Private tour

Vatican, Sistine and St Peter’s with Private Guide

4.7 / 5

30 reviews

Vatican, Sistine and St Peter’s with Private Guide

From US$ 348.36 per group up to 2

You control your Vatican experience on this private tour. With only your small group, a dedicated guide, and skip-the-ticket-line access through a Partner Entrance, there’s plenty of time to uncover the stories behind the Vatican’s hidden treasures.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Intimate tour with only your small group and a licensed expert guide
  • Spend less time waiting and more time discovering, with skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Hear the unexpected stories behind Michelangelo’s legendary Sistine Chapel frescoes
  • Ask your guide about whatever catches your eye, and enjoy the freedom to stay longer in places where you don’t want to miss a thing
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

With your licensed local guide leading the way, you’ll breeze past the notoriously long lines and through an exclusive Vatican Partner Entrance into the Vatican Museums – giving you more time to experience the artistic treasures of this unmatched collection. Seek out the sights you really want to see, dwell a little longer in areas with lots to take in, and ask questions to your heart’s content – making the most of your guide’s considerable Vatican expertise. The tour takes in the Gallery of Maps, with its delicately gilded ceiling, the world-famous Raphael Rooms, and much more. You’ll see famous works alongside forgotten relics, medieval maps and ancient sculptures, each with its own story, before heading to the jewel in the Vatican’s crown: the Sistine Chapel. Here, your guide will provide a richer perspective on Michelangelo’s legendary frescos, pointing out easily missed details like the painful punishments the artist painted for his enemies, and the personal message he left for the Pope. Skip-the-ticket-line access allows the tour to move straight from the Sistine Chapel into St. Peter’s Basilica, avoiding a long ticket line outside. This vast and sumptuously decorated space holds even more stunning masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s ‘La Pietà’. Ask your guide why the construction of the Basilica’s dome nearly tore the church in two – or any other questions that come to mind.
Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Dedicated guide
  • Tips
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • 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 who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • Please note, St. Peter's Basilica is not included due to current COVID-19 restrictions.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • Entrance into the Vatican Museums requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. The supplier cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
  • The Vatican only permits very small bags. Large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican and must be checked into the free luggage storage area. Please do not bring these items as you may need to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance.
  • Non-flash photography is permitted, except in the Sistine Chapel where talking and photography are prohibited.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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Sensational private tour

We met our guide Teresa near the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Teresa is expecting us before the agreed time and the greeting was warm. Together with a group we were then able to enter the museums directly, from there Teresa was only available to us. We listened intently to the explanations and learned a lot of new things. Teresa also answered our questions competently. When visiting the museums, Teresa went into our needs and adapted the program accordingly. The explanations for the Sistine Chapel were very good, we looked at the pictures very differently. The visit ended with St. Peter's Basilica. We thank Teresa again very warmly. We can only recommend this private tour.

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September 16, 2018

Really enjoy it. The guide made it so much better bring things to life

February 9, 2020

A little badly organized, it was a private tour for our group with a person in a wheelchair and it seems that there was an error and they did not communicate it, we had to improvise the tour and in the end he had to go down part with the crutches and stopping, a bad experience.

August 24, 2019

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