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
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From US$ 412.52 per group up to 2

Likely to sell out

Enjoy a private walking tour through the Vatican's most famous landmarks with a knowledgeable guide. Experience the benefits of an itinerary designed to ensure you discover the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica.

About this activity

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

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
  • Learn from your experienced tour guide
Full description
On this special Vatican tour, you’ll discover the treasures of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. In the company of one of your 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’ll 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’ll be able to optimize your time, seeing a selection of unmissable highlights along with some hidden treasures. After exiting the Sistine Chapel, you’ll 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.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets
  • The guide
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
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

Meet your guide in front of Caffe Vaticano.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • Wheelchairs have a separate route
  • It is required to cover your knees and shoulders whilst in St. Peter's Basilica
  • Please ensure you arrive 15 mins early and at the right meeting point, we cannot wait for late arrivals
  • All visitors - children and infants included - must bring copies of passports/identification document on the day of any tour
  • The passageway between the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica is closed due to COVID, we will enter the Basilica via St. Peter's Square. This means you must pass security again and the tour length could be extended by 45 minutes on average
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    3/5

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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

Maria was an awesome guide. Very knowledgeable

October 20, 2019

Product ID: 199969