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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

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.

Beverly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was the way to go. We were a group of 8 and our tour guide was amazing getting us up close and providing information that was most important.

Shannon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was a great way to see the Vatican- our guide did a great job of explaining the artwork and architecture- it was evident that she was very knowledgeable and passionate about the entire experience. She was open to any questions that we have had, and was patient while we took photos, etc. All in all money well spent and a great experience.

Philip G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I was very impressed with my tour. The guide knew everything I needed and wanted to know and I would recommend her to anyone without reservation.

Neil S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Super enthusiastic and friendly guide - highly recommended!

Paula Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide Manuela was amazing. My mother was having problems walking. she arranged for her to get a wheelchair. she changed the tour to fit being with someone that was in a wheelchair. she was extremely knowledgeable about the Vatican, but also gave us tips about other places that we would be visiting on our trip. We booked the private tour and it was so worth it. I will use Viator next time I am traveling!

Laurence J G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Best way to see the Vatican, especially with the August heat and very large crowds of bus tours and walk ins. As a private tour we were able to skip what was not interesting to us and linger over what was, we were also able to see all we wanted to see. Our guide was wonderful and quite knowledgeable, worth every penny. Highly Recommend.

Tamara C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a wonderful tour. We had to switch the times at the last minute, so instead of getting our private tour, we got a small group of 12 people and it was lovely. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. We did 4 tours while we were in Italy and were so glad we paid for the tours with the Skip the Line option. We traveled in August and there were long lines everywhere we went and it was very, very hot. The tours we did were well worth the money we spent and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

lorraine.zeringue

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.

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