• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 414.96 View price calendar

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This isn’t just any private tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel — on this Viator VIP tour, you’ll have permission to visit rooms of the Vatican Museums that are typically closed to the public, plus you’ll go inside the Sistine Chapel after hours, when it’s only open for your small group limited to 15 people. This unprecedented opportunity to gaze at Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco without the usual crowds is the ultimate way to experience this iconic site. In addition to secret sites like the Room of Gold, you’ll also visit public galleries like Raphael’s Rooms.


  • 3-hour small-group VIP tour of the Vatican Museums including skip-the-line entry
  • Enjoy exclusive access through a reserved entranceway to skip all the lines
  • Visit hidden corridors and secret Vatican rooms such as the Niccoline Chapel or the Bramante Staircase
  • See top Vatican attractions like the Apollo Belvedere statue, Raphael’s Rooms and Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Take a rare, private tour of the Sistine Chapel after its doors are closed to the public
  • Hear commentary from your guide inside the Sistine Chapel, which is normally forbidden
  • Experience the Vatican as a VIP insider with this Viator exclusive tour

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

Admire the Art of the Vatican on your exclusive VIP tour!

Vatican skip-the-line tours are in such demand that even the priority-access lines are long. To ensure you won’t spend time waiting in queues, your Viator VIP tour provides admission through a reserved entrance, plus gives you access to secret rooms unlocked by the Vatican guard who accompanies you. It’s a rare chance to see the hallowed halls of the Vatican the way that only dignitaries and royalty typically do.

The nature of this exclusive tour means that the itinerary changes each time based on the availability of the secret rooms, but most tours include the Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante) on the corner of the Pope’s Palace. You’ll likely also see the lavish Room of Gold (Sala degli Ori), home to an impressive collection of papal jewelry and precious Etruscan jewels, and the Niccoline Chapel (Cappella Niccolina), a room that compares to the Sistine Chapel with its gold brought back from the travels of Christopher Columbus and its frescoes by Fra Angelico, a Renaissance painter who pre-dates Michelangelo.

Additionally, your tour includes artwork like the Apollo Belvedere statue and rooms seen on regular Vatican Museums tours such as Raphael’s Rooms, the Pinecone Courtyard and the public area of the pope’s apartments. As you explore, listen to stories from your guide about the Vatican’s renowned art collection and scandalous history of power and treachery.

Finally, arrive at the Sistine Chapel, where you have private access after the chapel closes to the general public. Talking in the chapel is typically prohibited, but during your 30 minutes inside your guide is allowed to tell you about Michelangelo’s two famous works as you look at them—his wall fresco The Last Judgment and his legendary ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, which depicts scenes from the Book of Genesis.

See the Itinerary for a full list of the Vatican rooms and sights you can expect to see.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

There were only 10 of us on this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable on the history of the Vatican and the art. Part of the tour was during the museum opening hours and the private viewing was after hours. The Vatican has such a rich history and your appreciation should only grow after this tour. The highlight was the private viewing of the Sistine Chapel. Only our group was there and to listen to our guide and then have quiet time to enjoy the Chapel. This is one of the most unique tours I have ever been on.

Angela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide was AMAZING! My fiance and I ended up being the only ones on the tour and wow she and the tour completely blow us away!!! So many surreal opportunities we got to have that the generally public is not allowed to do. This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that we will always hold in our memory.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was one of the highlights of a 3 month trip--seeing the Sistine Chapel with 14 other people, being able to wander around and talk and ask the guide questions was phenomenal. We were even treated to a procession of cardinals including the one who sponsored Pope Francis as they were on their way to some event as we were leaving the Vatican--even this non-Catholic was impressed and our guide was literally shaking in her boots!. If you can only splurge on one thing, splurge on this--it is well worth it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour - no crowds able to view some of the hidden rooms not normally open to the public.
Guide friendly and very knowledgeable great for all those interested in the art and its history.

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Costly but worth every penny. Loved getting into the areas that we couldn't on our first tour through the cruise ship. Especially wonderful was the private tour of the Sistine Chapel with only 24 of us. We could talk, ask all the questions we wanted, take all the pictures we wanted and move all about the Chapel unimpeded. Also very impressed with our knowledgeable guide.

Linda F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Bucket list must!


Once in a lifetime!

The Sistine Chapel itself if incredible, but this tour cannot be expressed in words...

There were thousands of people both inside and outside waiting and pushing and shoving and not being able to even breathe...

And then there was US...

Our group of 14 was led by Laura who spoke perfect English - we were provided headsets so her voice was amplified in order to be able to hear more clearly. She was unfailingly patient, kind, courteous, knowledgeable and informative.

We got to see things that the others had no idea even existed - the Bramante staircase was one of my favorites! There is a little apartment at the top where Michelangelo stayed while he was painting the ceiling.

Other visitors tried to sneak into our tour and were politely but firmly sent on their way by the guard that accompanied us to let us in the places that they could not go.

After walking through deserted galleries that had been filled to overflowing before we arrived we reached the grand finale -

The Sistine Chapel itself - there are no words!

There were no people in the chapel but our group - Laura explained the paintings and the stories and then let us just wander around and try to take it all in.

There is no way my description can do justice to the experience - I just truly thank God for being so blessed to be able to see the glory and spectacle of this masterpiece.

It is MORE than worth the money - Just do it!

Audrey J. R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Most memorable tour of Rome for us! To be a party of 8 touring The Vatican's Secret Rooms and to be able to sit in the Sistine Chapel, take photos and have our guide go into the details of the painting of the ceiling was beyond what we had anticipated! Fabulous!!!!

Richard P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Honestly it was worth the cost just to skip the line. You do not realize how crowded this place is until you actually visit. The Louvre, The MET, the British museum are nothing compared to the crowds at the Vatican. The tour guide and extra rooms were a bonus after that.
The guide was knowledgeable with a unique sense of humor. The extra rooms and extra time you get at the end were very nice.

I will book this again in July 2018


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was by far the best tour I have ever had of anything. the guide was great and i could have spent more hours with him. the best in every way

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazing! Have brought back two sets of family to have this experience. Top 10 favorite experiences

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