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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

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The best way to see the Vatican! There are so many people visiting this site everyday but since we had our very own Tour Guide we saw everything we wanted and then some without being mixed in the with the over whelming crowds.

Terri G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The Vatican had been closed for two days prior to our visit and the crowds were massive, but our guide was able to slip us artfully through the thousands of people and deliver an excellent and thourough history and description of key points of interest, I highly reccomend the private tour.

Darcy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Doing a private tour for my group of 4 was the best decision we made during our trip. Our guide was an art history major in addition to being born and raised in Rome. She has also traveled to and lived in other European countries and gave a good perspective on our upcoming travels. And yes we did skip lines and the mass herding of people through our tour. Can't say enough good things.

Brad T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

She was outstanding.

Josh B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was absolutely totally worth it! We had an amazing tour guide Anna who catered the tour to our interests, showed us all the little quirks and cool things along the way! We were worried about the lines and the crowds, but she expertly and seamlessly lead us through them, and made our lives super easy and relaxed we went in July!. We are so glad that we included this tour as part of our trip to Rome it made the trip that much more amazing.

Elize l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide was excellent Big Mama She focussed on the important things and read us well by spending more time where we had a special interest in. She also had a lot more interesting information that she researched available on her iPad. We can highly recommend her. Dries la Grange and co travellers

Robert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a fantastic private tour with Ursus. He was extremely knowledgeable and tailored the 3 hour tour to our interests. It was hot and crowded, but he knew special passages and ways to get us through quickly. He was friendly and attentive from the beginning when he welcomed us right straight through to the end. We would highly recommend this tour and this guide.

Annette L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Silvia was a very professional and excellent guide. This is my third visit to the Vatican and the best expierence. We really enjoyed her knowledge.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was amazing. Our tour guide Frank went above and beyond to make this tour the perfect day. Thank you Frank.

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 ....

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