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Rome: Private Tour of Vatican Museums

Product ID: 45250
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Go to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel on a private 3-hour guided tour of Rome and marvel at art by Michelangelo in the Basilica of St. Peter’s. See masterpieces by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio, Perugino and more.
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 2:30 PM
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At your accommodation in the city center inside the Aurelian Walls.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the long lines at the main sites of the Vatican City
  • Marvel at masterpieces of art in some of the 1,400 rooms of the Vatican Museums
  • See Michelangelo's famous "Creation of Adam" fresco in the Sistine Chapel
  • Admire the vaults, domes and art works of St. Peter's Basilica
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COVID-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Discover one of the 7 Wonders of the World and the world’s greatest art collection on a private guided tour of the Vatican City, and marvel at masterpieces of art by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio, Perugino, and Michelangelo.

Your guide will take you past the long lines to enter the Vatican Museums, giving you more time to explore the art, and less time wasted on waiting. Originally conceived for the sole enjoyment of the Pope, the lavish labyrinth is made up of 2,000 rooms that stretch over 9 miles. It is said that if you spent 60 seconds looking at every item, it would take you 12 years to see everything.

Your guide will lead you to some of the main attractions, as well as reveal secrets hidden among the established masterpieces. An undoubted highlight will be Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Admire his fabled “Creation of Adam,” and wander through the former apartments of the popes in Raphael's Rooms.

Then, it’s time for another Michelangelo masterpiece. Go inside the Basilica of St. Peter’s to see his “La Pieta” among all the other treasures. End on St. Peter's Square, where your guide will point out Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusions that embrace visitors in the “maternal arms of Mother Church.”
Includes
  • Pick-up at hotel (inside the Aurelian Walls)
  • Headsets
  • Expert guide for 3 hours
  • Entrance fee to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
What’s Not Included
  • Tips and gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Please note: The Basilica is not accessible until further notice
• Due to COVID-19 restrictions the direct transfer from the Sistine Chapel to the Basilica is not allowed. A car will wait for you at the exit of the Vatican Museums
• You must not wear shorts or miniskirts and you must cover your shoulders to enter the basilicas
• Please note that there will be an airport-style security check before you enter St. Peter's Basilica and you must not bring liquids or sharp items
• The pickup service is available from accommodation in the city center inside the Aurelian Walls
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