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

Harold H S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was one of the best tours we had while in Italy. The Vatican City is an amazing place and the history is incredible. A must do for any tourist to Rome.

Gina H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Highly recommend. Our guide was outstanding. Could not envision visiting the Vatican without having a knowledgable guide to provide important history and information. Great experience .

Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Private tour with Manuela was priceless! My daughter and I enjoyed the in depth art history tour as well. Brava Manuela! Grazie!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Having a private tour was the best money we spent while in Rome. Our guide Patricia had studied art history, world history, architecture, and archaeology - her ability to put all the stories, history and art of the Vatican into context was amazing. She asked what we were most interested in and made sure that we completed our itinerary. Excellent excellent tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide was wonderful and the tour was so amazing. The only thing I would tell people is that there is ALOT of walking and ALOT stairs. Thank goodness we are in our 60's and healthy. The experience and information were exceptional Paulo our guide was exceptional and made us feel like we were friends experiencing his home.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful tour and tour guide. She was so informative and we learned so much from her.

Charles W A M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic experience!! The Skip the Line Private Tour was expensive, however, well worth every penny! Our private tour guide, Giorgia, was incredible, her knowledge of the Vatican, Roman History and Art History was awesome! She navigated our way through the throngs of visitors so that we were comfortable and managed to see everything. She told us great stories, pointed out so many details and answered our questions - which we wouldn't have experienced with a non-guided tour.

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!

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