5 star rating: Highly Recommended 339 Reviews

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

Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

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

Mary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our guide was great. She had so much information and insight and a sense of humor as well

Annette M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

AWESOME TOUR!!! Worth the price - we were a group of 6 with a private tour guide, Alessandro or Alex and he was great! So informational and the art history lesson he gave us will last a lifetime. The Sistine Chapel is Breathtaking! Vatican City/Country is worth the visit, I look forward to going back one day!

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely fantastic - we were able to customize our tour based on what we really wanted to see. Our tour guide was kind and accommodating. It was a VERY busy day at the Vatican that day but we still had a good time and an amazing experience. I would highly recommend the private tour.

Ramon c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Chiara, our guide, was so knowledgeable!! She made everything come to life!!! She gave us a terrific tour and it truly was the highlight of our trip!!

jeffy scott

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very knowledgeable and passionate tour guide! My mom is handicapped and used a walker and our guide was patient and accommodating.

Michelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Absolutely fantastic and highly recommended. Our guide was excellent - we had a private party of 8 and didn't have to queue at all. Our guide was very knowledgable and pitched the tour at the right level. We learnt so much and all enjoyed it immensely. We had an age range of 10-70 and all had a fab experience.

Mario E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was amazing!

Elizabeth M

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.

Cheryl L

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!

Elizabeth C

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.

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