Day trip

From Rome: Pope's Residence and Vatican Museum Guided Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

From Rome: Pope's Residence and Vatican Museum Guided Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

From US$ 95.61 per person

Make use of exclusive no-wait access to see more of the Vatican on a private guided tour. Explore the Pontifical Residence of Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel.

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Duration 8 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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  • Explore the Pontifical Residence of Castel Gandolfo and the Barberini Gardens
  • Benefit from skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
  • Admire "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo inside the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy round-trip transportation from Rome by air-conditioned coach
  • See the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Candelabra
Full description

Discover the wonders of the Vatican Museums and the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo with skip-the-line entry privileges. Enjoy private guided tours of the pope's residence and the Barberini Gardens before visiting the Vatican and Sistine Chapel.

Start your journey in the center of Rome where you will board a private air-conditioned coach heading to Castel Gandolfo in the verdant Alban Hills. Your guide will fill you in on the history of this long-hidden region. On arrival, enter the Papal Residence for a private tour that includes the pope’s own bedroom, study, and chapel. Hear insights into the lives and traditions of popes of the past and present as well as the residence’s role as a sanctuary for refugees during World War II.

Look out to the sea from the Papal Terrace as the popes have since the 17th century. Then, continue for a stroll around the Barberini Gardens, whose balance of Imperial Roman and classical influences surrounds the whole Renaissance complex in tranquil beauty. After some free time for lunch, the next stop is the Vatican. Bypassing the hours-long lines with skip-the-line access, you'll enter the Vatican Museums with your guide.

As you move through the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra, and the Raphael Rooms, your guide will share the stories behind this incredible collection of art and artifacts, including stories about the items most visitors miss. Later, head to the Sistine Chapel and find yourself in awe as you step into this hushed and sacred space. With the aid of photographs and your guide’s knowledge, you’ll know exactly what to look out for when you experience the incredible detail of the chapel for yourself.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel skip-the-line entry ticket
  • Tour guide at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo skip-the-line reserved ticket
  • Barberini Gardens entry ticket
  • Escort at the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Piazza dei Re di Roma, outside the Metro Station. Your guide will have a City Wonders sign with the name of the tour.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Baby carriages

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs so comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Regretfully guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated at this time.
  • Strollers or baby carriages on group tours can also not be accommodated
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

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The guide Robert was absolutely fantastic. Really knew the story he told

May 5, 2018

Very good day with a very good guide, Roberto!

Original and very interesting excursion with a good, attentive and dynamic guide, departing from Rome: Roberto. And the other guide on site, Francesca, was also really warm. She taught us many things. The day was very successful.

August 10, 2018

Excellent day

Our guide was fantastic ! Made it perfect !!!

October 6, 2018

Product ID: 72942