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Key Details

  • City: Vatican
  • Duration: 3hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: 9:45AM, 1:00PM

Tour Highlights

  • See the Vatican City your way. Booking a private Vatican tour means you call the shots, deciding the pace, start time and the focus of your tour.

  • Visit the best of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, with your own dedicated guide to point out the details and tell you the stories.

  • Pre-reserved, privileged access at the museums & basilica means you’ll get the best from every minute with us (ours is longer than most private Vatican tours, too) skipping all general access lines.

Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel The Sistine Chapel roof The Raphael Rooms are a sure highlight School of Athens' by Raphael, Vatican Museums Portraits of Raphael's contemporaries in 'School of Athens' Can you spot Rocky? 'School of Athens'. The Room of the Animals Ancient Roman sculptures, Vatican Museums The Gallery of the Maps, Vatican Museums Learn how the Belvedere Torso inspired Michelangelo The Belvedere Torso, Vatican Museums See Nero's priceless marble bath Learn to distinguish Ancient Roman/Greek statues The Laocoon Group - among the most famous Vatican works Apollo Belvedere (not showing his age at all!) The Gallery of the Maps, Vatican Museums Inside St. Peter's Basilica - Bernini's 'baldachin' Bernini's 'baldachin' altar, St. Peter's Basilica Michelangelo's 'Pieta', St. Peter's Basilica Inside the dome of St. Peter's Basilica Stained glass window by Bernini Rub St. Peter's foot for good luck Marvel at the architecture of St. Peter's Square Spot the Pope's balcony at St. Peter's Basilica

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Guide with map of the Sistine Chapel

YOUR DEDICATED GUIDE IS HANDPICKED FOR THEIR KNOWLEDGE & ENTHUSIASM.

While we’re very proud of our customer care and operations teams, we know that that the most important element of our private Vatican tours is the guide. That’s why we’ve spent years building a team of the best Vatican guides out there – art historians, architecture buffs, expert English-speakers and natural storytellers who receive rave reviews on TripAdvisor and in our own feedback forms.

These walking encyclopedias will take you on an adventure through the best of the Vatican collection, borrowing from art, history and a little bit of local gossip, to give you a glimpse of the bigger picture. The Vatican Museums are famous as home to the world’s best art collection but they’re also the home of the Pope and the center of Christianity. To only consider the art of the Vatican would be to merely scratch the surface of the world's smallest, most fascinating state.

The Raphael Rooms on our Private Vatican Tours

EXPLORE THE SISTINE CHAPEL AND THE BEST OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS.

As well as delving into the Vatican’s history, from the martyrdom of St. Peter to the formation of the modern nation of Vatican City (complete with sovereign government, postal system, flag, and, of course, the Swiss Guard), we’ll explore the major works that the museums have to offer. From some of the best ancient sculptures in the world to Raphael’s ‘School of Athens,’ the Vatican boasts not only some of the most pivotal works of the Renaissance, but of the classical Roman and Greek eras, too—including the stunning Hellenistic ‘Laocoön’, the renowned classical ‘Apoxyomenos’, and the world-famous ‘Apollo Belvedere’.

The pièce-de-resistance, of course, is the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo spent eight years of his life on his now-famous frescoes. By the time we arrive at the chapel, you’ll know not only the story behind the paintings, but what they mean and why they’re so renowned—key aspects of fully appreciating Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

Bernini's

WITNESS SOME OF THE WORLD’S FINEST ARCHITECTURE AT ST. PETER’S BASILICA.

We’ll then head to St. Peter’s Basilica, allowing you to skip the line that often stretches around the piazza at the height of the season. Built over St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica is one of the world’s most important Christian sites. It’s also one of the world’s most striking architectural spaces, taking the best minds of the Renaissance more than 120 years to complete. And its history is just as jaw-dropping. Inside, we’ll explore Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’, Bernini’s ‘baldachino’, and the chair of St. Peter, among other treasures.

With your own private Vatican tour guide, you’ll have time to ask all the questions you can think of, linger over the works that interest you and stop at pieces you may otherwise have passed. Part indulgence, part education, our private Vatican tours are the perfect extra ingredient for an enriching Italian vacation.

