Skip-the-line Exclusive Private Tour of Vatican Museum Sistine Chapel & St Peter

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica in the company of a local, expert guide on this great 3-hour private tour.  With skip-the-line access you miss the queues and have more time to see the impressive artworks like Raphael’s famous masterpieces, the Parnassus and The School of Athens, the marvelous frescoes by Michelangelo, Botticelli and other Renaissance painters.

As this is a private tour you go at your own pace and gain access to some of the smaller rooms not available to the large groups.

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  • What's included :
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Private tour
    • Local guide
    • Professional art historian guide
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
    • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
    • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
    • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Square
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Private transportation
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    You meet your guide for either a 9.00 am or 2.00 pm start and head directly for the Belvedere Courtyard.  Then it is on to the largest collection of ancient Roman and Greek statues in the Pio-Clementino Museums.

    As you meander through the collections your guide will share the history and many anecdotes about the wonderful treasures to be seen.  Hear about the tapestries in the Gallery of Tapestries and the largest collection of Renaissance Maps in the world housed in the Gallery of Maps.  See the largest canvas in the Vatican in the Sobiesky Room and learn about the frescoes in the Immaculate Conception Rooms.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Viale Vaticano, Vatican City Italy

    You will also see Raphael’s famous masterpieces, the Parnassus and The School of Athens.  These are displaced in the rooms painted for Pope Julius II by the young Raphael and are considered some of his very best works.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy

    Before you enter the Sistine Chapel (no talking is allowed inside) your guide will tell you about the marvelous frescoes by Michelangelo, Botticelli and other Renaissance painter of the day.  The chapel is also where the conclave is held to elect a new Pope.  Hear all about this as well as many other interest facts and anecdotes.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    Another of Michelangelo’s famous works, his Pieta, is displayed in the next port of call, the magnificent Saint Peter’s Basilica.  Together with Bernini’s Baldacchino and a collection of statues to Saints and Popes this church holds a treasure trove of wonderful artwork.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: St. Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    Finally it is in to Saint Peter’s Square to see the Pope’s Palace and catch a glimpse of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard.  A perfect end to a wonderful 3-hour tour!

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
    Return Detail :
    Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • READ CAREFULLY: Because of the growing popularity of the current pope Francis and his intense activity in organising mass events in the Vatican some areas might get closed last minute without previous notice. This has already happened this year and can happen again during you Vatican tour: the Sistine chapel and/or the Basilica of Saint Peter might not be accessible. In case of such events our tour guide will provide you with a valuable alternative focusing the tour inside the Vatican museums.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Rome City Tours

Activity ID: V-104544P2

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