A Secret Way to the Sistine Chapel Private Tour-transfers included

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Step into the Vatican Gardens on a skip-the-line tour, and discover the artwork and nature that lies in the heart of the Vatican state. After exploring the tree-lined pathways that meander around foliage and architecture, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel to admire its treasure trove of Renaissance art. Then, finish with a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica before a drop-off back in Rome. Numbers are limited to just 10 people for an intimate tour.
  • Vatican Gardens, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica tour
  • Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the Vatican Gardens
  • Discover Renaissance artwork as you walk around the greenery
  • Step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s frescoes

Special access to the Sistine Chapel from the Vatican Gardens
Private Walking Tour through the Vatican Gardens
Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off via Uber/Taxi (Centrally located only - within Aurelian Walls)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up at 8:30AM at your hotel/accommodation in Rome city center (within Aurelian Walls)

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start with a pickup from your Rome hotel, or meet at the local operator’s office in the center of the city. Once you’re aboard your transport, you’ll travel out of Rome to the Vatican.

Making your way past the crowds waiting to enter the Vatican Galleries, you’ll head straight inside the gardens to discover the oasis of green space that's been a place of meditation for the popes over the centuries.

As you explore footpaths lined with vibrant flowers, you’ll stumble upon works of art and examples of Renaissance architecture. See the giant labyrinth of hedges, that are typical of 16th-century Italian gardens, and admire the Lebanese cedars.

After strolling through the gardens, you’ll follow your guide to the Sistine Chapel, learning about its Michelangelo-painted frescoes as you go. Hear theories about the secret meanings behind The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement, then step inside to visit the sacred chapel on your own.

Finish with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica for a look at Michelangelo’s La Pietà, the bronze Bernini-designed baldachin, and the holy sepulcrum. Your tour ends with a drop-off at the start point.
Pass By:  
Vatican Gardens
Inside the smallest State in the world and its "green heart", amid monuments, historical fountains and rare botanical treasures
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
You will enter directly to the Sistine Chapel with a special access through the Room of the Aldobrandini Wedding, previously known as the Room of Samson on account of the ceiling frescoes by Guido Reni narrating the Stories of Samson. This room is usually close to the public.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. It is known throughout the world both for being the place where the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope are held (in the past also some papal coronations), and for being decorated with one of the most famous and celebrated works of art of artistic civilization the frescoes by Michelangelo
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Enjoy the breathtaking Saint Peter's Basilica, shrine of Christianity and Art. You will marvel at the Priceless Pietà, by Michelangelo, and stop by the venerable tomb of Saint John Paul II & Pope Karol Wojtyla.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
La Pieta
The Pietà is a work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères, who was a representative in Rome. The sculpture, in Carrara marble, was made for the cardinal's funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century. It is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
This monumental elliptical space, enclosed by 284 Doric columns four rows deep (196m wide and 148m long), is the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who laid it out during the pontificates of Alexander VII and of Clement IX.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and select museums, please see voucher for more details
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved - comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Food and drinks are not allowed inside each attraction
  • Pictures are strictly forbidden inside the Sistine Chapel
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

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