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Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

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Overview

Discover the renowned art and architecture of the Vatican on this skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museums. As you explore rooms like the Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel, learn about the Renaissance artwork of masters like Michelangelo with in-depth commentary from a knowledgeable private guide. You’ll also visit St Peter’s Basilica and hear insider details about the Vatican, plus skip past all the entrance lines, even the priority ones.
  • Skip past the priority lines, with access through a reserved entranceway
  • Step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam fresco
  • Visit St Peter's Basilica, and then see Bernini's colonnades in the square
  • Enjoy commentary tailored to your interests with a private guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This private Vatican tour bypasses even priority lines and can be tailored to your requests.
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Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
Reserved Access to the Sistine Chapel
English-speaking expert guide exclusively for your group
Carefully curated private tour just for your group
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
St. Peter's Basilica is not included until further notice due to current restrictions.
Via Tunisi, 4 , Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani).

Sistine Chapel , 00120, Vatican City

The tour ends outside Sistine Chapel.

After meeting your private guide, go straight inside the Vatican Museum with your skip-the line ticket, and let your guide know if there’s anything specific you want to see or any particular interests you have that you’d like to hear more about, such as the history of the Vatican or the sometimes-scandalous stories about its inhabitants over the years.

Follow your guide to some of the complex’s dozens of galleries and rooms, such as Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Pinecone Courtyard. Hear about the famed Renaissance masters like Raphael and Michelangelo who created art for the popes, and listen to stories about rivalries between artists. You’ll eventually reach the Sistine Chapel, known for its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo—The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam, which decorates the chapel’s sacred ceiling. (Talking inside the chapel is prohibited, so any commentary from your guide will be given outside the doors.)

