• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 103.25 View price calendar

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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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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

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent meet and greet, very good location and on time. An excellent tour guide, from Russia, but with excellent English and a wonderful knowledge of the very complex Vatican, its history, museums and grounds. We were a party of six two seniors, one dad, and three grandchildren of 16 and twins at 14. The tour was very well adapted to our needs. Thoroughly recommended.

Mary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

My husband and I booked this tour for our honeymoon months ago, knowing that our visit to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's was what we anticipated most.

Patrick was our tour guide, and I can say without any hesitation, his tour was the best out of the 8 tours we took in the 3 countries we visited. He customized our tour to what we wanted to learn about, and he was knowledgeable, engaging and so open to dialoguing about the Church, our own observations about the art/architecture/etc., which was truly a good time for us and him, seemingly!. Our three hour tour ended up being 4 hours because we all were discussing what we were seeing so intensely. It was a long tour, but it was worth every penny and every minute of our time! Thanks for a phenomenal and unforgettable tour, Patrick! We will surely remember this for years to come!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour was extremely well run and very interesting. Our tour guide, christian, was very passionate about the subject and gave many interesting facts about the items.

Well worth the money, no standing in lines and someone to do all the negotiating for you.

Thoroughly recomend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had a great tour with Maria Letizia. She is very knowledgable and helpful in getting us to all the right sites. Highly recommended.

Lovetts J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had a wonderful time on our private tour. The guide, Giuseffe Cusano, was knowledgable, friendly and willing to arrange the tour in the order we wanted to see things. We would gladly tour with him and Viator again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our tour guide was very helpful. My party consisted of my parents, in which one was disabled, my husband and two children. Our tour guide was very understanding and took her time navigating us through the vatican. She was very knowledgeable as well! I would highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Michaele but he uses Mickey when touring was absolutely fantastic. I could not believe how much he knew about the art and the history of the Vatican. He has unbelievable insights and was an expert in guiding us through the complexities of the Vatican museum. The private tour was absolutely worth the extra cost. There are 35,000 visitors a day in the Vatican and you can get lost in all the crowds and art if you don't have someone there to point out the highlights. Mickey was especially terrific in meeting our needs. I love art and history but my husband would rather watch football. Mickey got that and had my husband wanting to learn more and appreciate everything there. I really cannot say enough about the tour itself but especially our guide -- they were both absolutely fantastic.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Firstly we must highly recommend our private guide Pino! He was a wealth of knowledge and explained everything we needed/wanted to know as we went about the tour. He was thoughtful about the fact we had old knees and rested when we needed to. Thank you Pino! for helping cross an important item from our bucket list.
The tour itself was awesome and something we will never forget in our lifetime. The Sistine Chapel is something everyone should see to appreciate the works of Michelangelo, the Gallery of Maps and St Peter's Basilica. Certainly came out in awe of the people who lived in that time.

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