Private tour

Rome: Vatican Museums Private Tour

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Activity provider: Eyes of Rome Private Tours

Rome: Vatican Museums Private Tour

Activity provider: Eyes of Rome Private Tours

From US$ 164.71 per person

See one of the world’s most important and largest collections of art on a private 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Marvel at masterpieces of art and antiquity from the papal collection, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Italian, German
Private group


  • Marvel at masterpieces of art from the papal collections
  • Admire the famous statue of Laocoön, and see the Belvedere Torso
  • Discover maps of the world by ancient cartographers
  • Look a Michelangelo's miraculous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Enter the most famous Roman Catholic church in the world
  • Get a personalized narrative on a customized itinerary
Full description
Marvel at masterpieces of art by Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini and many others on a private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, and see statues from Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and other great civilizations. Skip the notorious lines to enter the Vatican Museums, and enjoy a personal narrative once inside. Your guide will treat you to a customized tour, bringing the magnificent works of art to life with an interactive and imaginative commentary. Uncover the legends and mysteries behind works from the Renaissance and other art eras, and hear about the papal patrons. Marvel at sculptures, carvings, frescoes, paintings, tapestries and maps. Go to the Belvedere Courtyard, and stroll through the most interesting galleries in the museum complex. Contemplate Michelangelo's frescoes in the magnificent Sistine Chapel and admire paintings from the main artist of the Renaissance period. Then, enter St. Peter’s Church to experience the majestic architecture of the Catholic cathedral. See Bernini’s exquisite “Baldachin” and other sacred works of art. End on St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire the Egyptian obelisk that witnessed the martyrdom of St. Peter and was central to Bernini’s design.
  • Private Badge Guide
  • Skip-the-Line Tickets
  • Private Walking Tour
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off (available upon request)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • 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
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Caffe Vaticano, Viale Vaticano 100

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Please note: The Basilica is not accessible until further notice
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums: no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved - comfortable shoes are recommended
  • When booking, please advise if you require a hotel pick-up, and provide the name and the address of your accommodation (this service is at an extra cost)
  • Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair friendly
  • It is strictly forbidden to take photographs in the Sistine Chapel
  • Long items such as large umbrellas, camera stands and tripods, walking sticks (unless for disabled persons) are not allowed and are to be left at cloakrooms
  • Please note that the museums' hours and closures may change due to special events taking place
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 5 reviews

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Mirta our guide was impeccable very precise and prepared. We had a 3 year old boy with us and she was understanding and caring. Very passionate about art. If you want an overview of the Vatican Museums in a short time that will leave you teachings and anecdotes, choose this tour

December 29, 2019

We were led by a German speaking historian. She knew some of the security forces by name. These have repeatedly led us past all the queues. We didn't wait anywhere even though it was completely overcrowded. The information presented was well-founded and entertaining. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot.

December 22, 2019

Une visite privée de 3 h qui nous a permis d'appréhender différemment ces musées que nous avions dejà visités plusieurs fois auparavant. Notre guide, Azzura a su nous faire comprendre la chronologie des collections et nous a permis de mieux apprécier le musée Pio Clementino et les chambres de Raphael avec ses explications riches, mais très claires

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November 24, 2021


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