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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

What better way to see the Vatican than with your own private guide? Do just that on this 3-hour walking tour, and explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with customized commentary. From the splendor of Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement” fresco to the intrigue of an architectural optical illusion in St Peter’s Square, this in-depth tour charts the stories behind the Vatican’s sacred sites. Even better, the tour provides access that allows you to skip 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

With your private guide, head straight inside the Vatican Museums for your intimate tour. If there is anything you particularly want to see, let your guide know. The best thing about having a private guide is that the commentary can be tailored to the things that interest you most: be it art, history or tales of the sometimes-scandalous Vatican popes.

Stroll through Raphael’s Rooms as your guide talks about the talented artists who designed masterpieces for the popes. With tales of Renaissance-era rivalries ringing in your ears, continue through the Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of the Tapestries, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel.

Home to some of the most influential pieces of Western artwork in the world, the sacred chapel is sure to be a highlight. Stand amid the hushed quiet — talking is forbidden — and gaze at Michelangelo’s frescoes of The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and The Last Judgement.

From the chapel, wander through to St Peters Basilica, the Vatican’s iconic late-Renaissance church. Hear more tales of Michelangelo as you view La Pietà, and admire Bernini’s bronze baldachin that frames the papal altar. Then, take a turn around St Peter’s Square to discover Bernini’s use of optical illusion at the colonnades.

Your tour then finishes at St. Peter’s Square.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is a fabulous store in archive was very helpful and pleasant to be with. It's a lot to see in a short amount of time so be prepared to be exhausted. We are young and very active people up and at one point starting to feel a little light headed because and they can be quite warm inside. But I would highly recommend this to work for another private tour through this company they are excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

When it said private tour, I did not expect to have our very own tour guide! Her name is Ellena. She spoke and understood English very well. Our taxi driver had us there late so we had to rush to the entrance. She was very hospitable asking if we would like to rest a moment before starting the tour. She taught us a lot about the paintings in the Sistine Chapel prior to going in and so we were able to just walk around and take it all in. She allowed us to go at our own pace as she would follow us versus us trying to keep up with her. Any question we had she knew the answer. When I lost my glasses in our taxi, she even went as far as to talk to our hotel on our behalf to see if the glasses were returned there. I would highly recommend not only Viator to my friends, but if it was possible to request a particular tour guide we would pick her, hands down!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable as well as personable. I would definitely recommend this method of touring the Vatican to my friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide, Giorgia Bernagozzi, was excellent.....very informative and very kind and helpful. We want to return to Rome and will request Giorgia as our guide. She was the best! Dr. Gerald F. Abbott, Boston

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The private tour while expense, was worth it. Our guide was spectacular and shared so much information. I highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Although I don't remember the name of our guide, he was fantastic, a true historian. We couldn't have spent three hours any better. Great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was OUTSTANDING! Our tour guide was extremely knowlegeable and we had firsthand views of everything. Our tour was first thjing in the mornign so we were the first to enter the Vatican museum and avoided many large crowds. Absolutley the best way to see the vatican!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Having a private tour guide made all the difference in the world! We moved through the crowds and learned so much since our guide was very knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this experience to anyone planning to tour the Vatican.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I did not know that I had booked a private tour but I think this is the only way to tour the Vatican. Our guide took the time to explain everything prior to showing it to us. Private tour was not much more money but enhanced the experience 100.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a very great tour. The group was limited to our party of five and the guide was absolutely great. She really explained so much about the art , artists and the Vatican itself. This tour was a highlight of our trip and would not recommend visiting the Vatican museums any other way. It was worth the cost just to skip the very long line to enter!

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