- City: Vatican
- Duration: 3hrs 30mins
- Start Time: 9:45AM, 1:00PM
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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