Sites visited

  • Sistine Chapel
  • The Raphael Rooms
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Belvedere Courtyard
  • Belvedere Torso
  • Apollo Belvedere
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’
  • Bernini’s ‘baldachino’

Included

  • Express entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Express entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Private Vatican tour guide

Reviews

5-stars from over 113 Customer Reviews

Enza was a terrific guide. She was well organized, knowledgeable and did a good job of pacing the tour. She was warm and engaging and all four of us felt it was a fantastic tour. We would gladly recommend your company and Enza.
We couldn't imagine a better tour guide. He made our trip to the Vatican the highlight of our vacation. Thank you
Francesco was our guide and he was a lovely young man. He was prompt, engaging and most kind and gentle with my mother who is disabled. He was excellent in explaining and answering our questions. I will have no hesitation in recommending Walks of Italy to others.
Really enjoyed the tour. Claudia was fantastic.
Maria was very knowledgeable and did a great job.
Maria was very knowledgeable and did a great job.
We appreciated Maurizio's deep knowledge of the Vatican and the history of the church and artwork. We also appreciated his respect for the museums, chapel, basilica, and artwork.
Absolutely brilliant - I will definitely recommend this to friends and family. Tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Camilla was well informed, very personable, and an excellent tour guide. Give her a raise!
Camilla was very knowledgable and fun to be with. Obviously a provate tour is going to be a little pricey, but she made it worth it.
Perfectly charming tour guide! So worth every penny! Marianna was knowledgable and made the experience fantastic! Mj
Guide extremely knowledgeable! Navigated us through the crowds, very good communicator with a good sense of humor!
Emma was AMAZING!!!!!!! The best tour we have ever been on! And to have it be at the Vatican made our first trip that much more fantastic! Thank you!
great,intelligent,and extremely helpful.........
Marta was attentative and fantastic!
The tour was great and Julietta was superb. Patient, pleasant and well educated. Clearly an expert in her field. Highly recommend her and the tour!
Francesca was very knowledgeable and geared the tour towards are interests. Can't speak highly enough about the experience! Thanks!
Jeb was our guide. My comments are exactly the same as above with Julia. Both are excellent.
Claudia is a sweetheart! Her knowledge of the most significant pieces in the collection kept us from being overwhelmed, by both the vastness of art and the intensity of the crowd.
Chechilia was absolutely fabulous, we learnt so much and she really engaged the children. Excellent tour, great balance of information and sights.
Mauro was great! We HIGHLY recommend him to any others wanting an excellent guide in Rome
We had an early tour to Sistine Chapel, Vatican museums and St Peter?s Basilica. We really enjoyed our tour and were very happy to be able to visit Sistine Chapel without the crowds that were there later in the morning. Our guide Mauro is a real expert. He guided us in a funny and interesting way.
Rosa was exceptional a 10 all around Andrea was great the tour was great thank you
Our family of 4 took the Pristine Sistine Tour with Uta and she was excellent. One of the best guides we had on our trip.
We had an amazing experience
Our family of 4 took the Pristine Sistine Tour with Uta and she was excellent. One of the best guides we had on our trip.
John our tour guide was wonderful. Best tour we had in Europe. Would definently use this company again and have recommended you to others!
Loved the tour. Camilla was great & really seemed to enjoy what she was doing. Her information on Bernini was so enjoyable since my husband is a fan also. I would definately recommand anyone to go on this tour.
Claudia was a fantastic tour guide. Very knowledgable and funny. Enjoyed the tour greatly
Excellent tour, well worth every euro/penny. Katia did a superb job. We never could have done as much or learned as much on our own.
Both tours were excellent and i would def pick this tour group over a viator anyday!!!
It was wonderful and glad we took a tour than manage ourselves and have to stand in those long lines to get in. Thanks You for making our Vatican tour a great experience.
The Uffizzi tour was the most fabulous of the trip.Our tour guid had a weath of knowledge without being boring.Eneven for those without art history experience he kept us enthralled. We saw sienna on 1 October Bene our siena guide was lovely.It was raining but we hardly noticed.
Elisa was outstanding . Informative and very charismatic . This was a fantastic tour.
Camilla was wonderful. Punctual, knowledgeable and affable. Made our tour so interesting despite the Monday crowds. It was a wonderful experience. Thank you.
Both tours were amazing. Great tour guides?very informative. I am so glad we took both tours. It made our Rome vacation complete! Thank you
Latizia was affable, informative and wonderful to spend the day with. The educational value was superior!! My husband and I had a fabulous time and will certainly recommend this tour to all our friends that will be traveling to Rome. Thank you so very much.
Guido was our guide. He was excellent - very informative and entertaining. We enjoyed the tour very much.
The tour was excellent. Clear and concise and the guide, Enza, was very informative and friendly. We got very much out of the tour
Excellent tour so great to be able to view the site before all the crowds, guide was brilliant.
Our guide was Ceccilia. She couldn't have been more friendly or knowledgeable. The early hours Vatican tour was well worth the money. Thank you!
