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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms. 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
July 2015

This tour is expensive -- no doubt -- but it is worth the money. Excellent guide and incredible access. The first part of the tour is amazing -- seeing things that others don't, which means no crowds around you while doing so. Our guide kept things very well-paced and was a wealth of knowledge. In addition to special access, we saw many rooms as the museum was closing which meant that guards were ushering other visitors out just as we were arriving -- giving us private access to them as well. We were let into the Sistine Chapel just as it was closing -- we entered from the front of the Chapel and were held to the corner behind a rope while guards ushered last visitors out the back entrance. When they were gone, we were left alone in the Chapel with our guide. Surreal. Because he could talk not possible during normal hours he could explain things in incredible detail that brought the Chapel to life. It was an incredible experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

It's the best way to see the Vatican museums. Having time to see the Sistine Chapel in a totally private environment, and having each part explained, was in and of itself worth the tour. Highly recommended that you take this tour, but be sure to wear the most comfortable shoes you can, and be well rested, its a long tour, and by the end, the whole group was exhausted. It's nice at the end to be able to sit and stare up at Michelangelo's greatest creations.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Fantastic tour! Worth every penny!

Lisa W
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

OUTSTANDING TOUR!! This small group private rooms and after hours Sistine Chapel is so with it! Our guide, Shannon was outstanding, kept the pace well and knew how to tell the information to kept your interest and not feel over whelmed. The private tour of the Sistine Chapel was great. 15 people only in the room without the huge crowds really let's you see it and enjoy. Very worth it! Trytoget Shannon as your guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

It was awesome to be in the Sistine Chapel with only our guide and the other guests. This alone was worth the price of the tour! Also enjoyed the Pope's private chapel. Our guide was fantastic and so knowledgable about art that it made it a pleasure - even for my 11 and 12 year olds!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was an AMAZING TIME! She was the BEST, a bit rushed, but OMG, there was just toooooo much to see and her connections into private areas was AWESOME!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Our Guide was just fabulous! Articulate, knowledgeable, kind and thoughtful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Unbelievable. Tour guide knew so much about this and was very willing to share. A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

All I can say is WOW. Beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Very special tour with great guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

I loved this tour. The guide was the best for my entire trip and seeing the Vatican with a small group was fantastic. I have told so many people about how amazing this tour was since I have come home. They all want to know how to find out more and I make sure to send them to your site. Thanks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was the absolute highlight of our trip to Rome--my kid's favorite. Shannon was wonderful--very warm, accommodating, knowledgeable and professional. We learned so many things from her that we didn't know! We did the VIP tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Secret Rooms, which are parts of the Vatican that the rest of the public are not seeing. One of the secret rooms was a tiny chapel just outside of a former bedroom of the Pope that is still used once or twice a year by the Pope for prayer. Our group was small 15 people, and we ended the tour with a private, after hours viewing of the Sistine Chapel. Normally it's wall to wall people when tourists visit, so this was amazing. We had the entire place to ourselves for about 30 minutes, and our escort was kind and allowed us to take photos see attached. Shannon told us many funny stories, esp. about Michaelangelo, the Popes and the other artists. This is an expensive tour, but worth every penny. Cannot recommend it highly enough

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

We were 3 adults and 5 teenagers. The tour was everything stated. Our guide Shannon was extremely knowledgable, pleasant and very interesting. Our group ranged in age from 13 to 72 and everyone thought the tour was fantastic! Unbelievable access and it was incredible to be in the Sistine Chapel with only 15 people. Amazing!! Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

The tour started at around 3:30 PM after passing the crowd into the Museum, going through screening, taking care of some requirements, and going to the bathroom :- It ended at around 6:30 PM. It was a good 3 hour tour, which I am so sad it is only 3 hours. Hehehe. There are just so much to see, to learn, and to absorb in the Musei Vaticani that I do not think 3 hours is enough. I want moooreeee...

We did visit all the secret rooms mentioned in the description of this tour, which were only allowed for certain groups. Our guide was Sev if I spell and pronounce his name correctly, and he is very very resourceful and knowledgeable. He can tell you the stories of almost everything you see in the Museum or what you want to know about Vatican.

We did have the Sistine Chapel for ourselves since we got there when the Museum is about to close. It was a good 15 - 20 minutes in there, only the 15 of us, seeing the frescoes drawn, painted by Michelangelo dressing the entire ceiling of the Chapel. I don't know about the others, but at least I saw them with my eyes popped up and my jaws dropped.

Please make sure you arrive on time for the tour. Otherwise you will definitely lose your money. You can bring umbrellas inside actually, but the small one that you can fold and put into your bag. The big ones are not recommended since you have to store them in the locker. You can also bring your medium size backpack, as long as it is not bulky or too big.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Excellent small group tour. David was our guide, he was extremely knowledgeable and well spoken. Interesting side notes and details on the history of what we where seeing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Well worth the high cost. Shannon was a knowledgable guide, and the access to areas of the museum and time in the otherwise empty Raphael rooms and Sistine Chapel were incredible.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was a great experience as you have such a small group and can actually spend time seeing the great things. You also get to see the areas others don't. The only thing I would say is there is no time for you to explore on your own. When the tour ends the museum is already closed, so you would have to purchase another ticket to see other things. However, this tour does hit all the big things and then some, so unless you are a museum person, it is more than enough

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

I loved both the tour and our tour guide. His knowledge was amazing and we received all the packaged promised! Only thing I would suggest - let the women know they have to cover their kneecaps!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Our tour guide was amazing and most informative! He made every minute count and was extremely personal as well. His in depth knowledge of everything was very eye-opening and would give this tour with this guide especially the highest of recommendations.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Very good tour. Guide was very informative.

Drew
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

We had an excellent experience with Shannon as our guide on the private tour. We returned the next day for the Papal audience and did the regular tour in the afternoon so we could get into the Bascillica of St. Peter. We saw the difference of touring with the crowds and without them.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was unbelievable! Our guide, David, was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining! we definitely felt that we were truly getting a tour that most people didn't even know about! I highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Shannon our guide was personable, very knowledgable and a delight. The tour was nice and so great to get out of the crowds! The time in the Sistine Chapel was a treat - again no crowds! Another highlight was the time in the Raphael rooms. The tour is pricey but worth it. Big thumbs up!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

I hope you get David. It exceeded my expectations!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

5000 STARS!!!!! WOW!!!! This was one of the most incredible tours my wife and I have ever taken. Yes, it was expensive, but you definitely get you money's worth plus memories and insights that are truly priceless. Our tour guide, David, was a walking encyclopedia of Vatican knowledge and a comedian all wrapped up into one. He made the tour both fun and highly educational. From the visits to hidden recesses of the vatican to the intimate and priceless time in the Sistine Chapel with only our small group, I can only encourage you to take this tour above and beyond any other tour in Rome. Truly exceptional and outstanding.

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