Skip-the-Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome
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  • 3 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

What better way to see the Vatican than with your own private guide? Do just that on this 3-hour walking tour, and explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with customized commentary. From the splendor of Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement” fresco to the intrigue of an architectural optical illusion in St Peter’s Square, this in-depth tour charts the stories behind the Vatican’s sacred sites. Even better, the tour provides access that allows you to skip all the entrance lines — even the priority ones.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included

With your private guide, head straight inside the Vatican Museums for your intimate tour. If there is anything you particularly want to see, let your guide know. The best thing about having a private guide is that the commentary can be tailored to the things that interest you most: be it art, history or tales of the sometimes-scandalous Vatican popes.
Stroll through Raphael’s Rooms as your guide talks about the talented artists who designed masterpieces for the popes. With tales of Renaissance-era rivalries ringing in your ears, continue through the Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of the Tapestries, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel.
Home to some of the most influential pieces of Western artwork in the world, the sacred chapel is sure to be a highlight. Stand amid the hushed quiet — talking is forbidden — and gaze at Michelangelo’s frescoes of The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and The Last Judgement.
From the chapel, wander through to St Peters Basilica, the Vatican’s iconic late-Renaissance church. Hear more tales of Michelangelo as you view La Pietà, and admire Bernini’s bronze baldachin that frames the papal altar. Then, take a turn around St Peter’s Square to discover Bernini’s use of optical illusion at the colonnades.
Your tour then finishes at St. Peter’s Square.

Inclusions
  • Private guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This ticket enables you to skip the long lines, which can take up to two hours, to enter the Vatican Museums. All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point; expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Tours departing Wednesday: there is the possibility that you will be unable to include St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica could be closed. As an alternative, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you would prefer a ticket with guaranteed access to St Peter's Basilica and the square, do not select Wednesday as your travel date
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, the full 3-hour tour is spent inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Your guide will notify you if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed upon commencement of the tour. No refunds or discounts will be issued
  • Wheelchairs can be taken on this tour. If assistance is required, you must provide your own carer
  • Backpacks, tripods and big umbrellas must be left inside a cloakroom on entering the Vatican Museums. To reduce any disruption for your group, please avoid bringing backpacks on this tour
Departure Point

Near the Vatican Museums


Return Details

St. Peter’s Basilica.

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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Margy

What a fantastic tour with our wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, Gabriel. I cannot recommend him enough. We have 4 people on the tour, and it made for a personal and intimate tour of a very busy place. Gabriel had very good English and answered all of our questions easily. The pace of our tour was perfect and we fully enjoyed our journey through the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. Gabriel highly recommend that we walk to the top of St. Peter's and would highly recommend this do any able bodies. Our day with Gabriel was perfect. I cannot recommend this tour enough!

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James H

Laura S. was so friendly and knowledgable . She was a wonderful guide!! I definitely recommend CityWonders for tours in Rome.

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mcbeal

Completely and utterly magnificent! Our guide was outstanding, personable, superbly knowledgeable and totally engaging - providing us with a wealth of knowledge and history. It was an experience of a lifetime!

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richard.scolio

Our guide guide had amazing grasp of the art history of the Vatican Museum. We are able to learn many new things even though we have been to the Museum before. If you enjoy art history this is the tour for you!

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Andrew P

A really interesting trip and the guide made it all the more special

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