• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Discover the renowned art and architecture of the Vatican on this skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museums. As you explore rooms like the Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel, learn about the Renaissance artwork of masters like Michelangelo with in-depth commentary from a knowledgeable private guide. You’ll also visit St Peter’s Basilica and hear insider details about the Vatican, plus skip past all the entrance lines, even the priority ones.


  • 3-hour private Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica tour in Rome
  • Skip past the priority lines, with access through a reserved entranceway
  • Explore classic Vatican sites such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Gallery of the Maps
  • Step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam fresco
  • Visit St Peter's Basilica, and then see Bernini's colonnades in the square
  • Enjoy commentary tailored to your interests with a private guide

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Skip-the-Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Discover little-known facts about "The Creation of Adam" from your private guide

After meeting your private guide, go straight inside the Vatican Museum with your skip-the line ticket, and let your guide know if there’s anything specific you want to see or any particular interests you have that you’d like to hear more about, such as the history of the Vatican or the sometimes-scandalous stories about its inhabitants over the years.

Follow your guide to some of the complex’s dozens of galleries and rooms, such as Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Pinecone Courtyard. Hear about the famed Renaissance masters like Raphael and Michelangelo who created art for the popes, and listen to stories about rivalries between artists. You’ll eventually reach the Sistine Chapel, known for its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo—The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam, which decorates the chapel’s sacred ceiling. (Talking inside the chapel is prohibited, so any commentary from your guide will be given outside the doors.)

Next, walk over to St Peter’s Basilica, the Italian Renaissance church that’s home to more artistic masterpieces, most famously Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s bronze baldachin altar canopy. Then head outside for a stroll around St Peter’s Square, where your guide points out Bernini’s use of optical illusion at the colonnades. Your tour ends here, where you can continue exploring on your own.

Customer Reviews

Margy United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

What a fantastic tour with our wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, Gabriel. I cannot recommend him enough. We have 4 people on the tour, and it made for a personal and intimate tour of a very busy place. Gabriel had very good English and answered all of our questions easily. The pace of our tour was perfect and we fully enjoyed our journey through the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. Gabriel highly recommend that we walk to the top of St. Peter's and would highly recommend this do any able bodies. Our day with Gabriel was perfect. I cannot recommend this tour enough!

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Laura S. was so friendly and knowledgable . She was a wonderful guide!! I definitely recommend CityWonders for tours in Rome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Completely and utterly magnificent! Our guide was outstanding, personable, superbly knowledgeable and totally engaging - providing us with a wealth of knowledge and history. It was an experience of a lifetime!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our guide guide had amazing grasp of the art history of the Vatican Museum. We are able to learn many new things even though we have been to the Museum before. If you enjoy art history this is the tour for you!

Kal P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great time in Vatican with this Tour.

Andrew P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

A really interesting trip and the guide made it all the more special

Neil M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

After seeing the lines to get into the Vatican Museums, a skip-the-line tour is well worth it. The best part of our tour was our private guide. She was very knowledgable and engaged everyone in our family of six. She really helped us to understand the history and meaning of the artifacts, the gardens, the Sistene Chapel, and the Basilica.

Jerre W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

She did a good job and was very helpful with my wife and her walker.

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Was well worth the extra to have a private tour. Our guide was able to provide us with insights and take us to areas that would not be possible to share with much larger groups. We were able to ask questions and know we would get a response as we had the dedicated service. Such an amazing tour and you will see and learn things that you never knew before attending.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

An absolute must, worth every penny, Fabio was an incredible guide, filled with a wealth of knowledge, as one would expect and hope for, eager to answer all questions, related to everyone, made the experience rich. We learned more taking this tour than we could have taking a month long class.

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