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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

Emily L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

What a great tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and incredibly helpful. Thanks again!

Jerry J United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

So special! We have visited the Vatican before but never with a private guide---so different:. Our guide was knowledgeable and was an expert in carving out a place for us to see and hear her explanations!! Well worth the cost of the tour.

john

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour guide was absolutely incredible. Such a nice person and so knowledgeable. I was truly impressed. The line to get in was so long, I am so thankful we booked this skip the line tour. We would have probably skipped it if we hadn't. Also, it was fantastic to have a private guide. We learned so much. The Vatican Museums are absolutely beautiful. GO!

Daphne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an excellent tour. Our guide, Lorili, was fabulous. She led us through the crowds to the must see things and gave us information and history that we never would have gotten on our own. We were able to ask her questions and chat in a way that could have only happened in a private tour. Well worth the money.

SP

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This private tour was really good. It was helpful to have someone who knew their way around through the crowds in there! She took us to a different bathroom with a much shorter line and knew where the elevators and wheel chair entrances were. She explained the parts of the museum that we were most interested in in detail, and we had much more time to enjoy the Sistine Chapel. A guard actually had us go the front of it so we could see the painted wall there and the priest who was there with prayers to remind us all that this is a chapel. The guide then explained all the details we needed for St. Peter's since we could not get there from the chapel due to tons of stairs. We went later and all that info was helpful there. Those Vatican museums are the place to do the private tour since it is so HUGE and so crowded. Great job.

Derek A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent guide...Piergiorgio! A cultured and articulate gentleman who knew his art and brought everything to life.

Becky P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Sarafina was fantastic. She is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and gave us more than our money's worth by sharing other true LOCAL experiences that were must sees. It was so worth the extra to have the private tour with just the four of us. Please thank her for us.

Susan J M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Eleanora was a wonderful guide! She was patient with questions and very knowledgeable!

Delbert R P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was very good.

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide Seraphina was knowledgeable, passionate and patient. With her guidance we were able to see all of the highlights without feeling rushed or crowded. Highly recommend the private tour over a group tour.

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