Taking part in the Vatican Museum Tour, you will also have the opportunity to admire The Sistine Chapel and, finally, St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s most prominent Christian Church. The Vatican is home to spectacular artworks, admired by worldwide visitors.  There are numerous reasons to prefer a personalized experience to a boring group tour with a written speech! A private guide, certified by the Vatican State, will answer all your questions and fulfill your interests.

Included in the tour

  • Professional Certified Guide
  • Skip the line Vatican tickets
  • COVID 19 safety measures: face mask and hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff (social distancing from other visitors enforced: temperature checks for everybody entering museums and archaeological sites)

Meeting point and information

Meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square, under the obelisk, or at Viale Vaticano 100 in front of Caffè Vaticano, right opposite the Vatican Museums’ monumental entrance. The meeting point depends on the meeting time. Tours starting at 8:15 have a meeting point in St. Peter’s Square. Tours beginning at 3:45 pm have a meeting point at Viale Vaticano 100.

Vatican Museum

Our experienced Rome private guides will help you enjoy this unique private Vatican tour! This tour of the Vatican focuses on the principal masterpieces of the international history of art. Vatican museums are not only a complex of rooms but also magnificent courtyards. Most noteworthy is the Octagonal Courtyard with the famous Laocoon group. The Raphael Rooms, once the official residence of the popes, are among our proposals. This Vatican tour includes notable collections. For instance, a precious selection of mosaics, Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, and the Galleries of Tapestries and Maps.

Sistine Chapel

The unmissable Sistine Chapel and its sublime “Last Judgment” by Michelangelo are indeed the greatest attraction of the Vatican city! The Sistine Chapel is the most famous globally for the incredible ceiling by Michelangelo, depicting scenes from the Book of Genesis. Many favorite 15th century artists painted the walls of the Sistine Chapel like Botticelli, Perugino, and Pinturicchio. Today it is the site of the Papal Conclaves.

St. Peter’s Basilica

In the 16th century, the earlier Church, built on the tomb of Saint Peter by Emperor Constantine, was replaced by the present one, which welcomes you with Michelangelo’s “Pietà.”

St. Peter’s Square embraces you with Bernini’s immense colonnades and the view of the Pope’s Balcony.

Remember to cover your knees and shoulders before entering the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter.

Please, note that the only way to include the Basilica visit in this tour is to walk 15 minutes from the Vatican Museums’ entrance to the Basilica or vice-versa, depending on the meeting time. You can always decide to spend the whole time inside the Vatican Museums.

Additional tips for your Vatican Museums Tour

Generally, the visit to the Basilica is not possible on Wednesday morning and when special Papal ceremonies occur. We suggest avoiding booking the Rome Vatican tours on Wednesday morning. In this case, your private guide will explain it from the outside. The alternative is to skip the Basilica visit and spend 3 hours inside the Vatican Museums.

Here is a quick reminder for your tour:

– Big bags or backpacks and big umbrellas are not allowed; regular ones are allowed.
– Cover shoulders (a scarf is OK) and knees inside the Sistine and the Basilica.
– Guides cannot skip metal detectors checks
– St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chaple might close without previous notice.

The Vatican Museums’ visit involves SIGNIFICANT WALKING. Please provide any mobility and wheelchair access requirements. Also, visitors with limited mobility can contact us for special needs, such as wheelchairs or walkers. Please note that the pathway from the Sistine Chapel to St Peter’s Basilica has 50 steps downwards and is not wheelchair accessible. Also, it is not possible to carry the wheelchair/walker down the stairs. The tour will continue to the Basilica only if all members of your private group can walk down the stairs. If your private group includes participants with reduced mobility, the tour will end without accessing the Basilica. Also, note that other participants in your group will have to push the wheelchair. However, we can reach St. Peter’s Square and Basilica from the outside ( 1,1 kilometers). In this case, kindly ask for more information.

NOTE that in any case, we cannot avoid staying in line to enter the Basilica. The Vatican inspectors accord priority entrance last minute.

Duration: 3 Hours


Price: Varies according to the number of participants


Days of Operation: Every day except Sundays and Religious Holidays


Meeting Time: 8:15 am / 15:45 pm or on request


Visita ai Musei Vaticani

Pigna Courtyard, Vatican Museums

Visita guidata Cappella Sistina

Sistine Chapel

Visita guidata Basilica San Pietro

St. Peter’s Basilica

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What was before the Vatican? Vatican City was established in 1929, but it was the site of sumptuous villas during the Roman Empire. On the Vatican Museums site, there was the Circus of Emperor Caligula and Nero, built for races, but probably used for the public executions of Christians, including St. Peter. The Ancient Egyptian obelisk in St. Peter’s Square is the original one placed at the center of the Circus spina in the first century.
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