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Vatican City State

Visiting the Vatican’s highlights requires 3 hours. The Tour of the Vatican includes: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
The guides of our Private tours are official guides, fully authorized, highly specialized and multilingual. They will make your tour memorable!
This tour requires walking about 2 miles indoors and you cannot take shortcuts. From the Museums entrance to the Sistine Chapel takes 45 minutes upwards. Once you enter you have to go through the whole thing and there are very few places where one can sit and rest. Therefore, if you have mobility issues, we recommend using a wheelchair for this tour. The Sistine Chapel cannot be visited separately from the Vatican Museums. St. Peter’s Basilica can be visited freely. If you do so you will have to queue at the metal detectors. With the tours avoid the queues and pass directly into the Basilica. 

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Vatican private Tour Daytime - Duration 3 Hours

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Private, guided tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. Includes private guide and “skip-the-line” tickets to the Vatican Museums.

We will inform you about your scheduled entry slot.
Please come to the office approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled entry time. The tour starts from our office near the Vatican Museums’ entrance, in Via Santamaura, 9, we recommend starting around 2:00 or pm 2:30 as the place is normally less crowded in the afternoon, but the tour is also available in the morning. Meet your specialized private guide who will lead you through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica providing extensive commentary.

Upon entering the Vatican Museums, you will need to present your updated vaccination card (aka Green Pass).
Make sure it complies with the latest regulations by checking the Ministry of Health website. You and your belongings will also have to go through metal detectors.
Your specialized private guide will have your skip-the-line voucher and take care of the entry formalities.

It’s a long walk and you see a lot of art on display.
Paintings, tapestries, frescoes, and statues dating back to different eras and made by different artists.
The subjects of these works of art are not always related to the Catholic Church, in fact you will also see ancient Roman statues, Egyptian, Etruscan, and Greek artifacts, your guide will tell you about them and will always be ready to answer your questions. It’s a walk you’ll enjoy!
You will finally arrive at the Sistine Chapel.

No one can speak in the Sistine Chapel, so your guide will use images to tell you all about the frescoes in there before you enter the room.
You will be provided with images with captions that will remind you what the guide explained once you are alone contemplating the chapel.
You are not allowed to take pictures or speak in the Sistine Chapel, if you do you will be kicked out and your guide will be held responsible.
After spending time in the Sistine Chapel, you’ll walk towards the exit. You’ll be in the same buildings you walked through on your way to the Chapel, but on a lower level and you’ll be seeing more art.

You can also visit the Basilica separately from the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel if you have the time. Please visit the website for the details of these two tours: St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican “Grottoes” and Dome. Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums and Sistine ChapelVatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
Vatican private Tour daytime - 3 hours Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Private guide and skip-the-line tickets included
Adults, 18 y. o. +
From 5 people onward
€ 95.00 per person
4 pax
€ 105.00 per person
3 pax
€ 130.00 per person
2 pax
€ 170.00 per person
1 pax
€ 290.00
Youngsters, 6 - 18 y. o.
€ 20.00 discount from the adult price
Children, 0 - 6 y. o.
Free
Wheelchair rental, each
€ 30.00
Assistant for wheelchair pushing
€ 60.00
Discount for officially disabled people
€ 40.00

Optional: transportation from or to your hotel

8 persons, per person
€ 18.00
7 persons, per person
€ 19.00
6 persons, per person
€ 20.00
5 persons, per person
€ 24.00
4 persons, per person
€ 30.00
3 persons, per person
€ 32.00
2 persons, per person
€ 42.00
1 persons
€ 84.00

Vatican Museums & St. Peter Basilica
Private Tour - Duration 5 Hours

Private, guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Includes private guide, “skip-the-line” tickets to the Vatican Museums, transfers by car or golf cart from the Vatican Museums to the Basilica of St. Peter’s, and from there to your hotel. Why does it take 5 hours?

We will inform you about your scheduled entry slot.
Please come to the office approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled entry time.
The tour starts from our office near the Vatican Museums’ entrance, in Via Santamaura, 9, we recommend starting around 1:30 or 2:00 pm as the place is normally less crowded in the afternoon, but the tour is also available in the morning.
Meet your specialized private guide who will lead you through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica providing extensive commentary.

Upon entering the Vatican Museums, you will need to present your updated vaccination card (aka Green Pass).
Make sure it complies with the latest regulations by checking the Ministry of Health website. You and your belongings will also have to go through metal detectors.
Your specialized private guide will have your skip-the-line voucher and take care of the entry formalities.

