Vatican Museums Private Tour: Sistine Chapel And Necropolis Scavi

Rome
Tour Rating 5.0
Overview

Your guide will escort you into the Vatican Museums while skipping the mass queues waiting outside.  Marvel in the spectacular museum galleries & bask in the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. After being within such breathtaking surroundings, you might think at this point you’ve seen all that is on offer, but with our Ultimate Express Vatican experience, we will also guide you through the Scavi (Underground) area of the Vatican. With many myths and secrets, your guide will open up a new mysterious world.  

  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Access to the Scavi (Underground) as part of a small group led by a Vatican guide
  • Private walking tour (Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel)
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Hotel pickup (centrally located hotels. Within Aurelian Walls)
  • Professional Licensed Tour Guide
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • 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
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved - comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Please advise if anyone in your group has mobility issues
  • Minimum age is 15 years
  • During the Scavi visit, visitors may be affected by the altered environmental conditions of temperature and humidity. Those who have special physical problems, subject to increase under these conditions, including claustrophobia, are advised not to access the site
  • St. Peter's Basilica may close at the last minute for ceremonies or masses without warning
Cancellation policy
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Reviews for Vatican Museums Private Tour: Sistine Chapel And Necropolis Scavi
Fantastic tour of the Vatican
Barry_F
I want to start the review with a thanks to Maria, our tour. She was extremely engaging and friendly throughout the tour. She ensured everything went well and we had a good time. She met us at the hotel (pick up was included) and then proceeded to give us a tour as we drove to the Vatican. She was well organized and knew most everyone - making it very quick and easy to get through the various check points/lines with ease. Since this was a very early start (7:20a) we seemingly had a private tour for most of the morning. Many rooms were empty except for us. She explained the history and could answer all of our questions. The Vatican itself was incredible and overall we had an excellent time. We included the Scavi tour as well - which was the one area that while I’m glad I went, I probably wouldn’t do again. This was not an issue with Maria (another guide takes over inside the Necropolis) and it was both long and rather hot/humid underground. If you are claustrophobic, I would be hesitant to recommend this portion of the tour. Still, that part was an incredible piece of history and I’m glad I did it. Back outside, Maria took over and quickly guided us to the Sistine Chapel. We were fortunate on two accounts: the weather was spectacular and the pope was having an audience that day so many special arrangements were happening and the place was buzzing with extra energy. Maria ensured we got to everything we needed to and then assisted us with transportation after we were done (also included). Instead of going back to the hotel, she recommended a few areas and even a lunch place once we decided where to go. Lunch was excellent and we were able to walk around the Piazza Navona area for hours. Highly recommended! Maria is one of the best guides we ever had and made it a great experience. I would also note to have a good breakfast and bring water/water bottle for the tour. You cannot bring much else (cameras/phones/small bags OK) so plan accordingly.
Vatican and Sistine Chapel
Clair M
We wer very fortunate to have the services of Barbara De Rosa on our private tour. She was very knowledgeable and explained the various sites in detail. Her English was perfect so we could understand what she was explaining and her sense of humor kept us laughing and interested in what she was saying. We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide.
Espetacular!
Marioneide S
Este passeio, sem dúvida, foi o mais especial que fizemos. Estar diante do que se acredita ser a sepultura de São Pedro, de seus ossos, do que foi o início do cristianismo é algo muito significativo. Nossa guia Ana Paula foi muito didática e clara, foi uma fantástica experiência.

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