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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)
See the Vatican like a VIP with a once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum’s secret rooms. The small-group tour gives unprecedented access to rooms that are usually off-limits to the public. Skip all the lines to see secret spots like the Room of Gold plus classic sites like Raphael’s Rooms, and end with a Sistine Chapel after-hours visit — just for your group of 15 people. It’s a great way to see Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” fresco minus the crowds and earn bragging rights for life.


  • 3-hour small-group VIP tour of the Vatican Museums including skip-the-line entry
  • Enjoy exclusive access through a reserved entranceway to skip all the lines
  • Visit hidden corridors and secret Vatican rooms such as the Niccoline Chapel or the Bramante Staircase
  • See top Vatican attractions like the Apollo Belvedere statue, Raphael’s Rooms and Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Take a rare, private tour of the Sistine Chapel after its doors are closed to the public
  • Hear commentary from your guide inside the Sistine Chapel, which is normally forbidden
  • Experience the Vatican as a VIP insider with this Viator exclusive tour

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

Admire the Art of the Vatican on your exclusive VIP tour!

Skip-the-line Vatican tours are so popular, even the priority lines are long! But this exclusive VIP tour includes access through a reserved entranceway, ensuring that you will not wait in any long lines. Spend three hours here on a small-group tour, accompanied by a Vatican guard to unlock doors to secret rooms. You’ll discover the Vatican as only VIPs like presidents and royal families usually do.

Due to the nature of this special-access tour, the itinerary changes each time. Access to the secret rooms varies and is based on availability, but most tours include the impressive Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante), which is actually a ramp on the corner of the Pope's Palace. You’ll also most likely visit the Room of Gold (Sala degli Ori), an opulent, rarely seen room that holds a dazzling collection of papal gold jewelry and precious Etruscan jewels.

The Niccoline Chapel (Cappella Niccolina) is another secret room most likely seen during your tour. Every bit as beautiful as the Sistine Chapel, this secret room is adorned with gold brought back from Christopher Columbus' travels, and frescoes by Fra Angelico, a Renaissance painter whose mesmerizing artwork pre-dates Michelangelo's.

In addition to the closed rooms, see many of the Vatican Museums’ classic attractions. As your expert guide entertains you with tales of Vatican art, power and treachery, admire the statue of Apollo Belvedere and other renowned monuments. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, the public part of the papal apartments in the Palace of the Vatican, and stroll through the Pinecone Courtyard.

Your tour ends on a high note with private access to the Sistine Chapel for your small group. After the doors close to the public, you'll have 30 minutes inside this incredible (and empty!) chapel. Speaking is typically forbidden, but during this private experience, your guide will explain Michelangelo's stunning ceiling fresco, which depicts scenes from Genesis, and his wall fresco The Last Judgement.


Classic Vatican sites:
  • Apollo Belvedere
  • Chiaramonti Museum
  • Sistine Chapel, home to artwork by Michelangelo including The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Lacoon
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Raphael's Rooms
Secret rooms (subject to change):
  • Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante)
  • Niccoline Chapel (Cappella Niccolina)
  • Room of Gold (Sala degli Ori)

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My wife and daughter had one of the best experiences of our life.
Our guide Laura was brilliant as we had the rare and amazing privilege of seeing private rooms at the Vatican and then a wonderful experience of having our group only in the Sistine Chapel.
Just a brilliant tour and could not recommend more highly.
Regards Daryl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

David, our guide was excellent! the tour was the high point of our visit to Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If you can afford one expensive tour, this is the one to choose. Everything the tour description promised happened, and that is a rare treat! Our group was 10 people. We had an amazing woman I am so bad with names I apologize who shared her passion for the art and sculptures, never rushing us and telling wonderful stories. We were escorted during our tour by a burly security guard who did have the keys for the Secret Rooms and the rooms were amazing! We had The Bramante Staircase to ourselves and the views from on top of The Vatican were amazing.
But to be able to walch the general public exiting The Sistine Chapel watch the security sweep the area and to have the doors opened to just us for over 30 minutes is a once in a lifetime experience!!! She explained so many of the frescoes, and being able to just walk around freely and marvel at will at the magnificence of this sacred space was worth the chunk of not change...Take this tour. I am very picky and almost did not go for this tour due to the cost. But in this case...You get much more than you pay for.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Best tour that we took - mother and teenage daughter. We really liked the museum portion and the time in the sistine chapel was beautiful. The tour guide - Sev - was very good. The other members of the tour were respectful and everyone had a chance for quiet meditation in the chapel. The paintings look like they were made last week and not 500 years ago.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our Sistine Chapel Private viewing and tour of the Vatican's Secret rooms with Shannon was remarkable.
Shannon was incredibly knowledgeable and so pleasant to be with, she provided a spectacular experience
for all. Her tour exceeded our expectations, I will definitely book a viator tour in the future. Many thanks Shannon for providing an amazing experience for us!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was fantastic...well worth the extra money!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour - excellent tour guide - well worth the price!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour!! We were able to get right into the Vatican museums and see the beautiful art work and sculptures. We will use your services again when we travel to europe!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely amazing, our guide was spectacular, our best day in Rome by far.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Outstanding tour with an excellent guide who was very knowledgable. 30 minutes in the Sistene chapel with only the tour participants and guide were a treat. Seeing rooms and exhibits not normally open to the general public was special.

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