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

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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.
  • Customize your private Vatican Museums tour and spend more time where you want
  • Special entry to the Vatican Museums: Skip the long entrance lines—even the priority ones
  • Guided tour visits the Gallery of the Maps, Raphael’s Rooms, and more
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tour departure
What to Expect
Make your own way to Vatican City in central Rome to meet your private guide. Using your prepaid skip-the-line tickets, head straight inside through a special entrance and skip the long lines—even the priority ones. With your guide on hand to point out all the highlights, set out on a tour of the vast Vatican Museums. Explore the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Candelabra. Visit the Pinecone Courtyard and the renowned Raphael’s Rooms, and marvel at works by artists such as Raphael, Caravaggio, and da Vinci. As this is a private tour, be sure to tell your guide of any preferences you have or if you would like to spend longer in some rooms along the way. You will also get the chance to admire the Sistine Chapel, renowned for Michelangelo’s magnificent frescos including, The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam. After exploring the museums, stroll through St. Peter’s Square to visit St. Peter's Basilica, one of the world’s most famous churches. Inside, take the time to admire highlights such as Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s bronze altar. Your tour ends back in St. Peter’s Square.
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Departure Point
Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Estella was wonderful. She was able to give us the benefit of her extensive knowledge of the construction of Vatican City over the ages, with the political and church dynamic fully explained. Her understanding of the creation of the art in the Sistine Chapel and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Susa1249
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took our first trip to Italy and stayed three days in Rome. I had booked the private Vatican walking tour through City Wonders as I had did with our previous Coliseum Tour. (See My Other Review with "Igor") The day before...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank frankranzie
Reviewed 24 August 2019 via mobile

My family and I took the ‘Private Vatican Museum, with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica tour’ and it was amazing. Our tour guide Lucia was beyond what we could have expected. We have taken many private tours in many different countries but she definitely...More

Thank 40lesc
Reviewed 13 August 2019

best tour ever experienced., well educated and informed tour guide. the place was amazing, and coordination was easy.

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 16 July 2019 via mobile

Extremely informative, great time management given the enormous amount to see. Glad we went early, the crowds and heat get worse as the day progresses.

Date of experience: July 2019
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5 October 2018|
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Response from katemike17 | Reviewed this property |
Ours was about 3.5 hours....so worth the money. We had a private guide for two couples. The guide was a native born local who was an art history major. Very knowledgable
4 July 2018|
Response from Sneferu2016 | Reviewed this property |
For our tour, we had two (my wife and I) and it worked well
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