Vatican Private Tour: Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
Enjoy the best Vatican Private Tour with a 5-star private tour guide!
Skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museum will assure you fast and easy entrance to the Pope’s Palace, making your experience comfortable and full of amazement since the very beginning.
Highlights of this tour
- Vatican Museums
- Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter’s Church
- St. Peter’s Square
- Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun
- Starting Time: 8:30 am – 1 pm
- 3 Hours
Explore the Pope’s Palace
Once passed the security check you will be inside the world famous Vatican Museum Complex, made of galleries which extend for kilometers with an impressive number of artwork and masterpieces. Marvel at one of the world’s finest collection of sculptures, frescoes and paintings.
Your English-speaking tour guide will help you focus your attention on the most significant masterpieces and hidden details.
Stroll through main galleries and rooms, such as:
- the Gallery of Tapestries
- the Gallery of Maps
- the Octagonal Courtyard
- the Round Hall
Reach The Sistine Chapel
Before leaving the Museum, enter the Apostolic Palace to visit the Sistine Chapel. Take your time to admire Michelangelo’s great masterpiece “The Last Judgement”, which adorns the spectacular ceiling.
Enter St. Peter’s Church
Next, take the hidden passage that connects the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica. You won’t need to buy extra tickets to enter the Church. Your skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museum will guarantee you the access to St. Peter’s Church as well!
Accompanied by your tour guide, stun at the beauty of one of the major Rome’s churches. Admire Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and the artwork by Gianlorenzo Bernini, which is the famous “Baldachin”.
Discover St. Peter’s Square
End your Vatican Private Tour in St. Peter’s Square where you will have a unique overview of the Church and learn the history and meaning of hidden symbols. We will be right in the heart of the Vatican City to admire the Church from the outside, the Egyptian Obelisk and the massive Tuscan colonnades.
General Information About This Tour
GENERAL INFO AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Vatican Museum Opening Hours:
9:00 am – 4:00pm (closing time 6:00pm);
Available from Monday to Saturday
Dress code is required inside the Vatican and Rome’s major Churches. Make sure that shoulders, abdomen, or knees are covered. Jeans, and capris are allowed.
I also Recommend comfortable footwear.
Tickets can be reserved independently through the Vatican Museum Online ticket office.
- Meet your tour guide easley in front of the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The exact meeting point will be sent to you during the reservation process.
- Alternatively, pick up service directly at your hotel downtown Rome is available on request.
COMBINE YOUR TOUR WITH
- special access to closed area of the complex (Niccolina Chapel, Gallery of Masks, and Bramante Staircase);
- special access to the Vatican Museum by night during the closing times.
Special openings must be organized and booked in full advance. Availabilities depend on the Vatican schedule and calendar.
We had 2 days of walking tours with Nicole. She was the best! She is so knowledgable and provided so much information for us. We have been to Rome several times and always chose a private walking tour. Nicole was one of the best tour guides we ever had. Thanks Nicole for making our trip the most memorable!
Donna Mchale (Chicago, Illinois)
September 13th, 2015
We just arrived home from our 12-day Italian vacation. Hands down, the highlight of our trip was the time we spent with Nicole. She was a fabulous tour guide! Truly, the best one (group or private) we had during our stay. On our first full day in Rome, she met us at our apartment and took us on a 3-hour tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Forum. On our last full day of vacation, we met Nicole again for a tour of the Vatican. Each and every time she took wonderful care of us!
Kwb327 (Washington D.C)
August 1st, 2015
Simply the best way to experience the Vatican in my opinion. Nicole provided a brilliant and fascinating private tour of the Vatican. She had a hard job as our children (9 & 11) were tired, it was hot and busy but she made it so interesting and really engaged with the children understanding completely how much they could take in. They keep talking about the interesting facts they discovered. We knew it would be hard to make such an historic and detailed site interesting but she managed it and the children and we really enjoyed it.
Simon M (Hampton, UK)
August 24th, 2016
Nicole was such a fantastic guide! She is also an archaeologist by trade and as a result has a depth of knowledge which she shares in an easy to embrace manner. She also has access to places others do not. She is young, smart and bubbly. It is obvious she loves what she does and wants to share her perspective. Our two sons in their 20's were fully engaged and entertained by her. We all learned so much even though we weren't looking to.
Bundle11 (New York, USA)
June 7th, 2015
My husband, daughter and I spent a great morning at the Vatican with Nicole. She is a delightful young woman...and also a trained archaeologist with incredible knowledge of Vatican artifacts and artwork. Her enthusiasm for both is contagious! Nicole helped us bypass all of that and we were in in no time! Throughout our tour, she also helped us negotiate our way around large tour groups that clog passageways.
Linda B (Worcester, Massachusetts)
April 30th, 2015
We took a tour of Basilica San Clemente and the Priscilla Catacombs with Nicole and enjoyed it immensely. Not only was she very informative, pointing out all kinds of details we would have otherwise missed, but also very friendly. She spoke clearly and was always open to us interrupting and asking our own questions. When it came to the Priscilla Catacombs, Nicole knew all the staff personally and was able to show us the most important sights and tell stories to bring them to life.
William2424 (London, UK)
March 3, 2015
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