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Take a private 3-hour tour of the Vatican that allows you to skip the long lines and learn about this famous site from your own private guide. See renowned artworks by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Botticelli, and visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter's Basilica, and more. By touring this popular site with a private guide, you can proceed at your own pace and easily visit the smaller rooms of the museum.
  • Private 4-hour tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, in Rome
  • Visit Belvedere Courtyard, Pio Clementino Museum, Gallery of Maps, Sobiesky Room, and Immaculate Conception Room
  • View The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel
  • Includes all entrance fees and private guide
Make your own way to meet your private guide at Vatican museums entrance at your choice of either 10am or 2pm. 

Begin by taking in the Belvedere Courtyard, which was designed in the 1500s by Donato Bramante and is considered an influential High Renaissance architectural work. Then see a large collection of classical Roman and Greek statues in the Pio Clementino Museum.

Peruse an important display of tapestries and Renaissance maps in the Gallery Maps, see the Vatican's largest canvas painting in the Sobiesky Room, and learn about the 19th-century frescoes that decorate the Immaculate Conception Room.

Next, see the Raphael Rooms, commissioned by Pope Julius II when the artist Raphael was young, in the early 1500s, and considered some of his greatest works.

Head into the Sistine Chapel to view famous frescoes by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and other renowned artists. Hear about the papal conclave that is held in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new Pope.

Continue to Saint Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini Baldacchino, and numerous monuments of popes and saints. End your tour in Saint Peter's square to see the Pope's Palace and the Swiss Guards.


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, Jul 2018

The private Vatican tour was fabulous, in large part thanks to our amazing guide Romina. Starting with text communication the night before to make sure we were set, to navigating the crowds and most importantly the detailed knowledge she was able to share made the experience one we will never forget.

, Jul 2018

I booked this private tour for the three of us to avoid dealing with group issues and go at our own pace and preferences. I also did not want to spend time in long lines. The tour met these expectations. The guide had a PhD in archeology I think. She was very knowledgeable about everything we saw. We learned more than we expected. She answered all our questions and tailored the tour based on our feedback. A guide is definitively required for a tour like this, since there are so many historical and artistic details every step of the way. Very impressive. The Vatican is very crowded, don't expect an intimate tour.
I would highly recommend this tour.

, Jun 2018

Agata was very informative and gave a great tour

, Jun 2018

Michela was very knowledgeable and friendly. We would highly recommend this private tour.

, Jan 2018

The tour of the Coloseum was amazing! Our tour guide was a last minute substitute who rose to the challenge and was a great story teller of emperors and events from Ancient Rome. Made things come alive for us! Well done!

, Dec 2017

This tour was very educational! Our tour guide was incredible! It is a world of difference to visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel with a guide versus on your own!

, Nov 2017

Our experience was AMAZING! Fabiola was a wonderful tour guide who gave us a Fantastic journey through one of the World's Great Places! Her knowledge of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica was voluminous and even when asked about points she had not planned on discussing that would have been off topic of the tour she was giving she still had complete and informed responses that enhanced the overall experience. I would recommend her to anyone wishing to take a wonderful journey through these very special places!

, Sep 2017

Fantastic way of seeing the Vatican. Clever separate entrance to avoid the line and very knowledgeable guide who stopped at the most crucial pieces and gave fantastic relevant details.

, Jul 2017

We had not ever been to Rome before and the Sistine Chapel and Vatican was high on our list of spots to see. We did not have a lot of time and wanted to maximize what little time we had. We booked the private tour for our family and Elisabitta was our tour guide. She was excellent!! She was extremely accommodating to my wife and I while also including our 11 and 15 year old daughters in the tour and relating to them. She explained in detail the various parts of the museum and stopped to allow us to ask questions. We would highly recommend this if you are wanting someone with in depth knowledge of the history of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.

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