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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.  

Highlights

  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Many say that if you spent 60 seconds looking at each Vatican artifact, it would take 12 years to see it all. By exploring the museums with a private guide, you get to see the most interesting parts and hear more than the standard information given on many group tours.

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What You Can Expect

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

Ganan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved our guide and her sense of humor ..informative and kept us on our toes ... Will definitely do it this way and this way only ....

Patrick C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and tour guide was great. Highly recommend this. B

David G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

simona c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Ilaria bravissima!!!

Christopher D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

great experience absolutely worth spending the little bit of extra money to get a private guide- made horrible crowds bearable.

TAMARA E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour and guide!!

fiona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Eva our guide was a delight! Knowledgeable, passionately engaged by the subject of our tour and super nice. Highly recommend her!

Laurie B. I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We loved having Biliana Hristova as our guide for the day at the Vatican. She was so knowledgeable. We're not sure how she can keep so much information in her head. Just amazing! Highly recommend Biliana! We liked her so much we hired her again the next day for the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really made the right choice.....ability to skip the line was huge, we were immediately recognized when we got to the meeting point, we had a great tour guide.....a perfect way to see the Sistine Chapel. Highly recommend paying the extra s to get the private tour.

Nancy N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My husband and I decided to splurge and opt for a private tour of the Vatican. We were so glad we did. Barbara, an art historian, was a treasure trove of inside information regarding the art works, artists and history. I've been to the Vatican before and essentially walked around admiring the art but the background information made this such a meaningful experience. We learned a great deal.

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