SKIP THE LINE EXCLUSIVE IN DEPTH VATICAN CITY TOUR

This exclusive in depth Vatican City tour is an awe-inspiring, thought provoking experience for the novice and art buff alike. Be humbled by the cultural heritage of the Papal Palace. Gain a deeper understanding of the rich art and history housed within the Vatican walls. Experience the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica your way, your pace with a dedicated guide answering all the questions you may have. Plus, with skip the line access you won’t waste your precious vacation time waiting in line. After skipping the line your expert guide leads you through to the Vatican Museums home of one of the most astonishing art collection in the world. The enormous complex of the Vatican Museums could swallow up your entire vacation with tons of art. Hear the stories behind the masterpieces you see. Your guide goes beyond the art and delves into the lives of the artists, giving you a better understanding of the works you see. In the Sistine Chapel gaze in amazement at Michelangelo’s ceiling and understand the Creation of the World. Bypass the crowds once again to enter St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in Christendom. Your guide provides insights into its many religious and art treasures including Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini’s bronze baldachin. Your exclusive in depth Vatican City tour concludes in St. Peter’s Square where you can admire Bernini’s amazing optical illusion. Contact us for an exclusive in depth Vatican City tour.

* Private Half-Day Walking Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Guide
* Vatican Skip the Line Access
* Vatican Museums
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter’s Basilica
* St. Peter Square

In a tiny enclave in the heart of Rome explore the world smallest independent state and the center of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican City. The Vatican holds an amazing treasure trove of antiquities and art collection. Its 2000 year long history goes back to the Roman Empire. The Leonine Walls dates from the time barbarians were attacking Rome. Over the last 1500 years Popes have commissioned and assembled an extraordinary vast collection of artistic works within the Vatican walls. With over 2000 sumptuous galleries full of priceless masterpieces spanning 2000 years of history, the Vatican Museum complex can be a little overwhelming. Escorted by your own dedicated expert guide, you tour at a pace that suits you, see the works you want to see, and get your questions answered. Experience the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica your way, with skip-the-line access Your passionate guide introduces you to its highlights and leads you to the areas you are most interested in.
Michelangelo Sistine Chapel is the great glory of the Vatican, a visual feast for art and religious lovers. Experience the grandeur of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo monumental frescoes cover the whole ceiling. The vibrancy of colors and the size of the ceiling never fail to amaze and inspire. More than 350 figures are portrayed on the ceiling, with some of them wearing the faces of Michelangelo contemporaries. One of the most heart wrenching paintings is the scene of the Last Judgment that Michelangelo painted onto the Chapel main wall. The artist created a stunning painting that shows the good souls ascending to heaven and the condemned being dragged into hell. The force of the work and vivid character of the figures is deeply moving offering insight into Michelangelo great artistic gift. Your guide brings the Sistine Chapel to life explaining the characters and stories depicted in the frescoes. The history of how the artist created the famous ceiling frescoes will leave you speechless.
More artistic masterpieces await you today. Bypass the crowds once again to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. Admire majestic artworks and stunning architecture. St. Peter Basilica awes the visitor by its gigantic but harmonious proportions creating a city within itself. The Basilica is a masterpiece where artworks await at every turn from Bernini magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo Pieta. Your exclusive in depth Vatican City tour ends in St. Peter Square as you admire Michelangelo majestic Dome and feel spiritual embraced by Bernini spectacular elliptical colonnade.

Optional Upgrades to Enhance Your Private Tour

Raphael Papal Rooms

ADD ON Private Guided Visit of Raphael Papal Rooms
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Extra Time Duration: 60 minutes

One Way Private Transfer by Deluxe Vehicle

ADD ON One Way Private Transfer with Private English Speaking Licensed Driver by Deluxe A/C Vehicle

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The Vatican dress code requires appropriate attire. No bare shoulders, no shorts, no dresses above the knee, and no bare feet or exposed midriffs are allowed.

The Vatican closes on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year.

The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum at any time, and without prior notice. The unforeseen closure of specific areas of the Museums and/or Sistine Chapel is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued.

On rare occasions St. Peter Basilica is subject to last minute closures without notice (for religious ceremonies). If this happens you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums and an introduction to St. Peter Basilica from outside. Your guide will modify the itinerary working with the circumstances given and will do the appropriate adjustments. The unforeseen closure of St. Peter Basilica is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds or discounts will be issued.

