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  4. Vatican City

Rome: Vatican Museums Private Tour

Product ID: 244522
Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this 3-hour private tour.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting times 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the history of the Vatican and listen to stories about Michelangelo
  • Avoid the crowds with your skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • Marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael
Full description
Begin your tour at the Vatican Museum and avoid the crowds with skip-the-ticket-line admission. Inside, get ready to be inspired by the vast collection of masterpieces and paintings on display from ancient to contemporary times.

Listen to stories from your expert guide as they explain the history of the artworks and point out the hidden gems. From the private chambers in Raphael’s rooms to the spectacular statues, the circular room with the statue of Hercules, the Belvedere courtyard and the many galleries of world-renowned pieces., you’ll see all the sights you wanted and some surprises too.

Follow a narrow walkway into the Borgia Apartments, gaze up and admire the work of Michelangelo’s stunning Sistine Chapel and the celestial frescoes that adorn the walls and ceiling. Continue into St Peter’s Basilica, the largest cathedral in the world and one of the most important places of worship for Christians. Michelangelo, Bernini, Bramante, and Maderno were the designers behind the impressive architecture, and it is also home to Michelangelo’s 'Pieta' sculpture.

Before leaving, admire the semi-circular colonnades that embrace St Peter’s Square and the official residence of the Pope, the Apostolic Palace, where smoke rises from the chimney to welcome the pope.
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

At the white door of the Vatican Museums on Viale Vaticano

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• You must cover your knees and shoulders before entering the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
Customer reviews
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our tour guide alessandra was fantastic. His knowledge of the Vatican, his history and his works of art were excellent and his presentation was impeccable. Excellent experience and I would recommend this historic trip.

December 31, 2019

Wonderful! So many beautiful things to see as you go through the courtyards, museums, Sistine Chapel, Basilica, and St Peters Square. I definitely think taking a private tour is the way to see the Vatican!

September 10, 2019

January 3, 2020

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Pink Umbrella Tours

Product ID: 244522