5 star rating: Highly Recommended 315 Reviews

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

Highlights

  • 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 August 2015

We visited on a Thursday morning and there were shoulder to shoulder crowds. We were the only English speaking booked for that time so my husband and I had our own personal tour guide, Stephania. She was able to skirt us around crowds and take short cuts making our tour more efficient. She was very knowledgable about the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peters. She did a great job and we were thrilled to have the private tour experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A fantastic tour and in my opinion the only way to experience the Vatican.
Our Guide Sarah was excellent and really informative with excellent English.
Highly recommended and well worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide was wonderful. She manage get a diverse group from seniors to teens. The Vatican is a must see, however be warned it is always crowded. Having a guide to keep you moving and get you to the portions that you should see is important. The Vatican museums are so large that you could easily miss out on the more interesting portions of it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was wonderful! Having a guide who was an art expert made it so much more interesting than a previous group tour I had taken in the past.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Awesome tour! Our guide, Gabriella, had a deep knowledge of art history and a great personality to go with it. He made our tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica one of the highlights of our vacation. I highly recommend this tour. It's a great value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Can't sat enough about our tour guide. She made our experience the best.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was absolutely excellent. We had a personal guide who proved to be very knowledgeable and kind. We would highly recommend this skip the line private tour for anyone. Other larger groups took forever to get through and I am sure did not receive the detailed information our guide provided.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We toured the Vatican with Paula, an Art Historian. She was very knowledgeable, patient, warm and I kind. My 21 year old son just graduated from college with an art history degree. He and Paula enjoyed talking at great length about all the art and architecture within the museums and St. Peter's.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was amazing tour. The guide was so sweet and helpful. It was totally private with no other people in the tour just my husband and I. The guide was not only very educated about the art and history of the Vatican but she truly was passionate about helping us understand it to. She took time to understand what we knew and what we didn't know about art and history then added to our prior knowledge. I can't say enough nice things about her or the tour. This trip was easily worth twice as much as we paid.

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