Guided tour

Premium Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums

Premium Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums

Activity provider: The Anno Domini Foundation

From US$ 153.05 per person

See the Vatican's most important sights on a private 3-hour tour, including the Sistine Chapel, Papal Apartments, and the largest church in the World, St. Peter's Basilica. Admire masterpieces of art by Michelangelo, Raphael, Da Vinci and more.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Italian, Russian, French, German, Spanish, Dutch
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn the story of how the tomb of St. Peter became the world's greatest Christian church
  • Wander the papal palaces and apartments of the popes to see the world's largest art collection
  • Admire painings and frescoes by Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and more
  • Skip the long lines to spend more time at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica and less time waiting around
Full description
See the world’s biggest art collection on a private 3-hour tour of the Vatican, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. An amazing example of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, St. Peter’s Basilica soars to heights of 420 feet (140 meters), and goes deep down into the earth to the tomb of St. Peter. As you stroll, among the many highlights you will see are Bernini's Colonnade, the Altar of Glory, the oldest bronze statue of St. Peter, and the Canopy that Bernini made out of bronze from the Pantheon. Go to the Papal Palaces to admire paintings by Giotto, Raffaello, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Greek and Roman art and artifacts that include the “Apollo del Belvedere.” Admire maps drawn up by cartographers of the 16th century. The journey ends at the Sistine Chapel, covered with frescoes painted by the greatest artists of the 15th century, and completed by Michelangelo, the greatest of them all. Your guide will relate the story of how the small tomb of a poor fisherman became the center of Christianity, and for a long period, the center of the world, and the popes, kings, saints and miracles that followed.
Includes
  • Official licensed Vatican guide
  • Reserved skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Taxes and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet outside the main entrance of the the Vatican Museums, at the steps next to the Entrance with Reservations.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • Please note that there is a strict dress code inside the Vatican. No shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless shirts are allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered at all times
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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I had an amazing guide (Frederica). Super good organization, got in within 5 minutes. She adapts her guidance to the wishes - we asked her for her personal highlights and the tour was super exciting with incredible and informative stories. We will come back and hopefully go through the other museums with her! Definitely recommended and the private tour was more than worth the price!!

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April 3, 2022

Federica was a Knowledgeable guide who brought the art to life with interesting stories. This is a highlights tour, and you are inundated with beautiful works for 2-2 1/2 hours. Could spend a lot more time, perhaps allow yourself time after the tour to go back and see any special interests on your own. Good value for understanding the most significant works from an art historian.

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October 24, 2021

Fantastic, elastic, erotic

November 19, 2021

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