Tour code: 3731VATICAN_P
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.  


  • 3-hour private Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica tour in Rome
  • Skip past the priority lines, with access through a reserved entranceway
  • Explore classic Vatican sites such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Gallery of the Maps
  • 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 Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Many say that if you spent 60 seconds looking at each Vatican artifact, it would take 12 years to see it all. By exploring the museums with a private guide, you get to see the most interesting parts and hear more than the standard information given on many group tours.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Discover little-known facts about "The Creation of Adam" from your private guide

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. 

Customer Reviews

Clare D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide Estella was knowledgeable and friendly. I am wheelchair bound and she was terrific about helping me maneuver around. The price was very high though.

Franklin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour of the Vatican Museums, The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica is a must for any first time visitor to Rome. Our guide, Serafina, was informative, personable and a pleasure to become acquainted with. Being in a private group only improved the experience as there was no waiting for stragglers and one on one conversation always brings out little tidbits one would never get with a group.

Linda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide Chiara was incredible! Her knowledge and enthusiasm made this an amazing experience!

Basil A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour with only my husband and our Tour guide Katrina half Italian, half Russian girl was the absolute high light of my entire Europe trip! Our guide was amazing and totally attentive

Thomas P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic tour! Our guide was so knowledgeable and educational- as well as entertaining! Money well spent and we would definitely do it again!

Lynne USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Definitely the way to go. Our guide spoke perfect English and explained everything so well. Two thumbs up for sure!!

ssanmiguel43 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Flaminia was our private guide. She was inviting and knowledgable. There was only 2 of us, and we could navigate around the masses of people. Which is very important at the Vatican. We saw more and could ask specific questions about our interests. Flaminia was able to answer them all. This was so worth it.

Wendy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide, Ian Sutton, was a wealth of knowledge and shared interesting and intimate information. We were guided through all main attractions and points of interest were well interpreted. There is just too much to take in and one would need months to absorb the rich architecture and art that adorns the Vatican Museum, St Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel. A highly recommended option for anyone that wants to visit Vatican Museum for the first time. We recommend the private tour option, as our guide moved at our pace and was willing to allow us to dwell in certain sections for as long as we wished to. An experience we will never forget!

Joyce D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Elizabeth was a fantastic tour guide. We had a wonderful experience.

Charles B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The only way to to see the Vatican. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. Having not to spend time in the long lines really made the tor all so much more enjoyable.

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