Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Private Tour

Skip the Line to Enter the Vatican City with a Licensed Guide

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This is the best Vatican tour for a couples, family groups, friends or solo travelers who want the luxury of having a professional Vatican guide all to themselves. Skip the Line tickets Included!

Tour Details
  • Vatican Museums
  • Laocoön and His Sons
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • La Pietà
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of the Candelabra

Our private Vatican tour lets you skip the lines and tour the best collections with your own personal guide. Experience the highlights of the Vatican Museums including the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps, Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments. Visit Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and finish up with a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. With multiple start times, choose between a private morning or afternoon Vatican tour. This 3-hour tour includes:

  • - Skip the line Vatican tickets
  • - A private English-speaking guide with expertise in art history
  • - A guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica

Important! If you wish to stay in the Vatican Museums toward the end of your tour, you must forgo the guided visit of St. Peter’s Basilica. Please note that if you choose to do this, you’ll lose the chance to use the special entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica from the Sistine Chapel and skip the lines with your guide. If you do leave the tour, remember to return your headset to the tour guide.

The Main Galleries of the Vatican Museums

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. Usually, this queue is short, but sometimes during high season, there may be delays. While you wait, your guide starts the Vatican tour with an explanation of some key facts about the museum’s treasures. Once inside, visit the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries and our personal favorite, the Gallery of the Maps.

 

Inside the Gallery of the Maps, the frescoes upon the walls 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. Based on drawings by famous geographer Ignazio Danti, the maps were painted between 1580 and 1585. One of the most opulent and impressive corridors in the Vatican Museums, this collection extends for 120 meters.

Raphael Rooms - The School of Athens

In constant competition with Michelangelo, Renaissance painter Raphael designed and frescoed multiple rooms connected to the Vatican Museums. On this private Vatican tour, Among other masterpieces, visit The School of Athens. The celebrated painting represents all the greatest mathematicians, philosophers and scientists gathered together and sharing ideas. In an early version of a selfie, Raphael included himself in the painting!

Borgia Apartments

The Borgia Apartments are comprised of a suite of rooms in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. They were created for personal use by Pope Alexander VI (Rodrígo de Borgia, 1492-1503) and frescoed by early Renaissance artist Bernardino di Betto, nicknamed “Pinturicchio".This apartment suite was closed off by Julius II, who refused to live in rooms once occupied by his despised predecessor. Until the room’s reopening at the end of the 19th century, the dynamic frescoes were covered in black crepe.

Witness the Sistine Chapel in Person

Since the chapel is inside the Vatican Museums, entrance is included in your Vatican tour. Now that Michelangelo’s masterpiece is restored, every detail and color in the treasured work of art is visible and splendid to behold. Since the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter. 

 

Please Note: the Sistine Chapel is a sacred place, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary. 

Private St. Peter’s Basilica Tour

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 by way of the Sistine Chapel into the most palatial church in the world. Once inside, admire masterpieces that include the 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: Remember, it isn’t possible to return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you will have to forgo the basilica. 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. Because the security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended, we suggest you stay inside St. Peter’s and explore on your own after the tour concludes.

 

 

What you get with this tour
Guided St. Peter's Basilica Tour
Private VIP Tour
Private English-Speaking Guide with Expertise in Art History
Skip the Line Vatican Tickets
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11/15/2021
Juniper Networks Vatican Tour

Overall experience was good - we enjoyed the tour and Sarah was extremely helpful. It was unfortunate we were not able to view the Dome as it was closed due to dignitaries visiting.

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Maria Watkins
11/4/2021
A 'must do' while in Rome - AMAZING Tour

What an experience! Our tour guide Fabiola (or Fabi), was FABULOUS. She is extremely knowledgable and explained in depth everything we had the opportunity to see. She made sure to take us the long way to the Sistine Chapel (there is a shorter route) but she wanted to be sure we had the chance to see absolutely everything. She took the time to get to know us and even stopped to show us some items that former U.S. presidents had gifted former Pope's..WOW that was cool! It is definitely worth the little extra splurge for the private tour, we would do it again with The Roman Guy in a heartbeat. Thank you for making our first trip to Rome so memorable!

10/31/2021

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Cover your knees and shoulders, there's no need to dress like the people who live in Vatican City, just avoid short pants, dresses and tank tops. If you're a woman and you are wearing something that bares your shoulders, bring a long a shall or sweater. Comfortable shoes are always recommended for walking tours.

What is the dress code at the Vatican?

Cover your knees and shoulders, there's no need to dress like the people who live in Vatican City, just avoid short pants, dresses and tank tops. If you're a woman and you are wearing something that bares your shoulders, bring along a shall or sweater.

I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, this is your best bet for a Vatican tour. Private Vatican tours are more easily customized to the needs of people with reduced mobility.

What are the chances my tour will be canceled or the Vatican will close something.

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.

Does the tour go directly inside without waiting in any line?

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.

Does this tour always include St. Peter's Basilica?

Yes, St. Peter's is always included on this private Vatican Museums tour.

What to bring?

Cover your knees and shoulders, there's no need to dress like the people who live in Vatican City, just avoid short pants, dresses and tank tops. If you're a woman and you are wearing something that bares your shoulders, bring a long a shall or sweater. Comfortable shoes are always recommended for walking tours.

Where to meet?

Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

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