Andrea was a very good tour guide, excellent knowledge and scope of the history of the excavations and tombs
We had David as our tour and he was wonderful and enjoyed the tour very much. Could have not asked for a better guide.
We had 3 tours & all were excellent. The guides were extremely well informed & personable
We splurged and setup 3 tours with Walks of Italy. All were worth every penny! The guides were delightful, enthusiastic, well informed and the tours provided "backstage" access to areas we could never have seen on our own.
Joseph is very knowledgable and personable. We could not have asked for more!
Both guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and passionate about their work
Bruno did a FANTASTIC job on the Vatican tour. He is so passionate about what he does and it shows. My daughter and husband loved the tour as well. He made it so interesting and we got so much out of it.
The Sistine Chapel tour was fantastic. Cecelia got us to the Chapel right away and we got to experience it well before many other tours were there. She was incredibly informative. Being there at 7:30 a.m. was perfect!
Tour was great, thank you!
Bruno was so knowledgeable about the history of the art works is was remarkable. Although the Vatican was a bit over-whelming, Bruno kept it real. I am amazed at all the information I learned....and remember! Bravo, Bruno!
Both the am tour of the sistine chapel, with Luigi, and the pm tour that afternoon of the coliseum , forum were wonderful. The guides were very knowledgable and wonderful to interact with. Both were interactive with my nine year old and that made our day great. Thanks so much.
This was an amazing tour! We throughly enjoyed Alessia's knowledge about the Vatican and it's Art collection. She gave us information we otherwise wouldn't have known. I would highly recommend this tour and Walks of Italy to family and friends looking for a tour.
Excellent tours...very informative guides I would recommend your company to friends.
Very good experience.
Outstanding, excellent narrative and story telling with an obvious passion for her subject.
Excellent Tour, Serena is a highly qualified guide and did an excellent job. Would recommend her to anyone.
Jon our guide was fantastic. The museum is so big we would have been lost on our own. Would definately like to come back for a mor in depth tour some day
Jeb was ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING... He had a nice balance of educational data points, stories, and a great sense of humor. Definitely the tour was one of the highlights of our trip. The ability to start tour first thing in the morning was a key difference and would highly recommend the private tour.
Great tour - well done. Answered lots of questions and great commentary
Superb tour.We did not have fernindano however.We had a female(small with short brown hair).we would highly recommend both her ano your tour.We would Definately use you again.
Excellent tour, worth every penny. Our tour guide, Arnoldo, was outstanding.
We really enjoyed all of our tours. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and the tours were very interesting.
What a wonderful tour guided by our Vatican expert Enza. P erfect length, an abundance of interesting information, very well done. I highly recommend this tour!
The tour was everything we expected. Rose was attentive to questions from the group and brought a new richness of understanding to the tour
We missed our tour on the 10th and ended up having a tour on the morning of the 12th with Toni.
Wonderful. Informative. Not too long.
Both tours were excellent. Luigi, our guide for the Coliseum tour shows so much passion for what he is sharing/showing it really makes the tour come alive
I enjoyed my tour. Rosa, our guide could not have been more knowledgeable, thoughtful, helpful. It speaks well of your organization that you have someone or her calibre on staff.
Fernandino was an excellent guide. His knowledge of the history, art and architecture of the times made this tour exceed the price of the ticket. We booked this tour from Canada over the internet and all our dealings went very smoothly. We would recommend this tour to any of our friends.
Our guide, Renaldo, livened up the tour with his irreverent comments about what we were seeing. His knowledge was quite extensive, which added greatly to our understanding of what we were seeing. This was money well spent!
The tour guide for the Colosseum tour was incredible! Of all the walking tours in france and italy, he was the best! All of your tours are a step above the usual. This was a trip to introduce my daughter to Europe and this tour was a highlife and more than I expected. Thanks
Luigi is a excellent guide. Thank You
Rosa is excellent. Great tour
Great tour....after I saw the crowds lining up for the regular tour after 9:00 a.m., I knew we had done the right thing. Our guide was great and very knowledgeable.
What an amazing tour guide Camilla was !! She is fantastic and recommend her to everyone
It was fantastic! I was impressed with the knowledge of events, names and dates of our guide David, who was also enthusiastic, spoke impeccable English and answered all our questions without hesitations and lacking no detail. I strongly recommend!
Katia was excellent. Wonderful tour with a 7-yr old and 8-yr old, made a difficult topic very engaging for the adults and kids
Tyson was outstanding as a guide! His tour was the highlight of our visit to Rome!
This may have been our most favorite thing we did on our trip.
We conquered Rome in ONE DAY! and thank you for walks of italy, we had an spectacular time in Rome. The tour was very interesting and informative. All the tour guides were very accommodating and very informative of each place we have visited.

