Private tour

Rome: Private Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

4.7 / 5

34 reviews

Rome: Private Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

From US$ 337.66 per group up to 2

You control your Vatican experience on this private tour. With only your small group, a dedicated guide, and skip-the-ticket-line access through a Partner Entrance, there’s plenty of time to uncover the stories behind the Vatican’s hidden treasures.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Intimate tour with only your small group and a licensed expert guide
  • Spend less time waiting with skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums
  • Hear the unexpected stories behind Michelangelo’s legendary Sistine Chapel frescoes
  • Ask your guide about whatever catches your eye and explore freely
Full description

Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

With your licensed local guide leading the way, you’ll breeze past the notoriously long lines and through an exclusive Vatican Partner Entrance into the Vatican Museums – giving you more time to experience the artistic treasures of this unmatched collection. Seek out the sights you really want to see, dwell a little longer in areas with lots to take in, and ask questions to your heart’s content – making the most of your guide’s considerable Vatican expertise. The tour takes in the Gallery of Maps, with its delicately gilded ceiling, the world-famous Raphael Rooms, and much more. You’ll see famous works alongside forgotten relics, medieval maps, and ancient sculptures, each with its own story, before heading to the jewel in the Vatican’s crown: the Sistine Chapel. Here, your guide will provide a richer perspective on Michelangelo’s legendary frescos, pointing out easily missed details like the painful punishments the artist painted for his enemies, and the personal message he left for the Pope.

Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line reserved entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check and comply with the official COVID-19 travel advice and restrictions on each country's government website. The tour provider will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • The Vatican Museums require a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both everyone. The supplier cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
  • The Vatican only permits very small bags. Large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks must be checked into the free luggage storage area. Please do not bring these items.
  • Photography and talking are prohibited in the Sistine Chapel.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 34 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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IMPRESSIVE SO MUCH ART TOGETHER... THE STAIRS IN SNAIL THE PHOTO FROM ABOVE IMPRESSES. THE ROOMS OF MUSEUMS OF SUCH A JEWEL... AND HOW NOT THAT WONDERFUL SISTINE CHAPEL. AND THE GARDENS AND THE MODERN ART OF THE EARTH BALL. BLADES WITH BLADES AND TURNED... AND MATCHED IN SIZE TO THE BALL OF THE DOME OF SAN PEDRO IN THE DISTANCE. AWESOME. THE GUIDE WAS VERY GOOD AND HE EXPLAINED US ALL THE WORKS OF ART AND THE TRAJECTORY... AND THOSE MARBLE MATERIALS FROM EGYPT. THOSE TAPESTRIES THAT WERE BEFORE IN THE SISTINE CHAPEL PLACED BY THE BABYS... IN THE END... WITHOUT WORDS. IT WAS VERY WORTH IT BUT THAT IF THEY ARE MANY HOURS... AND IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE EVERYTHING IN AN AFTERNOON OF 3 HOURS, YOU MUST CHOOSE. I DIDN'T SEE THE CARS THEN I THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE LOVED SEEING THE POPE MOBILE.

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November 3, 2021

Sensational private tour

We met our guide Teresa near the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Teresa is expecting us before the agreed time and the greeting was warm. Together with a group we were then able to enter the museums directly, from there Teresa was only available to us. We listened intently to the explanations and learned a lot of new things. Teresa also answered our questions competently. When visiting the museums, Teresa went into our needs and adapted the program accordingly. The explanations for the Sistine Chapel were very good, we looked at the pictures very differently. The visit ended with St. Peter's Basilica. We thank Teresa again very warmly. We can only recommend this private tour.

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September 16, 2018

An exceptional guide for a fabulous visit.

December 25, 2019

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