Skip-the-line Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour including St.Peter’s

Rome, Italy

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

Take a private 3-hour tour of the Vatican that allows you to skip the long lines and learn about this famous site from your own private guide. See renowned artworks by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Botticelli, and visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter's Basilica, and more. By touring this popular site with a private guide, you can proceed at your own pace and easily visit the smaller rooms of the museum.
  • Private 4-hour tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, in Rome
  • Visit Belvedere Courtyard, Pio Clementino Museum, Gallery of Maps, Sobiesky Room, and Immaculate Conception Room
  • View The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel
  • Includes all entrance fees and private guide

Local guide
Private tour
Blue Badge guide
Professional art historian guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to meet your private guide at Vatican museums entrance at your choice of either 10am or 2pm. 

Begin by taking in the Belvedere Courtyard, which was designed in the 1500s by Donato Bramante and is considered an influential High Renaissance architectural work. Then see a large collection of classical Roman and Greek statues in the Pio Clementino Museum.

Peruse an important display of tapestries and Renaissance maps in the Gallery Maps, see the Vatican's largest canvas painting in the Sobiesky Room, and learn about the 19th-century frescoes that decorate the Immaculate Conception Room.

Next, see the Raphael Rooms, commissioned by Pope Julius II when the artist Raphael was young, in the early 1500s, and considered some of his greatest works.

Head into the Sistine Chapel to view famous frescoes by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and other renowned artists. Hear about the papal conclave that is held in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new Pope.

Continue to Saint Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini Baldacchino, and numerous monuments of popes and saints. End your tour in Saint Peter's square to see the Pope's Palace and the Swiss Guards.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Meet your guide at the entrance to the Vatican museums at either 9:30 am or 2pm.  On this private tour, you will travel at your own pace, plus you can stop in some of the small rooms of the museum since you won't be with a large group. Start with a visit to the Belvedere Courtyard, the Pio-Clementino Museum, and the large collection of Ancient Roman and Greek statues. Then, continue to the Galleries of Tapistries and Geographic Maps, the grandest and most significant display of Renaissance maps. Stop in the Sobiesky Room to learn about the largest canvas painting in the Vatican. See the Immaculate Conception Room's frescoes. Your guide will focus your attention on the rooms painted by Raphael for Pope Julius II, considered the greatest works of his life, especially the Parnassus and the School of Athens. Hear the history, facts, and curiosities of the Sistine Chapel during your visit there. View the famous frescoes made by Michelangelo, Botticelli and other famous artists. The Sistine Chapel is also the location of the conclave, the Popes' election, so you will learn details about this unique event. Continue your tour at Saint Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini Baldacchino, and numerous monuments of Popes and Saints. End your tour in Saint Peter's square to see the Swiss Guards and the Pope's Palace.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Meet your guide at the entrance to the Vatican museums at either 9:30 am or 2pm.  On this private tour, you will travel at your own pace, plus you can stop in some of the small rooms of the museum since you won't be with a large group. Start with a visit to the Belvedere Courtyard, the Pio-Clementino Museum, and the large collection of Ancient Roman and Greek statues. Then, continue to the Galleries of Tapistries and Geographic Maps, the grandest and most significant display of Renaissance maps. Stop in the Sobiesky Room to learn about the largest canvas painting in the Vatican. See the Immaculate Conception Room's frescoes. Your guide will focus your attention on the rooms painted by Raphael for Pope Julius II, considered the greatest works of his life, especially the Parnassus and the School of Athens. Hear the history, facts, and curiosities of the Sistine Chapel during your visit there. View the famous frescoes made by Michelangelo, Botticelli and other famous artists. The Sistine Chapel is also the location of the conclave, the Popes' election, so you will learn details about this unique event. Continue your tour at Saint Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini Baldacchino, and numerous monuments of Popes and Saints. End your tour in Saint Peter's square to see the Swiss Guards and the Pope's Palace.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Meet your guide at the entrance to the Vatican museums at either 9:30 am or 2pm.  On this private tour, you will travel at your own pace, plus you can stop in some of the small rooms of the museum since you won't be with a large group. Start with a visit to the Belvedere Courtyard, the Pio-Clementino Museum, and the large collection of Ancient Roman and Greek statues. Then, continue to the Galleries of Tapistries and Geographic Maps, the grandest and most significant display of Renaissance maps. Stop in the Sobiesky Room to learn about the largest canvas painting in the Vatican. See the Immaculate Conception Room's frescoes. Your guide will focus your attention on the rooms painted by Raphael for Pope Julius II, considered the greatest works of his life, especially the Parnassus and the School of Athens. Hear the history, facts, and curiosities of the Sistine Chapel during your visit there. View the famous frescoes made by Michelangelo, Botticelli and other famous artists. The Sistine Chapel is also the location of the conclave, the Popes' election, so you will learn details about this unique event. Continue your tour at Saint Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini Baldacchino, and numerous monuments of Popes and Saints. End your tour in Saint Peter's square to see the Swiss Guards and the Pope's Palace.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Raphael Tours in Rome
Meet your guide at the entrance to the Vatican museums at either 9:30 am or 2pm.  On this private tour, you will travel at your own pace, plus you can stop in some of the small rooms of the museum since you won't be with a large group. Start with a visit to the Belvedere Courtyard, the Pio-Clementino Museum, and the large collection of Ancient Roman and Greek statues. Then, continue to the Galleries of Tapistries and Geographic Maps, the grandest and most significant display of Renaissance maps. Stop in the Sobiesky Room to learn about the largest canvas painting in the Vatican. See the Immaculate Conception Room's frescoes. Your guide will focus your attention on the rooms painted by Raphael for Pope Julius II, considered the greatest works of his life, especially the Parnassus and the School of Athens. Hear the history, facts, and curiosities of the Sistine Chapel during your visit there. View the famous frescoes made by Michelangelo, Botticelli and other famous artists. The Sistine Chapel is also the location of the conclave, the Popes' election, so you will learn details about this unique event. Continue your tour at Saint Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini Baldacchino, and numerous monuments of Popes and Saints. End your tour in Saint Peter's square to see the Swiss Guards and the Pope's Palace.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the museums except for bottled water
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 your 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.

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