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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 161 Reviews

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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 2014

This tour was the best that I have ever taken in many years of travel. The guide loved her topic and enjoyed her work. We took this particular tour because friends complained of other tours where they stood like statues in the Sistine Chapel because it was so crowded.

Our small group literally had the entire chapel to ourselves for about thirty minutes. We were also shocked when the lights came on because the workers were preparing for the Pope. That doesn't normally happen because lights harm the paint.

Our guide walked from one end of the chapel to the other, pointing out and explaining the meaning of each panel.

We were so impressed by the local supplier guides that we are considering taking some art history courses at our local university.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Really fantastic tour, highly recommend it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Magnificent. Best guide I have ever seen. Very interesting tour indeed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

First rate experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Fantastic. Well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

This was worth every penny! Not only did we have a half-hour alone in the Sistine Chapel (just the 12 of us, our guide and the Vatican Museums guard), which was beyond magical, but we were also alone in the Raphael Rooms and had access to many other rooms not open to the general public, the best of which was the Niccoline Chapel. I spoke with someone the following day, who took the Skip the Line Vatican Museums tour, who shared the Sistine Chapel with almost 800 people. It was loud, even though people were whispering. If you can possibly afford it, take this Private Viewing Tour. You will not regret it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Absolutely a once in a lifetime experience, it really is worth it. Half an hour with the Sistine gallery virtually to yourself. Priceless. Seeing Vatican private rooms, chapels and the Bramante staircase was such a treat. David our guide was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. Don't miss this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

David did a great job about getting us excited about the other objects we were seeing. Obviously the Chapel was the main event but his enthusiasm was contagious!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Tremendous experience. Worth every penny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

This tour is not cheap but it thoroughly justified the cost. My husband and I treated ourselves as I was celebrating a big birthday and we loved it. Seb was a hugely well-informed guide and made everything so interesting. I only wish I could remember more of what we were told - there was so much to take in over the three hours! The sights were just fabulous, especially the rooms closed to the general public, which felt very special, while the climax of the tour, the Sistine Chapel with only our small group present, was simply superb.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

This is the tour of all tours!!!!! David was fantastic! I will do this again if ever I have the opportunity!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Barbara our guide was wonderful and provided very educated insights into the many amazing areas we visited on the tour. It was wortH every penny. An exceptional tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Wonderful fantastic tour - seeing the Sistine Chapel with no one in it was magnificent. Made the cost of the tour cheap. The guided tour and commentary on the rest of the Vatican's secret rooms was amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Our tour guide, Laura, was very friendly and spoke excellent English. Laura was hugely and interestingly informative about the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel. We saw a number of rooms that are usually closed to the public, including the fabulous Bramante staircase. Highlight was to be the final group in the Sistine chapel that day, just 15 of us and our guide with a half-hour to take it all in. Not cheap! But as a special occasion visit, really excellent.

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