If your travel date is on Wednesdays there is the possibility that access to St. Peter Basilica and St. Peter Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St. Peter Basilica could be closed. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums. If you wish a tour with St. Peter Basilica and Square guaranteed to be included please, do not choose Wednesday AM as your travel date.

Since skip the line Vatican tickets sell out fast tour must be reserved well in advance.

The Vatican Museums cover miles extend of galleries full of priceless treasures. If there is a portion of the described itinerary that you prefer to stress or minimize tell us and we would be glad to customize it for you.

The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and it is not available separately. One must follow through the entire route of the Museums before entering the Sistine Chapel, which is located on the far end from the Museum’s entrance. Therefore, the Sistine Chapel located near the end of a long one-way itinerary inside the Museums can only be visited as part of the Vatican tour.

Large bags, backpacks, tripods, big umbrellas and glass bottles must be left at the Vatican Museums cloakroom.

Do you combine people to share the tour?

All our tours are private, luxurious, and totally customized to suit your desires, which means that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form groups.

Do we skip the line to enter the Vatican?

Yes. This tour includes priority-entrance tickets to skip the line. Your tickets will be pre-booked and prepaid for fast hassle-free entry. Recently due to increased security concerns, new screening procedures were put in place for entry to the popular sites. Due to increased security measures ALL visitors must pass through security checks and metal detectors, even those with skip the line access. Because of the security measures, the lines for entry the major attractions may be quite long during peak seasons and holidays. However, no time will be wasted. Your experienced guide will use this time to provide an overview and contextualization for the tour.

Can we enter the Sistine Chapel without going through the entire Museum?

The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and it is not available separately. One must follow through the entire route of the Museums before entering the Sistine Chapel, which is located on the far end from the Museums entrance. Therefore, the Sistine Chapel located near the end of a long one-way itinerary inside the Museums can only be visited as part of the Vatican tour.

What happens if a site is unexpectedly closed on the day of scheduled tour?

The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum and/or Sistine Chapel at any time, and without prior notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. In these rare cases, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given and will do everything possible to make appropriate adjustments but if it is not possible to complete a part of the tour we regret that no compensation can be offered.

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When our tour is over will we be able to climb the Dome or visit the grottos where the Papal tombs?

Absolutely. Once the tour is complete your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction to continue the visit on your own.

Can Roma Pass be used for the Vatican Museum admission?

Roma pass can only be used in Rome NOT for the Vatican admission. The Roma Pass does not include the Vatican Museums which are in Vatican City, a city state within the city of Rome. The Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel are not part of the circuit of museums that can be visited with the Roma Pass and/or the Roma and Più Pass.

Do you provide wheelchairs at the Vatican?

Yes. We are pleased to reserve wheelchairs on your behalf to experience the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel around the Vatican accessibility routes. Remark: Wheelchairs at the Vatican are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. You must present a passport as identification. Remark: It is NOT possible to bring wheelchairs borrowed from the Vatican Museums into the Basilica and the Basilica does not provide wheelchairs.

Do you use headsets on your Vatican tour?

In the Vatican headsets are mandatory for groups composed of 6 or more participants. The Vatican requires that you rent whisper or similar audio headsets at the door so that your guide can clearly communicate with your party without disturbing other visitors and with consideration for the Holy nature of the Vatican. Your personal guide will be talking into a small microphone and you will each be listening on special earpieces.

Do you do Scavi tours under the Vatican?

St.Peter’s Necropolis sometimes just called the Scavi or Excavations, which contains tombs dating from the origins of Christianity are organized by the Vatican itself. They accept applications and confirm the tour only the day before. Unless you are planning an extended stay in Rome, you will have trouble arranging this tour. This 90 min. tour into the Excavations of the Necropolis underneath St. Peter’s must book well in advance. You need to email them directly at uff.scavi@fabricsp.va Please keep in mind that children under 11 are not allowed.

Will we be able to take pictures especially in the Sistine Chapel?

Pictures are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel. All throughout the museums the Vatican City authorities have an enlightened policy on taking pictures and visitors are allowed to take photos provided there is no flash. But this does not apply to the Sistine Chapel.

Is food allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel?

You are not allowed to consume food and drink inside the Museums, except in designated places such as the cafeteria.

Can I take my bag/umbrella inside St. Peter's Basilica?

Small bags and umbrellas are permitted inside the Basilica. Large bags and objects must however be left at the bag check situated at the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica.

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