed, so if you are wearing a tank top, make sure you have a shawl or cardigan to cover your arms, otherwise you won't be allowed to go in the Vatican at all. Also, you may want to wear comfortable shoes. I was wearing flat sandals, and while I was ok, tennis shoes would have been better for all the stair walk up to the Dome.
    I will definitely book this tour again if I go back to Rome. If you have the opportunity, ask for Alfredo Noya in advance. He was the best guide we've ever had! Also, he has a Facebook page, just look up Alfredo Noya and you should be able to find him and send him a message.

  • Quite disappointed by this private tour. I would have been better of renting the audio tour guide. I have a real love of history or art history and my expectations for this tour were with a private tour I would be provided more insight. My guide was nice, but based on the price I paid was very disappointed. I am not a huge fan of organized tours and prefer private tours so that my personal interests are met. I had a much better tour arranged through the Borghese with a party of 20 other people which was less than 10 of what I paid for this tour. If you just want someone to keep you company as you wander through the halls then this tour will be great for you, otherwise, do not waste your money. Yes, I tipped the guide at the end after all tips are expected.

  • The one on one experience was terrific. The attention paid and the knowledge shared made for a great tour of the Vatican. Highly recommend it.

  • A must-see, though we were skipping the line with a lot of other groups. Expert Guide. The crowd made it difficult to see everything on our guide's agenda, and sadly the Raphael Room was closed just before we got there due to overcrowding. If it is at all possible to gain entry 30 min early it would greatly improve the experience.

  • Ilaria, my PRIVATE tour guide, is highly educated with a doctorate, highly professional, and exacting in her vast knowledge and very personable. She is a pleasure and made this tour very satisfying. Spend the extra money and go on PRIVATE tours with Viator and always Skip the Line tours. Thank you!!

  • Life-changing! First of all, I would have given six, eight or even ten stars for this once-in-a-lifeltime experience. Our guide, Debora Diego, was knowledgeable, professional and an amazingly nice human being! We were in Rome in the late season, but the Vatican was even less crowded thanks to recent travel concerns. We were able to stroll through the various exhibits and galleries, without having to fight the normal crowds, giving us a very personal and intimate experience with all the amazing treasures. Sistine Chapel was the highlight of our entire European vacation. It was truly a magical experience!

  • This was an experience of a life time. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Linda's insight and commentary on the highlights of the Vatican. She was deeply knowledgeable of so many details that go beyond any books or written commentaries. I read up in advance of the tour to make sure I knew what to look for but Linda provided so much more insight. There is so much to see, so much to take in, so she cut through the crowds and the guards who all knew her and went straight to the most memorable sites. Thank you so much for a truly great tour!!

  • Roberto Notarmasi is brilliant. The best tour guide anyone could ask for -- educated, articulate, cultured, well-mannered and enthusiastic. I highly recommend Roberto.

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