Vatican Highlights Private Tour

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  • Highlights

Benefit from our pre-purchased skip the line tickets

See the highlights of the Vatican Galleries and its many treasures

Visit Raphael Rooms and Borgia apartment

Admire the stunning Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

Enjoy the explanation of a licensed, private guide

  • Itinerary

Pinecone Courtyard
Gallery of the Candelabra
Gallery of the Tapestries
Gallery of the Maps
Raphael Rooms (Pope Julius II apartment)
Pope Borgia apartment
Sistine Chapel
St. Peter’s Basilica
St. Peter’s Square

Tour Description

When in Rome, the Vatican Museums are a must. Located in the smallest country in the world, the Vatican Museums are home to one of the most extraordinary art collections every. With its 70,000 works of art displayed across 54 galleries, the Vatican collection will leave you breathless.

Join us on a remarkable journey through art and history, and discover the hidden gems of the Vatican walls.

Your tour will start in front of the gates of the museums where your private guide will whisk you through the line thanks to our Skip the Line tickets. Once inside, you’ll explore the most important galleries within the Vatican Museums, such as the Gallery of Tapestries, where you’ll have the chance to see one-in-a kind needlework. You’ll also pass by the Gallery of Maps, where your guide will tell you all about how our understanding of the world changed over the centuries.

Our Vatican Highlights tour will take you also through different outside areas, such as the Pinecone courtyard and the Belvedere Courtyard, where you’ll see the amazing Apollo of Belevedere, and the heartbreaking sculpture of Laocoon.

The highlight of this tour is without a doubt the Sistine Chapel. Famous for housing the Conclave, the Sistine Chapel is even more famous for the stunning frescoes that decorate the walls and the ceiling of the chapel, telling the stories of the Old Testament. Take a moment and gaze with awe at Michelangelo’s Last Judgment. 

At this point, your guide will take you through a fast-track entrance and you’ll end up in the beating heart of Christianity: St. Peter’s Basilica. Built in 120 years, St. Peter’s Basilica is the amazing result of art and architecture working together for religion. Not only is St. Peter’s Basilica the center of Christianity, but it is also the largest church in the world. The incredible thing is that it’s entirely decorated only with mosaics, small tinted tiles that compose an image. It is also the home to Bernini’s bronze baldachin and Michelangelo’s Pietà. 

Your tour will end outside in St. Peter’s Square where you can enjoy an optical illusion given by Bernini’s marble colonnade, and in just three hours you’ll become an expert on all things Vatican.

Book now and don’t miss the chance to discover one of the most incredible art collections in the world!

Tour's Notes

Please bring an ID document for children as proof of age for the reduced price tickets.
Knees and shoulders must be covered. Failing to follow the Vatican’s dress code, entry may be refused to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Church. We also suggest you wear comfortable shoes, as a moderate amount of walking is involved in this tour.
In case the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your private guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions without notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica.
This tour operates in all weather conditions.
Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.

  • Included

3 hour private guide
Skip the line tickets for the Vatican Museums

  • Not Included

Gratuities
Transportation

  • Meeting Point
Right at the marble door with the inscription “Musei Vaticani”, at the bottom of the steps
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