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This is a walking tour and involves occasional walking up&down the stairs.
With a visual aid in hand, be among the first people to walk into the spectacular Sistine Chapel and admire the masterpiece of Michelangelo, leaving the crowds waiting in line outside.
Learn about Michelangelo and the incredible fresco paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Marvel at one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the world as you visit our favorite collections.
Originally an open "loggia", this gallery was walled and closed some 200 years ago. The statues and candelabras on display here date as far back as the 3rd century B.C.
Some of the masterpieces in this gallery were designed after the cartoons drawn by Raphael. Look out for a tapestry that includes a spectacular optical illusion.
This is a true highlight of the Vatican Museums. On display here are incredible frescoes of maps.
Admire Francesco Podesti's impressive Immaculate Conception fresco.
Decorated for Pope Julius II by the hand of Raphael, your next stop on your Vatican group tour is to the apartments adorned in Raphael’s priceless frescos, including his glorious "School of Athens”.
Visit the rooms that once served as the apartments of Pope Alexander VI. With all the scandal around this pope and his family, you'll wish these walls could talk.
The most important church in all of Christendom, the home of the papacy and one of the most remarkable buildings ever built. There’s no better place to wrap up your Vatican tour.
One of the hidden treasures of St. Peter's is a statue celebrated today as one of the greatest ever made and also the only work of art ever signed by Michelangelo.
One of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's most celebrated works sits in the center of the Basilica. Marvel at the gorgeous dome - directly below it is St. Peter's tomb.
Private English-Speaking Local Guide
Enter an Hour Before General Opening
Experience the Sistine Chapel with No Crowds
Guided St. Peter's Basilica Tour
Our pre-opening private Vatican tour lets you skip the line and enter the museums an entire hour before the general public. After visiting the Sistine Chapel with your own personal English-speaking tour guide, tour the highlights of the Vatican Museums including the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps, Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments. Finish up with a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, the most magnificent church in the world*. This is the best Vatican tour for couples, family, friends or solo travelers who want the luxury of having a personal guide. With a custom group size, this three hour tour includes:
Important! If you choose to stay in the Vatican Museums, you’re welcome to leave the tour and skip the guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. However, if you choose to do this, you’ll lose the chance to use the special entrance and skip the lines. If you decide to remain in the Vatican Museums, please return your headset or you’ll be charged 50€ per headset.
After meeting your private guide, your Vatican Museums tour begins. As an accredited tour operator, we do not have to wait in the ticket line, but we still have to wait in a security line. During your brief queue, your guide starts your Vatican tour and begins with an explanation of some key facts about the the treasures inside the museums. Once inside, head straight to witness Michelangelo’s restored Sistine Chapel before the crowds flood in.
Since the Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican Museums, entrance is included in your private Vatican tour. Only when you’re inside, is it clear why the Sistine Chapel is one of the most celebrated works of art in Western civilization. The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, so speaking inside is forbidden. Don’t fret though, your private Vatican guide will provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter.
After experiencing the Sistine Chapel, circle back through the headliners of the Vatican Museums: the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and our personal favorite, the Gallery of the Maps. These map frescoes provide valuable insight into how Renaissance Italians viewed their surroundings. Predating unified Italy by almost 300 years, the frescoes show the geography of the Italian peninsula circa 1580.
In constant competition with Michelangelo, Raphael designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. On this private Vatican tour, Among other masterpieces, visit the The School of Athens painting. A depiction of philosophy, the painting represents all the greatest mathematicians, philosophers and scientists congregated and sharing ideas. In an early version of a selfie, Raphael painted himself into the painting! Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle, engaged in dialogue, take center stage in the masterpiece.
*(except on Wednesdays)*
St. Peter's Basilica is a massive church filled with artwork from some of the most celebrated artists in history. On this private Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica tour, skip the long lines snaking their way through St. Peter’s Square and enter through a special door to get straight inside the most palatial church in the world. Once inside, admire masterpieces that include the Il Baldacchino, La Pieta, the statue of St. Peter and more. Even if you aren’t an art fanatic, just the size of the basilica will floor you.
