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Skip-the-line Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour including St.Peter's

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Take a private 3-hour tour of the Vatican that allows you to skip the long lines and learn about this famous site from your own private guide. See renowned artworks by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Botticelli, and visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter's Basilica, and more. By touring this popular site with a private guide, you can proceed at your own pace and easily visit the smaller rooms of the museum.
  • Private 4-hour tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, in Rome
  • Visit Belvedere Courtyard, Pio Clementino Museum, Gallery of Maps, Sobiesky Room, and Immaculate Conception Room
  • View The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel
  • Includes all entrance fees and private guide
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Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to meet your private guide at Vatican museums entrance at your choice of either 10am or 2pm. 

Begin by taking in the Belvedere Courtyard, which was designed in the 1500s by Donato Bramante and is considered an influential High Renaissance architectural work. Then see a large collection of classical Roman and Greek statues in the Pio Clementino Museum.

Peruse an important display of tapestries and Renaissance maps in the Gallery Maps, see the Vatican's largest canvas painting in the Sobiesky Room, and learn about the 19th-century frescoes that decorate the Immaculate Conception Room.

Next, see the Raphael Rooms, commissioned by Pope Julius II when the artist Raphael was young, in the early 1500s, and considered some of his greatest works.

Head into the Sistine Chapel to view famous frescoes by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and other renowned artists. Hear about the papal conclave that is held in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new Pope.

Continue to Saint Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini Baldacchino, and numerous monuments of popes and saints. End your tour in Saint Peter's square to see the Pope's Palace and the Swiss Guards.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
On this private tour, you will travel at your own pace, plus you can stop in some of the small rooms of the museum since you won't be with a large group. Start with a visit to the Belvedere Courtyard, the Pio-Clementino Museum, and the large collection of Ancient Roman and Greek statues. Then, continue to the Galleries of Tapistries and Geographic Maps, the grandest and most significant display of Renaissance maps. Stop in the Sobiesky Room to learn about the largest canvas painting in the Vatican. See the Immaculate Conception Room's frescoes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
Your guide will focus your attention on the rooms painted by Raphael for Pope Julius II, considered the greatest works of his life, especially the Parnassus and the School of Athens.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Hear the history, facts, and curiosities of the Sistine Chapel during your visit there. View the famous frescoes made by Michelangelo, Botticelli and other famous artists. The Sistine Chapel is also the location of the conclave, the Popes' election, so you will learn details about this unique event.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Continue your tour at Saint Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini Baldacchino, and numerous monuments of Popes and Saints.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
End your tour in Saint Peter's square to see the Swiss Guards and the Pope's Palace.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the museums except for bottled water
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Because of the growing popularity of the current pope Francis and his intense activity in organising mass events in the Vatican some areas might get closed last minute without previous notice. This has already happened this year and can happen again during your Vatican tour: the Sistine chapel and/or the Basilica of Saint Peter might not be accessible. In case of such events our tour guide will provide you with a valuable alternative focusing the tour inside the Vatican museums.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Raphael Tours & Events

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-line Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour including St.Peter's?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour including St.Peter's.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-line Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour including St.Peter's?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour including St.Peter's.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-line Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour including St.Peter's?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour including St.Peter's.

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The private Vatican tour was...
kellywage
, Jul 2018
The private Vatican tour was fabulous, in large part thanks to our amazing guide Romina. Starting with text communication the night before to make sure we were set, to navigating the crowds and most importantly the detailed knowledge she was able to share made the experience one we will never forget.
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I booked this private tour for the...
Jean-Didier A
, Jul 2018
I booked this private tour for the three of us to avoid dealing with group issues and go at our own pace and preferences. I also did not want to spend time in long lines. The tour met these expectations. The guide had a PhD in archeology I think. She was very knowledgeable about everything we saw. We learned more than we expected. She answered all our questions and tailored the tour based on our feedback. A guide is definitively required for a tour like this, since there are so many historical and artistic details every step of the way. Very impressive. The Vatican is very crowded, don't expect an intimate tour. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Michela was very knowledgeable and...
Lori D
, Jun 2018
Michela was very knowledgeable and friendly. We would highly recommend this private tour.
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The tour of the Coloseum was...
Michael M
, Jan 2018
The tour of the Coloseum was amazing! Our tour guide was a last minute substitute who rose to the challenge and was a great story teller of emperors and events from Ancient Rome. Made things come alive for us! Well done!
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This tour was very educational! Our...
Heather T
, Dec 2017
This tour was very educational! Our tour guide was incredible! It is a world of difference to visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel with a guide versus on your own!
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Our experience was AMAZING! Fabiola...
Carter G
, Nov 2017
Our experience was AMAZING! Fabiola was a wonderful tour guide who gave us a Fantastic journey through one of the World's Great Places! Her knowledge of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica was voluminous and even when asked about points she had not planned on discussing that would have been off topic of the tour she was giving she still had complete and informed responses that enhanced the overall experience. I would recommend her to anyone wishing to take a wonderful journey through these very special places!
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Fantastic way of seeing the Vatican...
Kamyar S
, Sep 2017
Fantastic way of seeing the Vatican. Clever separate entrance to avoid the line and very knowledgeable guide who stopped at the most crucial pieces and gave fantastic relevant details.
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We had not ever been to Rome before...
Jody F
, Jul 2017
We had not ever been to Rome before and the Sistine Chapel and Vatican was high on our list of spots to see. We did not have a lot of time and wanted to maximize what little time we had. We booked the private tour for our family and Elisabitta was our tour guide. She was excellent!! She was extremely accommodating to my wife and I while also including our 11 and 15 year old daughters in the tour and relating to them. She explained in detail the various parts of the museum and stopped to allow us to ask questions. We would highly recommend this if you are wanting someone with in depth knowledge of the history of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.
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