Our overall experience was very positive. The booking process was excellent. Everyone at Nancy Aiello tours was extremely responsive to all of our questions (even those unrelated to the tours!). The tours were excellent as well. Samuel did a great job with our tour in Venice. Filippo, who led our tours in Rome, was amazing. He was extremely knowledgeable, organized and gracious – and he did a tremendous job of engaging our boys in the tours. He enhanced our experiences in Rome beyond description. I would absolutely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours to our family and friends.
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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Our time in Rome was fantastic! Suggested itinerary was great for the 2 days we used your services – a perfect mix to keep everyone in our party interested and engaged despite the fact that we ranged in age from 10 to 76! Our tour guide was amazing!!I cannot say enough about her. Took extra care to include and point out things to ensure that our youngest son, (Kevin age 10) had a wonderful time!! Kevin wants to know when he can go back and attend gladiator school! The grandmas also thought she was fantastic. My mother in law has done a great deal of traveling in the 10 years that she has been retired — in fact, she has covered most of the globe by plane, train, car and ship and she said that our guide was the most informative tour guide she has ever come across!! English was perfect (much better than ours) and her Italian was beautiful. choices of lunch spots gave our group a true taste of Roman food. My husband initially asked me how we were going to cover everything you suggested in 6 hours each day, but we did and never felt rushed. children fell in love with Rome and want to know when we will be going back! made sure they threw coins into the Trevi Fountain. The drivers were great (they were different each day) and accommodated my Mother on the stops she skipped due to her limited mobility. The Mercedes vans were very comfortable. It was great to be able to walk into every site we visited without having to wait in line only regret was that we had only 2 full days in Rome. Services are excellent and I plan to tell everyone how wonderful your company is!!
I would be happy to put a review on TripAdvisor. Our overall experience couldn’t have been better. Ann was very helpful through the booking process, and very prompt in her response to my queries both before booking and before the first tour. We couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide in Cinzia. She was wonderfully engaging with our boys and was really able to capture their interest, especially in the more difficult Vatican Tour. My husband and I really learned a lot as well! It was especially great to have her for both tours, the continuity really helped. I would have no hesitation at all in recommending Nancy Aiello to my friends. I found you quite by accident when I was researching family tours in Italy. I believe you have a link on a website Ciaobambino. Thank you again for a delightful experience for my family.