Private Sistine Chapel Tour with other Vatican Must-See Sites as St Peter Church

Rome, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Overview

This three hour guided tour in the company of an expert guide, allows you to see the best of the Vatican City. With pre-booked tickets you won’t waste time in queues before beginning your visit to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica, to name but a few. As you take in the sights of the world’s smallest country, you’ll hear from your guide about the history of these renowned places and learn about some of the many masterpieces housed in the Vatican.

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Because of the growing popularity of the current pope Francis and his intense activity in organising mass events in the Vatican some areas might get closed last minute without previous notice. This has already happened this year and can happen again during you Vatican tour: the Sistine chapel and/or the Basilica of Saint Peter might not be accessible. In case of such events our tour guide will provide you with a valuable alternative focusing the tour inside the Vatican museums.

Departure Point

Vatican Museums, 00120, Vatican City

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
The tour will start at either 9.30am or 2.30pm, depending on your preference, and, as this is a private tour you are able to enter some of the rooms in the museums which are off limits to larger tour groups, and be able to travel at your own pace. You will be met by your guide at the entrance to the Vatican museums and with pre-booked tickets you’ll start the tour straight away, visiting the Belvedere Courtyard, the Pio-Clementino Museum and the vast collection of Ancient Roman and Greek statues. Next, you will visit the Gallery of Tapestries followed by the Gallery of Maps, where you’ll see one of the world’s most important collections of Renaissance maps. In the Sobiesky Room you’ll view one of the largest paintings in the Vatican as well as the room of the Immaculate Conception, which is adorned with incredible frescoes. Raphael’s Rooms are a ‘must see’; painted for Pope Julius II, they display some of Raphael’s most celebrated works, the Parnassus and The School of Athens. Before you enter the Sistine Chapel (no talking is allowed inside) your guide will tell you more about the stunning frescoes by Michelangelo, Botticelli and others that decorate the walls and ceiling inside. You will also hear fascinating anecdotes about this famous chapel that is still in use today - notably as the setting for Conclave, the papal election. Following the chapel, the tour will progress to the imposing Saint Peter’s Basilica where you’ll see Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini’s Baldacchino amongst other works of art celebrating the lives of Popes and Saints. The tour ends in Saint Peter’s Square where you can catch a glimpse of the colourful Swiss Guards, as well as view the exterior of the papal palace.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
The tour will start at either 9.30am or 2.30pm, depending on your preference, and, as this is a private tour you are able to enter some of the rooms in the museums which are off limits to larger tour groups, and be able to travel at your own pace. You will be met by your guide at the entrance to the Vatican museums and with pre-booked tickets you’ll start the tour straight away, visiting the Belvedere Courtyard, the Pio-Clementino Museum and the vast collection of Ancient Roman and Greek statues. Next, you will visit the Gallery of Tapestries followed by the Gallery of Maps, where you’ll see one of the world’s most important collections of Renaissance maps. In the Sobiesky Room you’ll view one of the largest paintings in the Vatican as well as the room of the Immaculate Conception, which is adorned with incredible frescoes. Raphael’s Rooms are a ‘must see’; painted for Pope Julius II, they display some of Raphael’s most celebrated works, the Parnassus and The School of Athens. Before you enter the Sistine Chapel (no talking is allowed inside) your guide will tell you more about the stunning frescoes by Michelangelo, Botticelli and others that decorate the walls and ceiling inside. You will also hear fascinating anecdotes about this famous chapel that is still in use today - notably as the setting for Conclave, the papal election. Following the chapel, the tour will progress to the imposing Saint Peter’s Basilica where you’ll see Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini’s Baldacchino amongst other works of art celebrating the lives of Popes and Saints. The tour ends in Saint Peter’s Square where you can catch a glimpse of the colourful Swiss Guards, as well as view the exterior of the papal palace.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The tour will start at either 9.30am or 2.30pm, depending on your preference, and, as this is a private tour you are able to enter some of the rooms in the museums which are off limits to larger tour groups, and be able to travel at your own pace. You will be met by your guide at the entrance to the Vatican museums and with pre-booked tickets you’ll start the tour straight away, visiting the Belvedere Courtyard, the Pio-Clementino Museum and the vast collection of Ancient Roman and Greek statues. Next, you will visit the Gallery of Tapestries followed by the Gallery of Maps, where you’ll see one of the world’s most important collections of Renaissance maps. In the Sobiesky Room you’ll view one of the largest paintings in the Vatican as well as the room of the Immaculate Conception, which is adorned with incredible frescoes. Raphael’s Rooms are a ‘must see’; painted for Pope Julius II, they display some of Raphael’s most celebrated works, the Parnassus and The School of Athens. Before you enter the Sistine Chapel (no talking is allowed inside) your guide will tell you more about the stunning frescoes by Michelangelo, Botticelli and others that decorate the walls and ceiling inside. You will also hear fascinating anecdotes about this famous chapel that is still in use today - notably as the setting for Conclave, the papal election. Following the chapel, the tour will progress to the imposing Saint Peter’s Basilica where you’ll see Michelangelo's Pietà and Bernini’s Baldacchino amongst other works of art celebrating the lives of Popes and Saints. The tour ends in Saint Peter’s Square where you can catch a glimpse of the colourful Swiss Guards, as well as view the exterior of the papal palace.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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