• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Peggy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Our guide Doriana was very knowledgeable, and having time alone in the Sistine Chapel with the usual crowds was amazing!

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

It was wonderful being able to see the Sistine Chapel without all the crowds! This is a must for anyone wanting to see the Sistine Chapel without being herded through like cattle.

JOSE A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

There are no words that can describe this tour. If you can afford it do it!! You will not regret it.

aarongremmer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This is one of the top experiences of my life. Can't recommend highly enough.

nicolekyluck

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This tour was exceptional and it truly lived up to its name of VIP. It was entertaining, we experienced rooms with no other guests. The tour guide was amazing. When they say tour completed a closing time. They were not embellishing it felt like a private tour.

Noha G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

No other word can describe this experience. And our tour guide was absolutely exceptional! Would highly recommend it

djmatt94

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. She gave us a wonderful experience, and told us some unexpected stories about Michaelango.

Natalie Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

I'm not a fan of planned tours, but for our first trip to Italy, I thought it would be a good idea, especially since there are lines--extra long ones in the summer--for many of the main attractions. This one was worth every penny. Seth (hoping I'm remembering his name correctly!) was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide who was well versed in art history and the Vatican. We went to several rooms in the Vatican Museums and were alone with our group (maybe 10 people). We were ALONE in the Sistine Chapel for at least a half and hour, and it was one of the most moving experiences of our journey. Don't hesitate to book this one--it's amazing!

MozzieB

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Wonderful tour. Well worth paying to have the secret rooms and the Sistine Chapel in peace. Highly recommended.

Joseph L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Second time I've done this tour and it was amazing both times -- both guides!

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