It’s a long walk and you see a lot of art on display.
Paintings, tapestries, frescoes, and statues dating back to different eras and made by different artists.
The subjects of these works of art are not always related to the Catholic Church, in fact you will also see ancient Roman statues, Egyptian, Etruscan, and Greek artifacts, your guide will tell you about them and will always be ready to answer your questions.
It’s a walk you’ll enjoy!

You will finally arrive at the Sistine Chapel.
No one can speak in the Sistine Chapel, so your guide will use images to tell you all about the frescoes in there before you enter the room.
You will be provided with images with captions that will remind you what the guide explained once you are alone contemplating the chapel.
You are not allowed to take pictures or speak in the Sistine Chapel, if you do you will be kicked out and your guide will be held responsible.

After spending time in the Sistine Chapel, you’ll walk towards the exit. You’ll be in the same buildings you walked through on your way to the Chapel, but on a lower level and you’ll be seeing more art.
Before leaving the Vatican Museums, your guide will contact the driver to make sure he’ll be ready outside to transfer you to St. Peter’s Basilica.
This would be a long walk, but it’s a short drive for you.
Once at the entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll have to go through covid and security checks again, and this will take a while. Please be prepared.

Your driver will take you very close to the entrance to St. Peter’s, so you won’t have to walk far to reach it.
We remind you that you’ll have to stand in line for covid and security checks and there’s no way to skip this line.
We can promise you’ll be stunned, without mentioning the works of art housed in it, made by Michelangelo and Bernini, the magnificence and the size of this building are unique and overwhelming.
Once you’ll see it, you’ll understand why we insist that it should not be missed.

It’s worth standing in line for.

Your driver will wait while you tour St. Peter’s Basilica and its square with your guide and finally drive you to your hotel.

You can also visit the Basilica separately from the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel if you have the time. Please visit the website for the details of these two tours:
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican “Grottoes” and Dome. 
Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

Extended Vatican Private Tour – 5 Hours Includes Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica
with private guide for 4 hours, skip-the-line tickets,
transfer by minivan from the Vatican Museums to St. Peter’s Basilica and from there to your hotel.
Adults, 18 y. o. +
From 5 people onward
€ 120.00 per person
4 pax
€ 140.00 per person
3 pax
€ 180.00 per person
2 pax
€ 250.00 per person
1 pax
€ 450.00
Youngsters, 6 - 18 y. o.
€ 20.00 discount from the adult price
Children, 0 - 6 y. o.
Free
Wheelchair rental, each
€ 30.00
Assistant for wheelchair pushing
€ 60.00
Discount for officially disabled people
€ 40.00
The complete tour of the Vatican now takes 5 hours, because the passage from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica has been kept closed since reopening after lockdown. To get to St. Peter’s Basilica now, you need to exit the Vatican Museums and go around the outside of the Vatican walls for one mile and line up again for the security and covid checks

Optional: transportation from or to your hotel

8 persons, per person
€ 18.00
7 persons, per person
€ 19.00
6 persons, per person
€ 20.00
5 persons, per person
€ 24.00
4 persons, per person
€ 30.00
3 persons, per person
€ 32.00
2 persons, per person
€ 42.00
1 persons
€ 84.00

New tour!
Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Partially Accessible
Not accessible to children under the age of six and wheelchair users

This tour can’t be beat! The best way to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel but not only, before doing so, you tour the Vatican Gardens on an open deck electric bus! However, there is a catch, availability is very limited, so be sure to book well in advance.

Our office is very close to the entrance to the Vatican Museums.
This is where you will meet your private guide, who will have your very special tickets and will accompany you to the Vatican Museums. The guide will take care of the formalities and will introduce you to the Vatican representative who will accompany you to the bus.

The guide will not accompany you on the tour of the Vatican Gardens, as the bus capacity is very limited, but you will have audio guides.

The Vatican representative will help you board the bus, show you how to use the audio guides and explain that you cannot get up from your seat while the bus is in motion, but you can stand up when it stops.
However, you are not allowed to get off the bus until the tour ends.
At the end of the tour of the Vatican Gardens, you will be directed to the Courtyard of the (picture gallery) which is where you’ll meet again with your private guide and start the tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

The guide will take you through the Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Geographic Maps and finally you’ll arrive to the Sistine Chapel.
Please keep in mind that they want complete silence in the Sistine Chapel and therefore the guide will not be able to describe it to you once you’ll be in it, but will have to tell you about it, with the help of pictures, before you actually get there. Also, you can take all the pictures you want in the Gardens and the Museums, but not in the Sistine Chapel. Those who insist on speaking or taking pictures get thrown out.

