Visited by over six million people per year, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel play an essential part in your Roman experience. Our Vatican private tour with skip the line entry, a planned path, and an expert guide at your side covers the best of the Museums extensive art collection. The perfect choice to spot the little details and learn historical facts about the artists and their masterpieces in a personal way.

The Vatican Museums in Rome are one of the largest and most impressive art museums in the world. Experience the Popes’ immense art collections with a dedicated guide leading the way. With miles of works spread across 2,000 rooms, we help you navigate through the centuries and geographic areas taking you straight to the areas that most interest you.

Hear the stories behind the treasures that grace these richly decorated galleries and the characters that inspired them. Delve into Roman and Greek mythology through the rich collection of classical statues that served as inspiration for Michelangelo. In the Sistine Chapel gaze in amazement at Michelangelo’s ceiling and understand the Creation of the World. When your Vatican private tour is over, you can either stay in the Museum or get skip the line access to explore St. Peter’s Basilica on your own. Contact us for availability and pricing.

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

Our Vatican private tour will consist of your party only so ensures a personalized experience built around your interests, curiosity, and passions. Move at your own own pace. Get the answers to the questions you are burning to ask from your expert local guide.

Whether your interest is artistic, historical, or religious, a visit to the Vatican is an essential part of any trip to Rome. The Vatican Museums are the Museum of Museums, the fruit of several collections commissioned by the Pope along the centuries. The masterpieces that grace the Museums richly decorated galleries could swallow up your entire vacation.

Go straight into the Museum bypassing its famous long lines. Enjoy unlimited attention from your guide who brings the treasures to life. This Vatican private tour takes you straight to the galleries you are most interested in catching the highlights that appeal to you the most. The Sistine Chapel is the high point of your Vatican private tour. The ceiling which Michelangelo painted has been called a “wonder of the world”.

Learn the secret stories behind Michelangelo frescoes. More than 350 figures are portrayed on the ceiling with some of them wearing the faces of Michelangelo contemporaries. Bordering the Chapel ceiling are 12 figures who announced the coming of Christ. The seven men are Old Testament prophets. The five women are pagan sibyls from ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Your guide explains the characters within answering all your questions. Your Vatican private tour ends in St. Peter’s Square, convenient to visit the post office or climb the Dome. Your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction! Otherwise you can either stay in the Museums longer or get skip the line access to explore St. Peter’s Basilica on your own.

How it Works.
We will get the tickets ahead of time so that you won’t have to wait in any lines. The Vatican closes on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year. The 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. During the booking process, you will be able to tell our Italian-based team when and what you would like to tour. You will also have the opportunity to tell us how we can customize the private tour for you and yours. With that, we will create the perfect travel experience for you. In addition, to assist you in planning your visit to the Vatican, we have also created an informative resources page – How to Tour the Vatican which offers helpful advice.

Optional Add Ons to Enhance Your Private Tour

Raphael Papal Rooms

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

St. Peter Basilica

ADD ON Private Guided Skip the Line Visit of St. Peter’s Basilica. 
Extra Time Duration: 60 minutes

One Way Private Transfer Service by Deluxe Vehicle

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


Do you combine people to share the tour?

All our tours are private 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 guarantees your reservations and tickets to enter the the Vatican skipping the line.
Please Note: ALL visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security checkpoint before entering the Vatican so please, expect to wait for few minutes to clear security.

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 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.

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

We are NOT liable for reduced itineraries owing to unscheduled closures by attractions. Unscheduled closures do not depend on us, but on the administration of the sites visited on the tour. In the event of an unexpected closure of a site or attraction your guide will promptly provide an alternative itinerary. While we regret these inconveniences, these rare unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds will be issued.
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 but if it is impossible to complete a part of the tour we regret that no compensation can be offered.

When our tour is over will we be able to visit St. Peter's Basilica or the grottos where the Papal tombs or climb the Dome?

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.

Do you use headsets on your Vatican Sistine Chapel 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 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 must book well in advance. You need to email the Vatican directly at [email protected] 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.

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