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

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

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 November 2015

This private tour was The Highlight of our six week Italian holiday

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Being in the Sistine Chapel alone was well worth the price we paid. We went into rooms in the Vatican off limits to the public and got to see all of the highlighted items and places without spendin the entire day trying to discover what to do ad where to go

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide Shannon was a walking knowledge of information. Highly recommend this tour. If you can request Shannon you won't regret it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Mina our guide not sure of spelling was amazing. Very detailed tour, secret areas closed off to the public. We had our own dude opening doors for us. Even parts that were closed off for renovation. We spent time in the Sistine Chapel and even got a picture when no one was looking. HIGHLY recommended! Mina was very passionate about the history and it showed. Very much appreciated!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Shannon was an outstanding tour guide. Being an Art History Major was definitely a plus. She was extremely enthusiastic about her presentation and kept the entire group engaged. The pace of the tour was appropriate. She was extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter.

We would definitely take another tour with her as our guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was fantastic. The experience of being almost alone in the Sistine Chapel as well as in the private rooms, was amazing. So much knowledge was shared. We do not hesitate to recommend this once in a lifetime tour. If you are going to do just one luxury tour on your trip, this should be the one.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Shannon ,our tour guide ,was fabulous.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

WOW....worth every penny. 13 of us spent 30 minutes alone in the Sistine Chapel, FANTASTIC. The private rooms were really cool too, our tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was awesome. Seeing the closed off rooms and the Sistine Chapel with only a handful of people was incredible. I would recommend this tour as an augment to a standard Basillica tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Having the opportunity to see more of the Vatican and to review the Sistine Chapel unhurriedly was a thrill. Our guide was very knowledgeable and most at ease when discussing the history and specifically the art history of the areas that we explored.

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