Private tour

Rome: Sistine Chapel, Vatican & St. Peters Private Tour

Activity provider: Through Eternity Tours

Rome: Sistine Chapel, Vatican & St. Peters Private Tour

Activity provider: Through Eternity Tours

From US$ 230.84 per person

Explore the Sistine Chapel, and Raphael Rooms, and see the masterpieces of the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Learn about the history and facts of the places from your private guide.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Marvel at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • Experience a private tour of the Vatican Museum
  • Discover the Raphael Rooms
  • Enjoy a skip-the-line pass to avoid waiting
  • Learn from your experienced tour guide
Full description

On this special Vatican tour, you will discover the treasures of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and St Peter’s Basilica. In the company of one of the expert guides, marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael and explore one of the greatest art collections in the world. Many visitors are rushed through the Sistine Chapel, but on your Sistine Chapel tour, you’ll have time to gaze up at the ceiling and admire the artwork while your guide explains the secrets of Michelangelo’s intricately detailed frescoes. Close to the Sistine Chapel is the suite of private papal apartments known as the Raphael Rooms. These exquisitely decorated rooms contain some of the finest examples of Raphael’s work, including the “School of Athens”, a group portrait of the most famous ancient philosophers. On your visit to the Raphael Rooms, your guide will explain why a young painter from Urbino was chosen for such a prestigious commission, earning admiration and envy. These rooms also provide a fascinating insight into the life of the papal court, as well as the Renaissance fascination with the classical world. Often overlooked by visitors who are in a hurry to get to the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms deserve a more relaxed, contemplative visit; your guide will ensure that you have plenty of time to appreciate Raphael’s works at leisure. Your private visit to the Vatican Museums is a unique opportunity to explore one of the most remarkable art collections in the world. Accompanied by an expert art historian, you will learn all about these ancient masterpieces, gaining a greater appreciation of Roman art and understanding why these artworks are so important in the wider context of art history. A walk through the famous Gallery of Maps, Pinecone Courtyard, and Belvedere Courtyard is an unforgettable experience - an opportunity to be completely immersed in more than 2,000 years of art. Although it’s impossible to see the entire extent of the Vatican’s enormous collection, on your Vatican Museums private tour you will be able to optimize your time, seeing a selection of unmissable highlights along with some hidden treasures. After exiting the Sistine Chapel, you will be able to enter St Peter’s Basilica directly, without having to wait in line. During your visit to St Peter’s Basilica, your guide will tell you the fascinating story of the basilica within the context of Christian history, from its origins as a burial ground to its current state of splendor and international importance.

  • Skip-the-line access
  • Private guide
  • Food and beverages
  • Tips (optional)

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Meeting point

Your guide will meet you in front of Caffe Vaticano. They will have a Through Eternity sign or flag.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The Vatican Museums provide free entrance for visitors who are (according to the requirements stated by the Vatican City) at least 74% disabled by presenting the appropriate certification. If the disabled person needs assistance by another person, that person also receives a free entrance. Please inform the activity provider if these requirements apply to you and they will remove the pricing of the entry tickets from the price of the tour
  • As this is a walking tour with steps and staircases, comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water are strongly recommended
  • Please advise during the booking process if any clients have mobility concerns so that the activity provider can best accommodate you
Customer reviews

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based on 6 reviews

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Fantastic experience, Letizia; our guide was very knowledgeable and had great English. Not only did we learn about the Vatican Museums and their works of art, but she also explained to us the secret side and lives of the artists who spent years in the palaces, as well as the popes and the families who played a role in the history of the place.

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December 7, 2022

The tour was great and I highly recommend it. Having a private guide who can explain in detail the major works and everything that surrounds them was an experience certainly not to be missed. During the whole tour our guide has always been full of energy, highly professional and never boring. He also passed on his passion for history to us. Thanks Enrica it was a wonderful journey through the history of Rome!

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January 30, 2022

Barbara…who was my Guide was amazing! She was friendly, fun and Knowledgeable…I felt like I explored the Vatican with a friend! It was the best experience!! Grazie mille!

June 19, 2022

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