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

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

After meeting your private guide, go straight inside the Vatican Museum with your skip-the line ticket, and let your guide know if there’s anything specific you want to see or any particular interests you have that you’d like to hear more about, such as the history of the Vatican or the sometimes-scandalous stories about its inhabitants over the years.

Follow your guide to some of the complex’s dozens of galleries and rooms, such as Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Pinecone Courtyard. Hear about the famed Renaissance masters like Raphael and Michelangelo who created art for the popes, and listen to stories about rivalries between artists.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

You’ll eventually reach the Sistine Chapel, known for its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo—The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam, which decorates the chapel’s sacred ceiling. (Talking inside the chapel is prohibited, so any commentary from your guide will be given outside the doors.)

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: La Pieta, Chapel of the Pieta Basilica Di San Pietro, Vatican City Italy

Next, walk over to St Peter’s Basilica, the Italian Renaissance church that’s home to more artistic masterpieces, most famously Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s bronze baldachin altar canopy.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Then head outside for a stroll around St Peter’s Square, where your guide points out Bernini’s use of optical illusion at the colonnades. Your tour ends here, where you can continue exploring on your own.


Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions
  • No-Wait Access to the Vatican
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Private expect guide
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - La Pieta
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point; expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Tours departing Wednesday: Unable to include St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square. This is due to the 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
  • 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.
  • Only small bags are allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Joe A

Barbara was spectacular. Passionate and knowledgable about Vatican art and symbolism. Pointed out so many details you wouldn't have known by looking at a travel book or following a large tour group. Private is the only way to go. Barbara was the best. She also gave us great suggestions for restaurants all over Rome. Our favorite was Pastifico where you get a pasta and glass of wine for 4 euro!

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eliz_frigault

My boyfriend and I took a 3 hour private tour of the Vatican tour with our awesome guide Sabrina. She was engaging and shared so much knowledge with us about of the Vatican architecture, history and beautiful art. I highly recommend this tour and Sabrina!

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Gail A W

This was a private tour for our family of four, and our outstanding tour guide made this experience exceptional. A professor of forensic archaeology, he was extremely knowledgeable, articulate, eloquent and elegant. From him, we learned an enormous amount not just about the general history of the Vatican museums and beautiful art collections, but also about the subtle nuances of many of the famous treasures and the fascinating and funny "inside stories" behind some of them. He gave us a unique perspective into the genesis of many of the pieces and the inspiration and personal idiosyncrasies of the great artists. It was a true pleasure listening to this special guide with his "mini-lectures." We were very fortunate to have him.

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grannygriffo

Ilaria was a wonderful guide. Her knowledge of the history was amazing as well as care and thoughtful ways for our 92yo mum.

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nance

I splurged on the 3 hour private tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. My guide, Anna from City Wonders tours was fantastic! She was extremely knowledgeable about both the art and architecture; the a good command of English and was a good storyteller! I highly recommend her!! Nance V,

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