Next, walk over to St Peter’s Basilica, the Italian Renaissance church that’s home to more artistic masterpieces, most famously Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s bronze baldachin altar canopy. Then head outside for a stroll around St Peter’s Square, where your guide points out Bernini’s use of optical illusion at the colonnades. Your tour ends here, where you can continue exploring on your own.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican City
Discover the renowned art and architecture of the Vatican on this skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museums.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
After meeting your private guide, go straight inside the Vatican Museum with your skip-the line ticket, and let your guide know if there’s anything specific you want to see or any particular interests you have that you’d like to hear more about, such as the history of the Vatican or the sometimes-scandalous stories about its inhabitants over the years. Follow your guide to some of the complex’s dozens of galleries and rooms, such as Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Pinecone Courtyard. Hear about the famed Renaissance masters like Raphael and Michelangelo who created art for the popes, and listen to stories about rivalries between artists.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
You’ll eventually reach the Sistine Chapel, known for its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo—The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam, which decorates the chapel’s sacred ceiling. (Talking inside the chapel is prohibited, so any commentary from your guide will be given outside the doors.)
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
La Pieta
Next, walk over to St Peter’s Basilica, the Italian Renaissance church that’s home to more artistic masterpieces, most famously Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s bronze baldachin altar canopy.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Then head outside for a stroll around St Peter’s Square, where your guide points out Bernini’s use of optical illusion at the colonnades. Your tour ends here, where you can continue exploring on your own.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point; expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Only small bags are allowed
  • Please be advised that St. Peter’s Basilica will not be accessible until further notice due to current restrictions - Therefore, tour will lasts 2.5 hrs instead
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica.
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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star-5
Our tour guide, Georgia...
jbmerkin94
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Georgia was amazing. She was so knowledgeable about the history of Rome, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Would highly recommend doing a private tour to really get a feel for Vatican City.
star-1
Tour canceled last minute - guide had covid & no replacement
Robert_K
, May 2022
Our Tour Guide had covid and we were notified by email at the same time as we showed up at the meeting place. The tour was replaced with a lower level tour and a partial refund was given. The replacement tour guide was great but did not cover the Basilica and included another 17 people (our tour was private). I don't think the very partial refund covered the reduction in service.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review. We are very sorry to hear about your recent experience. Like many companies in the travel industry, City Wonders faced an unprecedented post-pandemic surge in demand during the past few weeks. This combined with Covid-related impacts caused operational issues, which we are working around the clock to resolve as quickly as possible. What you experienced is not the typical excellent service that City Wonders is known for, and we truly apologize. Please contact us directly if you have any extra queries with your full name & Viator booking reference at customer.service@citywonders.com.
star-5
Great experience!
Marisa_L
, May 2022
Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide, Nadia. Loved her energy and how she guided us with ease thru the maze of people!
star-5
Terrific Private Vatican Tour
Matt_M
, May 2022
Our tour guide Guiseppi was so well versed and knowledgeable about Vatican City the artwork throughout the Vatican Museum. We’re very impressed and enjoyed our private tour!
star-5
Great tour
Roberta_S
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was very knowledgable and had a great sense of humor. Would certainly book Viator in the future. Thank you!
star-1
We missed the tour,...
Bernard_R
, Mar 2022
We missed the tour, Because we were very late. But we did buy a ticket and walked through the museum. While I’m in Rome I’m going to try again. Thank you for your concerns. Bernie Redmond
star-5
Wonderful spiritual journey
Maureen_R
, Mar 2022
This was a wonderful experience- my second time around, but even better than the last. We had a wonderful, knowledgeable guide who really helped my travel mate who struggles with a lot of walking.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Giuseppe was our tour...
Laura_M
, Feb 2022
Giuseppe was our tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and educated and brought the paintings, sculptures, history, etc. of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel to life. Many many thanks to Giuseppe for making this a fantastic experience for us!!!
star-5
Fantastic experience!
Christine_H
, Feb 2022
My daughter and I went on this tour. Very well organised. We had a truly excellent tour guide, we think her name was Christa and she was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our experience and would definitely recommend. Thank you.
star-5
Every moment was special
Cliff_H
, Dec 2021
Alexandra was an amazingly knowledgeable and friendly guide. It was very special touring with a guide with a guide with a art history degree. Every moment was special.
star-5
Doriana was by far the...
Matt_A
, Oct 2021
Doriana was by far the best tour guide! She has extreme knowledge of every little component of the tour; amazing job by her! We were so thrilled to have gone on the tour with such an incredible guide.
star-5
Awesome tour
James_W
, Aug 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave an excellent tour! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.
star-5
Vatican
MarieChristine_C
, Jul 2020
Very good, our guide was very knowledgable and the Vatican is impressive. We were lucky to be there during this period, it's my second time and of course given the situation we didn't have to queue
star-5
Michelangelo, Raphael and Francesca - What More Do You Need?
RB_S
, Feb 2020
Francesca was incredibly knowledgeable and so friendly. We enjoyed getting to tour the museum and Sistine Chapel and were amazed at their beauty and the diverse art within them. We ended up being separated from our our guide at the end of the Chapel tour and were not able to locate her. It would be good to have contact information more easily available if that should occur but the tour was one of the highlights of our time in Rome.
star-5
This is the only way to go!
Diane_A
, Oct 2019
Barbara was spectacular. Passionate and knowledgable about Vatican art and symbolism. Pointed out so many details you wouldn't have known by looking at a travel book or following a large tour group. Private is the only way to go. Barbara was the best. She also gave us great suggestions for restaurants all over Rome. Our favorite was Pastifico where you get a pasta and glass of wine for 4 euro!
star-5
just in time
michelle14walsh
, Oct 2019
Because the Basilica was closing around noon for a mass our guide was able to get us through including the basilica before that. He was extremely informative and helpful. He prepared us well to appreciate the Sistine chapel art even with the huge crowd.
star-5
Skip the line private tour of the Vatican
GlobeTrotting749987
, Sep 2019
Estella was FANTASTIC! She was so knowledgeable and got us through big lines without a hitch. She knew soooo much about the Vatican that it made our experience so special. Would Highly recommend!
star-5
Outstanding tour!
Seaside11676181614
, Sep 2019
My boyfriend and I took a 3 hour private tour of the Vatican tour with our awesome guide Sabrina. She was engaging and shared so much knowledge with us about of the Vatican architecture, history and beautiful art. I highly recommend this tour and Sabrina!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour with an exceptional guide
Dream9024402
, Jun 2019
This was a private tour for our family of four, and our outstanding tour guide made this experience exceptional. A professor of forensic archaeology, he was extremely knowledgeable, articulate, eloquent and elegant. From him, we learned an enormous amount not just about the general history of the Vatican museums and beautiful art collections, but also about the subtle nuances of many of the famous treasures and the fascinating and funny "inside stories" behind some of them. He gave us a unique perspective into the genesis of many of the pieces and the inspiration and personal idiosyncrasies of the great artists. It was a true pleasure listening to this special guide with his "mini-lectures." We were very fortunate to have him.
star-5
Family in the rain
Janice_G
, Jun 2019
Ilaria was a wonderful guide. Her knowledge of the history was amazing as well as care & thoughtful ways for our 92yo mum.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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