Important:You cannot return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the basilica. Inform your guide at the beginning of the tour. Also, if you’d like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don't leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. The security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended.
If you take the Privileged Entrance tour on a Wednesday, St. Peter's Basilica is substituted with a visit to the Bramante Courtyard and the Pio Clementino. Home to the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön and His Sons and the Belvedere Torso, the courtyard is not to be missed. Learn about the myths and legends associated with these iconic statues, before visiting one of the biggest and oldest bathtubs you'll ever see. Within the Pio Clementino Museum, see the biggest bathtub you'll ever see, known as Nero's Bathtub. Stretching a whopping 25 ft in diameter, the tub is made from a kind of red marble so precious, there’s no way to recreate it.
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Q: Does this tour always include St. Peter's Basilica?
A: St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday mornings due to the papal audience. We still run the tour bc it might be your only day in Rome! Instead, we visit some of the most iconic statues in the world and Emperor Nero's enormous marble bathtub.
Q: Does the tour go inside at 7:30 am without waiting in any lines?
A: As an accredited tour operator we do not have to wait in the ticket line, but we still have to wait in a security line. For this reason, we leave the meeting point as early as possible and get in the security line reserved for tour operators. The doors open for us at 8 am, an hour before the general public.
Q: What are the chances my tour will be canceled or the Vatican will close something .
A: We run the tour rain or shine all year round. Although it is rare, sometimes part of the Vatican City closes for special religious events. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.
Q: I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, this is your best bet for a Vatican tour. Private Vatican tours are are more easily customized to the needs of people with reduced-mobility.
Caffè Vaticano – on Viale Vaticano, 100. This is across the street from the Vatican Museum Entrance. Your guide will be there holding a sign with your name on it.
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€290 BASE PRICE
Child (5 & under)
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
Be prepared to be walking or on your feet for the duration of the tour. If that makes you nervous due to a physical condition, contact us for more information or go with a private tour that will move at your pace. Thanks!
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Definitely worth it, the lines are very long if you go on your own and will miss some of the greatest VIP areas. Our tour guide Alessandra was great vDefinitely worth it, the lines are very long if you go on your own and will miss some of the greatest VIP areas. Our tour guide Alessandra was great very knowledgeable, I will recommend her or any tours with this company. ..more
I was reluctant to believe that this company really was able to provide access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum and to skip the lines to get iI was reluctant to believe that this company really was able to provide access to the restricted areas of the Colosseum and to skip the lines to get into the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. I'm happy to say that they did everything that they said they would. The guides were tremendously helpful and knowledgeable, and spoke English very well. I especially enjoyed Mario's insights into the Colosseum and Forum. Don't hesitate to use this company - you won't regret it...more
Our guide was fine. She was easy to understand and worked at a good pace. The before hours tour is the only way I would go here. Glad we booked this tOur guide was fine. She was easy to understand and worked at a good pace. The before hours tour is the only way I would go here. Glad we booked this tour. I appreciated all of the famous artwork that I learned about previously. I am not Catholic, so our guide's belief that Mary was sinless doesn't match my own beliefs. I might consider a tour guide with my same beliefs in the future.
This was a good tour and by going early you avoid the crowds. Our tour guide Maria was great at pointing everything out and great with answering questThis was a good tour and by going early you avoid the crowds. Our tour guide Maria was great at pointing everything out and great with answering questions...more
It was totally worth it to have to get up SO early for this tour. I believe we met at Vatican City at 7:30 am. Our tour guide was Raffa who was super It was totally worth it to have to get up SO early for this tour. I believe we met at Vatican City at 7:30 am. Our tour guide was Raffa who was super nice and funny. She was very intelligent and well versed on all things Vatican City. She was happy to answer any questions we had and kept things interesting on our tour. We got to see the majority of the museum and Sistene Chapel with very minimal crowds (which you will see at the end of the tour)...more