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Rome: Private Tour of Vatican Museums

Rome: Private Tour of Vatican Museums

From US$ 191.58 per person

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
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian
Pickup optional
At your accommodation in the city center inside the Aurelian Walls.
Private group


  • 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
Full description
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.”
  • Expert guide for 3 hours
  • Entrance fee to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Headsets
  • Pickup hotel
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Our guide was amazing and we really appreciated his work. We had young children with us and he managed to engage them to learn some new things. Equally, my husband loves history and was interested in the finer details which he was also able to adapt to. Though it was very hot and busy during July, all-in-all, a great experience.

August 16, 2022

Unfortunately not what we expected

Our tour did not last 3 hours as paid but only 2.5 hours with hotel pick up. The guide was very average. Nothing special. We could have done it alone. The only good thing was that we didn't have to queue anywhere.

October 15, 2014


9 sur 10

November 10, 2016


Product ID: 45250