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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 - 3.5 hours

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums and St Peter's Art History Walking Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

To have an art historian accompany us on this tour was truly amazing. Blanche was very knowledgeable and knew all the very interesting points in the Vaticam.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Skipping any line to see anything is a great idea. Having your own private guide to bring you to what you want to see is the only way to see The Vatican. Our guide Maria was fabulous. She met us on time, procured our tickets and off we went, no time wasted. She took the time to ask us what we were interested in seeing. We advised her we were having a private tour the next day of the Secret Rooms and Sistine Chapel and she was delighted, now knowing what she could show us so as not to waste time doubling up. Maria was lovely, intelligent, an Art Historian, and no question asked went unanswered. She knew where to stand to view the art and attractions, and told wonderful side stories and tales of past popes, sculptors and artists. We ended up with enough time to walk to St. Peters, and again, she excelled. She seemed to know the security personnel and was able to bring one to the best exact location to take pictures. stars and worth every dime!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Blanch is fabulous--we highly recommend this private tour with the local company/Viator. We were in Rome with my 70 year old mom who has had knee surgeries and my 6 year old kid who refuses to walk over two miles daily. I was really worried about the Vatican tour. Our Louvre experience was poor when were in Paris. My mom had a wheel chair there but my husband kept lifting it over 100s of steps so she decided that she would do the Vatican without the wheelchair. I was nervous but fortunately it was a private tour and Blanch seemed very accommodating. She initially changed the time of the tour from morning to evening but it turned out to be more pleasant as there was not AC in the museum. Fortunately, to our surprise the elevators were functionally and my mom did not have to climb more than one little staircase. She walked slowly but Blanch was very patient and my 6 year old kid quickly bonded with her, holding her finger through the tour. The tour itself was fantastic and the Sistine Chapel was practically empty. We all stayed there for over 40 minutes and we found a place to sit down on the side benches--enjoying the beautiful ceiling and walls. Later Blanch waited for us and found a taxi that would take us back to our hotel--at that time of the day --taxi was not easy to find.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Our private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's was well worth every penny that our family group of six spent! We were lucky to have Maria Ludovica as our guide! She was so knowledgeable as she has a doctorate from the Vatican! A wonderful tour!

Gavin H
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Simply stunning tour. We had our guide, Maria, all to ourselves and she really brought to life the art and the history. She was incredibly knowledgeable she had studied in the Vatican and had a PHD, enthusiastic about the subject and brilliant at drawing out all the small details you never get from a guide book or a big tour. Really made our trip and will worth the cost !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Absolutely the best guide ever. . She was extremely knowledgeable. We could not have asked for more.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

four of us with our private tour guide - very informative - relaxed tour. highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Well worth every penny. Our guide, Maria was wonderful. We were in awe of her knowledge of the art and history of the church and the Vatican. We especially liked bypassing the incredibly long line to enter the museum!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Glad we did skip the line because it was really crowded. I can't imagine how long the wait is in the summer. Leonardo was very knowledgable and experienced and we had no problem meeting him in the crowd. I would caution tourists that many of the restaurants nearby are tourist traps and not authentic. Research before you go.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Leonardo was a wonderful guide and the private tour is the only way to see the Vatican. We would never have been able to see as much as we did by ourselves. Well worth it! We had been once before but had not seen the Raphael rooms. Beautiful, especially The School of Athens. This was our first day in Rome and the perfect introduction to everything else we saw.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Our tour guide, Elena, was incredible. It is just my wife and I and Elena to take this 3 hour tour. It is well worth the monies to take this private tour!!

Paul from Orlando, FL

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Booking reference #52573856 Our guide was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and thorough and she had an extensive background in art history regarding the tour. We enjoyed her company and pleasant manner as she took us through the museums. All six of us felt that she made our experience extraordinary. We would highly recommend her as a guide and your company for providing such great service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Ther tour was great - our guide gave us exactly the tour we wanted. He catered to the things that we were interested in and tailored the tour to our requirements. And skipping that queue is worth the price of the ticket.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

The tour was perfect for us. It was just what we needed. The guide was very patient and never rushed us through anything. Which was necessary for my 70 yr old mother. He gave us lots of information, but never too much. We saw what we wanted to see and had no problems.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

So glad we did this private tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and made sure we saw and understood the highlights and important points. We would have been overwhelmed without her.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Alex was very knowledgeable, we enjoyed his commentary and was helpful wilth all our needs.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

The private tour was excellent. Leonardo met us on time and was very knowledgeable and informative. He spent considerable time answering questions asked by the participants and was patient and very articulate.

The three participants were pleased with the entire tour and would recommend Leonardo and the tour to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

We were luck to have a "private tour" and we took full opportunity to ask many questions and learn from our tour guide who was excellent! highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Mom and I had a great time! Our guide Jorg was friendly and very knowledgable. We meet outside the entrance and he assisted in processing the need for a wheelchair (which we had pre booked). As items caught our eye,we stopped along the way and he explained the history of items. Before entering the Sistine Chapel we sat and he explained in a photo what we would see inside, since talking inside is not allowed.
Would recommned the tour and our guide!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

Excellent. Britta (our guide) was marvelous. She took the time to explain the exibits, asked for our input on what to see and do and was very friendlly as well. I would recommend this tour and Britta too to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of St. Peter's Basillica and the Vatican Museum. My husband has mobility problems and our guide accomodated his needs and tailored the tour to our specifications. We were thrilled with the results.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

Our guide was punctual and well informed. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience would definitely recommend this tour. I wouldn't have enjoyed a large tour group it was much too crowded

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

This tour was worth every dollar we spent. Maria, our guide, was very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

Fabulous tour!!! Well worth the cost. Extremely knowledgeable guide in Maria. She was so charming and witty. I highly recommend this tour!

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