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Private Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican Museums
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Duration

3 Hours

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

1 person

Languages

English

Overview

Experience the Vatican like never before with our exclusive private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Led by an expert guide, you’ll bypass the crowds and explore the world’s most celebrated art collection, including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, and countless masterpieces. Then, bask in the magnificence of St. Peter’s Basilica, where history, spirituality, and architecture converge in a breathtaking conclusion to this private journey through the heart of the Vatican.

Highlights

  • Vatican Museum galleries, with amazing ancient works and remarkable Renaissance art
  • The Sistine Chapel, the masterpiece of Michelangelo
  • St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest Catholic Church

Itinerary

Nowhere else on Earth has such a unique history and art collection as the Vatican. With our passionate expert guides, you will be led through the highlights and hidden gems, hearing the remarkable stories behind both the exhibits and the Vatican itself. See the Laocoon, a statue that Ancient Romans praised as ‘the perfect’ work of art, a giant bathtub that once belonged to the infamous Emperor Nero, and the Gallery of Maps, with frescoes perfectly depicting Italy in the 16th Century, as well as an incredibly decorated ceiling. Visit the Raphael Rooms, former apartments of Pope Julius II, decorated by Raphael with some of his most admired works, including the ‘School of Athens’, learning the fascinating history behind the paintings and Raphael himself. Continue through the apartments of the notorious Borgia Pope, Alexander VI, which now houses Contemporary Art, before arriving at the grand highlight of the museums - the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will explain the Sistine Chapel in detail (before entering), and then give you free time to take in one of the most celebrated works of art in history - and once you are in the chapel, you’ll see why it is so renowned! The tour continues through a special access door, down the Pope’s staircase, to visit the grand magnificence of St. Peter’s Basilica. Our guide will show you the secrets of this fabulous building, including Michelangelo’s statue of the Pieta, Bernini’s Baldacchino, and much more, before ending on the steps of the Church, giving you a chance to re-enter if you wish. Please note, once we leave the Sistine Chapel, you CANNOT re-enter the Vatican Museums. If you wish to visit more of the museums, please let the guide know, though this will mean you cannot continue with the tour to St. Peter’s Basilica. REMEMBER: To enter the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, SHOULDERS AND KNEES MUST BE COVERED. Please bring some kind of covering.

Included/Excluded

  • An expert English-speaking private tour guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance
  • Admission fees
  • Dedicated headsets to hear your guide
  • Gratuities

Durations

0 – 3 hours

Tour's Location

Vatican Museums

FAQs

What should I bring or not bring?

Do not bring backpacks - they will have to be checked at the entrance, and the tour will end at a different place.

Bring a bottle of water, it can get warm in the summertime.

Is there a dress code?

To enter the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, knees and shoulders must be covered. Please dress appropriately or bring a shawl and/or sarong.

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