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Rome: Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

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15 reviews

Activity provider: Roma Experience Tours

Rome: Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Tour

Activity provider: Roma Experience Tours

From US$ 264.59 per person

Join a private Vatican tour with a local guide and skip-the-line access. Discover the wonders of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, including Michelangelo's unforgettable frescoes.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, German, Chinese, Portuguese
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  • Marvel at Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel
  • Admire Raphael's Vatican tapestries and the Cabinet of Masks
  • Benefit from skip-the-line access to the amazing Vatican Museums
  • Enjoy a full tour from your guide, an art history expert
Full description

Your expert guide will take you to the treasures of the Vatican Museums Collection. Experience Renaissance art at its most refined in the Raphael Rooms. Enjoy the charming novelty of the Gallery of Maps. You’ll see this and so much more on this private tour of the Vatican City with skip-the-line access. Is there another room as brilliantly decorated as the Sistine Chapel? People of all faiths are moved to tears by the masterful depiction of mankind’s tragedies and triumphs. Michelangelo’s frescoes are the highlight here – the scale of the frescoes leaves an indelible impression. Your guide will illuminate the secret meanings behind this iconic work.

  • Private tour
  • Guide
  • Skip-the-line entry privileges
  • Entrance fees to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
    • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
    • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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    Meeting point

    Viale Vaticano 100 - in front of Caffè Vaticano (opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums)

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Weapons or sharp objects
    • Food and drinks
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • Please note: The Basilica is not accessible until further notice
    • Vatican City is a place of Christian worship and has a strict dress code: no shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed, legs and shoulders must be covered for men and women. You may be refused entry if you do not comply with the dress requirements.
    • This tour does not accommodate people with limited mobility or walking difficulties due to the steep staircases located along the way.
    • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Knives and weapons of self-defense are prohibited from entering, and food/beverages cannot enter the exhibition halls.
    • This walking tour is only available in English.
    • The Vatican state holds the rights to close the Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s church with or without notice for events, strikes, or other reasons. In the case this occurs, you will be offered an alternative itinerary and a partial refund.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 15 reviews

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    Fantastic experience. Vatican treasures revealed with skill & passion.

    The history and mystery of the Vatican art revealed by an experienced and knowledgeable guide. From Constantine's daughter's coffin, the maps of Italy, Rafael's lush paintings to the unearthly majesty of the Cistine chapel, this tour was a delight. Thanks so much to our guide Francesca. She bought it all to life in a way that we'll remember for a long time. It's broadened my understanding of life.

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    September 17, 2012


    My daughter and I met Peter (our guide) at about 2:30pm and from then it was a catalogue of information narrated by Peter. We both thought Peter was very knowledgable & friendly. I will recommend Roma Experience just for the calibre of the guide we had. Most importantly the group was not large , so it was more of one to one guide. We loved the 'route' Peter took; long but very interesting.

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    August 10, 2012

    Muss man gemacht haben

    Der Vatikan gehört sicher zum Pflichtprogramm in Rom und alles, was man zu sehen bekommt, ist beeindruckend. Allerdings ist man alles andere als allein. Menschenmassen überall! Die Sixtinische Kapelle wird schlichtweg mit Menschen vollgestopft, man kann das Besondere nicht genießen, dadurch wirkt sie gewöhnlich. Im Dom verläuft sich die Menschenmenge, hier ist der Aufenthalt angenehmer. Unsere Tour war auf Englisch. Insofern also auch sprachlich anstrengend. Ich denke aber, auch auf Deutsch wäre es nicht viel leichter geworden. Unser Guide hatten viele Fakten drauf, das meiste habe ich auch verstanden. Wer im Internet nichts Passendes auf Deutsch findet, kann auch vor Ort eine deutsche Führung buchen. Sollten wir noch einmal nach Rom kommen, besuchen wir sicher noch einmal den Petersdom, die Museen wohl eher nicht. Der Vatikan ohne Menschenmassen ist einfach nicht vorstellbar, zumindest tagsüber.

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    September 13, 2013


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