Returning to the entrance you will find yourself in the same buildings, but at a lower level, so you will see more interesting things that your guide will obviously not fail to explain. You will pass through the Christian Museum, the Profane Museum, the Clementine Gallery, the Ethnological Museum, the Carriage Pavilion and more…
You will finally go back to where you started, and we are sure that at this point you will want to have a nice lunch your guide will be happy to recommend a nice place nearby. 
Unfortunately, as much as we would like, we cannot include St. Peter’s Basilica on this tour, but for this we have a special tour that includes St. Peter’s Basilica, the Papal Tombs, and the Dome.

You can also visit the Basilica separately from the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel if you have the time. Please visit the website for the details of these two tours: St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican “Grottoes” and Dome. Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums and Sistine ChapelVatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums
and Sistine Chapel - 3 hours
Adults, 18 y. o. +
From 5 people onward
€ 125.00
4 persons
€ 135.00
3 persons
€ 150.00
2 persons
€ 200.00
1 person
€ 310.00
Youngsters, 6 - 18 y. o. discount off the adult's price
€ 10.00

Optional: transportation from or to your hotel

8 persons, per person
€ 18.00
7 persons, per person
€ 19.00
6 persons, per person
€ 20.00
5 persons, per person
€ 24.00
4 persons, per person
€ 30.00
3 persons, per person
€ 32.00
2 persons, per person
€ 42.00
1 persons
€ 84.00

New tour!
St. Peter’s Basilica, Papal Tombs and Dome.

Partially Accessible

7:45 am
Meet your guide where the line for security and covid checks begins (see photo on the left).
There is no other way to skip this line, which is only caused by security and covid checks, but enter the seat as early as 8:00 am.
You reach the place on your own and you are on your own again at the end of the tour. However, you have the option of adding a one-way or round-trip transfer service for an additional fee.
This would be convenient if you stay away from the Vatican and have more than 3 people in your group, as most taxis take a maximum of 3 passengers.

Firstly, we climb up to the Dome. There might be a bit of a line to get into the elevator in the high season, please be patient.
The lift takes you to the terrace, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Rome, saving the climb of the spiral staircase of 231 steps, known as “The snail of Saint Andrew”.
Besides enjoying the view of Rome, which is surely more impressive from the top of the Dome anyway, you can get some refreshments at the local coffee shop. If the climb to the top isn’t for you, maybe you can at least climb the two ramps that will allow you to look inside the Basilica from above.

Not everyone knows that the architecture of St. Peter’s dome was designed by Michelangelo and is considered his greatest architect’s masterpiece. However, he’s not responsible for the mosaics that
decorate the dome, they were made by the Vatican Mosaic Studio, established by Pope Gregory XIII in 1572 and still in operation, based on designs by the famous painter Cavalier d’Arpino. Once back down from the Dome, your guide will take you on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica focused on its highlights.
St. Peter’s is the largest church in the world, took 120 years to build, it’s almost 400 years old and full of priceless works of art which, of course, your guide will be telling you about.

Once back down from the Dome, we tour the Basilica. The highlights are the Pietà, sculpted by Michelangelo at the age of 24 and numerous works by Bernini, such as the Canopy over the Papal Altar, the funeral
monuments to the Popes Urban VIII and Alexander VII, the “Throne of St. Peter”, and more…
Leaving St. Peter’s, you’ll descend to the “Grottoes”, where 91 Popes are buried, starting from the first one, St. Peter.
Once out of the Basilica and the “Grottoes”, you’ll stop in St. Peter’s Square, designed by Bernini, and your guide will conclude this amazing 3-hour tour explaining the church’s façade, the obelisk, and the
square itself which was designed by Bernini.

You can also visit the Basilica separately from the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel if you have the time. Please visit the website for the details of these two tours: St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican “Grottoes” and Dome. Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums and Sistine ChapelVatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
Note: This tour might not be available on Wednesdays for the Pope receives a public audience and the church remains closed until 2:00 pm.
St. Peter’s Basilica, Papal Tombs and Dome.
Private guide and tickets included - Adults, 18 y. o. +
Adults, 18 y. o. +
From 5 people onward
€ 60.00 per person
4 persons
€ 70.00 per person
3 persons
€ 85.00 per person
2 persons
€ 125.00 per person
1 person
€ 240.00
Youngsters, 0 - 17 y. o. discount off the adult's price
€ 5.00