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

As with all museums, particular galleries of the Vatican museums can sometimes be closed without prior notice and pieces removed for restoration or loan. In the case of a gallery being closed, your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead.

Also, please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.

Note: We advise our clients that St.Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Your guide will still give you an introduction to the church should you wish to visit this on your own at a later occasion. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts.

Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a senior, student, or child reduction.

IMPORTANT: While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the regular tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. Please contact us at info@walksofitaly.com if you have walking disabilities or if you are in a wheelchair. We can then work out a suitable alternative.

For details of what you may and may not bring inside the Vatican Museums (you may not, for example, carry backpacks), click here. Guests who do bring these items will be required to leave them in the Vatican cloakroom and will be responsible for collecting them at the end of the tour. Please note that it is a 15 to 20 minute walk from St. Peter’s Square back to the entrance of the Museums.

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Cecilia was sweet, knowledgeable and well tuned in. She did absolutely everything right and knew exactly how to give me the most enriching and enjoyable experience, touring the millions of Vatican treasures. I can only highly recommend her. Also, spending a bit more money on a private tour was worth every penny, and then some. Well done Cecilia! ... and I will go to Seville...
Enza was a terrific guide. She was well organized, knowledgeable and did a good job of pacing the tour. She was warm and engaging and all four of us felt it was a fantastic tour. We would gladly recommend your company and Enza.
We couldn't imagine a better tour guide. He made our trip to the Vatican the highlight of our vacation. Thank you
Francesco was our guide and he was a lovely young man. He was prompt, engaging and most kind and gentle with my mother who is disabled. He was excellent in explaining and answering our questions. I will have no hesitation in recommending Walks of Italy to others.
Our guide was Maryanna (not sure on spelling). She was amazing and extremely educated and knowledgeable. She was very patient with our many questions and had a great sense of humor. Very satisfied and would would recommend this private tour if you have a small group. Thank you again Maryanna from the Negron family!
The Vatican tour was great. It would been a challenging feat by ourselves because my husband required a wheelchair for part of the tour. The tour was less stressful because of Maurizio. He was extraordinarily knowledgeable and well versed in all areas that we were interested in. He was courteous, helpful and understanding. We were very pleased at his ability to tailor the tour to our specific and sometimes challenging needs.
Really enjoyed the tour. Claudia was fantastic.
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Maria was very knowledgeable and did a great job.
Maria was very knowledgeable and did a great job.
We appreciated Maurizio's deep knowledge of the Vatican and the history of the church and artwork. We also appreciated his respect for the museums, chapel, basilica, and artwork.
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We were so thankful to have Francesca as our guide for the Vatican tour. She did a great job getting us through the absolutely massive museum and the nearly as massive crowds within. She asked if we had anything we wanted to focus on, and while we did not, she managed to give a fantastic overview of the the collection. Observing the number of tour groups and the difficulty they had in staying together and listening to their guides, we enjoyed the personal interaction that she was able to provide.
Valentina is a wonderful guide. She was very very knowledgeable about the art and important landmarks on the tour. She is a very nice person and made the trip a lot of fun for my family. The private tour is the way to go, especially if you don't walk fast. You can walk at your speed and tailor the tour to your specific interests. .I definitely will recommend Valentina and Walks of Italy.
