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Private Skip the Line Vatican Hidden Gems Tour with Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

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Lazio, Italy
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3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 4 more
Skip-the-line at the Vatican Museums on this tour of one of the world’s most renowned collections of art. With a private guide, go straight inside the complex to admire the Vatican’s architecture, marvel... More
Skip-the-line at the Vatican Museums on this tour of one of the world’s most renowned collections of art. With a private guide, go straight inside the complex to admire the Vatican’s architecture, marvel at works by masters like Raphael and Caravaggio, and see some of the ‘hidden,’ off-the-beaten-path sites that many visitors miss. Of course, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous frescoes, and enter St Peter’s Basilica from the museums, avoiding the main entrance line.

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • All entrance fees included
  • Skip the line
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Likely to Sell Out

What To Expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Treat yourself with a customized private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's
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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Treat yourself with a customized private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. Visit some hidden gems of the museums and explore rooms closed to the general public at all times. Meet your guide at your hotel where you
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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Treat yourself with a customized private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. Visit some hidden gems of the museums and explore rooms closed to the general public at all times. Meet your guide at your hotel where you will be picked-up and travel together to the Vatican Museums. Skip the line for fast-track entry to the world famous Vatican museum complex, made up of galleries with an impressive number of artwork and masterpieces from antiquity to present day.
During your visit you will have a chance to see one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings. Enjoy the impressive Belvedere Courtyard and then stroll through the most interesting rooms and galleries of the museum complex. Marvel at the famous Lacoon and the Belvedere Torso at the sculpture museum, deeply revered by Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. It is known throughout the world both for being the place where the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope are held (in the past also some papal coronations), and for being decorated with one of the most famous and celebrated works of art of artistic civilization the frescoes by Michelangelo

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican City Italy

This monumental elliptical space, enclosed by 284 Doric columns four rows deep (196m wide and 148m long), is the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who laid it out during the pontificates of Alexander VII and of Clement IX.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: La Pieta, Chapel of the Pieta Basilica Di San Pietro, Vatican City Italy

The Pietà (1498–1499) is a work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Enjoy the breathtaking Saint Peter's Basilica, shrine of Christianity and Art. You will marvel at the Priceless Pietà, by Michelangelo, and stop by the venerable tomb of Saint John Paul II & Pope Karol Wojtyla.

Duration: 45 minutes

What's Included

Private Walking Tour
Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
Hotel pickup and drop off via Uber/Taxi (Centrally located only - within Aurelian Walls)
Exclusive access to Secret Rooms: Room of the Animals and the Cabinet of the Masks (if option selected)
Skip The lIne Tickets
Food & Beverage

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Province of Rome, Province of Rome, Lazio

Traveler pickup is offered
At your hotel/accommodation in Rome city center (within Aurelian Walls)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is in place to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is in place to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Incredible
Palak O
, Aug 2019
We were in Rome for 3 days and knew we wanted to see the Vatican. Due to the heat wave and our short time in Rome, I thought a brief guided tour would be the best way to see the Vatican. Fabiana, our guide, was lovely and very knowledgable. She knew her way around very well and passed through the unimportant areas quickly but went into detail with important works and also our questions. We took a taxi from our hotel to the Vatican, skipped the long lines, and were still able to see all of the highlights. The two private rooms that were part of the tour were also incredible because they were away from the crowds and we really got a small personal private tour of that area. I would highly recommend if you want a personal experience with a knowledgable guide so you understand what you are looking at rather than trying to navigate it on your own for a first timer.
Lovely experience
ofraimry
, Aug 2019
We booked a private group tour of the Vatican, as we were travelling with an 80 year old grandmother. Our Guide, Marta, did a wonderful job tending to this special need, and taking care of everything. All the lines were indeed skipped, chairs miraculously appeared at every possible point, and Marta took the lady by the hand at her own pace. We are very happy with the wide and professional scope of the tour, our guide was very knowledgable and passionate about the art and the history. We were especially impressed with the caring manner the tour was conducted. Recommended!
Amazing!
neal376
, Jul 2019
Our tour guide and the entire experience were outstanding!!! Thank you so much. We loved every minute and our guide made everything absolutely fascinating!
Excellent Tour
Road29050945849
, Jun 2019
Rosie gave an excellent tour! Friendly, Funny, knowledgeable! Really enjoyed this time with her! My family thanks you for making this tour so memorable! You are awesome!
Great way to visit the Vatican
robertpW5784GR
, Jun 2019
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Wonderful experience. She picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel. Very punctual.
Great Tour!
Tom P
, May 2019
This tour was made especially enjoyable due to our guide Marco. He was very enthusiastic and informative in an entertaining way. Highly recommend this tour.
Amazing tour
Kevin M
, May 2019
This tour was amazing and our guide, Marco, was fantastic! Honestly, we thought we were doing a group tour, we didn't mean to purchase the private tour, but we're glad we did! Personal attention, great guide, plus you get to pass everyone and see extra things that others didn't see. Wonderful! THANK YOU MARCO!!!
Exceeded Our Expectations
W3958ADbillg
, May 2019
Our tour was fabulous! Azzurra was a sensational tour guide, made us feel completely comfortable, and was a fountain of knowledge about everything she showed us. We skipped all the lines, and got into areas that others were not allowed to enter. She made us feel special from the first moment she picked us up at the hotel. We didn't just SEE things - we EXPERIENCED them thank to her. My wife has bad knees, and she kept the pace to one that suited us. It was truly a great time, and we can't imagine we could have enjoyed it any more than we did. The history was awesome. We heartily recommend this tour, and this tour guide! You made our whole trip.
So much to see
537deving
, May 2019
This tour is great. The Vatican Museums are enormous and there is no way to feel like you didn't miss something, because its impossible not to. That said, we had a great selection of some of the more common rooms, but also had the chance to be alone with some of the most impressive statues and artworks created.
Wow- Marco was above average
lovedafood
, May 2019
We were in Rome 23.5 years ago and missed visiting Vatican City, due to bad timing. This time we returned with our kids now 19 & 21 and were NOT going to miss it again! We choose the Hidden Gems tour and had the pleasure of having Marco as our guide. Considering he was a professor and an archeologist on vacation from a project it was a true strike of luck to get so much historical information. Our son called him an Italian Indiana Jones. Lol. We were pleased that we were the only people in our tour, no flags and no lines. What a great experience.

Product code: 20163P15

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