Optional transfer service
Prices one way Round trip price is double

8 persons, per person
€ 18.00
7 persons, per person
€ 19.00
6 persons, per person
€ 20.00
5 persons, per person
€ 24.00
4 persons, per person
€ 30.00
3 persons, per person
€ 32.00
2 persons, per person
€ 42.00
1 persons
€ 84.00

Tour the Vatican by night

Visit of the Vatican Museums after sunset, 3 hours. Visits available every Friday between 17th April – 30th October. Opening times from 7:00pm – 11:00pm (latest entrance at 9:30 pm and latest exit from the Galleries is at 10.30 pm). Does not include St Peter’s Basilica as it closes at 6.30pm. This is a great opportunity, especially if you shouldn’t have the time for visiting the place during the day.
The tour itinerary includes the Pius-Clementine Museum, the Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps Galleries, the octagonal courtyard, plus the famous Sistine Chapel, and more..
We can also combine an afternoon golf cart tour of Rome beforehand if you want, of either 3 or 4 hours. In this case you would be picked up from your hotel (or place of choice within the golf cart range).
At the end of the golf cart tour we will take you to meet your guide at our offices near the entrance to the Museum.
One way or round trip private transfer is available at an additional cost – return to hotel or place of your choice – (More about this)..

Vatican private Tour by night
3 hours Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Private guide and skip-the-line tickets included
Adults, 18 y. o. +
From 5 people onward
€ 95.00 per person
4 pax
€ 105.00 per person
3 pax
€ 130.00 per person
2 pax
€ 170.00 per person
1 pax
€ 290.00
Youngsters, 6 - 18 y. o.
€ 20.00 discount from the adult price
Children, 0 - 6 y. o.
Free
Wheelchair rental, each
€ 30.00
Assistant for wheelchair pushing
€ 60.00
Discount for officially disabled people
€ 40.00

Optional: transportation from or to your hotel

8 persons, per person
€ 18.00
7 persons, per person
€ 19.00
6 persons, per person
€ 20.00
5 persons, per person
€ 24.00
4 persons, per person
€ 30.00
3 persons, per person
€ 32.00
2 persons, per person
€ 42.00
1 persons
€ 84.00

Vatican Museums opening schedule, year 2022

Opening days and times 2022
From Monday to Saturday 
09:00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. (final entry 04.00 p.m.)

Every last Sunday of the month
(Provided this does not coincide with Easter Sunday, 29 June Sts.Peter and Paul, 25 December Christmas Day, and 26 December Feast of St. Stephen)
09:00 a.m. – 02.00 p.m. (final entry 12.30 p.m.)

Free entry

Visitors are required to leave the halls 30 minutes before museum closing time

Closures 2022

Sunday (except the last Sunday of Each month),
1 and 6 January, 11 February, 19 March, 18 April, 29 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 and 26 December

Access to the Vatican is permitted only to visitors wearing proper attire, skirts and shorts must cover the knee and shoulders must be covered .
Tickets for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are valid only for the date they were purchased for and are non-refundable.

Difficulty levels

Generally easy, with occasional free time for rest. Walk and/or climb up and down some stairs only if you want to.

Moderately paced, minimal walking required, with occasional free time for rest. May include climbing up and down some stairs and walking, over primarily level ground, for up to half an hour at a time. Moderate car/minivan travel.

Moderately paced with occasional free time for rest. Guests should be able to walk one to three miles, which may include climbing up or down from one to four flights of stairs and walking over primarily level ground. Ride an electric bicycle or a Vespa scooter making frequent stops. Standing up to one hour or more may be required. Moderate car/minivan travel.

Moderately paced with occasional free time for rest. Requires walking longer distances, climbing up and down stairs and hills, possibly on uneven terrain. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles over uneven terrain and/or cobblestones. Moderate car/minivan travel. Standing up to one hour or more may be required. 

Moderately paced with occasional free time for rest. Extended car/minivan travel, from two to four hours. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles over uneven terrain and/or cobblestones, climbing up and down stairs and hills. Guests should be able to 
walk two to three miles over uneven terrain and/or cobblestones.
Wheelchair/walker usable.

Dress code and rules for the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters.

Guides are not allowed to talk in the Sistine Chapel, they must use the pictures displayed in the Museums to explain the Sistine Chapel before entering the room.
We’ll give you a pamphlet with pictures and captions that will remind you of what the guide explained, once you’ll be in the chapel. If your pants or skirt do not cover your knees you will not be admitted. No low-cut shirts or tank tops, your shirt should cover your chest and shoulders.
No pictures or videos allowed in the Sistine Chapel, and visitors must remain silent. Transgressors will be expelled, and their guide will be suspended.

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