Excellent experience – from the booking through the actual tours. We appreciated having the same tour guide (Laura) for both our evening tour and our walking tour of old Rome. Our experience with Nancy Aiello Tours was enlightening. I booked the tours because it was my family’s first visit to Rome and I wanted to ensure that they had an understanding of the history and saw the highlights. My sister and I have been to Rome several times (walking with a guide book, taking big bus tours for a day, etc) but we “saw” so much more on our tours with Laura. I have already recommended you to a colleague who will be in Rome with his family in November. I had googled “what to do with kids in Rome” and found a mommy travel blog that recommended your agency, so I took a look at your website and decided to ask some questions (less than 2 weeks before our arrival in Rome). We were fortunate enough to book 2 different tours.
SKIP THE LINE PRIVATE TOUR OF VATICAN AND SISTINE CHAPEL
One of the largest museum complex in the world, the Vatican Museums are a vast treasure trove of art and history containing an incomparable collection of works assembled by the Popes over the centuries. Where else can you see Egyptian mummies, a deep collection of Greek and Roman art and masterpieces by Raphael and Michelangelo in one day? Do not be overwhelmed by the Vatican’s offerings. We will guide you on an experiential journey carefully selecting a mixture of famous and lesser-known works.
The Vatican City is home to a lot of history and with that history comes some of the best museums in the world. Therefore, the Vatican Museums are a Rome must see on many visitors’ bucket lists. They are sublime, they are historic, and overwhelming. Our tour of Vatican and Sistine Chapel takes you out of the queue in the company of our art historian private Vatican guides. With skip the line entry, a planned path, and an expert guide at your side our private tour of Vatican and Sistine Chapel covers the best of the Museums extensive collection. We will help you navigate through the centuries taking you straight to the works that dovetail with your interests. Our private tours of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel are the perfect choice to connect with the art in a personal way.
Art and history go hand-in-hand in the Vatican. As you enter the Museums, you take a passage through 2000 years of history. You could easily spend days lost in the overwhelming 1400 rooms filled with 20000 objects on display. Make the most of the Vatican in the hands of brilliant and inspired guides who uncover hidden secrets and little known nuggets packed to the gills with art and history. The Nancy Aiello Tours’ passionate guides will lead you through the museum pointing out the true stories behind pieces of special interest. The Sistine Chapel is the Museums’ star attraction. Gaze up at amazement at Michelangelo’s ceiling and understand the Creation of the World. When the private tour of Vatican and Sistine Chapel is over, either you can stay in the Museums or get skip the line access to explore St. Peter’s Basilica on your own.
Our private tours of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel are indeed gateways through time. And even if you have been to the Vatican before, chances are you will discover something that will amaze you. If you are planning a trip to Italy between April and October check out our Vatican museum night tour available on Fridays after-hours. Contact us for a private tour of Vatican.
* Private Vatican Skip the Line Tour
* Private Licensed Professional Local Guide
* Vatican Museums
* Raphael Rooms
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter Square
Our private tour of Vatican and Sistine Chapel will consist of your party only ensuring a personalized experience built around your interests, curiosity, and passions. We take you straight to the galleries you are most interested in catching the highlights that appeal to you the most. Move at your own pace with a knowledgeable guide focused just on you, answering your questions as they pop up.
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 over the centuries. With over 4 miles of galleries crammed with Renaissance paintings, courtyards displaying Greek and Roman statues, and seemingly endless hallways lined with ancient maps and musty tapestries, the Vatican Museums are among the largest in the world. Do not be overwhelmed by the Vatican’s offerings. Instead, feel privileged to walk around rooms that are part of human history! We will help you dive into the artistic highlights and hidden corners of this vast museum getting the behind the scenes stories.
Go straight into the Museum bypassing the line. Enjoy unlimited attention from your guide who brings the treasures to life. Spot the little details. Hear the stories behind the artists and their masterpieces. Delve into Roman and Greek mythology through the collection of classic antiquities that served as inspiration for Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel is the high point of your Vatican private tour. Learn the 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. When the guided Vatican tour is over, you can either spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel or follow your guide through the skip the line passageway and directly into St. Peter’s Basilica to visit the Basilica alone.
How it Works.
We will get the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel tickets ahead of time so that you will not have to wait in any lines. The Vatican closes on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year. With the vast amount of art to see we can help you focusing on some of the most important sections and pieces. 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 of Vatican and Sistine Chapel for you and yours. A Vatican private tour curated to your preferences. Advance reservations are essential.
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 that offers helpful advice.
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 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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We thoroughly enjoyed both of our tours. On Monday, we toured with Laura. She was engaging and informative. We all learned so much. We had a fun trivia game at lunch after the tour, and we were very impressed with how much information our 7 and 9 year old girls retained. Laura made it interesting and presented the information in a way that they could understand.
On Tuesday, we toured the Vatican and also had a great experience. Our guide was patient and full of interesting information. He also presented the tour in a way that the children could understand. He was very knowledgeable, and we really enjoyed our time with him. We would definitely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours for other families with children. We were very pleasantly surprised by the guides and how they interacted with our children on an age appropriate level. We saw the tours of people wearing headphones and were immediately relieved that we had fun, interactive, engaging private guides for our children and for ourselves. We found Nancy Aiello Tours first through a blog online about a father traveling with his son. I looked up “Seeing Rome with children”. We then researched your company and saw a lot of positive feedback. Thank you again!
Thanks for your email, now that we are back in the states I am happy to share some feedback.
Overall experience: terrific, would highly recommend
Booking process: most grateful for thorough, timely responses and attention to detail. felt completely well prepared for our tours before we left.
Tour experience: simply amazing. made all the difference in our trip to have participated in these tours. cinzia was a MARVELOUS tour guide; not only was her expertise astounding and her storytelling riveting, but she did a simply phenomenal job of catering to our group, which included some adults who were very interested in the subject matter, two four-year-olds with limited understanding of what they were seeing (and jet lag, and tired little legs), and some distracted parents! she met every single one of us at our own level, with grace and good humor, and made rome so magical for us all. our kids gave her big hugs at the end our last tour and later told us they missed her. i was amazed after we got home to hear my son recounting the stories she shared with us, and for my daughter to be able to point out symbols and images we had learned about at the vatican museums. cinzia was just wonderful and i cannot have imagined our trip without her wonderful guidance!
Would strongly recommend nancy aiello tours to family and friends, and will look into you again should we book more travel!
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Thank you again so very much and please send our best wishes and gratitude to cinzia!