General

Skip the lines with a Vatican Private tour. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, all with your own private tour guide.

In the museums, among the largest in the world, your art history expert local guide will introduce you to masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and the sculptures of ancient Rome, helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues, and artefacts in these rooms, explaining each item’s place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history.

The highlight of your Vatican Private Tour is the Sistine Chapel, which is undoubtedly the most famous chapel in the world. You’ll learn about the paintings of Michelangelo, and of his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, with the difficulties encountered by the patron, Pope Julius II and by the artist, Michelangelo.

You can optionally choose to add the Raphael Rooms to your visit. These were four rooms of the Papal palace, painted by Michelangelo’s contemporary and greatest rival, Raphael Sanzio. Art lovers cannot afford to miss this short detour from the museums to stand in front of entire walls frescoed by the hands of this Renaissance genius!
Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter St. Peters Basilica again without waiting in line. Standing beneath Michelangelo’s great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings.

The Basilica features several chapels and contain numerous statues and mosaic works. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.

This is the most popular Vatican Private Tour in Rome, so don’t delay … book today!

Vatican City

Vatican CityVatican City, officially known as Vatican City State is the world’s smallest country, a sovereign city-state located entirely within Rome. Created by the Lateran Treaties of 1929, it had a previous, and far more powerful incarnation – the Papal States. It is unique in the modern world in having Latin as its official language, though Read more

Tour Fee

Tour Fee (1 to 6 people)

  • Base Price (1 pax) €250
  • Additional Adults €60
  • Additional Children* €50

Tour Fee (7 to 20 people)

  • Base Price (7 pax) €540
  • Additional Adults €50
  • Additional Children* €40

* Children are aged up to and including the age of 17 (photo ID may be requested at meeting point).

Summary

Skip the lines to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, with your own private tour guide.

Availability

  • Monday - Saturday

Opening Time

  • 9am to 6pm

Meeting Point

  • Our office on Via Vespasiano (full details sent with confirmation email)

Duration

  • 3 Hours default, option available to add more time

Languages

  • English only

Skip the Line Tickets

  • yes

Tour Description

Skip the lines with a Vatican Private tour. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, all with your own private tour guide.

In the museums, among the largest in the world, your art history expert local guide will introduce you to masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and the sculptures of ancient Rome, helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues, and artefacts in these rooms, explaining each item's place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history.

The highlight of your Vatican Private Tour is the Sistine Chapel, which is undoubtedly the most famous chapel in the world. You'll learn about the paintings of Michelangelo, and of his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You'll hear about the history of the period, with the difficulties encountered by the patron, Pope Julius II and by the artist, Michelangelo.

You can optionally choose to add the Raphael Rooms to your visit. These were four rooms of the Papal palace, painted by Michelangelo's contemporary and greatest rival, Raphael Sanzio. Art lovers cannot afford to miss this short detour from the museums to stand in front of entire walls frescoed by the hands of this Renaissance genius!
Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you'll enter St. Peters Basilica again without waiting in line. Standing beneath Michelangelo's great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings.

The Basilica features several chapels and contain numerous statues and mosaic works. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo's most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.

This is the most popular Vatican Private Tour in Rome, so don't delay ... book today!

Optional Extra

 

Add the Pinacoteca or the Raphael Rooms to your visit.

 

  • The Pinacoteca includes works of art by famous artists such as Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

 

  • The Raphael Rooms are amazing frescoes on the walls of the former Papal Apartments by Raphael, including the famous School of Athens.
    These sections are not included in the standard 3-hour tour. Each section adds 30 minutes and €50 to your tour.

Note

Why book a private tour?

  • Do you have a wheelchair, or child stroller? No problem for us on a private tour, as we do not have to consider other people as would be the case on a group tour, but do please advise us of this in the comments section when making your booking, as the guide does need to plan to use elevators and the best route for you.