Price from: $600
Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
This Special Vatican tour covers all of the not-to-be-missed sites within the Vatican.
Avoid the crowds, congestion, sweat and stuffy rooms with our fresh Vatican Gardens and Sistine Chapel Private Access Tour.
Your journey beings with pickup from your hotel or preferred accommodation within Rome's City Center. The Vatican Museums is one of the most visited museums in the world and there is only one way to truly avoid the crowds inside during high season- by skipping the upper Galleries where crowds concentrate and procede at a slow pace creating a bottleneck and wasting time.
You can beat the traffic by opting to visit the beautiful Vatican Gardens with your private tour guide and access the Sistine Chapel by taking a shortcut. Immerse yourself into the colorful pathways which are complemented by priceless artwork, fountains, alluring flowers and Renaissance architecture. Gaze at the giant labyrinth adorned by Lebanese Cedars catching all the details and hidden treasures within.
Continue your private tour with a quick access to the Sistine Chapel directly from the Vatican Gardens. Listen to an explanation of Michelangelo’s masterpiece built by Pope Sixtus IV as the center of Christendom, unveiling the artist’s secret meaning behind the artwork.
With your guide take advantage of quick access to St. Peter’s Basilica where you will end your tour with the touching statue of La Pietà as well as the great Bernini’s Baldacchino and holy St. Peter’s Sepulcrum.
You will feel more relaxed and energetic after our open air, green tour without having to miss the two highlights of a Vatican Tour: the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Enjoy and keep the secret to yourself!
- Crypt of the Popes | St.Peter's Dome | Extra Hour |
- Blue Badge Qualified Guide | Admission Tickets | Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation | Private Tour | Guaranteed to skip the long lines
- Transfer to the site via Taxi (our guide can arrange this) | Private Driver (can be arranged upon request)
|Approximately 3 hours||Tickets needed||Partial access for wheelchairs|
|Kid-friendly tour||Suggested starting time 08:00 / 16:00||Not recommended Sunday and Wednesday|
St. Peter's Basilica
Enhance your Experience
Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day (up to 4 people)
Just a few steps from Piazza Navona, in the picturesque atmosphere of Via dei Coronari, street of the antiques, you will experience one of the activities you have heard about from your guide, in the workshop of an Italian artist. You will learn how to make a fresco or a mosaic. Choose a subject, prepare the surface with the plaster, the drawing, and you will use your brush to give life to the images; or make your own mosaic with a natural glue (water and flour) and fasten the marble or the glass pieces (tesserae) on a wooden support, creating your small masterpiece. And take it home, to make your Roman holidays even more memorable! Fun for the whole family, give life to your own Roman creation.
Castel St. Angelo
As you exit St. Peter’s Square, your guide will lead you along a quiet street that follows ‘Il Passetto’, the passageway connecting the Vatican to Castel Sant’ Angelo, the Pope’s fortress. You can opt to visit the castle for breathtaking views of the city or cross over Bernini’s famous bridge of angels for scenic views of the river. A beautiful addition to the Vatican Tour, Castel Sant' Angelo is a great bookend to your day.
The quiet tunnels will come to life as your guide tells you the stories and legends of early Christianity during the days of Roman persecution. The catacombs were the underground burial places of the Christian and Jewish communities from the second century AD. Although you will no longer find bones within the tombs, you will discover the secrets of Christianity's earliest proponents - the saints who helped Christianity survive during the persecution from Rome's pagan emperors. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested. Tickets can be purchased on site.
No time to do a full Colosseum tour? Make it quick! Marvel at this epic engineering feat of the ancient Romans, one of the most amazing attractions of the Ancient World, and a highlight of any trip to Rome. Your guide will bring to life the stories of this iconic monument, its famed gladiators and the emperors who made it all happen. Entrance to the site is optional - reserved tickets are €17.00 per person. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.
Crypt of the Popes
The Crypt of the Popes, also known as the Vatican Grottos, are positioned just below St. Peter's Basilica and above Constantine’s 4th century basilica. The grottos contain chapels dedicated to various saints and tombs of kings, queens and popes, dating from the 10th century. The holiest place is Peter’s tomb, containing the "memory", built in the 4th century by the Emperor Constantine, on the spot were the Apostle’s tomb was venerated.
Give yourself the freedom to take it easy- add an extra hour to your tour. With a private guide, you set the pace! If you prefer to spend some extra time to learn more, see more, take more photos, or if you have a large group, adding an extra hour ensures a leisurely tour without rushing to fit everything you want to see into the normal 3 hours.
Request a Kids friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.
Make it a Full Day - Create your own Tour!
Book your tour and create your personal experience by making it a full day, adding 3 extra hours! You can tell us in advance your favorite sites to visit or your personal guide will make suggestions based on your interests and energy level - you set the pace and see what you want to see. Please make a note on your booking if you have specific requests so we can ensure that reservations are made when needed.
Pinacoteca - Picture Gallery
Take in the best of the Vatican’s painting collection with works from the 12th to the 19th century including Giotto, Perugino, Raphael, da Vinci, and Caravaggio. Highlights include Raphael’s Transfiguration and Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished St. Jerome.
Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments
Visit Pope Julius II’s private apartments, frescoed by Raphael and enjoy masterpieces including Raphael’s most famous work, The School of Athens. You’ll then descend into the lower level apartments last used by the infamous Pope Alexander VI of the notorious Borgia family. Finally, you’ll enjoy modern art including pieces by Van Gogh, Rodin, Dali and many more.
Request a Wheelchair
Add a wheelchair for your Vatican Museums visit. Your guide will select the best itinerary for you.
Climb the most famous Dome in the world designed by Michelangelo and learn its secrets! You can take 320 steps to reach the roof level or you can take the elevator. If you feel you have some energy left you can keep take more steps to reach the dome for an astonishing view of the eternal city. The entrance cost is 7 Euros for elevator, 5 Euros for stairs.
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REFUNDS & CANCELLATION
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