Rosa provided a knowledgeable and personal tour filled with insights and facts that would take weeks to research. She understood the flow of the crowd and always put us in the best possible position. As Catholics she understood our values and was sure to focus on things important to us. We so enjoyed our time with Rosa when the tour ended we felt like we wear leaving an old friend. We had tears in our eyes. Rating on 1-10 it was a 15!
Absolutely brilliant - I will definitely recommend this to friends and family. Tour guide was very knowledgeable.
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Francesco was very knowledgable especially about the art. He took extra time to take us to the part of the museum with historical paintings which was not included in the tour. We appreciated his extra effort and thoroughly enjoyed his passion for art. Overall he helped focus our visit by pointing out key pieces which can easily be overlooked given the sheer volume of objects. I'd highly recommend a private tour guide to anyone looking to visit the Vatican Museum!
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Camilla was well informed, very personable, and an excellent tour guide. Give her a raise!
Camilla was very knowledgable and fun to be with. Obviously a provate tour is going to be a little pricey, but she made it worth it.
Perfectly charming tour guide! So worth every penny! Marianna was knowledgable and made the experience fantastic! Mj
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Guide extremely knowledgeable! Navigated us through the crowds, very good communicator with a good sense of humor!
Emma was AMAZING!!!!!!! The best tour we have ever been on! And to have it be at the Vatican made our first trip that much more fantastic! Thank you!
great,intelligent,and extremely helpful.........
Marta was attentative and fantastic!
The tour was great and Julietta was superb. Patient, pleasant and well educated. Clearly an expert in her field. Highly recommend her and the tour!
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Francesca was very knowledgeable and geared the tour towards are interests. Can't speak highly enough about the experience! Thanks!
Jeb was our guide. My comments are exactly the same as above with Julia. Both are excellent.
Claudia is a sweetheart! Her knowledge of the most significant pieces in the collection kept us from being overwhelmed, by both the vastness of art and the intensity of the crowd.
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Chechilia was absolutely fabulous, we learnt so much and she really engaged the children. Excellent tour, great balance of information and sights.
We really appreciated the opportunity to take the tour with Jeb. It was a crazy crowd and Jeb was able to navigate us throughout so that we could focus on the information. He was on time, very well prepared and his background as an artist himself was very helpful in articulating the information. I would highly recommend him and Walks as well. Thank you for asking for the feedback. Andrea and Michael
Mauro was great! We HIGHLY recommend him to any others wanting an excellent guide in Rome
We had an early tour to Sistine Chapel, Vatican museums and St Peter?s Basilica. We really enjoyed our tour and were very happy to be able to visit Sistine Chapel without the crowds that were there later in the morning. Our guide Mauro is a real expert. He guided us in a funny and interesting way.
Rosa was exceptional a 10 all around Andrea was great the tour was great thank you
Our family of 4 took the Pristine Sistine Tour with Uta and she was excellent. One of the best guides we had on our trip.
We had an amazing experience
Our family of 4 took the Pristine Sistine Tour with Uta and she was excellent. One of the best guides we had on our trip.
John our tour guide was wonderful. Best tour we had in Europe. Would definently use this company again and have recommended you to others!
Loved the tour. Camilla was great & really seemed to enjoy what she was doing. Her information on Bernini was so enjoyable since my husband is a fan also. I would definately recommand anyone to go on this tour.
Claudia was a fantastic tour guide. Very knowledgable and funny. Enjoyed the tour greatly
Excellent tour, well worth every euro/penny. Katia did a superb job. We never could have done as much or learned as much on our own.
Both tours were excellent and i would def pick this tour group over a viator anyday!!!
We were VERY impressed with Katia. We appreciated her approach of getting us to the Sistine Chapel first, before the crowds gathered, and also her explanations. We understood she had led a tour of the Colosseum the day before and wished we had also been on that tour. We recommend her highly as a tour guide. Thank you.